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Release Date: October 28, 2015
Blurb:
Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

Pages or Words: 90 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

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“You ever come up the bank to sit under my tree? Looks like a much more comfortable place to fish. Not as rocky at any rate.” Jeff took a drink of his beer as I again scrambled to keep up. “My dad called it the Fishing Tree. He seemed to think fish congregated off the shore there.”
We sat in silence. It was my turn to talk. I’m pretty good in business situations. Not so much in social ones. At social events, mostly I hold up walls. Shake hands. Grunt a lot. Let others carry the conversational load.
Lorraine set our meals in front of us. The full burger with everything for him. The grilled mountain trout and steamed vegetables for me.
“You do a lot of fishing?” I managed after a long silence.
“Not really.” He gave a self-deprecating laugh. “My dad said fishing couldn’t be taught. He said it was something intuitive. I never had any idea what I was doing. So I never saw any use in fishing. I never saw any fish either.”
Again, silence as I processed and caught up. “It’s not rocket science. You figure out what kind of fish you want. Where it lives. Lure it to you. Then catch it.”
He looked skeptical and almost self-conscious. “It can’t be so easy,” he said with a little laugh.
“Why not?”
“What about the different rods, lures, tackle, stuff?” He looked so serious, as if I were missing the point. As if I didn’t understand. He was right. I didn’t.
“Look. You can catch fish with your bare hands. If you want to. The extra stuff is just extra stuff.”
“If you say so.” He shook his head, a smile still on his lips. “Have you ever caught a fish with your bare hands?”
I lifted my hands and looked down at the mess that were my paws. Calluses, nicks, cuts, punctures, blunt fingers, the bandage now off the one with the splinter. These were the hands of a man who’d framed houses as a tall, rangy preteen and had lived in construction ever since. Could I catch a fish with my bare hands?
“Yeah. All it takes is absolute stillness and patience.” I sighed. “Not a whole lot of people have both together. Somebody once told me it’s all about Zen.” Somebody else said the only reason I could do it was because I was too stupid to know it was impossible.
“Zen.” His tone said he was surprised I knew such a word.
“You know, like the Eastern religion,” I answered. “Though why we still call it Eastern is beyond me. It’s really Far West, not Far East to us.” I was grumbling and rambling. Avoiding for some reason.
He rattled me. Nobody ever rattled me. I’m Abe Behr, the big Behr.
He was studying me as intently as I was him. He appeared too beautiful, too perfect, too unscarred. I just hoped his accountant skills were as perfect as he looked.
“What kind of fish you want to catch?” I asked. Staring at him wasted our time.
He pointed his fork to my plate. “How about that? It’s good, right?”
“Trout,” I agreed. “Lots of different kinds of trout.”
He looked like he’d never eaten any in his life.
“This is trout from our lake. Have a bite.”
He’d finished his burger but didn’t make a move on my fish. His expression was split between wanting to dig in and reluctance to do so.
“Just taste it,” I growled. “It won’t bite.”
His eyes snapped up to meet mine. His puzzled stare asked if the stupid bear had deliberately made a joke or not. Then he gave a happy, hearty laugh, and his fork raided my fish.
“So? What do you think?” I asked after he swallowed.
“I think you made a great joke,” he said with twinkling eyes. “And the trout is delicious. Is this why you threw your catch back? Did you know you’d get it cooked perfectly here at the cafe?”
“Naw. I was stalking the pie. Fish was a bonus.”
“They have good pie here?”
“Wait and see.”

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Meet the author:
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

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Behr Facts by Pat Henshaw (review)

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Blurb

Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

Review

Abe Behr is the oldest of the three Behrs that run the construction company in town. Since his father’s death, Abe has been fighting his cousin and the economy to keep things in the black. Abe keeps things simple. He sticks to family ties and follows the old traditions of hard work paying off. He’s kept the company running all this time but lately there have been supplies and money missing. He’s on the verge of losing the company unless he asks for help. He enlists Jeff Mason, an accountant to help him figure things out.

Jeff has come to Abe highly recommended, even though Jeff belongs to a family the Behrs have “fought with” for decades.

Though it doesn’t always feel right, Jeff and Abe eventually figure out just where the money is going. They also manage to help one young man find his career path and come out, avoid a battle between the gays and the bigots in town and find themselves in love.

**

This is the third book in the series. If you’ve read books one and two, you know some of the players – they come back to visit. Abe considers himself asexual – but we find out that may not really be the truth. The delivery in this story is unique and from Abe’s simplistic view point. It’s another “fade to black” as far as sex goes and Abe and Jeff only get together in the very end.

On the one hand I really like Abe and Jeff as a couple. Abe is simple and plain and down to earth. It’s wonderful watching his metamorphosis and really, my only complaint is that the book ends too soon. I really wish we’d gotten to see more of Abe and Jeff as a couple.

This is really more about Abe’s self discovery and only a bit about their romance. It’s a lovely “coming of age” story in that Abe and his brother and friend really do find themselves at last.

So… as a story I’d give it a 4 of 5 as a romance a 3.5

If you’ve enjoyed the other books in the series you’ll enjoy this and if you haven’t read the others you won’t be lost. Abe’s story is cute and unique and very appealing.

