Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found 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 strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.
I was all set to read the sequel to Fish Stick Fridays when I decided to revisit the first story in the series to reacquaint myself with the characters and the setting of Half Moon Bay. It didn’t take long to be swept under the spell of Zig, Deacon, Lang and a orange cat that Zig is determined to call Fred. How I had missed them.
Writing children into stories is always a iffy proposition. They can always go so wrong. Come off sounding not like children at all with dialog so stilted and adult, the character lacking some childish element. But Zig? Precocious, profane, wounded, insanely intelligent Zig? Rhys Ford just nailed her right down to her combat pants, boots and pink tutus! There she was from the moment we meet Zig, cursing, dirty, wary, and oh so wonderful. If, as Deacon says, she’s bent on world domination, well, I’m going to pitch in and help her. Connection made.
Of course, there’s so much more to this story. There’s the romance and mystery. With Zig, comes Deacon, her uncle with his own troubled past, Harley and new auto shop in Half Moon Bay. *Waves fan* Like Lang, the minute Deacon appears in Fish Stick Friday, you lean in a little closer, the magnetism that Ford builds into this character oozing off the pages in line after line. From the glasses that perch on his nose to his intelligence, its clear that Deacon is so much more than his looks. Its his interactions with his niece first and then with Lang. All those conversations, intriguing dialog, literary references and the care with which they treat each other. It not only pulls you into the story but into the characters, their relationship and the evolving family unit as a whole. I love it when relationships get the full adult treatment. Issues get talked out, full disclosures, etc. That happens here and I loved every second of it, and this couple.
There is, of course, some nasty characters and mysteries at work here. Its Rhys Ford people! Its played off nicely. It kept me guessing as to where the explosions and danger was coming next. The suspense and anticipation ratcheted up perfectly. And that ending? Just want I wanted to happen!
Lang’s twin brother makes a brief appearance here and sets in motion the second book in the series, Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) which I will be reviewing next. I had forgotten about him honestly until I reread the story. Didn’t really like him, to be honest. Now I’m chuckling with glee. Yes, I’ve already read that sequel. No, you will have to wait for the review. What will Rhys Ford deliver next in this series? I can hardly wait. I’m loving Half Moon Bay with all its wonderful characters, oddball twists, and great stories. I hope my favorite couples and Zig (and cats) make appearances in each and everyone.
I absolutely recommend this series. Its out now in audiobook. Look for our review by Lila coming soon as will my review of the sequel. Rhys Ford remains one of my favorite authors. Fish Stick Fridays and Half Moon Bay is just one more reason why. Pick it up and find out for yourself if you haven’t already done so.
Cover Artist: Reece Notley. The only thing more perfect would be the addition of a sidecar for Zig. Love it.
ebook, 204 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleFish Stick Fridays
ISBN 1623809487 (ISBN13: 9781623809485)
SeriesHalf Moon Bay #1 settingCalifornia (United States)