Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/05/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
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 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 out running and I felt as though I had been dropped into a story and maybe missed a vital part at the start.
Angel has had it tough but through sheer determination and a bit of stubbornness he has come out on top – almost. He has been left bringing up his younger brother and is adamant that Roman will have a completely different childhood to the one he suffered through. Between making sure his brother has everything he needs and running his newly opened bakery Angel’s life is hectic. Angel lives in Half Moon Bay now he’s responsible for himself – a move that was bitter sweet as he has returned to the place he first found and then lost love.
West Harris has also returned to Half Moon Bay and Angel is caught by surprise at his feelings for the first man he fell in love with. It’s complicated – West is trying to clear a building which just happens to be where Angel’s bakery is so the two men have no choice but to come face to face. It would appear that they years have been kind to both men and that they still hold feelings for each other after all this time.
They fall for each other fast – maybe a bit too fast and after everything that has happened to them and between them they seem to forgive and forget very quickly. A big part of the story revolves around a mystery that proves fatal for some and I would have liked a bit more depth to their romance which felt secondary. There is time spent with characters from book 1 and Zig is her usual boisterous self. This was a good addition to the series it just didn’t have quite the same pull as book 1 for me.
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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