TITLE: Learning To Love
AUTHOR: Felice Stevens
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
LENGTH: 150 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2016
BLURB: 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.
“How did you learn to do all this?”
That stung. In high school Jonah thought I was an idiot, and it now appeared the intervening years made no difference. Damn him. Damn all of them.
“Television and internet.” There was no denying my snide tone. “You know, between YouTube and all those cooking shows, almost anyone can do it.”
“But why did you take up cooking?”
Either Jonah was being deliberately obtuse, or he honestly thought his questions weren’t obnoxious. The past years had been the hardest of my life—working long hours in diners as a short-order cook and starving myself on bread and butter so I could save my money and attend cooking school. I winced, remembering one head chef who’d insisted I blow him if I wanted a job in his upscale kitchen. I did what I had to do to survive and succeed, but now those dark days were behind me. I wasn’t ever going down that road again.
“Take up cooking? Do you think it’s simply throwing food in a pot and adding salt?” Jonah’s flippant comment about my passion, my livelihood, dialed my anger back up to the surface and I lashed out. “We can’t all be lawyers, Jonah, and spend our days with our nose in a book. Some of us work with our hands.”
Jonah’s dark brows knitted with confusion, and he seemed honestly unaware of my inner turmoil.
“Why are you so angry at me?”
I had let Jonah get to me, once again, only now I was an adult. I should know better. I couldn’t explain why Jonah’s mere presence unnerved me. His masculine scent, a combination of warm skin and the fresh outdoors, sent my senses reeling. I refused to fall back into the trap I found myself in during high school—wanting someone who could never want me. I was older now and so, so much wiser.
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is 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 and hopefully soon a cat of my own. 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 angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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