Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Walk With Me
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Home #7
Heroes: Eli Block/Seth Cohen
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 288 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: February 7, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Walk With Me is set in the Home series where the books are linked by theme or world. They are independent and can be read in any order.
Review: Eli fell in love with Seth when he was just a teenager attending a Jewish summer camp where Seth was a counselor.
Years later, Seth is now an associate Rabbi at Eli’s father’s synagogue. Eli is now 18 and shameless in his devotion to the new Rabbi.
Seth, who is several years older, doesn’t feel comfortable accepting Eli’s feelings, and in fact, doesn’t really seem all that attracted to Eli at first.
Over the next few years, Eli both torments Seth with his constant come-ons and frustrates him with is seemingly poor decision-making skills regarding sex and love. Eventually, Eli gives up on Seth as a love interest, keeps him as a dear friend, and tries to move on.
Now that Eli has graduated from college and has moved home to work on his Master’s, he’s spending a lot of time with Seth as a friend and as part of their “wedding team”. (Seth performs the ceremonies and Eli does the music.) Now it’s Seth’s turn to finally see Eli as more than the boy who pestered him for so many years.
Once the blinders come off, it’s a brief trip to convince Eli to give their relationship a try and then a very, very satisfying HEA.
This was one of my favorite of the series. I ADORED Eli. He was precocious and snarky, hilarious and blunt, funny and sweet – all rolled into one. Seth kinda bugged me at first. He seemed to either just be oblivious to how hard he was making things for Eli or didn’t care.
But – when Seth finally figures things out – YOWZA – the man did surprise me! He turns out to be quite the experimental and daring lover and I loved their interactions in the bedroom.
I also loved the funny wedding stories and thought it was so clever how each chapter started with an invitation and ended with… well – you’ll see!
Again I really appreciated the glimpse into Jewish culture and loved learning more about it.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*