FOUR 5, 4.5, TWO 4, and 3 Star Reviews for Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) by Rhys Ford @rhys_ford @dreamspinners#MM #Mystery

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Title: Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30th, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

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.

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Review

FiveStars

I loved this book! It held my attention from the very beginning and I didn’t want it to end. I found myself putting the book down because I wanted to make it last and not end. Most books when there are kids involved they are mentioned briefly or just secondary characters but in this book Zig is front and center. I adored Zig and her spunky attitude and her foul mouth. She was real and I think she added so much to this book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Deke and Lang too but Zig just stole the show. Deke had no clue what he was doing, it was just “winging it” and doing a fine job. He was open and honest and he felt real and genuine to me. This book has everything, love, murder, suspense and a whole lot of heart.

Angie

FiveStarsI really loved this!  Deacon is the ultimate swoon-worthy leading man.  A mechanic with a record whose rough edges are softened when he gains custody of his small niece – I was in love from the first chapter.  With Lang, privileged, wealthy and still recovering from old scars,  Rhys Ford has written one of my favourite m/m pairings ever.
When they meet, both men are running from their pasts and forging peaceful new beginnings for themselves.  I usually hate children in romance stories, but Zig is special.  The angry little girl Deacon has plucked from the foster care system has the vocabulary of a sailor and packs a mean punch while wearing a tutu.  Instead of adding a kitchy family values feel to the story, Zig gives this tale an edge. Deacon struggles to meet her complex needs and Lang works valiently to care for them both.
I love the chemistry between the leading men.  Deacon and Lang compliment each other perfectly but past experiences makes their first meetings wonderfully awkward and tentative.  Theirs is a connection between men who are a little bit older, a little bit jaded by past life experiences. Deacon and Lang are cautious and guarded, but pragmatic.  This is low angst romance written very well.
I found myself really enjoying the mystery/suspense aspect of this story as I developed a huge crush on a certain detective.  I also loved the cast of quirky characters in Half Moon Bay.  This is Rhys Ford at her best.  Beautifully written and full of wonderful characters, this was a treat to read.

~Sarah

FourandHalfStars

Oh, Deacon, Deacon, Deacon. Where can I get me a Deacon? LOL.
This is Rhys Ford’s new series, the first book starring Deacon Reid, a man from the wrong side of town who had to get his act together in order to adopt his young sister’s daughter, 8 year old Zig. Oh man, Zig is hilarious, your typical smart-mouthed, wild child. Everything she did and said cracked me up when I was reading. Well, mostly everything. This kid has been put through the ringer. She didn’t have a very good childhood, thanks to a crack addicted mom and father. When her mom killed herself and her dad ended up in prison, she was put into the system. She’s so lucky that Deacon has a heart of gold under all that raw, bad boy sexiness. I was placed in a foster home for a while because of my mother *shakes head* so I know the feeling of being in the “system” quite well. They try their best, but it’s not “home.”
And Deacon. Man, he’s so awesome. I loved the introduction scene in the beginning with the exploding building. Pretty eye-catching start. The best scene for me was when he went to pick up Zig from school with his motorcycle…while wearing a tutu. LMFAO! He did it just for Zig because the other kids were making fun of her for always wearing a tutu. He may be rough around the edges and has a dark past of his own, but he’s a great uncle.
Lang, Deacon’s love interest also had a messed up past. He may have been born into a wealthy family, but his parents weren’t very supportive and his ex boyfriend messed him up pretty bad. He’s pretty strong though because he moved on with his life and survived. I liked him, but every now and then, I kept wishing someone else for Deacon. Lang was kinda…boring. That’s why I took half a star away. That feeling kept creeping up on me til the end.
Anyway, good start to a new series. I’ve actually been to Half Moon Bay plenty of times and the little town has a charming feel to it. I remember going to the lake there in my teens. Brought back some good memories. 🙂
~Cookie
FourStars

I really enjoyed this story.  It had hope, love, passion, danger and sweetness all rolled in to one.

Deacon is struggling to figure out how to parent.  He loves his niece, who is a firecracker!  He loves his shop – wants to take care of his employees, which I thought was awesome.  While he is hoping to get a new start on life, he knows that with his past, it might not work out so well.  But, despite the issues and worries he has, he makes a great life for Zig.

Zig is just an awesome character.  I loved her personality and how she was able to bridge Deacon and Lang together.  She is complicated, sweet, feisty and just a little bent – she wants to belong and Deacon helps her achieve that.

Then you have Lang.  He was the anomaly in this story for me. Not only was he not very passionate, but he was somewhat boring too.  Think scary cat man, who, despite not needing to work, has a book store and creepily sits in it by himself and reads… It was just a strange way to portray the love story for me.

