Walk With Me
Title : Walk With Me
Series : Home Series, Book #7
Author : Cardeno C
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 224 pages (e-book)
Published : February 7, 2014
Rating : ★★★★★
A Book in the Home Series
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. But 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.
The books in the Series are stand alone and can be read in any order.
I recently discovered Cardeno C. and, without realizing it, have a tendency to read the series out of order. What I found was that it does not matter, at least for the two series I read. When I saw there was a new Cardeno C. book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read and review it, again not realizing it was actually the last book in the Home series. I am such a rebel! Nevertheless, knowing what I did about the series, I knew it would be ok, and it was.
Eli Block is a young man that has carried his feelings for Seth Cohen with him for seven years. He first saw Seth when he was eleven and going to summer camp for the first time. Seth was a counselor at camp and even though he was never Eli’s counselor, it did not stop Eli from admiring him from afar. Yes, it started out as a childhood crush but it grew deeper than that as the years passed. When Seth left teaching at Camp Ahava to pursue his rabbinic training, Eli thought he would never see him again. Then one day he comes home to find Seth sitting in his home, speaking with his father as the new associate rabbi for their congregation. Eli is not subtle about his feelings towards Seth and leaves Seth feeling a bit embarrassed and unsettled. Seth has never dated men and even if he was inclined, Eli is too young and his boss’s son. It was not a good idea and he tells Eli this, several times in fact, but Eli is persistent, he has had a crush on him for seven years!
Through Eli’s attempts to seduce Seth and Seth’s gentle but firm refusals, Eli discovers he enjoys being friends with Seth. So much so, that he would rather keep him as a friend than lose that friendship from his attempts at seduction. Eli decides to try dating other people, even though his heart is not in it and his friendship with Seth deepens, not lessening the love he feels towards the man, but increasing it.
The years pass and they spend more and more time together when Eli is home from college. During these times, Seth starts to realize that maybe his feelings run deeper than just friendship but he is reluctant to act on these feelings. He is worried and confused by this desire for Eli. Seth has always had a clear idea of what he was going to do with his life and, until now, all of it had come together as planned. Then an event happens that forces Seth have to step forward and let Eli know where they stand, one way or another.
This was such an enjoyable story. I love Eli’s vibrant personality. He is in touch with who he is and what he wants. He is sweet, caring, and so young when we first start this book. Seth is the careful one, the one who has his life planned out. Eli calls him “old man” and it fits, as he always plays it safe and has responsible adult advice when Eli talks to him. It was fun watching them both grow and change throughout the story. Cardeno C. has a lovely way of telling a story. It is humorous, sweet and thoughtful. Some of my favorite parts involve the weddings that Seth officiated as a rabbi. After the first one, I realized eating and drinking while reading could be hazardous to my health because I was laughing so much.
Even though this was the last book in the series, I never felt I was missing something. There were characters in this book that I was curious about and found out they have their own stories in the previous books and I want to go back and read them now. I have come to adore Cardeno C.’s work. I know I will enjoy a well-written, thoughtful story with a happy ending. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to going back and reading the rest of this series.
Rated 5 stars by Deb