Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford ~ Audiobook Review by Christine

Title: Hanging the Stars
Series: Half Moon Bay #2

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reece Notley

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/12/2017

Length: 07 hours 41 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller

Summary:

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 11-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 Roman 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.

Story Review:

I love Rhys Ford! Hanging the Stars, the second installment in the Half Moon Bay series, offers readers spills, chills, heartbreak, and passion. Ultimately, however, it offers up a cast of well-crafted and lovable characters who find a second chance at romance and a true sense of family in the misty coastal community of Half Moon Bay. As a frequent visitor to this sleepy little California town (and a re-visitor through this engaging series), I have to say the amount of excitement and criminal activity found among the pages of this novel seems rather out of place and unlikely. However, this is easily forgiven as the lovely little setting, its fascinating characters, and their compelling stories come to life in bright, exquisite detail.

I adore Angel, West, and Roman. They are all personality-plus and keep the reader up until the wee hours. The only aspect I felt might have been lacking here was perhaps a flashback every now and then of Angel and West’s summer together as teenagers. Seeing them during their teen years when they first met might have given a bit more foundation for the sudden, instantaneous re-kindling of their romance. What happens between them is combustible and gorgeous, certainly, but more insight into their first connections could have perhaps made their quick reunion more believable.

The characters, both main and secondary, are the heart of this story. From the younger, incredibly worldly elementary-schoolers to the brassy and sassy small business owners along the quaint streets of Half Moon Bay, these vibrant people bring warmth, honesty, and glorious human layers to the narrative. Their interactions are beyond entertaining, and their personalities reach out and grab hold of the reader’s heart, never letting go.

Rhys Ford’s writing style is a unique blend of grittiness, earthy passion, and poetry. Reading her novels is like going on an adventure or sitting on the edge of the seat during an action movie, and Hanging the Stars is no exception. Ms. Ford engages her readers with laugh-out-loud dialogue and hilariously descriptive moments, then has them clutching at their hearts with her poignancy and harsh life truths. Not an easy thing to do amidst the gunfire and explosions that plague these poor characters and their picturesque community. It doesn’t matter, however, as the excitement builds and the characters prove their mettle against protagonists bent upon getting rid of them…permanently.

This series so far — Hanging the Stars and Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) — is well worth the investment of readers’ time, money, and hearts. I highly recommend both books and encourage readers to fall into Fish Stick Fridays prior to this, not because Hanging the Moon falters without it, but because it’s a wonderful precursor to Angel and West’s story with characters not to be missed, trust me! Pick them up…and enjoy!

 

Narration Review:

OMG, Greg Tremblay! I am a forever fan, and this performance simply seals the deal. I cannot say enough about his ability to bring the written word to life, to create passion, tension, and a solid range of other emotions when reading for his listeners. Many thanks to you, Greg, for another brilliant listening experience!

Links

Hanging the Stars on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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2 thoughts on “Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford ~ Audiobook Review by Christine

  1. I just want to say that for such a popular author (and narrator) I’m so disappointed in the book cover that it’s made me (almost) not want to buy the book. Don’t get me wrong- the guy is cute, the layout and colors are fine. It’s just that I see this same picture on several romance books! Some zoom in, some use a mirror image, some crop the image, some later the coloring, but it’s the same photo used on at least 6 book covers that I’ve seen. Why would an author, especially a well-established one, select a “used” image for the cover? Is she even aware, I wonder?

    I should keep track of the titles using this picture in order to illustrate my point, because I’m not the most prolific of readers, so if I’ve seen this picture rehashed over and over, so have alot of other folks. It detracts from the author and her work instead of enhancing it, IMO, to see a repeated cover. It must be a free stock image or something and several publishers are cashing in.

    Your review though makes me want to overlook the cover, because as we all know, it’s what’s inside that matters. It’s just a shame for Ms. Rhys for people to think, “oh, THAT cover, again”. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but in romance, it is what catches the reader’s eye first.

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