A decades-old family rivalry is reaching a boiling point as the patriarchs vie for a seat in Congress. Democrat vs Republican, Muslim vs Christian, Hashmi vs Swain — the Midwestern town of Arbor Hills is one spark away from an explosion of violence. So when two men find themselves irresistibly drawn together at a party, only to discover they were born on opposite sides of a bloody battle line, Matthew Swain and Rabi Hashmi know they should leave well enough alone.
The pull between them is magnetic, though, and it’s too strong to ignore. Unable to resist, they meet again in secret. Generations of hatred can’t temper the passionate love growing between them, but two men falling for each other in the middle of a war zone can’t hold back the inevitable clash.
And when decades of political, religious, and personal strife finally come to a head, there will be blood.
I can honestly say, since the year’s almost over, that Rabi and Matthew is one of the hardest books I’ve read this year. My initial reaction when I finished… “Gotta admit… this was NOT an easy one to read, but there are also a LOT of people I’d love to recommend it to. ❤ ” For the record, that opinion still stands.
Although there were elements of prejudice on both sides in Rabi and Matthew, Matthew’s family set the bar for way too many people in the community. Matthew saw beyond the hate that his family lived by and not just for the obvious reasons. He was way more enlightened than the rest of his family. No one really knew him except for his best friend and they protected each other’s secrets. Even so, his friend didn’t understand the attraction to Rabi of all people. It was a dangerous attraction, but love is love and the hate had to end somewhere.
There was a price to pay though and it took something drastic to make everyone come to their collective senses. The only real issue I had with this book at all was how things kind of wrapped themselves up at the end. I’m not complaining though. I spent most of the book just waiting for the worst to happen… Rabi and Matthew didn’t exactly end with a perfect HEA, but it was close. In the end there was hope for the next generation between these families…