Redesigning Max by Pat Henshaw ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Title: Redesigning Max
Series: Foothills Pride, Bk 2

Author: Pat Henshaw

Narrator: David Ross

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 12/20/2016

Length: 02 hours 55 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

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.

Story Review:

Brandilyn reviewed the book here.

I liked the story more than Brandilyn did. This was an easy, cheerful listen about two men who couldn’t be more different but are also very much alike. Fredi is out and proud and somewhat effeminate. Max is a masculine man’s man. At it’s heart this is an opposites attract story but there’s nothing cliche here.

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.

Narration Review:

I liked David Ross in this book as much as I did in book one. Even though Fredi and Max have very different personalities and voices I thought Ross nailed them to perfection.

Links

Redesigning Max on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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