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, likeable 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.
©2015 Pat Henshaw (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book.
Book three in the series, but you don't need the others for this to make sense. I loved book one, book two was not quite as good, but this one?? THIS BOOK?? By far the best of the three!
Why?? I can only assume that Abe Behr himself, as the only voice in this book, that made this book for me. He shines, he really does.
Usually I'll write a separate bit for the book and then a bit for the narration, but I can't split it here.
David Ross' portrayal of Abe is just brilliant. He gives us Abe's slow growing affection then attraction to Jeff. Abe's dawning knowledge on who is pulling a fast one with his company. Abe's realization that he, and indeed, his brothers, need a life outside of Behr Construction. And we are shocked when Abe stands up and announces to the town meeting what he does. I loved that bit, because we had no idea what was coming!
Also, I usually prefer my male/male books on the more explicit side. HOWEVER, this one is, again, like one and two, totally clean. And you know what?? I'm really REALLY enjoying that they are just so.
I gave book one 5 stars because I thought it too cute, and book two got 4 stars because I really didn't like Fredi so much. I think I loved this one a little more than book one, but not because it was too cute. I loved it because it carries a little more emotion, it delves a little deeper, because Abe got to the grand old age he does, and was still a virgin. Because I did not see that coming, I tell ya, I really didn't!
5 stars for the book
5 for the narration
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