After 10 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.
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A Beautiful Story!
Learning to Love is a story about acceptance. Of yourself, of others. Gideon has come so far in his life but still feels not good enough due to his learning disability. Jonah has always admired Gideon but never let him know. When these two reconnect they have to get to know each other all over again. This gives them a second chance at love. This story is told so beautifully. I fell in love with Gideon and loved seeing him blossom. Jonah is a wonderful partner and loving person. This is one of my all time favorite books and I have reread it countless times. Now I got to experience it new all over again through the audibook!
Derrick McClain has brought two of my favorite characters to life. He did an amazing job of voicing Gideon's vulnerability and fears. He brought to life Jonah's strength, compassion and love. This is a book I will enjoy listening to again.
McClain nails it.