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Redesigning Max

(Foothills Pride #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires Fredi to revamp his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fredi is an out-and-proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes he remodels, and Max is just too hunky for words.

When Max comes on
ebook, 98 pages
Published July 29th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I laughed, I gasped, I thrilled, I rolled my eyes! After an initial not-so-great beginning, I really got into and just plain enjoyed this short story.

I absolutely loved that Fredi, who seems like a foppish twink at first, is actually a BAMF who carries a blade and isn't afraid to use it to defend himself from homophobic assholes. Unfortunately this is a result of a pretty messed up and tragic past. However, learning about his past only made me like the character more.

I liked how honest and earne
Jun 30, 2015 marked it as back-burner-for-now
Shelves: mm-contemporary
Is it just me or is that Sean Paul Lockhart/Brent Corrigan on the cover?
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it

Too many cliché’s
Fredi : twink ,flamboyant, talks with a lisp, has mayor insecurities ,dramatic past ect.
Max: Outdoorsman (butch) shy, gentle giant type, he’s the still waters run deep and came out later in life you know the typical…
Homophobic Rednecks (seriously why so much drama?)

The story was sweet though…
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, on-my-kindle, arc
"Some days I can barely lift my hands for another “Oh. My. God! Look. At. You. Girl!” Some days my inner bitch claws to get out. Some days I wonder if any of us can possibly be sane enough to cross the street by ourselves."

I absolutely adored twink extraordinaire, Fredi, when I met him during Jimmy and Guy's book. He made me laugh a lot, and I sure needed that. Still do, as a matter of fact, which is why I grabbed 'Redesigning Max' so I could see exactly what Fredi could do with a real man's man
This is my second time trying this writer and like the first time, this book didn't work for me, It isn't awful and I like the basic writing but it is too shallow and doesn't do the work needed to make it a love story to believe in.

Again, I like the heroes. Max has inherited wealth for outdoor rec stores and some hidden talents, Fredi is at the top of his profession (a little young for that but okay).

Max had realized he is gay and pursues Fredi. This is very sweet and up front. And again if the
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually thought this was a cute, if unbelievable, story so why the low rating you ask? I'll tell you. Because we have a man sex virgin here and the book had ZERO SEX!! I mean they had sex but we didn't get ANY of it. Not even heavy petting!! And that my friends is just all kinds of fucked up. Enough said.

(And Max's 70's porn star 'stache needs to fucking GO)
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sure this story is totally sweet, but in same amount totally bland and full of clishe's.
I won't even talk about emotions, it's like a blank page.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this very much, but it was another book where the last 16% was a trailer for a sequel.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
It seems read the same book different actors.
Twink, Bear, Homophobic plot, Falling in love within days.
Anne Barwell
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, ebook
I enjoyed this sweet low angst romance with wonderful characters about the importance of being yourself. I started reading and couldn’t put it down, so read it in one sitting.

I loved how Fredi isn’t a pushover, and is ready, and more than able, to defend himself if he has to. I liked how the author didn’t just tell us that he’s an interior designer but showed it with the intelligent questions he asks which reflect his creativity. I felt for Max having to deal with homophobes not only in his own
Becky Condit
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Redesigning Max is a sweet love story. We met the famous interior designer and artist Fredi as a friend of Jimmy in the first book of this series, What’s In a Name. I recommend reading the short novella, What’s in a Name, first, just because it’s so good, but Redesigning Max can be read as a stand alone book.
Max is the owner of Greene’s Outdoors in the valley of the Sierra Nevada foothills. The small town has become home to a number of gay men who left San Francisco when property values soared.
Morgan  Skye
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2017, series, audio
Fredi is a friend of Guy and Jimmy, he’s very out and proud and a famous architect and designer. Max is a “straight” guy who runs an outdoor shop and he hires Fredi to redesign a cabin for him.

Fredi is out and proud, swishy at times and not afraid to “gay it up”. Max is a big, bearish, lumber-jack type who is socially awkward and shy.

Max doesn’t know how to act on his feelings, so he keeps screwing up and making Fredi upset. Finally, the two talk and pretty much from that point forward the rela
Joyfully Jay
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

This is one of those books that is heavy on the stereotypes, yet you can’t put it down. Fredi is an over-the-top gay man who has realized that the gayer he acts, the more business he brings in. As he narrates the story, we get glimpses of his inner thoughts, which I have to say are hilarious! Max, on the other hand, has led the life of a straight man, complete with having been engaged to a woman. Built like a lumberjack, dressed like a frontiersman, living in a h
Cathy Brockman
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freddy is an award winning designer. He is surprised when Max a sexy, lumberjack type guy hires him to design his cabin in the woods. Max finds Freddy intriguing and they become friends and lovers.

