Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/17/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Sometimes love sneaks up when you’re least looking for it….
Zeke Bandy, owner of Bandy’s Finest Hotel in Old Town Stone Acres, California, is too busy for love. Not only does he oversee the operations of the historic hotel and uphold his family’s tradition of offering refuge to strays and runaways, Zeke also sings and plays down-home music two nights a week at the Stonewall Saloon and for occasional celebrations. Then Zeke meets Victor Longbow, the man of his dreams.
Vic isn’t looking for love either. In fact, because of his upbringing in a strict, white foster family, Vic’s not sure he believes in love. He’s in Stone Acres to open a branch office of a national brokerage firm. He’s also hoping to find a vintage photo of what might be his Native American ancestor.
After their paths cross, they become friends, then more. Connected by their experiences as orphans raised by flawed fathers, Zeke and Vic realize that some men must find love, hone it, and create families for themselves.
I haven’t read all the books in the Foothill series but I’ve read a couple and while Relative Best was good it wasn’t the best in the set.
While it can be read as a standalone I was a little lost in the beginning with a number of names and couples thrown out there. Those not familiar with the series may also be a bit confused. However, once I pushed past that part I understood the story fully.
This was an easy read with likable main and supporting characters. I didn’t dislike the story but I wasn’t blown away. I never connected to Vic and Zeke or their romance. It was a bit too much on the insta-love for me. The other parts of the plot seemed a bit scattered as well with many subjects touched on but not fully explored.
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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