Saturday, January 14, 2017

Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali

Title:  Moment of Silence
Author: Karen Stivali
My Rating: A
Narrator: Robert Nieman

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Moments in Time #4
Main Characters: Jason and Quinn
Release Date: August 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world's best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He's got friends who treat him like family, and he's proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he's still falling for the wrong men. 

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn't seem to know it. If he does, he's not telling anyone. And he's about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he's falling for the right guy. But Quinn's got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.75

What a wonderful book. I'll readily admit that I don't usually enjoy reading books with a religious slant. As a result, I have avoided this book for a while, despite the rave reviews about it. I finally broke down and bought it...and wow, did it surprise me. This book was amazing. 

Jason runs a shelter and Quinn has been working there while he's on hiatus from his process of becoming a priest. Jason has a huge crush, but Quinn is NOT available. Not only is he not gay, but he's about to become a priest. A guy doesn't get more not available than that. But then the guys become friends and emotions develop...for both of them. But that priesthood is still out there lurking. When Quinn is through with this experiment, will he leave Jason with a shattered heart? 

And yes, there are religious undertones to the story. Quinn is on his way to becoming a priest. Jason's father (who disowned him when he came out) is a Rabbi. But even with that the book NEVER became preachy in any way. In fact, there was never a moment where I felt uncomfortable with the discussions within the book like I normally do with books that touch on religion. The author did an amazing job with that. 

I liked the two guys and their honesty with one another. This is a huge experiment for Quinn. He never ever leads Jason on about what might or might not happen. The fact is, even with what they are doing together and feeling, he is very honest about the fact that he still might choose the church over Jason. That is heartbreaking. They are so good together, but Quinn has spent his life planning and studying for this. It's a dream that he can't easily walk away from. 

The book was incredibly well written. I loved every single minute of listening to it. I also thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrator. He did the inflections and voices for both these guys and the supporting cast so well. I highly recommend it. 

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