M/M Contemporary Romance
Dreamspinner Press | October 12, 2016
What I Loved
I loved all the twists and turns. Rhys Ford really knows where to cut the chapters. It almost reminded me of my old Nancy Drew mysteries with each chapter leaving off at the height of a pivotal moment, either a spike of adrenaline because something was being blown up or shot at, or because Deacon and Lang were being romantic. Even though the story wasn’t perfect, those chapters refused to let me down.
I also think Rhys Ford is good at writing affection and mutual respect. Deacon and Lang were really kind and good to each other, and I love that in my romance novels. I much prefer balance to the emotional roller coasters we usually see in contemporary.
Finally, I thought Zig was absolutely adorable, yet she broke my heart. There are a lot of stories that have a child in them, but often that child becomes a prop, lacking depth of their own. That wasn’t the case with Zig. She popped off the page almost more than Deacon and Lang.
Where I Struggled
The mystery was a bit all over the place. I couldn’t tell if Rhys Ford actually played all this out in her head beforehand, like an outline, or if she just wrote it with a roll of the dice. It wasn’t a bad mystery, it just wasn’t particularly inspired.
Also, while an occasional insta-love is tolerable, what we want is to read and witness the characters slow descent into love. I do love Rhys Ford’s affection, but unfortunately when Deacon is talking about how he’d know the feel of Lang’s body anywhere, and it’s only been a week, the cynic in me starts to roll my eyes.
Despite my problems with Fish Stick Fridays I still really enjoyed the read. I don’t have any qualms about moving on the sequel.
Thank goodness, because that would have messed up this Duo Review post!
What I Struggled With
Unfortunately there was less I loved about Hanging the Stars. I was really hoping to like this one as much as the first, but unfortunately I was underwhelmed. Neither mystery was stellar, but in Fish Stick Fridays I found myself caught up in the adrenaline of it all. I was hooked as each chapter ended on a cliffhanger, making me dive right into the next. With Hanging the Stars it all felt that much more contrived. Nothing felt natural about the rhythm.
The romance between Angel and West also felt so rushed. Normally stories of reconnection can jump start a faster romance novel, but in this case there wasn’t any build up at all. It was instantaneous, and not in the sexy way.
Lastly, West hired a bodyguard who didn’t actually guard his body. It seems like he was never actually around. No wonder they were in so much trouble constantly.
What I Loved
I loved Roman as much as I loved Zig. Rome’s relationship with Angel was really sweet. There’s something so special about sibling or parental relationships, and when they’re well written it can make the whole story.
I also loved the little glimpse we got of Lang and Deke, because I just loved them both so much in the first book. I love that I didn’t have to completely say goodbye to the both of them, and Zig.
If she continues with the series, I’d read more. I’d love to read a book about Montague. I like the way West and Angel described him. He’s intriguing.
Thank you to Dreamspinner Press for providing copies of both books, in exchange for an honest review.