Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 stars
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: 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.
Review: Even when I’m prepared for Rhys Ford, I’m always blown away by the poetry in her prose. Life is all about the objects around us and the appreciation we take from them; in this book, not only with her writing style but in the characters she creates, Ms Ford brings a vivid liveliness and a magnified appreciation to even the most mundane of things. Completely captivating!
Deacon Reid is a tough guy who’s been around the block. Maybe a few blocks. He’s sacrificed everything he has to gain custody of his niece, Zig, because it was the right thing to do. Sure, he used to be a punk and was stupid and careless, and he’d got caught. He’d served his time, thank you very much. And even though he wasn’t sure he was the best person to raise a child, especially a girl, he knew he had to do something to make sure her life was better. So he cleaned up his act and made himself into the kind of man a judge would let an eight-year-old girl live with. Determined to get her out of the place that only held sad memories and bad connections, he’d scrabbled together all his money and put it into a garage in Half Moon Bay–far away from their past.
But why do bad things keep happening? From their hotel room exploding to the gunfire at the garage the first day, danger seems to be trailing after them like a murderous thundercloud. The mystery is who is it? Deacon had made his peace–or so he’d thought–with everyone he’d tangled with. Zig was too little to have enemies and hadn’t been there when her mother committed suicide. What mysterious stranger seemed to have pinpointed them as a target? And why?
Bookseller Lang Harris has dangerous secrets of his own, but he’s not thinking about them the first time he meets Zig and her uncle. It’s hard to think at all when he’s hit by a surge of desire unlike any he’s felt before–whoo! Who is this guy? When it turns out he’s the new owner of the garage and soon-to-be tenant of one of Lang’s rent houses, it becomes a dilemma. Hide his attraction? Or let it out. And what to do about the little girl/cat thief?
I really enjoyed this book. I settled right in and read it and then re-read it. It’s funny and sweet; it’s got romance intertwined with heart-stopping fear. I kept worrying that one of those men were going to get hit and not get back up! I thought Lang’s brother was a hot mess and applauded Zig’s snarky comments. There’s so much to love in this book and a lot of fun to be had between the times you’re clutching the covers and screeching AGAIN!!
I really like being in Deacon’s mind, and even though he thinks he’s not good enough to be with Zig and Lang, he is. And Lang deserves the happiness too. Great story, Rhys!