Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Fish Stick Fridays
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Half Moon Bay #1
Heroes: Deacon Reid/Lang Harris
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 204 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found himself raising her little girl.
Staring down a family history of bad decisions and reaped consequences, Deacon cashes in everything he owns, purchases an auto shop in Half Moon Bay, and takes his niece, Zig, far away from the drug dens and murderous streets they grew up on. Zig deserves a better life than what he had, and Deacon is determined to give it to her.
Lang Harris is stunned when Zig, a little girl in combat boots and a purple tutu blows into his bookstore, and then he’s left speechless when her uncle, Deacon Reid walks in, hot on her heels. Lang always played it safe but Deacon tempts him to step over the line… just a little bit.
More than a little bit. And Lang is willing to be tempted.
Unfortunately, Zig isn’t the only bit of chaos dropped into Half Moon Bay. Violence and death strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.
Review: After Deacon’s sister dies, he finds a way to break his niece out of the foster care system and make her his own. But it ain’t easy. Zig is no ordinary 8 year old. She’s bright, brash, and stubborn as hell. Her life before Deacon wasn’t easy and it takes all he has to make it up to her. Before Zig, he figured he’d meander through life, not really caring about a thing, hoping to avoid prison again, but no higher purpose. She gives him purpose.
Deacon’s quest to be a great uncle moves him from Atlanta to a coastal town in California and into owning a garage. He sinks all he has into the business and packs them up and moves. There he finds that trouble may have followed him and Zig.
Lang is a bookshop owner in the small town Deacon moves into. He’s had a rough past and is essentially on hold, alive, but not living. Zig rushes into his store and his life trailing her heart-throb uncle. Deacon pushes all Lang’s buttons – in a good way – and though both men have their secrets and both feel the other is better off alone – they can’t stay apart.
So I have to laugh as I write this review. At GRL, Rhys Ford told the panel that this book was her “fluffy” book offering. Well – to Rhys I suppose it is “fluffy”. But there is a body count, shootings, murder, mayhem, and fire, lots of fire. So… not really fluffy, but the romance is sweet and relatively angst free.
I’m a huge Rhys fan. There are many good stories out there and many good writers and a few good storytellers who excel at writing. Rhys does just that. Each word is placed with intention. Every description is rich. Reading one of her books is like indulging in the richest, darkest chocolate. For me, I can see and touch and smell her stories, she’s so good at including all the senses.
Another thing I appreciate about Rhys is that I learn. I had to look up a lot of things in this book – Fafhrd, Sir Didy, Ludo, and more. But… that’s awesome! That’s how we expand our minds and I really appreciate that about her writing.
Deacon is a hero. Straight up. He does pretty much everything right and you just know you want one of him in your life. Zig is perfectly imperfect. She’s amazing comedic fodder but she also tugs on your every last heart-string. Lang, by comparison, has a story that will literally make you cry your eyes out, but he’s the guy who helps tie them all together.
Of course there’s a mystery and it’s a good one, tied up neatly by the end. It’s a series starter, so I’m foreseeing Lang’s brother having a story in his future, but Deacon and Lang get their HEA by the end.
Any fan of Rhys will love this book and mystery lovers too, but I think the general contemporary romance reader will find this book as terrific as I do. I seriously can’t wait for the next installment (and the audiobook!).
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*