Saturday, May 13, 2017

Audiobook Review: Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali Narrated by Robert Nieman #Review #Giveaway

Author: Karen Stivali
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Book: Moment of Silence
Series: Moments in Time
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: August 31, 2016 
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

Reviewed by Morningstar


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.

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I love this series! With every book, she writes I fall in love with each character.

This is the story of Jason and Quinn. Jason works for a charitable organization that helps LGBT youth, and Quinn is the brother to Colin and a soon to be priest. Karen has this way she writes that just flows like silk. Each word and scene and book written has this smooth, effortless quality that makes her writing style one of my favorites to read. Add in that she once again created complex characters that make you think and love and hope, this story was a home run for me.

Jason has the hots for Quinn, straight almost a priest Quinn. He keeps it under wraps, but through working together, a friendship is born. There are funny and touching scenes with an undercurrent that the author teases us with. Through all of the build up, we have Jason going through a struggle with his family since his sister came back into his life. And life never stands still not for love or work no matter how much we would want it too.

Although the author writes her stories in one point of view, she gives us involved characters. Through Jason’s eyes, we get a glimpse of who he is and the struggle he goes through. One of the aspects I loved the most was that not once throughout the book did Quinn treat Jason badly just because he was fighting an inner battle over his sexuality or losing his family or what to do with his priesthood. He was open and caring and so much fun, really a perfect fit for Jason.

The narrator, Robert Nieman, has an excellent voice. One that portrays Karen’s sensual style of storytelling perfectly. I would have loved for the characters to have a unique voice on the audio so that it was easier to tell who was speaking but I still loved listening to it the way it was done.


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