Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford

Title: Hanging the Stars
Series: Half Moon Bay, 2
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 199
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's 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 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.

Hanging the Stars is the second book in the Half Moon Bay series by author Rhys Ford. Even though this is the second book in the series I was able to follow the storyline just fine.
Angel he has had a rough life. When we meet him in this story he has a gun to his head and his holding batter for his bakery. He even in that life or death type of environment still has a sense of humor and irony about how thing in his life are going. He is the son of a con man, and wants to be more. He is taking care of his younger brother, running his bakery, and still finds time to help everyone around him. He does have a hard time taking that help back in return but his friends will not have it any other way.
West is rich. He has never had to struggle for anything. When we meet him at first he comes off as a straight up jerk. He acts really entitled. I do like watching his layers peel back as this story goes along. He is a good person who has learned that showing emotions gets you hurt.
Over all this is a good story. I found that the romance in this one really gave me a problem. I like the heat, I just was struggling to figure out how it enhanced this story. There is a ton going on, I think perhaps too much. The romance just was rushed, this left me feeling it was not essential to this story. So good in the mystery department the romance department not so much. That would be my final thoughts on this one.

                                                           Four Twinkling Stars

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