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What's in a Name?

(Foothills Pride #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it's a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Saloon rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender's first name since he's worn a different name tag every time Jimmy's seen him. "Guy" Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one
ebook, 90 pages
Published January 21st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and I really dislike trashing new authors right out of the gate, but this book was like a manual of How Not to Write Your First M/M Romance Novel:

1. Do not have your MCs fall in love and become boyfriends within one week.

2. Go beyond stereotypes. The big bear daddy doesn't need to ride a bike AND own a bar. The twink doesn't need to cower behind said bear daddy at every interaction.

3. The ex can be a bad guy, but he does not need to be a psychopath.

4. If y
A Barista walks into a bar...
I have to admit I thought this one sounded interesting. The premise was cute. It's Jimmy's birthday and he decides to get drunk, his boyfriend decides to get laid...just maybe not by Jimmy. The bartender whose been watching Jimmy for a while now decides it's time to make his move since said boyfriend has left the bar with someone else. Jimmy wants to know the bartender's name, bartender then decides to make this a challenge because he wants to spend more time wi
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
It actually had nothing to hold my interest. No cohesive plot, no character development, no romantic buildup, no humor, no chemistry, no sex. None. Not even descriptive cuddling.


So what was the point? I guess the point was to meander aimlessly and stumble upon a few stereotypes along the way. The "bear" owns a bar and rides a motorcycle, the twink cowers and simpers and is pathetic and weak and oh yeah, is a coffee snob. The best friend is spunky and cute and adorable, but also a fierce
3.0 Stars

I listened to this for BINGO and for it to count there has to be some sort of review that consist of more than just, "I liked it" or "It sucked." So...I'm gonna say it was just kind of "Meh." Not the boring "meh" but the average "meh."

There are lots of interesting books that don't have any on-page sex but this was so heavily suggestive at first that when it didn't get detailed I was a little puzzled. But I was willing to roll with that...until everything just sort of got thrown into thi
Joyfully Jay
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

So this is a cute story about a twinky guy and a hunky bear who fall for each other. They have gotten to know each other without really realizing it over all the nights Jimmy and Alex are in the bar and Alex is off flirting with others. So when Jimmy and Alex break up, the relationship with Guy finally takes a turn from friendship to something more romantic. There is some definite playfulness here with Guy refusing to tell Jimmy his real name, and the guys have a
2.5 stars

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I tried to summarize this for Goodreads, but couldn't do it. While the story isn't horrible, it is extremely unrealistic and full of clichés that got tiring after awhile. While not full-on insta-love (Jimmy and Guy had become friends over a period of months at a bar Guy owns), the relationship happens entirely too quickly in my opinion. It went from Jimmy being dumped by Alex to him practically living with Guy in a span of 24 hours. There's also a thing
There are seeds of a good book in here. I didn't not enjoy it but the plot took the easy way out too many times and several ideas were undeveloped.

Here is what I liked: The setting in the foothills of the Sierra's during the migration out of the Bay Area for a portion of the queer community. The heroes are kind. I like that even though this romance is super fast, they have really been falling in love for months. I like the friends and businesses.

The wish fulfillment of dating and courting is a
Jan 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: deleted-reader
What can i say i think this is one of the worst books i have ever read. The main characters have no chemistry and aren't really developed, this story is very shallow. There are to many secondary characters and secondary plots for such a short story. We do get the name of "guy" at the end of the book and let met tell you it is ridiculous.

I just hope Dreamspinner will be screening their authors/books better next time. because this book wasn't worth the money i paid and i'm really mad about it. I´v
Blue Bayou .
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Total clean fluff.
Not really good fluff. No humor. No sex. No real story. The vilans are goofy and there is a 'murder of wives' that come to the aid of the gays. I'm not sure that's good, bad or what really. Not insta love but then again it was insta love, sorta. It ( install love ) was commented on at the end but because there is no back story beyond the first 5-10 pages...doesn't work.
I did not see any editing issues. There that's something positive.
Maryann Kafka
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pat Henshaw first entertained me with this sweet, funny and a little bit of drama, 2015 novella “What’s In A Name”. The story introduced two very opposite characters in Jimmy Patterson a barista and “Guy” Stone the bartender.

This isn’t Jimmy’s first time at the Stonewall Saloon, but it’s the first time to celebrate his thirtieth birthday. He’s made one mistake already and that’s being involved with a cheating boyfriend. Mistake number two, is feeling sorry for himself and tying-one-on.

Luckily f
Morgan  Skye
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jimmy is having a terrible birthday! His boyfriend was supposed to take him on a romantic date in San Francisco and instead picks up a stranger and ditches Jimmy at the bar, alone. Jimmy drowns his sorrow in beer but luckily the bartender, Alex2/Guy/Stone is there to help when it gets messy.

“Stone” aka Guy, aka Alex2 has been keeping an eye on Jimmy for awhile and swoops in to help when Jimmy’s worthless boyfriend ditches him at the bar. Stone won’t tell Jimmy (or anyone) his real name because i
“What’s in a Name” is a funny, sweet story that put me in a really buoyant frame of mind, which I needed at the time. It is sweet, funny, and although I knew what Stone’s first name was before I got to the end, there were a few surprises there too. I loved the fact that Jimmy had worked hard to get where he was as a business owner but was obviously a bit clueless when it came to picking men, and Stone’s strong personality was a great foil for his can-do attitude.

