Author ~ Felice Stevens
Published ~ 14th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Love is going pretty well for Gideon Marks. He’s living with his boyfriend, Jonah, and his business is thriving beyond his wildest dreams. So why is he still worried he’s not enough, and all he holds dear will slip through his fingers?
Jonah Fine has everything he wants; he’s head over heels in love with Gideon and has finally stepped out from under the shadow of his father. Aware of Gideon's continuing struggle with dyslexia, Jonah tries to reassure him that they are equal partners in their relationship by making their first Valentine's Day one to remember.
Ghosts from the past reappear, sending Gideon into a tailspin. He must make the decision to either hold on to the anger he grew up with or forgive the pain he’s carried with him all his life. It will take all of Gideon's courage, Jonah's love, and a special surprise for Gideon to finally realize the one person he must learn to love is himself.
This is a brand-new, 12,000 word short story.
Debra’s Book Brief
Gideon and Jonah became one of my favorite Felice Stevens couples when they were introduced in Learning to Love so I was thrilled to get this little follow-up story that catches up with the couple shortly before Valentine’s Day.
In the past three months they’ve grown even more in love (and lust) with each other. Gideon’s business is doing well, but personally he is given some news about his dyslexia that starts him back down the road of wondering whether he is a liability to Gideon. If that’s not enough to stress him out, Jonah’s father Ari drops a bit of information that Gideon wasn’t expecting and isn’t sure he wants to deal with. Meanwhile Jonah is planning an amazing and romantic Valentine’s Day that will show Gideon just how much he loves him, now he just needs to pull it off.
This was just enough story to remind me of everything I loved about these men in the first place. The fun they have together, the hot sexy times, the vulnerability and insecurity under Gideon’s tough exterior and the strength and passion beneath the mild-mannered Rabbi Jonah are all on full display again. There are some tense moments as Gideon faces his past, but the family Gideon has made in Jonah and Ari and even his friend Rico, provides him with the support he needs to decide to move forward.
In the end it’s all about reinforcing the love these two men share. I’m not going to spoil whether Jonah’s big plans work out, but this is a Valentine’s Day treat all of Jonah and Gideon’s fans will want to read. Now Ms. Stevens, about Rico and Adam ...
Meet Jonah and Gideon in
Learning to Love
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.
Meet Felice Stevens
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn't until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth's court that her interest in romance novels was renewed. But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back. Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.