Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
This story is a wonderful continuance in this series. Fredi is a little sad when he’s with his friend Jimmy and his boyfriend; he has to learn to jump in if he wants what they have in spite of the consequences. In addition to being known for his interior design, Fredi is also an award winning architect. He is amazed when he gets to visit Max’s home and expects something similar to his cabin, but gets the exact opposite.
This story is told from Fredi’s point of view, which gives us a good view of his thoughts and feelings. We still get to see the other characters pretty clearly, even if Fredi doesn’t see it at the time. I love how Max isn’t willing to let others’ prejudice affect his chance with Fredi and sees the light at the end of the tunnel when things go bad. It was nice to see how each of them admired the other, but didn’t know it until they began talking about their interests.
David Ross did a wonderful job narrating this story. I was able to connect with the characters through hos he showed the characters’ emotions in his reading of the story. We got to see Guy and Jimmy a bit which is always nice.
Cover art by AngstyG is wonderful and gives a great visuals of the characters and follows the pattern for the series.
Audiobook, 2hrs 55min
Published December 20, 2016 (ebook first published July 29, 2015)
Edition Language: English
Series: A Foothills Pride Story