Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Spencer Goss
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: DSP
Received from 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: I’m not usually a fan of kids in my books but I love Rhys Ford so of course I was going to read this. AND of course I freaking loved the kid! I mean a little foul mouthed troubled child is like a beacon to me. I adored her! She’s also fierce and honest. Zig’s character made for lots of comical moments. I also adored the MCs Deacon and Lang. They’re from very different up bringings. Lang comes from a rich family. Deacon is a product of the mean streets and addicts. For a while in this book I thought it was going to be a sweet love story. I should have known. Soon enough there is plenty of death and mayhem true to Ms. Ford’s style. Both men have some dark and ugly histories that come exploding back into their lives again right about the time they find each other. It should make falling in love harder but in this book it forms a bond. Both men finally get someone worthy to depend on.
Deacon moves to a new town trying to escape his past. He finally has custody of his niece Zig after a long fought battle with the courts. Zig has had a rough start to her life and Deacon wants to do his best to give her a normal life. Or as close to that as he can get. It’s something he never had. So he buys a body shop. Finds a house. Then thanks to Zig’s love of books they meet Lang. The sweet out of his league book store owner catches Deacons eye right away. He doesn’t think that now is a good time to start a relationship with everything going on. That doesn’t work out so well. A series of shootings and arson forces them together and the chemistry between them proves undeniable. Lang hasn’t had these feelings for a guys in years. He’s both excited and terrified to explore them.
This book took me through a range of emotions. I laughed. I got angry. I was scared. My heart broke for the things these these characters were put through by people in their lives that should have cared for them. However all of these things just made the good moments seem better. You cherish them a little more. The mystery portion of this book had me guessing the entire time. Just like the MCs every time I found myself getting lulled into a false sense of normalcy something would happen. I thought this book handled the guys striving for normalcy in their lives with the things thrown at them was done wonderfully. They just want to be together and raise Zig. Which would be hard enough but of course they have people coming out of the woodwork to try and hurt them.
The narrator did an excellent job. I was especially fond of Zig and Deacon’s characters. He just really brought them to life. I’m pretty sure I loved Deacon just a little more because of his interpretation of him. A man doing a sassy little girl could come off badly but he managed all her many facets perfectly. He made all the characters come to life. I really enjoyed this book. I’d recommend it in any form but this as an audio was excellent. Full of suspense. Lovable MCs and lots of humor. Great book!