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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.
So I ended up eating my words. I had no intention to ever reading another Felice Stevens book. I felt like her and I didn’t go together at all. I use to get exasperated by the end of each book. Well I read a short of this book in a holiday anthology and loved it. When I found out it was a full length novel I decided to eat crow and read this. I enjoyed it just as much as the short. I do feel like it could have been maybe 50 pages shorter and some things could have been cut, but overall I really liked Gideon and Jonah’s love story. I don’t know if I would call it friends to lovers since they share a history from childhood but maybe associates to lovers who reacquaint with each other 10 years later.
Gideon has come back home to New York to show all the naysayers that he wasn’t bad or dumb. He came back to show that he made something of himself with his catering company. One of his first jobs back is at the synagogue he grow up in. He meets Jonah who he swore was mean to him in high school. Jonah who is now a Rabbi is excited to see Gideon. He doesn’t have the same feelings as Gideon about him, in fact he kinda was inspired by Gideon’s resourcefulness at school. They get off to a rocky start but it ends up heated. I liked the relationship build up between the two. Gideon has some sore spots regarding his childhood that’s even affected his adulthood. My heart felt for him, because even with all the obstacles he still made something of himself. As usual the mis-communication and going behind one’s back to ensure his love one gets Jonah in minor trouble. Certain aspects of the story in my opinion could have been excluded. I felt like certain areas weren’t needed and didn’t add to the story for me. I would have rather seen Gideon progress more and more. These two worked well together, we saw the love, we saw the need and fire for one another. I also enjoyed the support that they offered one another. I think the author did a good job, and I might be willing to look for more of her work.