Hanging the Stars

Hanging the Stars

by Rhys Ford

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Overview

Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford

Half Moon Bay: Book Two

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634778978
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Series: Half Moon Bay , #2
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

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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Hanging the Stars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Quality characters, excellent dialogue, and a little mystery Hanging the Stars is a second chance romance with an underlying mystery driving the plot. The book starts fast with an intense action scene. It maintains that rapid pace throughout the book. This is the first book I’ve read in the Half Moon Bay Mystery series. There’s some overlap featuring the main characters from the first book, but there’s no issue with reading this title as a standalone. The characters made this book for me. The primary and secondary characters are likable and good people, and the reader can’t help but hope they all find their happily ever after. West and Angel are from opposite sides of the track so to speak. The author plays up their opposing history well. The different viewpoints are clear and highlight their personalities and experiences, but presented playfully so it never feels angst-ridden. The dialogue, particularly the banter, flows well and helps create these vibrant characters. I think the characters and their interactions drive the plot even more than the romance and suspense surrounding the mysterious attacks and are certainly my favorite aspect of the story. The action and mystery elements are executed well, though I wish there was a bit more suspense. I was never riddled with worry for the characters or experienced that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach like I expect with mysteries. Nevertheless this is a fun story to unravel and see how all the components fit together. Though the pace is rapid throughout the book, there’s no lack of detail. The author creates vivid scenes with crisply described emotions that never left the reader in the dark. Unfortunately the fast pace also applies to the relationship between Angel and West. With a second chance romance, I expect tension and reluctance. This one doesn’t feel realistic in that manner. There are moments over the past years the characters had the opportunity to reconnect and they didn’t, so when they quickly get back together and move toward a serious relationship, I was slightly disappointed. Although there was some hesitation, especially on Angel’s part, I wish there was more development in the relationship aspect of the storyline. Overall, Angel and West complement each other well and I like how committed they are to seeing their relationship work the second time around. I was thrilled there wasn’t the stereotypical break up/separation and things on that front stayed relatively drama free. Greg Tremblay does a wonderful job narrating Hanging the Stars. With the banter playing such a key role in this book, having a narrator that brought the characters and scenes to life with a bright tone and intonation was essential. I liked his performance and will continue to look for audiobooks he narrates in the future. I really enjoyed the second book in the Half Moon Bay Mystery series and now plan to not only watch for the third book, but go back and read about Deacon and Lang as well. The characters were lively and fun with a bright dialogue that often brought a smile to my face. This was the perfect lighter read/listen that also boasted intense moments and good characters, which grabbed my interest and keep me invested throughout the book. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
ChristyDuke1 More than 1 year ago
“Because the last thing he did in life was something pretty stupid. I’d hate to face God and have to explain I died holding a bakery up with a fake gun.” Rhys Ford is back with her acerbic wit, stunning descriptive imagery, and a murder mystery to keep me hopping. Not to mention the sulky, angry, snarky twin of Lang's whom I briefly met in book one. West Harris is the kind of man who lingers in your mind and I wanted more of him. Angel and West have history from when they were teenagers in Half Moon Bay but they haven't spoken in over a decade. West's company wants to buy the bakery and parking lot that Angel owns so they can tear down the motel and build condos. Well, Angel isn't having it no matter how much money he gets offered. There are other reasons at play and since it's also the only stable home Angel's little brother, Roman, has ever had, it stands to reason he's sticking to his guns. The little brother their deadbeat, con-man dad dumped on Angel's doorstep and left. When someone makes an attempt on West's life, again, the same morning someone shoots up the bakery, well it's time for West to come back to Half Moon Bay even if it's just to recuperate. It doesn't take long before these two run into each other, and even less time for all the emotions from that long ago summer to return. Talking about then and now starts the healing process, but first they have to figure out who is trying to kill them, and screw Angel over. On a Rhys Ford scale I have to say that 'Hanging with Stars' is murder light, but the characters and interactions are the strengths of this novel. The secondary characters are phenomenal also, but it is the relationship between Angel and Roman that is sheer perfection. Every emotion the author caught pretty much hit me hard in the stomach and left me reeling. Don't get me wrong. This is still a suspenseful thriller and, as always, I couldn't figure out all the twists and turns until the author revealed them. An emotional thrill-ride that left me jonesing for more. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books! Angle and West had a summer of love. Then Angel was removed from half Moon Bay, and both were left with broken hearts. Angel, much more than just a broken heart. When West returns to Half Moon Bay, and they meet again, their reunion is emotional, difficult. Not least because someone is trying kill West and someone wants Angel out of business. Can they make it work this time, or will that someone get the better of them?? This is book two in the Half Moon Bay series, but you don't need to have read book one, Fish Stick Fridays, before you read this one. You should though, if only because I said to! Because this series is amazing. I know we're only in book two, and I have no idea how many books there will be, but Ford's story telling, especially with the crime/ thriller/suspense element is outstanding! I can never quite see where she is taking a story, how its gonna play out, she keeps me on my toes, and make me READ the book, rather than skim, as I usually do. I've missed things, don't you know! Murder attempts and fires at the shop aside, Angel and West's story is painful at times; physically as well as emotionally. Angel's struggle with his 11 year old brother is equally difficult. But I loved reading about it; how he feels he is or is not doing, how he can do better. Roman is a character and a half in his own right. He comes across all hard, but all he is, is a boy who needs his big brother. I'm glad Ford did what she did at the end. If it had gone down how I was expecting it to, I think both Angel and Roman would have been damaged beyond repair. Loved that I got my Zig fix too, since she, Deacon and Lang play a part here. I have but one question, Ms Ford: Who is next?!?!?! 5 full and shiny stars * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved Rhys' writing since I fell into Sinner's Gin. She always shows up with the big guns and absolutely no disappointing here. Buy, read, become as enamored as the rest of us.