• Lost in a Moment

  • Trials of Fear, Book 5
  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the only person Grayson has to lean on is his straight best friend, what could go wrong?

After a horrific accident and an amputation, Grayson isn’t sure where to turn. Not only is he an emotional wreck, but his problems seem to be getting worse, not better. When his childhood best friend insists he come and stay with him for a while, Grayson isn’t sure how to feel. He’s been crushing on Beck since they were teenagers, and it’s never wise to fall for a straight guy.

Beck’s apartment only has one bedroom and one bed. What could go wrong?

Lost in a Moment is a hurt comfort, best friends-to-lovers, GFY MM romance with moderate angst. It is part of the Trials of Fear series but can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2019 Nicky James (P)2022 Nicky James

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This book was incredible. Seriously my favorite so far. My gods, his struggle. And watching it come upon him was just…. AND the best friend/gay for you romance. Im just over here, unable to move on.

Fear of TIME people. My heart.

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Tedious, monotonous and way too long

I feel compelled to leave my review after seeing all of the positive recommendations of people that are obviously easily to entertained or in collusion with the author.
This was not a good book, the love story was not viable not realistic and I didn't care for either character.
Straight men don't have epiphanies one day and become gay, polyamorous or bisexual.
This book was preposterous with one of the worst endings I've ever read in literature.
If you're looking for a happy ending look elsewhere,the crap I went through to get to the end to have such a lazy and sloppy executed ending assured me this is the last book I will purchase from this author.

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Perfection

I knew I loved the story because I read the book but the narrator did amazing. In all of the 400+ audiobooks I’ve listened to in the last two years not a single one has included effects like kissing sounds and only one has had a realistic phone call effect. Perfection

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  • kp
  • 05-23-22

Loved!

Lost in a Moment is an amazing addition to the Trials of Fear series. I am a huge fan of best friends to lovers stories and this gives me all the feels I could wish for.

Grayson and Beckett have been best friends for forever. Gray is gay and has been crushing on his straight friend for years. When a traumatic event has Beckett taking care of and caring for Grayson lines begin to blur.
Handling this new dynamics in their relationship is tricky. I appreciated the honest emotional reactions both characters showed.

Both Beck an Gray are stronger than they imagine and value what they have together. I really loved Grayson and Beckett together. Their road was bumpy, but they made their way back each other no matter what.

Adam Gold does an outstanding job of bringing this story to life!

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Loved it

This friends to lovers romance is everything I love about this series plus fantastic narration. Once again, Nicky James shines light on a rare and life crippling phobia brought on by circumstances. This book broke my heart but then slowly put it back together once more as the characters learned how to deal with the new direction their lives have taken. It's angsty in all the right places and the love is so real. Love doesn't fix everything but the support the characters give one another is what makes it special.
The narration is fantastic. So believable. So heartbreaking. You could feel the characters come to life. Adam Gold is doing amazing things with this series.

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awesome listen

The audio for this book is amazing! It's such a great story by a very talented narrator!

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Finding connections a second time through

Soo i have read this book back when it first came out, i connected to Grey as i did most of Nicky's boys. But for some reason this second time through with Adam leading the charge i realized i was more like Grey then i thought. and it was a little triggering. both of us being anxious about time ( him having a fear while I just have anxiety) pining over our straight best friend . and living with them. Yup this hit a little too close to home XD, and i loved it even more the second time around. i cant get enough of these boys there stories and where they go and knowing what comes later I'm very excited for what comes next.

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This book has always held a special place in my heart and I am so glad the narrator was able to do it justice. It was a very fulfilling experience to be able to hear the words come to life. Very heavy subject but the author manages to tell the story in a way that doesn’t make it feel like trauma for traumas sake. Highly recommend!

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I’ll never look at time the same way again

Phobia: an extreme or irrational fear or an aversion to something

Chronophobia: a persistent abnormal and unwarranted fear of time or of the passing of time

I always start out my Nicky James reviews saying how much I love Nicky James…so I’ll do it again. She makes me think – which I like. She makes me feel – which I adore. She makes me sit in my discomfort – which I love. She challenges me – which brings me back to her books, time and time again.

The Trials of Fear books had been especially challenging. What would it be like to live with a crippling phobia? Whether being afraid of sleep, or of touch, or anything else…how would I survive? I have aversions to things, but no actual phobias. I’m lucky to be able to avoid certain things, but the world won’t come to an end if I have to face them.

Nicky’s characters? She puts them through hell. Take Grayson – a terrible accident has left him physically unable to cope with day-to-day living – at least for now. He needs help and, of course, his parents are there to take over. But he knows going home will be a disaster, so when his best friend Beck waltzes in and declares Gray can stay with him, then all is not lost. Now, there’s the small problems of the stairs, the clutter, and – oh yeah – the lone double bed.

I found Beck adorable. A pack rat, like myself, he’s an antiquities dealer who travels around the province of Ontario looking for treasures. Most wind up in his store – but the overflow, and some of the truly priceless pieces, wind up in his apartment over the store. Oh, and the Beatles. His cat, parrot, and the two fish whose lives are forever in jeopardy because of the cat. As an animal lover, I enjoyed how much of a role the pets played. I want a Ringo of my own.

