Is there anything greater than an enemy to lovers tale? Learning to Love by Felice Stevens is a perfect example of how much this trope can really work. I loved this book! Not only do you get the snarky grumbling Gideon to entertain you, but he is subdued by the Rabbi, yes a Rabbi, Jonah.
I cannot gush about this book enough. I’m not a religious person, I don’t care much for religions in any respect really, but I really did enjoy the Jewish religion depicted in Learning to Love. It really warmed me to see a religion embracing the gay community and a father who loved his son regardless of his sexuality. All of that was encompassed in this book.
I was immensely pleased with the fact that this book had multiple layers to it. There was the religion, there was some angst, there was also a surprise within the pages that surprised me but made me applaud Felice for adding it in there and making it an awareness and handling it with grace.
Not only do you get to see the relationship develop between Gideon and Jonah, you also get to see a beautiful relationship build between Jonah’s dad and Gideon, of which Gideon is grateful for. There’s also subplots woven throughout the story melding together a beautiful read.
I don’t want to put any spoilers in here as I like the unexpected surprise so you’ll just have to trust me. This book undeniably earned its 5 star rating. With its enemies to friends trope, it’s amazing character development and the world build up, this book has a way of hitting all my “fantastic book” buttons. Highly recommend this book to Felice Stevens fans and to anyone looking for a great read with excellent characters. Go forth and read!
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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.
Release Date: April 30, 2016