RELEASE DATE: 17 August 2016
BLURB: 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.
Relative Best was like fresh air for me. This story is a real gem with a unique writing style and two intriguing, lovable MCs. This book is part of the Foothills Pride Stories, but can absolutely be understood and enjoyed as a standalone. If you have read the previous books, you’re gonna meet familiar faces from those stories, if not, like me, you’re going to have the chance to meet a whole set of unique characters. There’s no problem figuring out who is who, and there’s enough background story to follow the plotline without having read the previous stories.
Writing a good short story is never an easy task. Making it great is even more difficult. Pat Henshaw does exactly that, getting your attention right at the beginning, keeping your curiosity intrigued, and giving you a heartwarming, fulfilling plot with lots of emotions and true feelings. I fell in love with Zeke Bandy right on the first page. I knew he was a character for me, someone I really want to get to know. He has heart, he has a story I wanted to know, a personality I wanted to know more about. There’s a lot in this book that will make you think, make you evaluate what’s important in our lives. I enjoy the chemistry between the MCs and love how the tension is present without the actual sexy-time being written, putting the focus on their real connection beyond the physical.
The story is perfectly built, with flawless writing, great timing and lots of feeling. I enjoyed every page of it. Highly recommended!
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.****