Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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.
Review: This is the first book in this series that I’ve personally read. It’s obviously a series and you would probably benefit from reading them all in order but I followed along okay enough to enjoy the story. There were some cameos of previous couples that meant certain scenes didn’t resonate with me personally the way they would with someone who read the previous stories. Totally my fault. I did enjoy it however. The town is made up from a fun group of characters that all have their own story of rejection. They’ve found a home in Stone Acres.
This story follows Zeke who owns the famous Bandy motel. It has a long history being a place where people escape to if they need a safe place. Zeke is the previous owner’s son and runs the hotel. He also plays music at the local pub. He’s singing one night celebrating he marriage of two guys from a previous book when he meets Vic. Vic is in town for the wedding. Zeke and Vic are attracted to each other. Zeke has a lot going on but they hook up and know after the first night there’s something more between them. A boy shows up beaten that just happens to be from Vic’s estranged family bringing complications to their relationship. Zeke isn’t about to let it get in the way of them starting something. He’s also inclined to help the boy escape whatever horror sent him to his hotel.
There was an insta lust to love feel to this story. It’s short and sweet with likable characters. I do feel I missed out on some of the attachments developed in prior stories. I’m intrigued by some others so may go back and read those. Zeke and Vic were good together. The love story was easy and sweet. I like the idea of all the characters ending up in this town and starting a new life. Also that they’re willing to help the next person in need. If you’re in the mood for something short and sweet with a positive message you might pick this one up.