Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Behr Facts
SERIES: Foothills Pride #3
AUTHOR: Pat Henshaw
NARRATOR: David Ross
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 3 Hours
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2017
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.
Whilst this is book 3 in the Foothills Pride series it can easily be read/ listened to as a standalone book. I have not read the first two books in the series, but that did not stop me from really enjoying this novella. At 3 hours, this was not a long book, but it was wonderful. Pat Henshaw tells us the story of Abe Behr who is the CEO of Behr Construction. He is big and gruff and runs the family business with an honestly he is surprised to discover doesn’t exist in his relatives. Bringing on CPA Jeff Mason wasn’t an easy choice, but when the good looking young man joins the team he is instantly drawn to him.
The way Abe and Jeff gradual come together in this book is well done. The pair working together and becoming friends is nice. The somewhat clueless nature of Abe when it comes to all things social is very sweet. They don’t exist in a bubble and the story provides plenty of history for the two men. I really like Abe’s two brothers. They hold a reverence towards Abe that it is nice to see broken down by the end.
The only thing that I found irritating in the book was the extended family. I understand why they were like they were, but at the same time they felt a little over the top to me. Having worked for a family business myself for most of my career, it just felt like it was too much.
This was the first David Ross narration I have listened to. It was well done. He provided a great voice to Abe. He sounds just like I imagined he would. The story flows in his voice and the characterisations of everyone just worked for me. I believe he has narrated the other books in this series and I am looking forward to listening to those too.
I really enjoyed this novella by Pat Henshaw and thought David Ross did a great job with the narration. I look forward to listening to or reading the rest of this series.