Sam reviews ‘Fish Stick Fridays’ (A Half Moon Bay Mystery) by Rhys Ford. Published by Dreamspinner Press on November 30th 2015 and is 204 pgs.
An copy was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
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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 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.
Deacon Reid has had a rough life. He was born on the wrong side of the tracks where drugs and crime was the norm. Deke has been dealing with the justice system since he was in juvie. This last stunt cost him prison time. When he was released he found out that his sister had died and his niece Zig was in the foster care system. Deke was her only option to get out. It took a while but eventually he was able to get custody.
Deke knows that in order for both of them to make it, he needs to leave the life he has always known behind. That is how he ends up owning a shop in Half Moon Bay and renting a home nearby.
Zig is an 8-year-old firecracker. She is adorable but a handful. She is loud, spunky, sweet and just wants to fit in. This little girl has been through so much but is coping in her own way.
Lang is the owner of the town bookstore. He likes the small quiet town. He is taken by surprise when a small little girl wearing a tutu and compact boots burst through the doors followed by her gorgeous uncle. For the first time in a long while Lang feels something, desire for another man. Deke is the opposite of what Lang has had in the past but this man brings out a part of him that wants to take risks.
Unfortunately this isn’t the only risk. Half Moon Bay becomes part of a violent crime scene. Can the suspect be caught before one of them becomes the next victim?
Fish Stick Friday’s is my first book by Rhys Ford. I really enjoyed the storyline. The author was able to keep my attention and hold it from beginning to end. There is so much going on from love, lust, chaos, and crime that it was hard to put down till the end. The characters are well-developed and easy to connect with. I loved both Deke and Lang together. Zig is amazing little girl but a handful. I’m hoping that the author turns this into a series. There are other characters we meet that I would love to read their stories as well.
If you like a great storyline filled with action, mystery, romance and love, then I highly recommend reading Fish Stick Friday’s by Rhys Ford.
10/10 Pots of Gold
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys 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 a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.