REVIEWED by Christie
SERIES: Half Moon Bay, Book 2
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
NARRATOR: Greg Tremblay
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 7h 41m
RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2017
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 Bay 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.
In case you were not already aware, I am a massive audiobook addict. Also, Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay are on my immediate buy list. And, after reading Hanging the Stars (and doing a duo review with Chris on it), I was very impatiently waiting for the audio version. Then, boom, here it is. And it was heaven. Hanging the Stars was honestly everything I could have hoped for and more. I laughed out loud at a couple parts, was on the edge of my seat at others, and it may have rained on my face a time or two as well.
Angel Daniels and West Harris were teens when they first met one glorious summer in Half Moon Bay. Discovering love, and what it was like to truly laugh without abandon, became memories tattooed on the teens’ very souls. Until everything came crashing down on them when their fathers became involved and they were ruthlessly torn from each other.
Many years later, they meet once more. Despite the pain that their seeing each other dredges up within their hearts, the two men are drawn to each other like a moth to the flame.
Angel’s con-man father was abusive and only kept his son around as long as he could use him to score more money. Eventually, Angel was able to get away and work on building a life for himself. Until dear old dad showed up yet again. This time dropping Angel’s young brother Roman off on his doorstep, yet again abandoning his progeny like the dead-beat he has always been. Tho his life has become even more crazy, what with the bakery he opened and taking care of his 11 year old brother, Angel is content with life. Until someone shoots up his bakery, and a would-be robber is murdered in the assault. Then, things go from bad to worse…
West’s father was cold and hard on his identical twin sons (West and Lang), pitting them against each other in an attempt to make them ruthless businessmen able to take over his company some day. Well, that totally backfired because only West took over the business when his father died. And, that was okay with everyone involved. West is content with his life, for the most part. Until he is injured him badly enough in a car accident that he ends up coming home to Half Moon Bay to recover.
In a chance encounter, West and Angel meet, and sparks fly yet again. It seems that their attraction and feelings for each other never died. Now the men need to decide whether or not they can forgive each other for the mistakes of their youth, and find out who is gunning to kill them.
Angel and West are amazing together! Their longing for one another is almost palpable at times. And, it was great to have Deacon and Lang (and yes Zig as well) in this book. It was a lovely tie-in and added extra flavor to an already delicious book.
Greg Tremblay took Rhys Ford’s story and totally made it his own, with a spectacular performance that I honestly hope everyone has a chance to hear. If you have been on the fence as to whether audiobooks are for you, do make sure to get Hanging the Stars. I am quite confident that it will totally convert you into a lifelong audiobook addict.
For those who have not yet read book one in the series, Hanging the Stars can be read as a standalone. Of course, reading the first book would help put a few things into context and perspective (like Zig), but it is not necessary in order to thoroughly enjoy Hanging the Stars. Rhys, as always, you are brilliant! And Greg, mad props to you for making an already fantastic book even better.