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.
You all know that I love my angsty stories but sometimes you see a author’s name jumping out at you, you love their books, you know it’s going to be low angst, but it draws you in like a magnet, you can’t resist the pull – Felice Stevens is my magnet author. She always seems to know when I don’t want angst but sweet, happy endings and of course, she delivers every time.
Learning to Love is the first book in her new series, we are introduced to Gideon and Jonah (the main MCs), but also some really interesting side characters and I have to say that Rico deserves his own storyline and I’m hoping it’s going to be the next book – hint, hint author.
Though Gideon and Jonah went to the same school, they weren’t friends. To be honest, Gideon didn’t have any friends as such but Jonah was Gideon’s first-time crush.
The story begins when Gideon returns home after 10 years away and he’s changed a lot! He is no longer the shy, lonely guy he was at school, together with his friend Rico, he is the co-owner of a successful catering business and is more than happy to prove his success.
He didn’t have an easy childhood, he found that children could be very malicious concerning his learning disabilities and we see the trauma it caused and how very hard it is to overcome. He lost two of the most important people in his life and was left with a father who was always too angry and too drunk to take care of him.
Jonah was completely unaware of how hard Gideon’s life was when he was younger. He really is happy to see him and he is determined to get what he has always wanted – a chance with him.
I got so involved in the storyline, I totally understood Gideon and his struggles. Though I have to say, that the title isn’t quite right, Gideon knows how to love but he doesn’t know how to be loved. He had to learn how to trust in Jonah and learn that not everyone who loves you, leaves you, Jonah was going to stay. Yes, there are some complications but nothing they can’t work through and overcome.
This is a sweet love story about healing souls and a chance of finding love.
tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner. My character have to
work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes
love.I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a
lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but
daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful
stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a little angst
along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.