Hanukkah Gifts - Jacob Cheyenne
Author: Jacob Cheyenne
Publisher: JMS Books
Length: 28,000 words
Twenty-five year old TV producer Jared Greenfield loves his New York City life—his trendy neighborhood, high-profile job, and window-shopping for high fashion on Fifth Avenue—along with a whole city of available men. But even with all the fun of big city life, he feels a longing for something—or someone—more. Going through the motions takes him uptown on December night, where, on the first night of Hanukkah, he spots a handsome, sweaty, player on the basketball court of the Jewish Community Center.
Tall, dark, and Orthodox, the young and athletic Shai Goodhart strikes up an easy friendship with Jared, only to discover that Jared has very little appreciation for his own Jewish heritage and religion. Determined to enlighten this “Bad Jew”, Shai invites him over for a family Hanukkah celebration to remember. But Jared’s easy fascination ends when he discovers that Shai has a house full of tangled secrets that threatens their romance before it even begins. Both young men feel they can help one another, but over the eight days of Hanukkah, deeper emotions propel them closer and closer. Can they ever reach across the divide of their shared culture and fall in love?
In Hanukkah Gifts we have two MC's; Jared and Shai. Both Jewish but each is on a different side of the spectrum of practice. Jared inslt a practicing Jew and Shai is a modern Orthodox Jew with a very close family and strong beliefs.
We have two characters who are both Jewish and very opposite. I had a hard time with the belivability of their connection/love. As wonderful as it was to educate the other on their world, the connection just wasn't working for me.
Jared was very insta-love with Shai and through he course of 8 days the two develop a forever love and I had whiplash. I don't have issues with insta-love when in the right context ie Shifter books, vampire books and such. Many Alpha men books seem to pull it off. With the element that this story is written on however just didn't work for it. My opinion of course.
I was also left with so many questions and there was so much that wasn't resolved. While I found this to be an interesting and at times entertaining book I couldn't get into it. Perhaps if it was longer some of the holes and questions could be filled and answered.
Jacob Cheyenne is an author of M/M Romantic Fiction. His characters and stories are often inspired by real historical events, figures and scenes from classical art, or from old black and white portraits he collects in antique stores. His debut novella “Hanukkah Gifts” focuses on the turmoil between two young Jewish men with very different ideas about how to reconcile their faith and sexuality.
When not writing, the author loves swimming, hearing live music, reading fat books on empty beaches, and drinking anything coconut-flavored. When not traveling, he lives and works in the bustling heart of New York City.
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