Combat Boots, tutu’s, books & motorcycles. An ARC review for Rhys Ford’s Fish Stick Friday

Fish Stick Fridays Book Cover Fish Stick Fridays
Half Moon Bay 1
Rhys Ford
Contemporary, romance, action, drama
Dreamspinner Press
November 30, 2015
Copy provided by the author

Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found 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 strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.

A new book by Rhys Ford must be read immediately. Drop everything, find a cozy spot and forget the world. Known for both her Cole McGinnis series and the Sinner’s Gin series (and more of course) this author has memorable characters. Her characters are notorious for their antics, strange quirks and strong personalities.

Fish Stick Fridays fits right into that set. This time not only for the grown-up characters, but for the small firebomb wearing combat boots and a pink tutu.

The story was quite a ride, with a lot happening. It’s both character and plot driven with action, drama, romance, humor and wittiness.

I’m not going to add to the blurb, that’s for you to find out. It’s focused around Lang and Deacon – with Zig – their new life and with the past catching on fast for all characters involved. I like how there were little details that fell into place later on. Some things you find out right along with characters, while others were a bit more upfront.

Concerning the mystery angle, I did have a few issues. The book starts with a big bang, but once Deacon and Zig arrive in Half Moon Bay it’s pushed to the background and not heard from again until later. It struck me a bit as odd. Then there was the staying in an unsafe motel later. This might be just me, but when you are hiding from the bad guys, you don’t stay in a back alley motel, but you go somewhere crowded, with a bit more security?

The characters were pretty awesome and a good bunch. I especially like Zig. Mouthy and with a strong personality, she doesn’t just trust anyone. She wears combat boots and a pink tutu. Methinks she is a perfect fit for her uncle Deacon.

Deacon, now what can I say about Deacon? Reformed bad guy with a love for books and motorcycles. He was able to turn his live around for his niece. As a character he’s pretty admirable. He’s about perfect when he goes to pick up his niece from school in a pink tutu himself.

Lang is the oddball out, but that makes him a good match for the tutu-gang. When we first meet him, he’s a reclusive bookstore and real-estate owner. Sweet and quiet, but with a steel backbone. He lives alone with only his cats for company. That all changes when he meets Deacon and Zig, suddenly the sun starts shining a whole lot more for Lang. The bullets start flying too.

I liked this story. It was a good read. Fish Stick Fridays is well written with a good blend of plot and characters, even if the plot could have used a bit more work.

Why you should read this: a tutu & combat wearing pest who swears like a dockworker, with a tough on the outside, but sweet on the inside uncle and a character that owns a bookstore. Oh and a mystery. Need I say more?

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