Title: Relative Best (Foothills Pride #5)
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 17th Aug, 2016
Page Count: 80
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Foothills Pride Story
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.
“Relative Best” is my first read by Pat Henshaw. It’s part of the Foothills Pride series. Though I have not read the previous books, I did not have any problem following the story. This book is about the romance between Zeke Bandy and Victor Longbow.
Zeke inherited Bandy’s finest hotel from his adoptive father. The hotel keeps him on his toes but he won’t give it up for anything in the world. He meets Vic while performing in a bar. With his raven hair and exotic/sinful looks, Vic is the perfect guy to float Zeke’s boat. Zeke has resolved to find love and maybe it is not too far away in the form of the gorgeous Vic Longbow.
Vic and Zeke were both adopted. Zeke had a supportive atmosphere to grow up in but that was not the case for Vic. Vic is shown searching for his roots. There is a very bitter sweet moment at the end when he finds what he is looking for. At the end with the help of Zeke he realizes that his Navajo bloodline and heritage does not define him.
This was a very quick, fast paced and fun read. There are many subplots all revolving around Zeke’s hotel. The hotel’s history increased the charm of the entire read. Giving asylum to the needy was a part of the hotel’s heritage and the entire Bandy family still upholds that tradition with gusto. The entire staff of the Bandy hotel was like a family and I loved how they all were there for each other and for Zeke. There was very little angst and it was related to another subplot which gets its own satisfying ending. The romance between the couple is pretty smooth sailing.
All in all, it was quite an interesting read. I would look out for more by Pat Henshaw.