Now, Gray’s had a crush on Beck just about as long as they’ve known each other. And Beck’s been oblivious. Even when it’s pointed out to him by his awesome employee Maria, he still doesn’t see it.

Until the moment he does. He goes into a panic and freaks out. Because he’s not into guys. Right? Yeah…except the attraction he’s feeling for Gray. Now, this is a gay for you story and those can be tricky. Nicky’s story? Worked brilliantly.

Gray’s chronophobia, of course, gets in the way. I loved how the phobia was weaved seamlessly into the story, and I have to say, I’ll never look at time the same way.

Needless to say, I loved this book. Had all the hallmarks of the other phobia books along with two awesome heroes and a cameo by Krew. (yay!)

Adam Gold narrates these books and I think he does a stellar job – his voice is just perfect for these and I’m so grateful for the bang-up performance. Can’t wait for more James/Gold collaborations and, of course, I highly recommend the book.

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When Trauma + Friendship Leads to Much More

One of my favorite tropes is Gay for You / Bi Awakening so I have read a metric ton of them. When I saw that Nicky James had one in her Trials of Fear series, and it was a best friends to lovers story as well, I couldn’t grab at it fast enough. Now it’s an audiobook narrated by the amazing Adam Gold and it’s even better!

After a horrible accident leaves Grayson physically broken and temporarily homeless, his best friend, Beckett, takes him in. His straight best friend… with a tiny apartment and only one bed! Oh and did I mention that Gray has been in love with Beck for over a decade? Unbeknownst to Beck of course.

Now ordinarily such a story description could imply just another cheesy romp but NOT in the hands of Nicky James, the queen of angst and exploring mental health issues in romance stories. In this story, she leads us through the harrowing experience of fear and hopelessness as Grayson tries to survive his tragic ordeal. We are then expertly shown his gradual mental decline in such a way that we can’t help but ache for him as we see just how tortured he has become. The aftermath of his accident is brutal. Thank goodness there is Beck.

Beck is fiercely devoted to his best friend Gray, but he’s only thought of him as a friend. As their physical proximity starts to awaken feelings Beck has never had before, we get to hear his self questioning. I loved how intimate of an exploration we were shown, both of his thoughts and their new physical relationship. And when the two begin to move beyond a platonic friendship, things get steamy.

Sadly, despite the support and love of his friend, Gray’s issues rule his life. Soon Beck can’t help but see that much more is going on and he doesn’t see what to do. Can their friendship survive? This book will make you care.

Adam Gold’s portrayal of both MCs made this a wonderful way to spend 10 hours. His moody, intense voice for Gray, and the lighthearted voice for Beck made these characters real and the experience truly immersive. I thank him, and Nicky James, for the fun way he brought us the comic relief we needed periodically. Long live George and Ringo!

This story works effortlessly as a standalone, so if this is where you start the series you’ll be just fine. But please take my advice, treat yourself to others when you’re done with this one. Each book highlights a different couple and a different lesser known phobia… and Adam Gold delivers stellar performances in every one.

I eagerly await the audio release of the next one. Thank you Nicky James and Adam Gold for a wonderful way to use a credit!

Happy listening! 😊💖

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-22

Wow! Amazingly written truly beautiful.

Nicky shows great insight into the phobia! Both characters were brilliant and i fell in love with them both so very fast. Just to show what PTSD / mental illness can do to the most stable of friends.

Adam Golds performance was Gold standard!!!

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  • Kyniarvi
  • 05-20-22

Stunning!

A perfect collaboration between Adam Gold and Nicky James. His narration makes this gripping story really come to life (and wow, his voice *swoon*).

Gray loses his right leg from the knee down and his sense of time after being trapped in his dark basement for 60 hours. He moves in with his best friend and long time crush Beck, who’s a hoarder owning a quirky shop and hilarious pets.
Both men have to overcome/learn to accept their insecurities and fears. Not only Gray’s obsession with time, his PTSD, anxiety and learning to live as an amputee, but also questioning his sexuality.

The budding romance, the tension between the two of them, the realistic struggling with questioning one’s orientation and the pressure of Gray’s debilitating phobia make this story hard to put down.

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  • Amelia
  • 05-16-22

An emotional hurt/comfort journey

Despite knowing how heavy this audio would get, I still found myself completely overwhelmed with emotions as I listened to a firsthand account of Gray's accident and his slowly spiraling mental well-being afterwards. The combination of Nicky James's immersive writing and Adam Gold's expressive narration pulled me into the trauma of Gray's experience and kept me captive all the way through his story. Experiencing the beginning stages of Gray's fixation on and fear of time was more visceral than anything I've listened to in a long time, and without even trying I was fully invested in the outcome of his situation. My heart ached for Gray as he struggled to find a new normal even as he was still healing from what he went through. Beck's friendship was the comforting lifeline that kept this story from drifting fully into a depression spiral, and I hung onto it for dear life as Gray's nightmares threatened to pull him away from his last anchor. I rode the waves of Gray's ups and downs, took comfort when I could from Beck's closeness, and kept hoping for answers about what he was going through. For me, the romance was secondary to everything else in Gray's life, but I have to admit it was sweet to see him and Beck explore something new and unexpected together. I had much bigger questions about how Gray was going to find balance and stability, but his and Beck's stolen moments of happiness were a nice boost of uplifting energy in a story that otherwise left me really worried. The sense of relief I felt when Gray finally opened up to Beck and agreed to seek help was all-consuming, and while there was no magic cure or instant solution to his problems, the way their story ended gave me hope that things were trending in an upward direction.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions

