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. But 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 received an advance copy of this book directly from the author.
And I read and giggled and laughed out loud and sighed and awww'd and sniffled and smiled.
I loved the inclusion of the various wedding invitations as much as the depictions of wedding disasters, and I adored both main characters, their families and their friends. Theirs was a journey of hope, faith and love. The writing draws you in from the start and never lets you go. It's engaging, honest and humorous, yet emotional when befitting the situation, and holy hot boysecks, Batman.
The whole relationship with its slow burn is permeated by respect and friendship for each other, and a deep, abiding connection. Seth might have taken his time, but when he figures it out, it's full steam ahead. And Eli, persistent, a little hesitant but oh so sure of what he wants - simply a joy to behold.
The author has a rather unique voice, and while the story flip-flopped POVs frequently, there was never a time where I couldn't tell who was doing the talking. Humor abounds during the weddings Seth officiates, and there are plenty of sweet moments between him and Eli too. I loved how Eli's character was explored, being younger than Seth, and how he struggled to find what he was looking for elsewhere.
The book covers about six years, fairly quickly in some cases, but the time jumps made sense, and gave both characters time to grow. Eli's parents are also quite the characters, as is Seth's mom. I'm not Jewish, so I'm not entirely familiar with the cliches that are mentioned - apparently Jewish mothers are a different breed - but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Highly recommended. Utterly beautiful. Thank you, CC. It was an honor.
Available February 7th, 2014 from
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