Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Hanging The Stars
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Half Moon Bay #2
Heroes: West & Angel
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: 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.
Angel hasn’t had the best of lives but he’s made a place for himself and his little brother in Half Moon Bay where he owns his own business and manages a shabby motel and he’s content with where he is. Except for the fact his first love has come back to Half Moon Bay and threatening to tear down everything Angel has worked so hard for and threatens to lose his heart all over again. But Angel doesn’t have to just worry about West, someone’s trying to ruin everything in his life from his business to his home to Roman. How much more can Angel take before he’s completely broken or worse… dead?
I LOVED this book. I’ve always been a fan of Rhys Ford because she never fails to start a book off with a big BANG that keeps the suspense going and this story was no different. In this one, I loved Angel because while he had a rough childhood, he’s managed to make a good life for him and his brother. I loved that he took Roman in without question and has done his best to give Roman the childhood Angel never had. West was an interesting character to me, though. He starts off cold and closed off but as the story progresses, you see that he really has all these emotions and feelings inside that Angel (and Roman now) is the only one that’s able to bring out in him.
It was interesting to see the way Angel and West acted around each other but what I really loved is seeing how Angel and West were around Roman and how much they wanted to coddle him but at the same time knew they couldn’t keep Roman from what was happening or even try to shield him from how things were going. For Roman, he was a major part of why I loved the story. He tried to act so tough but instead, he’s actually insecure and scared that Angel will leave him someday. I loved that because there were moments when he was such a smartass and then he’d say something to Angel that would really melt my heart. I loved it!
I really, really adored this story but I had two major issues. For one, I didn’t like how often Angel and West would talk out loud to themselves. The first few times I thought it was a little weird and then it grew a little annoying. Add to that, I was a little disappointed in the ending. I felt like between the last chapter and the epilogue there was another chapter missing. As it was, after the big climax, it jumps to weeks or months later. I wanted to see what happened after that especially since the climax kinda ended on a little mini chapter cliffhanger. I wanted to see what happened to the bad guy and I wanted to see how the cops handled everything. Instead, it was just told in the epilogue which was a little disappointing. One other small thing is I couldn’t really get a grasp on why Roman was taking medications. I might have missed it but from what I can remember that was never elaborated on so there’s a bunch of references to him taking meds but not much on why he needed them.
Overall, I still really enjoyed this story. I loved that West and Angel had a history and I loved getting to see Deacon and Lang again. I also really loved Roman as a character because he was so quirky but at the same time so needy. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed story with a bit of romance and some endearing characters! Also, I’m really hoping the next book we get is Justin’s story because he was definitely an intriguing character!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*