REVIEW: Redesigning Max – Pat Henshaw

Redesigning Max - Pat Henshaw

Genre: Contemporary

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Ulysses, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires him to revamp Max’s 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 to Fredi, Max is a typical straight man’s man.

When Max blatantly and clumsily flirts with Fredi, Fredi’s stereotypical view of Max is shattered. Is this a build-up to a gay bashing? Cautiously believing Max is closeted and is trying to come out, Fredi decides he’s game to put a little spice into Max’s life, whether it’s in the colors and fixtures he’ll use to turn Max’s dilapidated cabin into a showplace or over one of the many lunches and dinners they share talking about the remodel. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually? Besides, Fredi has a backup plan if he’s wrong about Max’s intentions.

Life would be all wine and roses if it weren’t for Max’s former friends and their conservative families. Alarmed with Max’s obvious infatuation, they make it their business to save him from sliding into hell.

With the battle on, will Fredi and Max win the fight for a life of happiness together?

The Review

.. The series of interconnected stories focuses on couples, but puts them in the larger context of the fictional town of Stone Acres, California.

In “Redesigning Max” we are reintroduced to Fredi Zimmer, nationally known interior designer and lifelong friend of Jimmy Patterson. Although barely 30, Fredi is a player, and a flamboyant character. So imagine his surprise when Max Greene, a laconic, tall drink of water who embodies the lumberjack archetype of so many of Stone Acres’ longtime residents begins to show interest.

Seems like Max wants Fredi to remodel his late uncle’s truly horrendous, but beautifully situated, hunting cabin. More puzzlingly, the close-mouthed Mr. Greene seems to be sending confusing singles to Fredi.

Like her first “Foothills Pride” book, Henshaw gives us sweet romance, generous character development, and enough homophobia-driven angst to make us realize how much we care for Fredi and Max.

The Reviewer

Ulysses Grant Dietz grew up in Syracuse, New York, where his Leave It to Beaver life was enlivened by his fascination with vampires, from Bela Lugosi to Barnabas Collins. He studied French at Yale, and was trained to be a museum curator at the University of Delaware. A curator since 1980, Ulysses has never stopped writing fiction for the sheer pleasure of it. He created the character of Desmond Beckwith in 1988 as his personal response to Anne Rice’s landmark novels. Alyson Books released his first novel, Desmond, in 1998. Vampire in Suburbia, the sequel to Desmond, is his second novel.

Ulysses lives in suburban New Jersey with his husband of over 41 years and their two almost-grown children.

By the way, the name Ulysses was not his parents’ idea of a joke: he is a great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, and his mother was the President’s last living great-grandchild. Every year on April 27 he gives a speech at Grant’s Tomb in New York City. 

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