Review: Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali

 Series: Moments in Time (Book 4, but works as a standalone)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 4.5/5

Cover: I really like it.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: Suicide mention, Eating Disorder mention

Description: 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.

Review: Usually I refrain from reading novels with religious undertones, because either they condemn said religion or they shove it down your throat how that religion is the only one and everyone has to follow it.

Luckily I made an exception in this case! Both Jason and Quinn deal with doubts about their religion and even though the one is jewish and the other  christian, there is no war of religion.

Thanks to little flashbacks the reader gets a very good knowledge about Jason and his past. The relationship to his father is heartbreaking and his interactions with his sister are just adorable.

I enjoyed reading about Jason and Quinn’s relationship, too. And yes, I liked the drama, because you never know if Quinn will become a priest or not. They talk about their future, which isn’t often done in novels (usually the mc is internally dying but is silent about their fears) and guess what? It isn’t solved quickly after one talk! Very realistic approach.

I just had a little problem with Jason’s offhand way of dealing with his (former) ED. I know a lot of people do, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Apart from that Moments of Silence is a very captivating and emotional read.

Thanks to El, who won a copy of this novel but already owns it (read her review here), the author provided me with a free copy. Thanks to both of you!

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