Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) by Rhys Ford ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

FishStickFridaysLGTitle: Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Notley

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/30/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


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.

My View:

If you are a fan of the writings of Rhys Ford, you will not want to miss Fish Stick Fridays. If you are not yet a fan, please don’t start with this one.

I enjoyed my time reading Fish Stick Fridays. It had lovable characters, a compelling plot, and Ford’s signature turn of phrase. It had everything to make a great read. However, it was missing that “it” factor for me. I can’t put my finger on what that “it” factor was. It just didn’t grab me and hold on as hard as other Ford titles have done.

I will be honest, the inclusion of Zig may have been the issue for me. I have a hard time connecting with stories that involve children. Ironic, considering I am a mother. Or maybe it is because I am a mom, and reading is my escape.

However, I don’t see how this story could be told any other way. Zig was Deacon’s catalyst for change. She is the reason Deacon is a man worthy of Lang. Her welfare is his top priority. Keeping her safe is his life. Sadly, keeping her safe becomes a full-time prospect. That is where the compelling part comes in.

I enjoyed getting to know Lang and Deacon. I enjoyed meeting the cast of characters in Half Moon Bay. I even empathized with Zig a bit. I am looking forward to my next visit to Half Moon Bay, as I know there are more stories to be told.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) by Rhys Ford ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. Interesting. I got this today so will see how I get on. I love the Cole Mcginnis books, enjoyed Helsinger so looking for some more. I often find that kids are portrayed as totally good two shoes or young for their age.

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