Dave Cunningham hates the rampant consumerism that’s come to dominate his family’s Hanukkah celebrations. But a chance to bring a bit of a holiday happiness to his long-time crush, Amit Cohen, helps put him in a more festive mood.
In the quest to craft the perfect gift, Dave tries to urge a few personal details out of stoic Amit. Unintentionally, he learns the Cohen family’s secret: Amit is a golem. But Amit has a problem that runs deeper than his magical origin, and a Hanukkah miracle might be the only thing that will keep the budding flame between him and Dave from going out.
This is going to be a short review, because I don’t want to spoil anything, and I loved this book so much I probably would if I talked long enough.
I’ve talked about how much I love Elliot’s writing before, and this book was no exception. Holiday romances are like a drug to me, and I was really intrigued about the Hanukkah part of the story, since I’d never read one. I really liked how Dave’s views on that evolved through the story.
I don’t know how he does it, but Elliot’s characters always feel real and unique. I loved both Dave and Amit, as well as the secondary characters. And the relationship between Dave and Amit was so sweet it left me feeling warm all over.
I wasn’t surprised by the paranormal nature of this one, since it’s right there in the blurb, but the way Elliot Cooper pulled it off amazed me. That’s what I love about his stories, he weaves the paranormal bits so finely along the story that there comes a point when you can’t tell what’s paranormal and what isn’t. That takes a lot of skill, and Elliot is brilliant at it.
So if you’re looking for a sweet holiday romance, you won’t regret picking this one up.
Laura will probably hit me when she finds out that this was my first book by Elliot Cooper. It’s definitely not my last one though; I already went on a shopping spree and bought his complete backlist.
I loved the paranormal part of the story. I think it’s the first time I read a story featuring a golem and I might have to go look for more. 😉
Without spoiling too much I just want to say that Hearts Alight was a wonderful short story that left me with warm, fuzzy feelings and a big smile on my face. Dave and Amit were cute and lovely together and I would love to read more of them.
Laura pretty much said it all already.
Heart’s Alight is the perfect story for the holidays! 100% recommended!
**A copy of this book was provided by Ninestar Press