Waking the Behr (Maya’s Review)

Title: Waking the Behr (Foothills Pride #7)
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 20, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 88
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.

Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.

As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.

The premise of this book seemed intriguing: two men with outward nothing in common, on the road to romance and happily ever after, stepping out of their comfort zone with only each other as support.
Ben works in family’s construction firm and has spent his whole life in a small town where he was born. The first time he sees Mitch he is knocked out of his comfortable, steady routine: the other man represents a temptation he can’t resist. He had never before been attracted to a man and is confused by strength of his attraction.

The idea of Ben getting to know Mitch by visiting his clubs in order Mitch opened them as he built his business is great. Same for Mitch participating in Ben’s car rally hobby.

The writing style shows promise but the story relies too much on clichéd plots. As long as the story focused on their developing relationship, it was fine. Ben’s voice is great: there is compelling honesty in his storytelling. But the characters stuck me as immature. What attracted me to this story was the idea of two men settled in their life reaching toward each other and experiencing new things. Mitch and Ben act a lot younger, or at least that was my impression.

The story just didn’t work for me.

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Galley copy of Waking the Behr provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.