Title: Ahava is Love (World of Love Series)
Author: Avery Duran
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 5, 2017
Page Count: 110
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Brooklyn Realtor Josh Perlman desperately wants to settle down. Unfortunately he can’t find a man who wants the same. Tired of disastrous dates, he travels to explore his heritage.
Yaron is an Israeli security guard and medic charged with looking after Josh and his pilgrimage group. For Yaron, the need to protect has become more a duty than an honor since he lost his long-term boyfriend to a terrorist attack—a loss that continues to haunt him.
As they embark on their journey through the Holy Land, it’s hard to deny the attraction that sparks between Josh and Yaron. Yet with America calling Josh home, and Israel, and the death of his lover holding Yaron prisoner, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.
But Israel is an ancient land, one that has seen miracles before. Surrounded by structures that have been destroyed and rebuilt time after time, Josh and Yaron might just learn that their futures can be found in the wisdom of the past.
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Book blurb sums up the story fairly well – Josh needs a change from his mundane day-to-day routine and signs on as a chaperone with a group of young adults to Israel. There he meets Yaron, the groups security and medic. Much to Josh’s dismay, he and Yaron are sharing hotel rooms the duration of the trip. Yaron, Josh realizes, is sex on legs – and definitely off-limits. Yaron does one night stands, Josh wants a relationship and with barely two weeks together, it’s unlikely the two can or will find common ground.
All in all, a very enjoyable read – though what I really enjoyed was the historical sites the characters visited and the little differences of being a Jew in New York City vs the Holy Land. The setting stole the story, in my humble opinion.
For myself, what detracted from Josh’s and Yaron’s story, was the other characters – Karen, Shoshana, Melissa and Naomi (I hope I remembered the correct names…). I’m beginning to think it’s my rather massive quirk, but I’m beginning to find the whole “tell the girl-bestie all” overdone.
My other quirk was the physical descriptions – I totally laughed out loud when Josh described Yaron’s strong muscular thighs under his pants. Umm…unless Josh has x-ray vision or Yaron was wearing yoga pants, you really can’t see someone’s legs through their pants. Go on! Try it! Next time you are out and about, watch peoples legs. If a guys pants are so tight that you can see his muscular rippling quads thighs, I’m willing to bet he can’t move in said pants… Just sayin’, it’s a descriptor better left for shorts or swim trunks.
Those rants off my chest, I did like the push/pull between Yaron and Josh. Yaron made it crystal clear he didn’t do relationships. Josh, wanting more, knew he couldn’t have it and went back to NY a changed man. So when Yaron shows up on his doorstep, his anger is justifiable – especially when he finds out his girl-besties were meddling.
So between the visiting the sites in Israel, the dynamic tension between Yaron and Josh, and Josh’s self-growth, this was a light, sweet, read.