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The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman

 

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Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.

Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.

 

Review

Anders is the misanthropic neighbor of Finch. One day Finch decides to borrow some sugar and from that day forward makes it his mission to rattle Anders out of the rut that is his life.

At first, only for a moment, Finch tries to get Anders to change, but it isn’t long before he realizes that part of Anders charm is his steadfast reluctance to do anything new or different.

Eventually, Anders realizes that Finch is more than a pest – he’s become the love of his life.

**

This is a short story and not a typical “romance”. The MCs do eventually get together but there is no on page sex. I’d categorize this as a romantic comedy more than anything else. Both Anders and Finch are funny – cariacatures of opposites attracting. Finch is the outlandish extrovert and Anders the grumpy introvert. Finch is wise enough to recognize that Anders is just what he needs to balance his life and though it takes him much longer, Anders realizes that too.

I thought this was really cute and I’d definitely look for this author in the future.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Don’t Stop Believing by Gwen Hayes

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The Ogre from the Hill

Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.

The Book Nerd from the City

Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.

A Christmas to Remember

Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.

But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.

Review

Simon is the ogre who lives happily (?) by himself up in the woods. The town humors him but he doesn’t let them get too close.

Adam is the new town librarian. He’s seen (and drooled over) the local misanthrope/lumberman but hasn’t yet been able to break through his icy reserve. When he’s stranded on the way out of town for Christmas and rescued by the recalcitrant Simon, it’s time to turn up the heat and see what miracles Christmas can truly bring.

**

This was a super cute holiday story! Gwen Hayes gives us some deliciously witty characters and a sweet and sexy romance. Simon’s internal dialog is hilarious and Adam is terribly sweet.

I loved that we were able to get our guys from not speaking, through their first time together all the way to their HEA in this short story. It was very satisfying.

With the exception of some sentences that could’ve used some contractions, the writing is smooth and effortless. I’d never read this author before but I will definitely look for her in the future.

I highly recommend this holiday treat and give it 5 of 5 stars!

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Unscripted by Nico Jaye (Heartsville)

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Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script… until now.

To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving. When he introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter’s cold, all-business lifestyle, though, Teddy soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.

Review

Teddy inherits one half of the theatre he’s been managing for the last nine years. The other half goes to the original owner’s nephew, Carter. Teddy and Carter have never met, but in Teddy’s mind, the non-profit theatre is solidly in the black, therefore there’s no problem, right?

Well, Carter is a business man and as a business the theatre doesn’t make sense. So he sends papers telling Teddy to prepare for a sale. Teddy, in a mad dither, rushes into the city to confront Carter.

Carter, apparently besotted by the enraged Teddy, agrees to give the theatre a chance after giving Teddy some…

Carter eventually comes to the theatre itself and sees just how magical it really is and by the end we have a sure future for the theatre and a HFN for Carter and Teddy.

**

Novellas are tricky things and writing in a series with other authors can be tricky too. On the one hand, Nico Jaye is a great writer and this story flows nice and smoothly for the most part and I liked the enemies to lovers premise.

On the other hand, the other novellas in the series really emphasized a long courtship and really getting to know each MC involved– it almost felt a bit old fashioned at times. Carter and Teddy rush into a hook-up, then don’t see each other for a long time, then at the end they look like they might start their courtship. To me, it felt out of place with the rest of the series.

I also didn’t feel like I understood much of Carter or his motivations. I got a great picture of Teddy and his family – the theatre and his friends were well developed parts of his life. I wanted them to have their HEA but I can’t really say that I knew enough about Carter to say they got one. It can be hard to do a lot of character development in a novella, but I think Carter was a little under-developed.

It was still a very sweet book and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this entire series!

3.5 of 5 stars

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Clique by Jayden Brooks (Heartsville)

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Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish.

When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up and finds the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, his first meeting with Brandon ends with him being dismissed as a kid. Again. Adam can’t help his annoyance. He also can’t help staring (and drooling) whenever he spots Brandon walking through the neighborhood with a different dog.

He watches from afar, wondering about Brandon’s story—until the day he’s dared to take another chance. It’s just the push Adam needs, and finally, he catches Brandon’s interest. Now if only he could figure out the key to getting taciturn Brandon to open up and let Adam in. But Adam knows sometimes all it takes is a little patience for the last piece to click into place.

Review

Adam is sick and tired of looking 18 when he’s 28. He wants a “man’s man” but he’s nobody’s “boy”. When he runs in to dog walker, Brandon, he has hopes of finally being seen for who he is and getting what he wants. When Brandon rejects him, he’s crestfallen. But his buddy Mark, from Bookmarked, convinces him to fight for what he wants … and he’s richly rewarded!

**

This is another super cute story from Heartsville. This time Adam finally gets his man, the recalcitrant Brandon. I loved how they drew out the “dating” process and didn’t just jump right into bed with one another.

The first person POV was hysterical and I loved the idea of Adam carrying over his aunt’s vision. This was a very sweet book with a lovely HEA.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Fortunate Blizzard by LC Chase

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There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.

