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110 pages, ebook
First published July 5, 2017
I’d always dreamed of that happily ever after, and yet it was the bad boys who got my engine revving. Give me a hot guy with no interest in monogamy, and I will want him. Sad but true. I’d never date myself. It seemed it would take a miracle for me to find my happily ever after.Josh realizes that if he wants a change in his life, he needs to make the change within himself and so he volunteers with Israeli Pilgrims as a group leader for a pilgrimage trip to Israel for young adults. Once there he meets Yaron ("beautiful olive skin, dark chestnut hair, and a dazzling smile"), the tour's security guard / medic and falls instantly in lust. Yaron is unwilling to commit to a relationship after losing his boyfriend to a terrorist attack so they agree their relationship will remain casual. Josh's co-leader Karen sums up their situation: "... you are two pilgrims on a quest. You know what you need and what you want. What about Yaron? Does he even know what he wants?”
I felt an incredible connection to this land, to these people, to my birthright. I closed my eyes and prayed silently. I prayed for my loved ones and myself. I prayed for health, for joy, and for dreams come true. Maybe, here in this land of miracles, I could find my key to happiness—which always seemed just out of my grasp.However, while the connection to Israel works, the love story between Josh and Yaron didn't succeed on the same level. Their insta-love relationship is hot and sexy, but beyond that I didn't get a good sense of how they related to one another beyond sex. And the ending was a bit too angsty, but I loved the way the epilogue brought everything together. A strong 4 stars for Ahava is Love.