Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/28/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
A Foothills Pride Story
Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.
Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.
I picked this book to review because of the sexy bear on the cover, a type woefully underrepresented in M/M. I didn’t realize it was part of a series but that didn’t matter because it totally works as a standalone. However, I may go back and read the other stories so I can learn about the characters I met in this story.
Abe Behr is a bear of a man and owner and CEO of Behr Construction. He’s dealing with a lot, namely the fact that an employee, and most likely a family member, is stealing from him. He hires accountant Jeff Mason to help him figure out what’s going on and they become good friends right away.
Abe has been putting family and business first since he was a teenager and he’s never had time for romance, with men or women. Because of this when he starts having feelings for Jeff he’s confused. He’s not afraid of being gay, he’s afraid of opening up to anyone. Abe is a truly sweet man and when local business owners reveal their homophobia Abe takes a stand. He not only stands up to the bigots, he refuses to do business with them and announces Behr Construction is a hate free work place.
I totally loved Abe. He’s the type of man I would love to be friends with in real life. He was realistic in everything he dealt with—from his business life to his personal life. Jeff, though not as fully explored, was also a great character. I enjoyed the slow build of the relationship between him and Abe and cheered when they finally kissed.
There is no on-page sex in this story and it works with Henshaw’s writing style. Even without the sex it was easy to see how much Abe and Jeff cared for each other.
And the ending…? Absolutely perfect. Who wouldn’t love an all dessert meal?
Well written story with unique characters and a plot that hasn’t been done to death. Highly recommended.
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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