A Kind of Story
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let gonot until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was another great installment to this series - without being too connected or repeated. I absolutely fell in love with the main characters - Zeke and Benny. They had very unique perspectives and together they worked. One of my favorite plot lines throughout, was seeing Zeke being confronted with some personal demons and how he dealt with them (or ignored them)... and how it impacted his relationship with everyone else around him. Through this arc, we see Zeke grow significantly and his character deepens greatly. It would have been great to hear things from Benny's POV as well, as he would have added some fun character moments, but Zeke was a strong enough character that he was able to pull it off. I can't wait for the next book!
After being completely mesmerized not too long ago by the first book in the 'A Kind of Story' series, I was beyond thrilled that the author was going to take me back to New York, Bowery Bagels, and Benny. I met Benny during Rand and Will's story, 'A Kind of Truth', and that's also where I met George Gulden, the owner of the bagel shop where Rand worked part-time, and all-around wonderful father who knows every customer and gives great advice. I had heard about Zeke because George had no problem letting Rand know he had a gay, single son but I was curious about the only member of George's family who didn't go into the bagel business. Benny I adored from the start for his ambition to work in the theater district as a costume designer - that is a cutthroat industry and I knew Benny had chutzpah. "Oh my God. The guy was a talker. If he didn’t get to the point soon, I was going to lose my *effing* mind." Yep. That's Benny, and I loved him. Anyone who can throw the high-powered Wall Street exec off his game deserves every ounce of my love. The fact that Zeke describes himself as knowing everything there is to know about bagels but not being able to last for any length of time behind the counter before clobbering someone who couldn't make up their mind… Yep. I fell for him, too. I had a picture in my head of these two diametrically opposed men, and I was grinning fit to be tied about ten pages in. Don't be fooled though, there's plenty of emotions in this installment, and since it revolves so much around family, I knew I was in for another heartbreaker. What begins as a "date-but-not-really-a-date" designed to let George know they met, had a drink, didn't click, all is well, etc. turned out to be anything but. Zeke discovers he likes Benny's snarky sense of humor, and Benny likes using it on Zeke. Result? In an odd way, they become friends who also happen to have this little tingle of desire for each other. What happens from there is way more than either of them could have ever imagined, or believed possible. "We were like boyfriends. He knew it. I knew it. And we both knew I was the one wearing a suit of invisible armor that kept me from acknowledging that Benny and I had become more than we set out to be. In a relatively short amount of time, he’d become important to me. We shared more than a bed. We shared our secrets, our hopes, and even our fears." I honestly didn't think the author could top Rand and Will's story. I was so wrong. It was beautiful to watch Benny and Zeke become friends, to see the teasing, the laughter, and then to watch it slowly become so much more. Except Zeke is a numbers guy who doesn't know how to talk about his feelings so he ended up flubbing the best thing in his life. It took him learning how to forgive and forget, and a little Gershwin, to show Benny that Zeke really sees him and loves him. An enchanting love story that I couldn't put down. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
really cute read! Zeke is the only one of his brothers not to go into the family bagel business. He went into Wall Street and worked his way to be a executive. After finding his ex cheated on him, Zeke swore to get revenge. Benny, the new guy at his father's bagel shop provides him with the means to get that revenge. But as Zeke grows closer to Benny, spending time with him, getting to know him, something grows in Zeke's heart, something that wants Benny forever. This was, and I mean this is the nicest possible way, cute! So very, very cute! I loved it! I loved Zeke's reaction to Benny, the blue haired, pinked shirted man who called 911 when his father collapsed. I loved that Zeke could not see what crept up on him til it was gone. Loved that it made me laugh in so many places! Haven't read such a funny book in a long time, but it's not meant as a comedy, just the Zeke and Benny are so very good together. It has love and passion, and pain and heartache a plenty too, and it pulls it all off fabulously! BUT!!! We only get to hear from Zeke! *insert whining sound!* I would love to have herd from Benny too. You all know I much prefer multi POV books, Lord knows, I say it often enough but here, I have no doubt, no doubt at all, that had we heard from Benny too, this would have been a five star read, even if it is in the first person. Didn't seem as long as the 234 pages billed on Goodreads and Amazon, I read it in one sitting. Loved it, apart from not hearing from Benny so... 4 stars. **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Kobo**