Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford has the sauce!
Half Moon Bay: Book One
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.
Okay, first of all OH MY GOD…
Somehow I’d missed this new series by Rhys Ford, and I am ashamed. For those who haven’t tried her stuff, she’s freaking awesomesauce. And this book? The sauciest one yet.
Deacon Reid has picked up his life and is ready to move it elsewhere. Not because he wants to, but because he’s not responsible for a thirty year old in the body of an eight year old. Zig is… I can’t even begin to describe her. One second you forget how young she truly is, but in the next moment, you’re snorting over the things that come out of her mouth. Now you might think that she’s just a foul-mouthed kid, but she’s not. Well, I mean she is, but she’s got reasons. I won’t go into them, because you can get a glimpse in the blurb. Suffice it to say, she’s the glue that holds this book together for me. She’s not alone, though.
Deacon has an upbringing a lot like Zig’s. He’s lived in bad places, done some things he’s not proud of, and paid the consequences of those choices. But when he’s told that his niece will be put into the foster system if he doesn’t man up, he does just that. He turns his life around 180 degrees, just so Zig won’t end up like him. The new Deacon? Oh, damn. He’s big, bold, and fierce. He takes care of what’s his however he has to. The thing of it is, he’s got no clue how to accomplish this, help Zig, and figure out a way to get Lang Harris, local bookstore owner, to see that there’s more to him than what it seems. Or is there? Sometimes Deacon (or Deke) isn’t really sure.
And just when you think you can’t stand anymore heart attacks, you find out that Lang has a secret in his past that haunts him. He needs something to hold on to, because he thinks he’s damaged goods.
All things seem to revolve around Deke. Zig needs him to help her find a way out of the quagmire she grew up in, Lang needs him to be strong and steady. The thing is? None of these relationships ever feel one-sided. Deacon needs these two every bit as much as they need him.
Rhys has woven a beautiful story. It’s a bit harsh at times, and you’re going to find yourself biting your nails, wondering what the heck is going to crop up next, but one thing Rhys will never do is leave you hanging.