Book Reviews

Stolen Moments by Ariel Tachna at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-March-2017

Book Blurb

After a year apart, teacher Jacob Peters and county judge Beau Braedon decide they can’t live without each other. There are just a few small obstacles to their Alabama love story. Jacob resents Beau’s paranoia about being outed, but Beau is convinced he’ll lose his seat on the bench if he admits to their relationship, and as a teacher at a Christian school, Jacob’s job is even more at risk. They could relocate, but Beau’s mother has Alzheimer’s and can’t be moved. And then there’s the tiny issue of Jacob’s infant son, Finn, and his mother, whom Jacob wed out of duty. In short, they are stuck.

But Beau has a long-term plan, and he’s prepared to swallow his fears and compromise with Jacob, because sharing stolen moments is no longer enough.

Book Review

Stuck in a trap that is, in a way, of their own making, Jacob and Beau face quite a battle before they can celebrate their happy ending. They may have a lot of passion between them, even love, but until they get their lives in order, they don’t stand a chance. The realism of the obstacles they face, the developments they go through (both mental and emotional), and the difficulties of their own making made this an interesting read.

Jacob is an honorable man, who is drawn to do the right thing, even if that means creating problems for himself. The care he takes to keep up appearances is justified, since he’s a teacher at a Christian school. His only problem is that doing the right thing makes him unhappy on a personal level, since it means he cannot be together with the man he loves. I think it is interesting that he is more ready to come out, should Beau decide to stand by him, than Beau is. And even when it becomes clear exactly what consequences this might have, Jacob remains faithful to his principles.

Beau faces two major problems if he comes out: the threat to his career as a judge, and his inability to move because of his mother. It takes him a while to sort out his priorities, but when he does, and once he has a plan, he is unstoppable. Since his barriers are mainly mental, it is possible for him to overcome them without facing a professionally impossible situation.

The cast of secondary characters also deserves a mention here. They brought the story to life in ways that made me smile, yell at them in anger ,and roll my eyes in turn. Just like in real life.

If you like realism in your stories, if reading about an inner battle to become the person you want to be interests you, and if “normal” people and their struggles interest you, you will pobably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 210 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-December-2011
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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