Tutus and Tinsel (Belen’s Review)

Title: Tutus and Tinsel (Half Moon Bay #2.5)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 21st 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 89 Pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Zig Reid-Harris has everything an eleven-year-old girl could ever want: a great home, two fantastic fathers named Deacon Reid and Lang Harris, and all the books she could possible read.

When a school assignment about holiday traditions unexpectedly broadsides her, she discovers burying the past isn’t as easy as it looks, and the stark reality of her life before her adoption sinks in. Ashamed of the bleakness and poverty she came from, Zig struggles with the assignment until an epiphany strikes the whole family—it’s time to start their own traditions.

Zig and her fathers plunge into the insanity of holiday joy, exploring everything the season has to offer and learning how precious family truly is along the way.

Told from multiple points of view Tutus and Tinsel focuses on different traditions and how the Reid-Harris clan then incorporates them into their holidays. It’s sweet and it offers a longer glimpse into the lives of the characters we’ve grown to love and the bonds they share with one another.

There’s really only one question you need to ask yourself before reading Tutus and Tinsel.

Do you love the characters Rhys Ford created in her Half Moon Bay series? If the answer is yes, then you’ll enjoy the sweet vignettes leading up to and through Christmas in this short story.

Tutus and Tinsel is not a standalone. I would definitely recommend you read Fish Stick Fridays and Hanging The Stars before reading this.

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Galley copy of Tutus and Tinsel provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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