Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/29/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
A Foothills Pride Story
Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires Fredi to revamp his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fredi is an out-and-proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes he remodels, and Max is just too hunky for words.
When Max comes on to Fredi, the designer can’t imagine why. But he’s game to put a little spice into Max’s life, even if it’s just in the colors and fixtures he’ll use to turn Max’s dilapidated cabin into a showplace. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually?
Max, for his part, is grateful when Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally. Coming out is the most exciting and wonderful time in his life, despite the conservative former friends who think they’re saving him from sliding into hell.
During my review of What’s in a Name, I said that I would happily give Pat Henshaw another shot. Well here was my chance. Redesigning Max is the follow-up to WiaN. They take place in the same town, and Guy and Jimmy show up in a minor role this time around. Max is a friend to Guy and Fredi is a friend to Jimmy.
Fredi doesn’t know Max is gay when he is hired to redesign his mountain cabin. They couldn’t be more different, but sparks fly… literally. Max and Fredi have chemistry, but they also have friendship. What they don’t seem to have is much support from the town at large.
Max starts the story basically in the closet. He has never had a reason to come out. His association with the out and proud Fredi, however, will bring him out of the closet whether there is any truth to the relationship or not. Luckily for both of them, they seemed fated to be together.
There are a lot of little connections between Fredi and Max that make their coupling inevitable. When some former friends turn against them, their relationship grows stronger than ever.
Again, there isn’t a lot of mystery or angst in this story. It is a great candidate for a comfort read or recovery read. I am interested to see who else we will meet from the Foothills
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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