The mystery within this story kept me on my toes to a point, but was also somewhat predictable.  Nonetheless, I loved the story and can’t wait to read more.

AvidReader
FourStars
Deacon was not always a good guy, he did some bad things in his life before his sister was killed and he found out his niece was in foster care. He decides he needs to do better in his life for Zig and to give her a stable home with someone that loves her and will take care of her.
Lang owns the home Deacon is renting and a book store not far from Deacon’s shop. Zig decides she wants to go into the bookstore and the moment they lay eyes on each other there is a instant attraction. But Lang has been hurt by a previous relationship and is leery but ready to move on and get past the pain.
This book has angst and bad guys but it also had the steam between these two MC’s too. Zigs character I loved because she was so strong for a little girl who has been through so much in her short life and to have seen what she did.
I felt like these three together made a very good family because not only do you feel the love Lang has for Deacon but you also feel the love they have for Zig too. I loved how this author wrote these characters and where Rhys Ford took this story.All together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!
Kara
FiveStarsI really loved this!  Deacon is the ultimate swoon-worthy leading man.  A mechanic with a record whose rough edges are softened when he gains custody of his small niece – I was in love from the first chapter.  With Lang, privileged, wealthy and still recovering from old scars,  Rhys Ford has written one of my favourite m/m pairings ever.
When they meet, both men are running from their pasts and forging peaceful new beginnings for themselves.  I usually hate children in romance stories, but Zig is special.  The angry little girl Deacon has plucked from the foster care system has the vocabulary of a sailor and packs a mean punch while wearing a tutu.  Instead of adding a kitchy family values feel to the story, Zig gives this tale an edge. Deacon struggles to meet her complex needs and Lang works valiently to care for them both.
I love the chemistry between the leading men.  Deacon and Lang compliment each other perfectly but past experiences makes their first meetings wonderfully awkward and tentative.  Theirs is a connection between men who are a little bit older, a little bit jaded by past life experiences. Deacon and Lang are cautious and guarded, but pragmatic.  This is low angst romance written very well.
I found myself really enjoying the mystery/suspense aspect of this story as I developed a huge crush on a certain detective.  I also loved the cast of quirky characters in Half Moon Bay.  This is Rhys Ford at her best.  Beautifully written and full of wonderful characters, this was a treat to read.
~Sarah

ThreeStar

The plot line of this book is good. A bad boy who rides a motorcycle has to take over the care and raising of his sisters little girl due to her untimely death. He moves to a new town to get a fresh start and to raise the girl in a safe and good environment.

The characters themselves are interesting. However, we aren’t given much background on the characters in the beginning of the book. As I was reading, even 25% into the book, I didn’t know why Deacon was on the run. We were also given snippets of Lang’s background and description. I wish we were given a lot of background on both of them so we would know where they came from an why they’re doing what they’re doing. Otherwise, the characters are very enjoyable to read.

Deacon and Lang’s relationship, though, is very sweet. I really liked that. I loved how Lang stepped out of his box to explore his relationship with Deacon.

The highlight of the book is the little girl. I even found her swearing to be funny and enjoyable. How she dresses is also unique and perfect for her as well as her name.

There’s some great lines in the story as well.  Here’s my favorite one:
“You’d be surprised what kind of shit gets tossed into a prison’s library. Pretty sure if you dig deep enough, you’d find hieroglyphics.”

I would recommend this book. For me, the book was okay, but I feel others might really enjoy it. So I would say give it a try.

Ariel

FiveStarsI really liked this book.  It had a great mystery to it that kept me interested throughout.

I thought Zig was the star of the book, she was just adorable with her swearing.  Deacon and Lang made a great couple. Both from different backgrounds but they still fit together. Deacon was a guy who had a bad rap but was turning himself over for Zig, he was committed to giving her a good life.  Made for a great story.

Definitely recommend this book it was a lighthearted read, very enjoyable.

~Sherry

FiveStars

It says something about a man who will do anything for a child and that’s what Deacon did. I says something about a man who will basically overlook a child who swears like a sailor. This book was absolutely amazing. I have several books by Rhys Ford but still have not had the time to read them. Rest assured I will definitely be making the time very soon. From what I understand this book was much lighter than her others but I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait to read more about the men of Half Moon Bay.

The author was able to bring all the characters to life and I was eagerly waiting to see what would happen next. Zig was an amazing but vulnerable little girl and I loved trying to figure out what she was going to do next. Deacon was a former bad boy trying to make a life for him and Zig.  I applaud Rhys Ford, an excellent start to a new series.

~Lynn

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Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys 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 a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

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