Title: Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 5th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 206 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 Bay 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 starts off with a bang and pretty much continues at a breakneck pace until the very end.
Four in the morning was way too early to die.
If you’re looking for a sweet, low angst romance with some mystery, look elsewhere. This is a full on, lock your seatbelt, grab the oh-shit bar, and hold on kind of mystery romance.
Even as Angel’s mind scrambled, frantic for a way to escape the flame flickering in front of him, luring him in, he knew there would be no running away, not this time. This time he would cheerfully fly straight into the blaze, and he would dance as his wings caught fire, his world burning away around him as he gave in to the temptation of the man he’d always wanted to love.
I do not want to give anything away – and it would be way too easy in a review to do just that. There’s so much happening here between West and his company, Angel and his little brother, Roman, Angel and West reconnecting and reigniting their relationship…
Then as the growing storm broke, shattering the sky in flashes of light and booming thunder, West whispered, “I love you, Angel. I always have. And I always will.”
I felt like there was no time to catch my breath on this one – it’s like a shot of pure adrenaline.
West murmured, “Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” Angel whispered back in his sweet burned-sugar voice. “More than okay. And just so you know, I love you too, Harris. God help me, I love you too.”
It was fun and frantic read, with a super fast pace, and likable characters, including the introduction of Marzo and Justin (who I hope will get stories too). I loved that we got some more time with Lang and Zig, and even Deacon to a lesser degree (boo! I wanted more Deacon!).
“The truth is, Lang,” Angel whispered, “your brother hangs the stars in my goddamn sky. It sounds stupid and maybe corny, but when he’s around me, it’s like the night’s full of light. So yeah, I love him. I love him pretty hard.”
But…I did feel like some parts moved so fast that some information was missing and the mystery tie-up lacked a couple of elements I was hoping would be clarified.
If you know Ford’s writing, you know she often drops the reader in the middle of the action and sometimes the explanations come later. But it’s one hell of a ride while you’re on it.
I had a fantastic time reading this and will be looking forward to more stories set in Half Moon Bay!
P.S.: I hope Spencer Goss returns to narrate this – because he is going to rock this.
ETA: Spencer Goss will not return for the audio narration, instead Greg Tremblay will pick up this installment in the series.