Book Review by Kristie: Moment of Fate, by Karen Stivali

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Moment of Fate, by Karen Stivali
Series: A Moments In Time Novel (Standalone)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 24, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real, with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.

From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sew his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate might have other plans.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary Romance
Friends to Lovers


The beginning of this book broke me. It was almost immediate. It was the kind of breaking where you fall in love with the main character right off the bat. When you’re flooded with with so many emotions that you just know what you’re about to read will be worth all the frustration, heartache, tears, and happiness. You just know.  And yea, that is exactly what happened.

From the insecurities and moments of panic, the intensely passionate chemistry and the moments of deep deep sorrow, the relationship that builds between Bryan and Oliver is one I’ll not soon forget. Both men have so many beautiful qualities. Bryan, with his fierce sense of family, love and devotion for his sister and niece. Oliver, with his calm and open way of showing love and friendship. The entire book had me craving more and more, and I didn’t want to put it down.

It’s a slow burn, a friendship that builds, and some very true love that had me falling in love over and over again. It’s not easy and the struggle is real.  It’s the kind of story that I long for. The kind of story that makes me smile. The kind of book I want to read all the time. It’s a story of reality, life, companionship, and love. I honestly can’t say enough good things about it, so do yourself a favor and pick it up because it’s beautiful.


Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes both m/f and m/m contemporary romance, all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.

Find Karen online at

You can purchase Moment of Fate from:
Dreamspinner Press
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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