Foothills Pride series, Book 5
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.
- 3 To Be Read lists
- 2 Read lists
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Transgender
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Families/Raising Kids, Opposites Attract
Word Count: 25109
Setting: Stone Acres, California, USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Christy Duke on Rainbow Book Reviews wrote:
I really enjoy this author’s stories. I’ve really come to like the town of Stone Acres, California and its inhabitants while reading this series, and it feels like a real place that I could go and visit. Now I’ve got a place to stay. Bandy’s Finest Hotel sounds like the ideal vacation location to me!
I liked the story, and I’m definitely recommending it. I’d recommend reading the other four installments as well. They could easily be read as standalones since the characters flow over, but the storylines don’t. It is an enjoyable short, fast read.
on MM Good Book Reviews:
Another lovely addition to the series. Zeke and Vic are perfect for each other and it was wonderful to see them fall in love. I also really liked the way the author wrote about family, the ones we're born to and the ones we make for ourselves. Thank you, Pat!
on Three Books Over the Rainbow:
I have absolutely been loving Pat Henshaw’s Foothill Pride series and Relative Best is a fantastic addition to this wonderful world.
When the two men meet the sparks fly straight away. Both guys are strong men but they are simply great together.
This is an enjoyable story and a great addition to the series. I found this to be full of emotion and fully relatable.
Melanie on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words wrote:
Relative Best was like fresh air for me. This story is a real gem with a unique writing style and two intriguing, lovable MCs.
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.
Pat Henshaw’s rich and wonderful Foothills Pride series keeps rolling along with this latest edition, Relative Best.
Relative Best is that romantic story that I have come to expect from Pat Henshaw and the Foothill Pride series. The characters have a somewhat complicated, with perhaps a dark history. The ties to the town goes almost to the bedrock and somewhere history will popup and become part of the tale. All that happens here and with wonderful characters to boot.