Until today I had not planned on reviewing this book for my Retro Reads reviews of the Home collection. Why? Because even though I had bought the book I had never read it. I knew someday I would get to it, but I had lost some of my enthusiasm for the series after reading The One Who Saves Me, and figured I would give it a break. Big Mistake. This one ended up being my very favorite of the entire collection! In fact, I think it just might be my favorite book by Cardeno C. ever.
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.
Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.
I read this book today – so maybe it’s not really a retro read for me – but it has been on my Kindle for nearly a year so I guess that’s retro enough, right? Unlike the other books in the collection I have only read it once, but I can assure you it will be on my re-read shelf because it is a wonderful love story. It’s funny, it’s romantic, and it’s very entertaining.
Seth and Eli’s story is well thought out. Sort of like their love affair. Both of these characters are endearing and beautiful to watch fall in love. I think my wish for everyone like Eli is to find a Seth. They are so great together, and not just because they have years of friendship, but because they have so much love to give.
Although there are some very sexy scenes in the book they don’t overflow the pages. They come after a build up and are well earned. Cardeno C. did a outstanding job of creating the characters in all of the roles – the parents, the friends, the bridal parties – all are fabulous. I think I had preconceived notions about the book because Seth was a Rabbi. In reality, that aspect was just another layer of strength that made his character interesting and thoughtful.
I am so very thankful that I finally made time to read this story. I think that time is a precious commodity, and when I get to the end of a book, and want to spend more of it with the characters that is high praise.
It has been a while since I have read something that has made me smile so much, and even tear up at the mushy scenes. I was practically crying during the last chapter because it was so lovely. It’s an uplifting story and I highly recommend you make time to read it. The entire Home collection is wonderful and worth spending time on, but this book was the cherry on top of the sundae of sweet, loving and delicious sexy fun.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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