Book Reviews

Learning to Love (Together 1) by Felice Stevens

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-April-2018

Book Blurb

After ten years away from home, bad boy caterer Gideon Marks has a lot to prove. Getting the holiday catering job at his childhood synagogue is the first step in demonstrating to everyone he didn’t turn out to be the failure they predicted. What he doesn’t count on is Rabbi Jonah Fine, his high school nemesis and secret crush, stirring up old feelings Gideon thought long gone and secrets he’s buried deep for years.

An unexpectedly passionate encounter shocks Gideon, but he pushes Jonah away, convinced he isn’t good enough to be in a relationship and would never be accepted by Jonah’s father. But Jonah hangs tough—he won’t allow Gideon to hide or run away from life again. And when it comes to love, Gideon learns the most important lessons aren’t always taught in school.


Book Review

Some people say you can never really go home again but I don’t believe that. Gideon left Brooklyn far behind at eighteen, wanting only to leave the places and people who hurt him the most. Ten years later he has returned triumphant as a business owner and his worldview goes through some eye-openers when he begins to realize that everything he thought about his years growing up wasn’t really like he remembered at all.

“Jonah only knew the front I put up to the world. The real me, the part I didn’t let anyone see, was too ugly to share. In another world, where I wasn’t who I am, I might have had a chance with someone like Jonah.

It has been a while since I ran into a character with such deep self-confidence (outside of his cooking abilities) issues and almost a loathing for who he believes himself to be. Gideon had a difficult childhood, particularly following the death of his mother and grandmother as his father was an alcoholic who took everything out on Gideon. In his teenage eyes Jonah was smart, perfect, had a loving family, could do no wrong, and viewed Gideon as an idiot. What’s the saying about how you interpret others’ feelings toward you based on your own warped self-image? Gideon saw himself as an idiot and, in fact, still does about most things that don’t involve his business and his cooking.

“It’s almost impossible for someone like you to understand. I look at myself, and I see nothing.” “That’s funny,” said Jonah, skimming his fingertips across my face. “Because when I look at you, I see everything.”

Gideon can’t understand, much less believe, when Jonah tells him he has never stopped thinking of him and waiting for him. Gideon doesn’t see how special he is and he certainly can’t understand why Jonah would want him or claim to love him. It doesn’t take them long to share their secrets and admit their feelings for one another. It was a little too insta for me but I’m a sucker for a sweet, sappy romance. Of course, admitting their feelings doesn’t mean that either man isn’t scared of the future and what it might bring. And when Jonah does something - out of his love for Gideon - that only makes Gideon feel as if Jonah doesn’t want him the way he is, that he wants him to change, that’s when Jonah and Gideon get a lesson in learning to love.

I enjoyed this romance although there was some serious predictability to it plus a few other dramatic intermissions. Gideon and Jonah are very sweet and I totally fell for Jonah’s dad. I look forward to reading more in this series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 230 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-April-2016
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $7.49 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Love-Enemies-Contemporary-Together-ebook/dp/B01F16HN8O