Learning to Love by Felice Stevens

Title: Learning to Love
Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 2176 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.


Learning to Love by Felice Stevens is the story of Gideon and Jonah. The two had crushes on each other in high school but never confessed their feelings because neither felt the other would reciprocate. Fast forward years later Gideon has become a successful caterer, and Jonah is poised to take over his dad’s synagogue.

My highlights:

-Story. I love slice of life stories. I’m not big on action or suspense or horror. I enjoy reading about real life people overcoming real life problems. This story was based mainly on them functioning as a couple. Loved that.
-The characters. They were relatable, full of feeling, and people I’d want to meet in real life.
-Great cast of secondary characters. *whispers*Can’t wait for Rico’s HEA.
-The often asked question-steam? I’d say 3 out of 5.
-And the HEA. ♥

Two things…
-One of the things I did wish for was that the story had been written from an alternating POV. I so wanted inside Jonah’s head!
-Two, I did think the “L” word came out rather fast. It wasn’t that believable for me at the point that it happened. I would’ve preferred it later down the road.

All in all, though a great little story about overcoming obstacles, believing in oneself, family, friends, and love. 4 Stars.

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Galley copy of provided by Felice Stevens in exchange of an honest review.

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