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.
©2015 Pat Henshaw (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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"Low steam, sweet"
Fredi is a friend of Guy and Jimmy, he’s very out and proud and a famous architect and designer. Max is a “straight” guy who runs an outdoor shop and he hires Fredi to redesign a cabin for him.
Fredi is out and proud, swishy at times and not afraid to “gay it up”. Max is a big, bearish, lumber-jack type who is socially awkward and shy.
Max doesn’t know how to act on his feelings, so he keeps screwing up and making Fredi upset. Finally, the two talk and pretty much from that point forward the relationship is set.
The rest of the story is about the town accepting them and their new relationship status.
I really, really enjoyed the first book in this series and I enjoy Pat Henshaw’s writing very much. I loved both MCs and thought the OFY and all the co-incidences the two men encountered were charming (if unbelievable).
What didn’t work for me: 1) that all the sex was off page or suggested at 2) that we never understood why ALL of Max’s family is dead, suddenly 3) the strangely violent reactions (Boner, the knife and the arson)
I really wanted more relationship building and less town drama, more sex and less violence and a bit more from Max’s POV.
I still enjoyed this and for fans of the first book I’d recommend this one as well. It’s a standalone, no need to read book one, but it’s nice if you have.
3.5 of 5 stars
I expected David Ross to give Fredi a more “colorful” voice than he did. Guy – from book one and again here – has a lovely deep bass, so I figured Fredi would be a little more “swishy”. Max’s voice is great. He’s got a vaguely country drawl that more or less suits him and definitely helps to differentiate him from Fredi and Guy.
This is still a good way to experience this story and, overall, the narrator is easy to listen to and doesn’t distract.
4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
"A good opposites attract romance"
I loved Freddy I like his flamboyancy and I loved the name of the knife in his pocket. Boner.
I don't think I have. I loved His performance. He brought both characters to life.
Yes the end but I can't say why because of spoilers
I did like the surprises of Max living in the house that Freddy one awards for designing.
Freddy is an award winning designer. He is surprised when Max a sexy, lumberjack type guy hires him to design his cabin in the woods. Max finds Freddy intriguing and they become friends and lovers.
Redesigning Max was a cute, short story. It is a book two of the Foothills Pride series but I followed just fine without having read the first, and now I want the first! The characters are interesting. I love Freedy being flamboyant but able to take care of himself in a world of big men and bigotry. I liked how the story touches on all the haters and how that it evolves.
If you like designers, artists, opposites attract, coming out and an allover good romance you should like this one.
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