3.5 / 5 stars
Both of these books were good, very cute stories that are great as quick, fun reads.
I am anxiously awaiting the third book. I will read it when it comes out.
That being said, some aspects of these two stories go way beyond the believable. A lot of coincidences that aren’t realistic, and kind of made me roll my eyes a few times. Especially in Redesigning Max.
I expected the second to be better than the first, but that isn’t the case. I preferred Book One, What’s In A Name. In Redisgning Max the characters are more cliché, and the emotions aren’t as deep.
It may be worth noting that all sex is off screen, scenes fade to black.
Bottom Line: Need a quick, cute read to lift your spirits? these are your books.
What’s In A Name, Pat Heneshaw
Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Saloon rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.
Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.
While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.
Redesigning Max, Pat Heneshaw
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.