Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: When Adam Fell
SERIES: Foothills Pride #4
AUTHOR: Pat Henshaw
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 92 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2016
A Foothills Pride Story
When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.
Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.
Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.
I believe that this is my favorite of the four Foothills Pride stories so far. I’ve always thought that Adam deserved his own story, and remember mentioning it to the author at one point. I’m so glad she listened and gave us his tale!
We met Adam in previous portions of the Foothills Pride overall storyline, and he has always intrigued me. A big bear of a man, with a scar across his face which makes him look like a thug. He is even know as the “Thug Chef.” Now we learn more about Adam’s past. We learn that he is a quite famous celebrity chef from San Francisco, who returned to Stone Acres after a disastrous breakup with his lifelong boyfriend Jason. Jason had a bad addiction to drugs, and the only way to help him was to leave him. But Adam has felt guilty ever since.
Now Jason is back. Or is he? This self-assured, wealthy looking man who showed up on Adams doorstep calling himself David seems like the perfect incarnation of the man. But Adam is suspicious…is he really?
I loved the continuing tale of Stone Acres and how these two men fit in with the other men and background characters we’ve met in previous stories. I really feel like Stone Acres, California is a real place, and I could stop by and visit.
As I said above, I think this is my favorite of the series. Ms. Henshaw is doing an excellent job with the stories, and I’m always thrilled to see a new one hitting the review list! I would highly recommend you pick up this series. The novellas could probably be read as standalones, but take my advice, read them in order. The previous novellas are: What’s in a Name (#1), Redesigning Max (#2) and Behr Facts (#3). I reviewed all three, all of which you can find in my review section here or by clicking on the search block in the gray bar above this review and typing in the author’s name.
I highly recommend this book, and the entire series. Enjoy.