Book Reviews

Waking the Behr (Foothills Pride 7) by Pat Henshaw at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 21-September-2017

Book Blurb

Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.


Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.


As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.


Book Review

I would love to live in Stone Acres. Seriously. In the Sierra Mountain foothills with lots of history and a lot of wonderful people. No wonder I'm always so happy when a new installment of ‘Foothills Pride’ releases. *grins*

Ben is the epitome of a good old boy, no question about it. Not to say he's stupid or ignorant, just that there aren't too many outdoor activities he doesn't enjoy, he loves living in his small town, and he has a “live and let live” attitude. His life is thrown for a complete loop, however, when he meets Mitch, a gorgeous businessman from the city, looking to open a restaurant in Stone Acres. Mitch owns clubs in San Francisco and drives a Rhino GX - a vehicle designed to have men of all ages drooling. (I had to google it to see and it's pretty darn impressive assuming you don't mind the price tag.)

Ben and Mitch slowly become friends as Mitch travels back and forth between San Francisco and Stone Acres. Ben spends a weekend in the city with Mitch going to his clubs and figuring a few things out about himself, in exchange for Mitch going camping with Ben. I can't say as anything that happened in the city came as much of a surprise although I have to admit that the descriptions of Mitch’s clubs made me glad I wasn't with them. Definitely not my style. I did have fun seeing the camping trip through Mitch’s eyes, though.

I'm very sorry to admit that ‘Waking the Behr’ is definitely my least favorite in the series so far. I couldn't get a good feel for either of the main characters and the storyline seemed to ramble all over the place. That could have something to do with the fact that I was only hearing Ben’s voice and if I'd been able to hear what Mitch was thinking, it might have made more sense. As it was, I was left feeling disappointed, and since I'm sure that's my fault, I was a little bit grumpy. I will admit to surprise over Mitch’s background when he finally shared it with Ben as I certainly wasn't expecting that.

My inability to connect with this novella in the series does not mean, however, that I won't enjoy reading more if the author is so inclined. If not, I can happily reread them all, and perhaps, I'll get more out of this one a second or third time around. Thank you, Pat!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 88 pages/29689 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-September-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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