Walk With Me by Cardeno C. 4 Stars!
Serious, responsible Seth longs for sexy, outspoken Eli but must decide if he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan. 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.
Sigh. So good.
This is a perfect light, romantic, moving romance. It is a great friends to lovers with Jewish leads. It takes places of a span of many years as the younger hero grows up.
It is funny with the weddings the rabbi hero attends. He is great in always but so is the other hero.
It is so loving. The book also looks at biphobia in intersting ways. The writer so a good job keeping the drama low and the characters evolving.
Once the heroes get together after a really slow burn, its hot.
I loved every moment and this will become a comfort read.
It could have been more. The religious aspects could have been explored and Seth should have had a much more detailed conversation about his feelings but so nice overall.