ARC Review: Hanukkah Gifts (Jacob Cheyenne)

With all due respect to the author, this just didn’t work for me. AT ALL.

First of all, I didn’t enjoy the whole ‘discussion’ (if we can call it that) regarding “bad Jew vs. good Orthodox Jew that happened between Jared and Shai. The thing is I have never been comfortable when a romance story talks too much about religion. It’s not my cup of tea since I know there will always be a difference in looking at things.

So here, it became too much. Jared will always see part of the Orthodox traditions of being ridiculous, like the whole marriage arrangement part and of course the lack of acceptance of homosexuality. It was that part that didn’t work because it became judgmental, of the right vs. wrong thing to do.


And the other thing … well, let’s just say that the quick timeline of Jared falling in love with Shai felt ridiculous. I can’t suspend my disbelief. So Day 5 after meeting Shai for the first time Jared is falling in love with him. Day 7 Shai is kicked out by his family. Then Day 8 they are going to Key West? Because what, Shai’s getting kicked out is not a big deal? That celebrating to Key West is more important and a sure sign for a forever happily ever after?

Uhm, sorry, but NO. Sure maybe fall in love in first sight does happen in real life. However, this reader prefer enough time for the relationship to bloom and progress.

RATING: 2 out of 5



The ARC is provided by the author for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.



 Hanukkah Gifts
Author: Jacob Cheyenne
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 28,148 words
Publisher: JMS-Books
Purchase Link: Amazon US, All Romance Ebooks
Release Date: December 24, 2016


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