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  • loveQhuay
  • 05-11-22

Fear of the passing time, gay for u friends to lov

This book is my least favorite in the Trials of Fear series, but this time I really enjoyed the audio. Probably because of Adam Gold's magical voice? Who knows lol.

The fear of passing time is really hard to describe and write about, and the constantly fear in Gray's voice and complaining about the passing time... confusing but okay.

Friends to lovers, gay for you, just really good! And the narration... don't get me start on that one hahaha, just perfect.

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  • Samantha T
  • 05-11-22

Amazing! As expected!

I cannot say it enough! ADAM GOLD IS AMAZING! I adore his narration. I also really love Nicky's writing so what's not to love about this audio book? This is a great story about overcoming something totally life changing and finding love in the process. I absolutely cannot recommend this book enough. Heck the entire series is so good!

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  • Lilo
  • 05-05-22

Adam Gold I will buy everything you read to me💗💗

This was soo good. Such an interesting story. Till now I have never read about such a menthal illness like cronophobia. Grayson's journey touched me deeply. Adam read it with so much emotion, every nuance, every breath, everything felt right. His performance is utter perfection. Grayson's physical rehabilitation was not in the focus like..at all.. which could have been detailed a lot more. I missed a longer and tender care taking by Beckett.

I was always able to differenciate who was talking. Becket's voice and manners were so different!His happy go lucky character and the sunny voice stood in contrast with Grayson's melancholy and deeper raspier voice. I was flustered how good the narration was.

Becket's character and his journey seemed totally realistic. His outbursts at the beginning when he was confused....this is exactly how I imagine this would go in real life. And even during sex, all his thoughts and worries were valid.

Ah Grayson and his "voice" will inhabit my thoughts for long! I bought the other audiobooks in the series and the other Nicky-Adam products and can't wait to devour them! Nicky is my new aut-buy authors 😍

Just do yourself a favor and listen to this 🤩🤩🤩🤩
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Although it is emotional it is not that dark though.

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  • DanNet
  • 05-03-22

so emotional

what an emotional story. Grayson loses part of his leg in a horrific accident at his house after a storm. he was stuck for a few days before he was found and unsurprisingly it has caused a lot of mental problems. He moves in with his straight best friend Beck who he has been secretly in love with for 15 years. They have to share a bed which causes some awkward moments. Beck realises that actually he isn't completely straight and start having feelings for Grayson. At the same time Grayson's is rapidly deteriorating. it was a hard listen but what an emotional, heartfelt and beautiful story.

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  • Mandy Tunstill
  • 04-28-22

Incredible, Emotional & Beautiful 💖❤️💖

OMG........absolutely blown away another amazing one from Nicky James from the start couldn't stop listening was so hooked the opening will break your heart what Gray goes through when he's trapped you feel everything his pain fear and anxiety it's so heart-wrenching.and him and Beck his best friend who's he's loved since he was 15 yrs old who he moves in with after is accident the chemistry between them from friends to lovers you go through it all with both of them and Adam Gold as done it again simply brilliant with his narration of Gray & Beck not forgetting the Beatles love the cat. 💖❤️💖❤️

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  • Macbandit
  • 04-26-22

Plenty of emotion

This is an emotional, friends to lovers story. It starts out in a frightening situation. Grayson suffers after an accident that leaves him with his leg amputated. Since he isn’t too anxious to have his mom hoovering over him, he accepts his bff Beck’s offer to stay with him. Gray gets to deal with a number of medical issues and with the fact he has crushed on Beck since they were teens. This story has so much to be emotional about. This author is great at bringing human problems and solutions into the story. This is another example how the stories touch me. Adam Gold’s narration brought personality to these characters.

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  • Katie townsend
  • 04-25-22

incredible performance and journey

listening to Adam gold bring grayson and beck to life was such a beautiful and delightful experience

I felt every emotion and every word of their journey it was amazing heartfelt and stunning

Adam gold narrated grayson and beck just the way I pictured them to sound

I loved nicky James's beautiful words and storytelling and Adam gold wonderful narration it was perfect

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  • The Smut Librarian
  • 06-13-22

intense and engaging

An intense story with imperfect characters make for a fascinating read. I found this book frustrating at times but I still enjoyed it and the gritty nature of the journey makes it even more engaging.
Adam Gold's narration brings even deeper emotion and heightens the character's personalities.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-23-22

Adam Gold, is GOLD

The story is good but narrator is AMAZING. He makes the story. He brings it to life.