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.
Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali is best, sweetest book I’ve read in months. Jason Stern, the man in charge of the local LGBTQ shelter, New Hope, starts to fall in love with Quinn Fritzpatrick, the shelter’s contractor. Luckily for them, the feeling is mutual. The problem? Jason is out and proud, and Quinn is one step away from becoming a priest.
As someone who attended Catholic school, I was intrigued by the concept of this book. The church doesn’t condone gay relationships for its members, much less its celibate priests. I worried the author would have Quinn disregard the churches rules for clergy while pursuing his relationship with Jason. But, no, Quinn was very respectful. Stivali emphasized that he was taking a break in his schooling before taking his vows. The author made Quinn’s struggle between what he had planned and who he loved come alive on the page. And Jason allowed himself to fall for this who he knew might choose a life that couldn’t include him,
Moment of Silence gets five stars only because I can’t give it more. Everything from the writing style to the supporting characters to the love dripping from every page, makes this a book I can’t recommend enough.