Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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, likable 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.
This is a nice continuation in this series. Abe has pretty much considered himself asexual as he has never found someone who has really awakened his attraction before. He is surprised when he realizes that he is definitely attracted to Jeff and doesn’t know what to do about it, it gets harder when he realizes he is in love.
We see this story from Abe’s point of view giving us a good view of his thoughts and feelings and how he is quite oblivious to many things going on around him. I love seeing Abe stand his ground against the naysayers in his family and community when he realizes that there is a problem. I had a bit of confusion with a few of the secondary characters actions and things they were saying at one point and then completely contradicting it a little bit later. It didn’t take away from the story, but just left a little niggle in the back of my head trying to figure out what was going on a bit.
David Ross once again did a wonderful job narrating this story. I was able to connect with the characters through his he showed the characters’ emotions in his reading of the story. He accurately portrayed Abe’s confusion of his feelings and what actions to take.
Cover art by AngstyG is great and gives us a great visual of the characters and follows the pattern for the series.
Audiobook, 2hrs 59min
Published January 5, 2017 (ebook first published October 28, 2015)
Edition Language: English
Series: A Foothills Pride Story