Review

Trevor has just found out that his 7 year quest for a kidney transplant has most probably been denied for the last time – just in time for the holidays. He’s on his way back home to Connecticut when he gets stuck in a blizzard on the way to the airport. There he meets the workaholic lawyer, Marcus.

Trevor and Marcus have chemistry that is off the charts. They just click. They just seem to work. But… they can never be. Despite having so much in common and feeling so much for each other in such a short time, Trevor knows it would be cruel to get involved with Marcus and Marcus doesn’t have time for someone in his busy life does he?

I don’t want to give more of the story away… but… it ends on a very HEA.

**

This is one of those tear-jerking, lovely, holiday, mushy, soul-grabbingly sweet stories. I loved it!

I loved Trevor and Marcus as a couple. I loved Trevor’s family! I loved Marcus’ friends! I loved the way LC Chase found us a (somewhat) plausible resolution to a seemingly impossible problem.

If you are in the mood for sap, holidays, tears, and happiness – give this one a try!

5 of 5 stars

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Another Shot by JH Knight (Heartsville Series)

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The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district. But after twenty years of happy living, Aaron’s past creeps up on him in the most unexpected way.

Brad Collins only has one regret and he’s carried it with him since he was a teenager. When he moves to Heartsville and gets set up on a blind date with the most adorable, engaging man he’s met in a long time, he couldn’t be happier. But Brad didn’t expect the guy to be the person he outed in high school—whom he’s now falling in love with.

Aaron and Brad hit it off instantly—in and out of the bedroom. But after a long overdue apology and a small serving of resentment, is their fledgling relationship worth another shot?

Review

Aaron goes on a blind date set up by his sister and meets an amazing man, Brad. They click. Right away. They take it slowly. Texts, phone calls, dates… then they get physical. In the morning… Brad’s gone. Just like that. Aaron is devastated.

When Brad finally contacts Aaron he has an awful story to share. The question is: Can Aaron let go of the past? Can he forgive and forget?

**

This was another great book in the Heartsville series. Aaron and his sister have a great relationship (we met both of them in Bookmarked) and when she sets Aaron up, he trusts her judgment. Later, when his world is crashing down, she has terrific advice that helps him to make the right decision. She’s a great character and I hope we see more of her.

I didn’t get much of a vision of Brad, he seems nice enough and Aaron was a sweet-heart, but to me the important part of this story is Aaron’s healing and how he and his sister move through that together.

Aaron and Brad had great chemistry and I was pleased with their HEA, but I wished for more time with them as a couple, and more time getting to know Brad.

I’ve really been enjoying this series and I highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Judgment by Mary Calmes

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Jeritt Troy is a Scourge, a guardian tasked with patrolling cracks in time and righting the unspoken wrongs in history. His next task is a killer-not just for him, but for his husband and partner, Frost Ramsey, because Jeritt’s not just tracking a bad guy; he’s tracking his previous partner-his best friend. Brekin Creed is as deadly as he’s ever been, and when Jeritt finds himself both abandoned and stranded in time, he has only a handful of years to figure out what went wrong with Brekin and, in doing so, save Frost’s life. Is there time enough for Jeritt to save Frost, or will he be locked in the judgment of his mistakes for eternity? A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Daily Dose package “Time Is Eternity.”

Review

This is a little space drama/time travel story involving a space police officer – in charge of fixing things in the future by travelling back in time and his partners (both life and on the force).

Jeritt and Brekin were partners until suddenly Brekin up and disappears. Now, with a new partner (who happens to also be his lover) Jeritt must find Brekin and bring him to justice.

What we don’t know is why Brekin disappeared. When Jeritt finds out, he has some tough decisions to make – including one that might end up with him having his arm permanently amputated.

**

In this short story we get two tales. One – in the future – between Jeritt and his lover Frost. It’s hot and full of Alpha moves and growly possession.

Second- Jeritt is on his own – making huge life changing decisions and waiting for the repurcussions.

It’s not a typical Mary Calmes story – I’m not sure I’ve seen anything else by her set in outer space – and it’s not my favorite of hers – but it makes you think. It also still provides that warm glowy feeling she’s so good at providing because Frost and Jeritt are so damn cute together. Like best friends who become lovers but still tease one another.

I loved their relationship, thought the twist/morality of the story was fascinating and though I’m not a big space opera fan, thought her take on futuristic time travel was interesting too.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Do Over by Amy Lane

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Engall is supposed to hit a party and hook up with his longtime crush, Chandler—at least that’s what Engall’s unlikely guardian angel keeps telling him. But the more Dagiel tries to fix the situation, the weirder it gets. How many do-overs will it take to make Engall’s life right?

 

 

 

 

Review

This super-short story is HYSTERICAL. And sweet and a little bit sexy. But mostly, it’s funny!

Engall is supposed to end up with Chandler – but he just keeps doing it wrong… so he keeps ending up dead! Fortunately, fate has his future mapped out so he gets one “do over” after another ‘til he gets it right.

The show is stolen by Dagiel, Engall’s guardian angel. He’s the one with something to learn… and in the end we get not one, but two happy endings.

I highly recommend this little gem – 5 of 5 stars!

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