I don’t know if I could only pick
Dani Elle Maas
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
simple sweet story

liked the characters , very enjoyable read
Love Bytes Reviews
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review by Dan

Pat Henshaw has delivered a wonderful tease! I so want more, more, more! I absolutely loved this short book and can’t wait for more of the story. Ms. Henshaw, you will crush me if you tell me there isn’t more coming…..and soon! Honestly, if this were a standalone, I would not be as happy with it, because there is a lot of story yet to come…..

Jimmy Patterson is getting very very drunk at the Stonewall Saloon. His boyfriend of a year has decided to take off with another man h
Keris Shay
Not seeing many good reviews. So going to skip this
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5 Hearts

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This is one pretty damn cool and well written story. Jimmy is a sweetheart and it’s difficult not to instantly feel sorry for this self-confessed twink. To top it all off, he’s attracted to the big bear of a man behind the bar at the only gay bar in town. The mystery is no one knows his name. They just know him as whichever name tag he was wearing when last seen or taken notice of. This makes Jimmy
Becky Condit
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What’s In a Name starts with the best description of a drinking binge and followup hangover I’ve ever read. It goes on kind of long but it made me laugh with each turn of the stomach. Jimmy is a twink who is more mature than first imagined. He owns a business and is getting ready to expand. He has a boyfriend who is not worth his time or his love but he’s a little slow to figure that out.
Guy is the owner of a gay bar in a small valley town in California. He’s had a bit of a crush on his regular
Ulysses Dietz
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
What’s in a Name?
By Pat Henshaw
(first of the Foothills series)

Jimmy Patterson Is having the worst night of his life. Dumped by his boyfriend on his birthday, Jimmy decides to drown his sorrows at the Stonewall, the lone gay bar in his small foothills town. The only one who will listen to him seems to be the big bartender, who Jimmy has known ever since he and his best friend Felicity opened their coffee shop in the mall outside town. Thing is, Jimmy doesn’t know his name, because he wears a diff
Clare O'Beara
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story, which is quite a sweet tale of a lad who has just left a harmful relationship and gets rescued from his misery by the hunky bartender at the only gay bar in town.

The scene is California and while most people in town seem tolerant of alternative culture, an undercurrent is troubling and causes the characters difficulty in a new business. The bartender goes by a different name every night so the main character, a barista, while rebounding from his doormat life and growing in
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Audiobook Review:

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This story is told from Jimmy’s point of view, which gives us a good look at his thoughts and feelings, but we are able to see the other characters fairly well even though Jimmy was a bit oblivious at times. Guy is so patient with Jimmy’s questions and sweet I loved him from the beginning. Guy and Jimmy are just perfect for each other and they are both willing to make their quick building relationship g
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, m-m
I thought this book was a lot of fun. There were a few cliches and a few times where the plot was a bit simplistic. But I really liked both of the guys, there was a lot of good humor in their relationship, and I believed in their feelings for each other. I enjoyed many of the secondary characters and look forward to seeing more of them in the sequels to this book.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet - really liked it.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-version
Audiobook Review:

There is quite a lot of story in the short, sweet romance; although no sex, which I didn't mind. The name is kind of deceiving as the "can he guess my name" game the MCs have is a very minor plot point. I guessed his name halfway through, although I was hoping I was wrong, I wasn't. The gist of the story is the budding romance between Jimmy and Guy. They get together in the beginning of the book. What starts up as a random hook up when Jimmy's jerk of a boyfriend dumps him on hi
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Story of "Jimmy" and"Stone". Love what both the names of the characters are. Jimmy is at Stones bar with his so called boyfriend Alex (who is off picking up other men), Having his Birthday drink. He ends up drunk and in Stones bed while Alex takes some random guy home. The storyline is fast paced all happens in a matter of days for Stone and Jimmy to be together, for Jimmy business to get trashed. I didn't really mind the fast pace of the book where they went from no relationship to full relatio ...more
This is a great beginning, to what I hope, turns out to be a great series! I love the MCs even though the author stereotyped them they still worked for me. I'm not a big fan of insta-love but this one didn't really feel like insta-love, not to me at least. The guys have known each other casually for a while it's just not evident right away.

I could have done without the psychopath ex, he was a bit over the top but his bit came and went quickly so I over looked it....mostly. Overall What's in a N
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I'm glad to see the cover was changed. My edition is old, having been sitting on my TBR pile for a while and the bear that is Gus is completely hairless on the cover. Second, there was a little too much going on here for the length of the book. Alex, the asshat boyfriend, didn't just suddenly become a cheating piece of work. He always was one, so why did Jimmy stay with him at all? The whole thing with Thomas was okay except happening at the same time as another issue was too much. And ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
2* for the story + 1 * for the fade-to-black sex.

It's actually an insta-romance story, but it didn't feel instant, maybe because there's no graphic sex therefore the story could focus on the romance part. I think for a story that spanned a week, it's successful enough to make me believe in Jimmy and Guy's relationship.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bought-books
I'm not quite sure what set me on these books, just that this one appealed. It had strong interesting diverse characters, some humour, some (should be obsolete) conflict with homophobes and bigots. It has lovely MC's and I've already bought the rest. ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-short-story
This is very cute story ♥
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
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Pat has lived on both coasts and in the middle of the United States. Pat’s been a book reviewer for too many years to count as well as an English composition instructor and theatrical costumer. Places visited include Canada, Mexico, Europe, Egypt, Nicaragua, and Thailand. Pat's found that people everywhere are remarkably similar.

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