Audio Review: Rhys Ford – Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2)

51N59--klILAuthor: Rhys Ford
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Summary:

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.

Review:

I love, love, love Rhys Ford’s books! Add Greg Tremblay reading them to me, and heaven couldn’t be sweeter. A blend made in paradise like peanut butter and chocolate, these two provide readers with a double whammy in this second installment of the Half Moon Bay series.
In this one, Lang’s (Fish Stick Fridays) twin brother, West, is reunited with his childhood love, Angel Daniels. Long ago, after Angel ditched him, West locked up that place in his heart where warm and loving feelings reside, and he set out to make a name for himself and secure financial success. After all, why not? He had no one else to worry about from that point on.

Angel grew up rough. He’d never wanted to leave West but his miserable father dragged him away, leaving West thinking he left on his own. When he called, West shut him down, hurt by his abandonment. And now the man is back in his life, threatening his livelihood by shutting down the motel he inherited and consequently closing the bakery café he operates. And it’s not only Angel who would be homeless, but also Angel’s ten-year-old brother, Roman, whom Angel managed to save from the old criminal who happens to be their father.

Angel and Roman live hand-to-mouth and because of West’s wheeling and dealing, it looks like Angel’s going to lose everything. But shortly after a shooting at his café, West walks back into his life, and Angel learns the truth—West is not personally behind the problems plaguing his life, and most importantly, West never stopping caring about Angel.

As the story progresses, and the chaos escalates, Angel realizes he never stopping caring about West either. How the two manage to find their path to love through the many dangerous situations thrown at them by people who want them dead is something only the inimitable Rhys Ford can describe.

As I said in my review of Fish Stick Fridays: Rhys Ford has the most beautifully descriptive prose I’ve ever read. I always feel as if I’m on scene, so much so, that I swear I could smell the smoke of the fire in this one. Her characters are three-dimensional “real” people; the situations extreme, but reality-based; and secondary characters are engaging and endearing.

Though second in a series, this can be read as a standalone. However, I believe reading book one first enriches the experience of reading this one. Get the audiobook for the most pleasure, but for either e-book or audio, this story is very highly recommended.

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