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Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride 2) by Pat Henshaw at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-July-2020

Book Blurb

Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires him to revamp Max’s 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 to Fredi, Max is a typical straight man’s man.

When Max blatantly and clumsily flirts with Fredi, Fredi’s stereotypical view of Max is shattered. Is this a build-up to a gay bashing? Cautiously believing Max is closeted and is trying to come out, Fredi decides he’s game to put a little spice into Max’s life, whether it’s in the colors and fixtures he’ll use to turn Max's dilapidated cabin into a showplace or over one of the many lunches and dinners they share talking about the remodel. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually? Besides, Fredi has a backup plan if he’s wrong about Max’s intentions.

Life would be all wine and roses if it weren’t for Max’s former friends and their conservative families. Alarmed with Max’s obvious infatuation, they make it their business to save him from sliding into hell.

With the battle on, will Fredi and Max win the fight for a life of happiness together?



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2015.


Book Review

"Some days I can barely lift my hands for another “Oh. My. God! Look. At. You. Girl!” Some days my inner bitch claws to get out. Some days I wonder if any of us can possibly be sane enough to cross the street by ourselves."

I absolutely adored twink extraordinaire, Fredi, when I met him during Jimmy and Guy's book. He made me laugh a lot, and I sure needed that. Still do, as a matter of fact, which is why I grabbed 'Redesigning Max' so I could see exactly what Fredi could do with a real man's man, just recently out. *grins*

Max and Fredi meet when Max comes looking for someone to redo his mountain cabin. Of course, Max didn't really understand what a true interior designer can do for you. He just assumed Fredi would look at it, come up with a plan, get it done, and Max would pay for it. Max didn't realize he had to actually answer questions! About himself! About what he wanted! Oh, it was almost too much. Although, when Fredi pulled out his hanky to cover his nose before he walked into the cabin/charnel house, I had to put the book down to get a good laugh.

There's more to this story and these men, though, than just a lot of laughs. Max moved to the area as a young boy after his parents died and his aunt and uncle took him in. They already had four boys, all older than Max, and Max was just left to survive. No wonder he's shy and doesn't say much. It also explains why he's never come out, never dated, never even kissed another man. Fredi might be out and proud, a practically famous architect and designer, but he's not used to dealing with true emotions, and falling in love with Max is about as true as it can get.

Another delightful addition to the series, Max and Fredi’s story is sweet, loving, very light on the heat, a little angst, and a lot of laughs. Thank you, Pat, for a most enjoyable read!.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 32417 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-July-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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