Monday, December 19, 2016

Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford

Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter's son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found… and then lost… love.

Now, Angel's life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh, but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon Bay and finds himself face-to-face with the man he'd lost. Now West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Alternately sweet and suspenseful, I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in this series. I loved Angel from the beginning and I rather reluctantly came to love West in the end. I love second chance romance, and while Angel and West are an unlikely couple, they are wonderful together.

Angel barely survived growing up with his conman father. Now, as a young adult, he is caring for a young brother and determined to make his business a success. Part street kid and part innocent, Angel is easy to love. Wealthy West is more difficult to care for. West is a workaholic, always hungry for money. He has a tendency to absolve himself of the responsibility for harmful company decisions. It is the children in this book who reveal West’s humanity and I found it impossible not to respond to his kindness to both Roman and Zig.

The action starts early in this story and I loved that my first few guesses about who was behind the attacks were completely wrong. There are some tense, exciting scenes in this story and I enjoyed the suspense. Heavy on cute kids and light on sex, this is also one of the most family friendly stories I’ve read by Rhys Ford.

It has been a while since I read the first book in the series and for other readers, I would recommend a re-read of Fish Stick Fridays before starting this one. This is a great addition to the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.

RHYS FORD admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger Cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford to read and review.

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