First, let me say this: I despise reading out of order. However, I did not know this was a series, nor did I know it was the fourth!!! book. So yes, some things were alluded to, and I kept wondering about other characters – and that proves, yet again, that a standalone that’s a part of a series is bullshit.
And now, to what I thought of Moment of Silence.
While the premise was a jumble of the predictable plot, the cliche forbidden love story and the beginning of a joke, it didn’t go quite as I expected it to be. I was pleasantly surprised 🙂
The story is told from Jason’s point of view. He is the gay son of a Rabbi. Quinn is a priest in training. Jason is crushing hard. Quinn is so sweet and seems like the perfect best friend. And then he turns Jason world around.
Jason is dealing with a lot. His father basically shunned him and being forbade his family from being in touch with him. He’s had a rough few years, but has managed to pick himself up and creating a good life, with help from some friends. And now he’s dealing, although that doesn’t seem like a huge deal, with Quinn’s unknown future in the church and him being somewhat in the closet.
Quinn’s excitement is beyond adorable and sexy. He’s discovering everything with Jason and it’s pretty awesome. He’s even outing himself at a certain stage in their relationship. His feelings for Jason are pretty obvious when the latter has a family emergency.
I really enjoyed the way Jason and Quinn’s relationship started and grew. I liked Quinn’s little jealous streak. I liked the intensity of their relationship and I liked the way the plot twisted to accommodate the pace of the story.
And what I really liked is the sex scenes. OMG those were H.O.T.!!
The one thing that didn’t sit well with me is that at times Jason’s voice was almost mechanical. Rehearsed.
Authors who take a plot like that and give it their own special touch are great writers.
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.
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.