Learning to Love by Felice Stevens

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Learning to LoveLearning to Love by Felice Stevens
Release Date: April 30, 2016
Pages: 210 • Format: eARC
Published By: Felice Stevens
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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.

three-half-stars

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.

 

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About Felice Stevens

Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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