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.
©2015 Karen Stivali (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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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.
"This surpasses the others in this series- amazing"
We met Jason in Karen’s earlier books, he had kissed Collin setting off a jealous frenzy with Tanner. Now Jason is happy that Collin and Tanner are together and serious but he has a serious crush on Collin’s brother, Quinn.
Quinn is the oldest, slated to become a priest. He’s been very judgmental so far of both Collin (for being gay) and Sean (for getting a divorce). He’s recently been re-evaluating himself and his judgments and is taking a break from his process to become a priest by doing volunteer work at the New Hope House, where Jason works. New Hope is a sanctuary for LGTBQ kids in New York.
What we don’t know is that Quinn may or may not have some serious secrets … and longings. What we do know is that he and Jason are fast become BFFs and Jason is worried his heart is about to be broken.
This is an amazingly romantic, sweet, erotic and well written book.
I loved it!
I loved the slow build, the tension, the relationship building… all of it! It totally worked for me.
I worried about the religion aspect – Jason is Jewish and Quinn is studying to be a priest – but that wasn’t a factor in any way that detracted.
Quinn’s question to Jason – early on – about whether or not he was willing to just take a chance on him to see where things could go seemed a bit niave to me (on Jason’s part) but I think it worked in the end. Jason has to trust the process and that process isn’t unlike any other relationship in the beginning stages. In this case, in addition to seeing if the two parties involved are compatible there is the added stressor of whether or not Quinn will decide to leave the priesthood… forever… but it’s not unlike any other career decision…mostly.
The chemistry these two guys have is phenomenal and I loved all the smexy times. The exploration and gentle way they handled one another. I also loved Carter and Mia and I’m excited to read Bryan’s story.
I really enjoyed the Moments in Time series and this is by far my favorite book in that series so far.
Robert Nieman is a solid narrator. He doesn’t do over the top accents, but he always follows through on his pacing, emotion and voice quality. He is just so easy to listen to! His voice grabs you and pulls you into the story – convincing emotion, lovely intonation, great sound quality. It’s just a fantastic experience. There are a lot of really emotional scenes in this story – it’s so heart-wrenching at times – and Robert Nieman is able to hit just the right notes to capture that. I highly enjoyed this narration and recommend it as a great way to enjoy this story.
6 of 5 stars
"Sweet and refreshing"
Okay, so if you think that this audiobook will be heavy on religion, especially after reading the blurb, don't fret. Actually, I wasn’t sure where the author was going with the religion aspect of the story, that is until I was near the end of the book. What Karen Stivali ended up doing was refreshing and enlightening; especially given her analogy to help explain things to us readers.
This book is told from Jason’s POV, however IMO it would have been better if it alternated (for the most part) between Jason and Quinn’s POV. In turn, the author might have had a better time getting certain idea’s conveyed instead of the reader jumping to conclusions. I then would have had a better grasp on Quinn’s thoughts and struggles. Particularly since I didn’t understand why Quinn opted not to tell his brother he was gay until the end. One would think he would want to seek support, but no.
As for conflict, Quinn has no qualms being intimate with Jason. There is no hesitation when it comes to the sexual attraction both MC's have for one another. In the end, it all comes down to his decision on whether to take the last steps to become a Catholic priest.
Robert Nieman did a good job narrating this book. I wouldn't say he is great or amazing, just that his voice is nice to listen to.
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I didn't want the story to end. It held my interest from beginning to end.
I read this book a while back and just finished listening to the audio book.
This book is amazing. When I picked it up, I didn't realize it was part of a series, so I hadn't read any of the other books in the series. I didn't feel like I was missing anything, so don't be afraid to dive in with this book.
Moment of Silence was so much more than I expected. It is told 100% from Jason's POV and I love this character so much. He has been disowned by his family for being gay and is working for a LGBTQ teen shelter, trying to be there for teens struggling with the same circumstances.
Quinn is working at the shelter and Jason is instantly attracted to him. But the more he gets to know Quinn the more he likes.
The problem is that Quinn is almost a priest. He has taken a hiatus before his final vows to make sure the priesthood is what he really wants.
I loved watching these two characters find their way to each other. There was so much angst in this book because these two guys are AMAZING together. But the whole time I kept wondering if Quinn was going to go through with becoming a priest and break Jason's heart OR if he was going to choose Jason. GAH!!!
Don't let the religious part of this book scare you away from reading it. It really didn't delve too deeply into the religious side of things. Only that people of all religions struggle to accept homosexuality. And the people that are gay sometimes struggle to accept that side of themselves in order to make other people happy.
The book was amazing and the audiobook was fantastic!!! Robert Nieman was a perfect voice for Jason. I loved the way he brought the story to life. I could literally listen to him talk forever. His voice is amazing - if you get a chance to listen to this story, I highly recommend!
Bottom line: read this book. It's hot. It's angst. It's struggle. It's love. It's acceptance.
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