Redesigning Max was a cute, short story. It is a book two of the Foothills Pride series but I followed just fine without having read the first, and now I want the first! The characters are interesting. I love Freedy being flamboyant but able to take care of himself in a world of big men and bigotry.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Way to many cliches and not enough on screen development of their relationship. Obstacles? Tough times? Dates? Talks?
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance
I'm enjoying this series.
The Quille and Lampe
What I Think: Its been a while and for that, I apologise. Juggling work, lab tests of all kinds, cracking teeth due to Sjorhren’s and being a surrogate parent is exhausting and its hard to find the energy and space in my mind for my tales. But, in the immortal words of Fela Kuti, “sha, we still dey” ( we are still here). And all confirmed bookworms know that tales are still the safest refuge in a world getting more insane by the minute. This tale was just the right kind to get me back on track. ...more
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.

I enjoyed Redesigning Max a lot more than What’s in a Name? While I could have used a few more scenes focusing on Fredi and Max’s developing relationship, I found both men to be more interesting characters, especially Fredi. He introduces himself as a successful architect and interior designer who’s more than willing to turn up his twink dial – adding a bit more swish and exaggerating his lisp – to seal the deal on
Redesigning Max by Pat Henshaw
MMy Thoughts Confessions and Review

This is the second book in the Foothills Pride series and my second read by Henshaw. I did not think I could enjoy characters better than I did in book one, however, color me impressed and in love with stoic Max and vivacious Freddie.

Typically, in stories where one MC is out and proud and the other is not, either through fear, confusion, or another circumstance there is quite a bit of angst going on between the MCs. That isn’t the
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fredi is an award-winning architect and interior designer who is approached by Max, the owner of a local outdoors store. Max wants Fredi to remodel the disaster of a cabin that he had inherited from his uncle. Right away, Fredi is attracted to Max, but he can't figure Max out. Is Max straight or gay? He keeps getting confusing signals from Max, and that has him terrified due to conflicts - two of them very serious - in his past. (Those two incidents just described and not experienced on page wer ...more

Redesigning Max is a sweet, slow burn story. I adored Fredi and Max, but there were a few times I thought I had missed something and had to go back and re-read passages to see if I had but nope I hadn't. This author just moved along a bit quicker than I would have liked. Also both this story and What's in a Name? book 1 of the Foothills Pride series have no on page sex, which is absolutely fine with me, but a fade to black would have been better than just ignoring the fact these guys had sex esp
Amneris Cesare
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
For those who love flamboyant but strong and brave MCs, this is the MM for them. Started nicely and funny, but then went too much homophobic monster lumberjack to me to poor queer couple going living in the forest. Too out of character, too loud on the homophobic side. But something that one can read on a Sunday afternoon with no alternatives for leisure. 3,5 stars to me.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Story of Fredi a designer and Max business owner of Greene's outdoors. Max asks Fredi to look at his cabin and come up with a design to update it. Fast paced story. In a relationship within a matter of days but was good storyline. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bought-books
Book 2 in my binge read of this series. Again great MC's, different protagonists, same theme! This is shaping up really nicely ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
In spite of some hate crime that happened in the story, this was actually a fluffy, sweet, no sex romance. Fredi and Max moved pretty fast, but I had no problem with it.
Love Bytes Reviews
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Heart Review by Dan

We’re back for the next installment in Pat Henshaw’s Foothill Pride series. As many of you might remember, I raved about What’s in a Name when I reviewed it back in January. I loved that book and have been looking forward to the continuation of the series.

This time we’re focusing on Fredi Zimmer, the over the top architect/interior designer we met in the first book in the series, who was responsible for the redo of the coffee shop that his friend Jimmy co-owns. We don’t he
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiodick
Max is a rich man who now owns a dilapidated cabin in the woods. He wants it redesigned to make it uniquely his, to reflect himself. He is recommended to use the services of Fredi, a proud, flamboyant, colorful designer. Max is a big, outdoorsy “lumberjack” kind of guy but he’s also a little shy and soft spoken. For his part, Fredi may come across as a little twink, but do not underestimate this man. He runs a successful business and knows his talent. He is lethal if pushed. I absolutely loved t ...more
Inked Reads
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I read the first installment of the Foothills Pride series, so I was really excited to see another one. These are wonderful, smart stories that prove it takes a village to make a book come alive.
I was half in love with Fredi from the first page. He is, as several characters put it, "out there," entirely unashamed of who is is and wonderfully flamboyant. He admits to playing it up for some of his design clients, but it's pretty clear a lot of it is his natural personality. What I love is
Elaine White
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: divine-magazine
Book – Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride #2)
Author – Pat Henshaw
Star rating - ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 98

Cover – Really Nice
POV – 1st person, 1 character
Would I read it again – Yes

Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Romance

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Already, just two books into the series, I’ve noted the pattern it will take:
• homophobic hate crime element
• insta-love
• everyone is connected to everyone
• slipping into present t
Morgan  Skye
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it

Fredi is a famous architect and designer, he’s asked by Max to re-design his cabin in the woods that he’s recently inherited.

Fredi is out and proud, swishy at times and not afraid to “gay it up”. Max is a big, bearish, lumber-jack type who is socially awkward and shy. Fredi is so attracted to the guy but then thinks he could get pummeled for the attraction by the “obviously straight” Max.

Meanwhile, Max simply doesn’t know how to act on his feelings, so he keeps screwing up and making Fredi upset
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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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