Ben's Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracleby Published 13 Nov 2018
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This Hanukkah, it’s love with a side of latkes.
Former ice hockey star Adam Bernard has spent the last ten years caring for his ailing father and coaching his pee-wee hockey team. He doesn’t have time to brood over what could-have-been since leaving the NHL draft - and he sure doesn’t have time for a love-life. When his team is invited to a prestigious tourney in Boston - and it’s during the week of Hanukkah - he can’t find it in his heart to tell them no. Adam hates the idea of leaving his dad alone during the holidays - but a promise is a promise.
Ben Daniels wasn’t running from his almost-Olympic past when he started up a kosher-style bakery three years ago. Deciding to stick to Hanukkah-themed treats, though, was probably running from the truth, which is that he’s one bad month away from bankruptcy. An infusion of donut-hungry preteens is exactly what his register needs - but their adorable and mysterious coach might be exactly what Ben’s heart has been yearning for.
Adam’s life is back in Montreal - but the more time Adam spends with Ben, the less he wants to leave Boston. Ben might have spent the last three years avoiding the ice - but Adam could be the key to melting his resolve.
When Adam gets an offer from the NHL, it’s a chance for them both to rewrite their histories. But Ben hasn’t been entirely truthful with Adam - and Adam’s got some prejudices that might just extinguish what’s burning between them.
With Adam’s future at a crossroads, and Ben’s past out in the open, will they find a way to prove that miracles aren’t only found on the ice?
Ben's Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle is a m/m romance with a HEA ending. It features two sexy and sincere Jewish guys, match-making 12-year-old hockey players, and lots of yummy kosher donuts.
"Ben's Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle" Reviews
I so wanted to 5-star this little Hanukkah romance. I mean, it has hockey players AND Jewish MCs?! That sounded right up my alley, and I did really enjoy it, except for my issues with Adam.
Look, I'm Jewish. Very Jewish. According to my "23 and me" results, I'm 99.4% Ashkenazi Jewish. I also live in a very, very Jewish area of the world with 27 synagogues within a 10 mile radius from my house (yes, I just counted). I have Orthodox friends and relatives that keep Kosher, so I'm familiar with most of the Jewish customs, but Adam's sanctimonious brand of Judaism really bothered me.
I'll always remember one of my Orthodox friends telling me that being Jewish is binary: you can't be more Jewish than another Jew. You can be more observant, but you can't be more Jewish. I hated how Adam constantly judged and questioned Ben's Judaism based on minute details. I eat bacon and type God (two things I didn't do growing up, by the way), but that doesn't make me not a Jew. I've met Jews like Adam before, and I don't enjoy that brand of competitive Judaism.
I knocked off a full star for Adam's judgmental attitude, and even considered knocking off more, that's how much it bothered me, but, alas, the rest of the story was so stinking cute.
I adored the hockey boys, and I adored Ben. I'd eat his lemon curd-anything, even during Jewish holidays. I liked how he was exploring his religion more, and I liked his backstory with his former career.
I also thought that all of the meddling friends were cute. The story had a holiday feel that's sometimes hard to get in a Hanukkah romance, and I liked the overall style of the story. But, gah, Adam's behavior is always going to be a sticking point with me for this story.
My first Christmas season read of 2018 and I loved it. Ben and Adam meet when Adam walks into Ben's "kosher style" bakery in Boston while travelling there with the ice hockey team he coaches (he's from Montreal). Both men have similar histories. Both were skaters (one hockey, one a speed skater) who had to give up on dreams of Olympic glory. Both are Jewish, though Adam's father was a rabbi and Ben's family was unobservant. I loved Adam's young hockey players--they sounded like real kids and added a family flavor to the story. And Ben and Adam were sweet together, earnest guys who have some bumps along the way to trusting one another. Highly recommended.
Fantastic and heartwarming
I really enjoyed this. Ben and Adam were sweet but still realistically flawed, fumbling their way to their happy ending with a few hitches along the way and growth on both sides. This book make me both laugh and tear up (it’s not SUPER angsty; I’m just a wimp), and ultimately left me with a smile on my face. I’m definitely checking out more books from this new-to-me author.
***** Montreal Pee-Wee Hockey Coach, Adam, son of a Rabi, will be away from family this year during Hanukkah, because his team is invited to Boston.
Ben owns the Jewish Bakery in Boston where the kids found his donuts delicious. They bring their coach to meet the cute baker, Ben.
This is a super sweet story with cute kids, a dedicated coach and the rocky week our men spend trying to figure each other out. Their religion plays a big role, because the men have each had quite a different exposure to their religion.
There are ups and downs, angst, tender moments and conflicting opinions. Other issues are on the table, too. A job is in the offering for Adam, and his Dad's health is a concern.
I enjoyed this Christmassy/Hanukkah holiday tale.
Enjoy the spirit !
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I LOVED the boys. I wanted so much more of them. I was texting my friends and explaining my love pretty constantly through the book. There were school girl giggles. There were tears. Read it.