Title: Hanging the Stars
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 5th December 2016
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
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.
Hanging the Stars is the second book in author Rhys Ford’s series entitled Half Moon Bay. I really loved the first book in the series and love this author’s style of writing. Once again we get a well-written romance that had a perfect balance of sweetness, a little suspense and piping hot sexy times.
Angel Daniels met West Harris one summer when they were young teens on the brink of manhood. Angel was in Half Moon Bay working at the carnival, trying to escape his con artist of a father. Both young men discovered so much about themselves and each other that summer. Angel and West did not part in the best of ways; however, both of them never forgot their first love.
When Angel manages to break free from the clutches of his abusive father, he returns to Half Moon Bay. Angel wanted a life that was honest and stable, so different from how he grew up. He’s been in Half Moon Bay for a few years now and is running his own bakery. Angel is also raising his eleven year old brother, Roman, who has his own issues due to their bastard of a father. Angel is content with his life, despite the hastiness of his days. Everything comes to an abrupt halt when he comes face to face with West once again, someone who is trying to take his bakery and his home away from him.
West has kept his distance from the new business venture he wishes to pursue all because it involves dealing with the one man from his past who got under his skin and into his heart. Coming face to face with Angel was just a matter of time though and it is evident that when the pair see one another that the attraction they once shared is still very present and strong. Can West and Angel give in to how they are feeling and try once again? Can they pursue a relationship when there is so much stacked against them, including someone who seems to want them both dead and is stopping at nothing with their attempts?
I loved how West and Angel quickly fell into each other once again and also fell into a relationship that was definitely more than just sex - the insecurities, the awkwardness, the desire, the passion. It was all there and so realistically done. Yes, our two protagonists had to work through a lot of hurt and resentment; however, walking away from each other again was unfathomable. Love certainly can have some deep roots and despite time apart those roots can stay firmly implanted. It was wonderful to see Angel and West rediscover one another and find what their hearts had been missing all along.
I really did enjoy reading Hanging the Stars. It was certainly a great addition to this series. I particularly loved getting a little more of Lang, Deacon and Zig from book one. Whatever Rhys Ford has in store next for this series, I will happily be jumping all over it!
Meet Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.
She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people