About the Book
Title: The Eighth Night
Author: Caraway Carter
Length: 51 pages
Publication Date: December 1, 2017
Categories: Gay, Contemporary, Holiday
A Chanukah Secret Admirer Romance
Davi has eight nights to try and convince his former professor that he should break his rule: no students for lovers. Dr. Sol Gerber has another plan in mind. After the first night, Sol goes out of town and arranges for someone else to get the gifts. That someone else is his TA, Jon Ellis, a hot blond grad student in Literature.
Over eight nights, Davi delivers gifts ranging from socks to a hotel room key. In between chance meetings and the secret admirer gifts, the two men connect, finally meet, and sparks fly.
A very quick read, I sneaked this one in during the length of time my kids were in music lessons. Cute, quirky, and just the right amount of holiday fun. Despite the steamy nature of some of Davi’s gifts, this is a sweet romance rather than a hot one.
Everything about this has, to me, a flavor of authenticity. While there is a bit of falling in love and a happily-for-now ending, that isn’t what I liked best. My favorite part in the whole thing was when Davi and Jon talked about the books they loved. Maybe my bias is that I’m a book enthusiast myself, or maybe it’s that I was finally reading a story where the characters had more in common than finding each other hot. Either way, that part rang so true to me that I almost cheered.
Besides that, I loved the university setting, the distinctly Jewish flare, and the few side characters. All of those elements were so well-drawn and brought me right into the story. If I have any complaints, it’s that we may never get to revisit this place. I’ll have to settle for re-reading it, perhaps right on the eighth night itself.
For a authentic detail, humor and heart, and sweet holiday fun, this gets 10/10 fountain pens.
About the Author
Caraway Carter has worn numerous hats. He’s been a furniture salesman, a dresser, a costumer, an actor/waiter, a rabble rouser, a poet and most recently a writer. He married his husband on Halloween and they are the loving parents of an adorable cat, named Molly. He loves words and stringing them together, he loves sex and sexy men. He loves seeing how far his muse will take him and he’s looking forward to entertaining you.