Monday, November 30, 2015

LGBT Monday: Fish Stick Fridays

Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay, #1)Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Half Moon Bay, #1
Released: November 30th 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 204 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon
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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. 

*sigh* The magic of the wonderful Rhys Ford is still very much alive. Fish Stick Fridays is another one of her unique, heartfelt romances that feel very much like warm blankets in cold, winter nights. As always, Rhys gave everything she had in her latest book and she somehow breathed life into several amazing characters as well as their small community.

Emotionally, Fish Stick Fridays is a challenge and a trial that ends up paying off. None of Rhys’s characters ever have it easy, and Deacon and his eight-year-old niece Zig had it tougher than most. Both have gone through the system and both have been damaged by it, only unlike Zig, Deacon didn’t have anyone to save him from the worst of it. The two are an odd pair: a tough motorcycle dude with a criminal past, and a tiny wild-haired girl wearing a pink tutu and combat boots. They stand out just about anywhere, but they fit together really well and they seem to just instinctively know how to help each other.

When they move to Half Moon Bay, they might just be too much for the small town to handle, but they are quickly embraced by other colorful inhabitants, each of them with a past of their own. While they don’t fit in with most people, Deacon and Zig fit in really well with two gay mechanics, a crazy beautician, and most of all a rich, highly educated bookstore owner named Lang Harris.

For all his polished upbringing, Lang Harris isn’t without demons of his own. His life has been on standby of sorts for years, and with good reason. He knows he shouldn’t get involved with someone as alluring as Deke, especially someone with a vulnerable eight-year-old, but he just can’t help it, not when he’s finally feeling alive after all that time.

The mystery part is as compelling as usual. Rhys doesn’t pull back punches, it just isn’t her style, which leaves the reader genuinely afraid for everyone, including the main characters. Everyone seems to be fair game in Rhys’ books, it’s just one of the many things I appreciate about her, and the danger surrounding Deacon and Lang is almost palpable.

I’m hoping for many more books set in Half Moon Bay. I don’t think that I could ever grow tired of this small community. What’s more, I trust Rhys Ford to follow her characters wherever they might take her, no matter how far, dark or dangerous their path might be.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. That title is catchy, for one. :D But honestly, the story sounds good as well. I miss your Monday posts, Maja!

    1. I missed writing them! I hope they (and I) are back to stay. :)

  2. It does have a catchy title! Glad this paid off for you!

  3. I read one too last week, by mistake, lol, but romance is romance

  4. omg this sounds amazing! And I ADORE the sound of the characters (tough dude plus little combat boots/tutu wearing niece?!!? YES PLEASE). So glad this was an excellent read for you! :D
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  5. It's nice to see you have a good time with the author and again with this new series. I didn't know about it but you made me curious!

  6. Deacon and Zig sound so adorable Maja! I can just see him in all his badassery and her in her pink tutu:) I've read a number of Rhys Ford's books and really enjoyed them, so I don't think there's any way I can pass this up!!!

  7. Ah this sounds like an emotional and really well-written story. I'm with Jenny! I need to meet Deacon and Zig and experience their adorableness. Thanks for the recommendation, Maja!
    Lovely review!

  8. Clearly I need to start reading this series as soon as my book buying ban is lifted!


  9. I love that this has a little girl and a tough bad buy. I'm really curious actually so I'm looking this one up, it sounds pretty fantastic!

  10. I love the sound of this one Maja! I think I'm going to go get right now.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  11. I hope you are back to stay, Maja, I missed you. This sounds like another read I need to check out. I always love small town settings.

  12. I love it when you read a series and fall in love with the setting as much as the characters....

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  13. Oh these characters sound so good! I have this author on my must read list because of you and it looks like she is there to stay! Brilly review!


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