Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: m/m contemporary
Narrator: Spencer Goss
Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suits him just fine—until his baby sister dies and he finds 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 strike, leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.
I really enjoyed this, although I did initially assume I’d be giving it a 4 star rating and then ended up more towards a 3 star. Right off the bat I loved Deacon, whether it was the narrators smooth whiskey voice or the characters hot biker goodness, I can’t really say. But he pulled me in immediately. Zig was great too, especially since children in romance books are often way too mature for their age. I loved the cursing and how she kept going broke paying out quarters to Uncle Deke. Lang was sweet, and the narrator did a good job of varying his voice to fit the character. I liked them together, and their story as well as their story with Zig was a good one.
Where it lost me a little was all the life and death drama. I get that that is what the plot was, but it didn’t feel necessary. I just wanted Deacon and Lang’s story, they had enough to tell on their own and I really wanted to focus on that (with the added drama of Deacon dealing with officially adopting Zig and Lang coping with what happened to him with his ex). Everything else was just over the top and kinda ridiculous. Where the fuck were the cops during all this?!?!
But the narration was great, as I’ve said. It was a good story, although IMHO would have been better served as a solid romance instead of a romantic suspense. I think the narration is responsible for my slight bump up in rating from 3 stars, I’d definitely check Spencer Gross out again if he narrates more.