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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 11-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 Roman 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.

©2016 Rhys Ford (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Ford+Tremblay=Magic

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So, I’m not going to lie to you – when I first read this high-octane paced story, I kept imagining how Spencer Goss would narrate it. I’d completely fallen head over heals for his narration of the Fish Stick Fridays and was eagerly awaiting Hanging the Stars to hear what he’d do. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Spencer Goss did not return for the sequel. Instead, Greg Tremblay stepped into the Half Moon Bay shoes and set about bringing West and Angel to life.

No worries, fans, because Tremblay, as usual, does a fantastic job. This was absolutely, thoroughly enjoyable!

I absolutely loved Tremblay’s character voices for everyone, but most of all for Angel and West.

If you’re looking for a sweet, low angst romance with some mystery, look elsewhere. This is a full on, lock your seatbelt, grab the oh-sh** bar, and hold on kind of mystery romance.

This story is like a shot of pure adrenaline. It’s fun and frantic read, with a super fast pace, and likable characters, including the introduction of Marzo and Justin.

I loved the way Tremblay’s able to convey the breakneck pacing of the story, without it being frenzied to listen to. I don’t mean he literally slowed it down, I mean they way he conveyed the action so that it flowed brilliantly without it being manic.

I love Greg Tremblay’s voice acting. And it’s a little bit of magic every time he takes one of Rhy’s stories and brings it to life. This is no exception.

Recommended!

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ANGEL+WEST+ROMAN=FOREVER FAMILY!!!! LOVED!!!!

Where does Hanging the Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was great...and book 1 was great too!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel....because he never gave up!

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have..Ilike him!!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes...both!!!

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First off, this was super great..both books in this series were awesome!!!! Angel and his little brother are just trying to make it...he owns a small bakery, and runs a second chance motel where people come to get on their feet...this was left to him by West and Langs grandma....West and Angel spent a sweet young summer of love together many years ago...and it ended badly....So when West drops back into Angels life, so many feelings try to push them together and apart...Angel had a rough childhood..his father was a con artist and beat him....using him for his own gain always..he abandons them and Angel now is raising his baby brother Roman...Things start to get dangerous...fires, shootings..and life is falling apart..The only thing falling together is this new little family...and they ultimately end up saving each other!!!

I have only read a few M/M romances..but I totally see there appeal now after these 2...and I am loving Rhys Ford...I need more of her writing!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND! GREAT SERIES...AND I HOPE THERE IS ANOTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES!!!

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great performance & story

Really enjoyed this, as usual! I find some of Ford's descriptions more distracting in a realistic story. The language seems more suited to fantasy, but that is a minor complaint. Love the characters and plot! And Greg Tremblay Rocks!

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Half Moon Bay redux - Great

I loved this story. The characters are quirky, but down to earth. Rhys Ford has a wonderful grasp of the English language and writes the characters beautifully and then they are brought to life by Greg Tremblay. It is at times dramatic, heartwrenching, and funny, but it is loving overall and a great story. Don't miss it well worth a credit.

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Danger at Every Turn

This story is full of so much danger and so much hardness. There is so much Angel and his brother Roman have been through. Angel is such a strong man and has done so much. Wes has shut himself off since the first meeting with Angel but when push comes to shove Wes shows his own strength.

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Another good book, narration

Where does Hanging the Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Consistently good story accompanied by great narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were engaging, but I have to admit to loving the interactions between West and Zig :)

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Greg is one my favourite narrators. The story has to be awful before I pass up a chance to listen to him (and even then, I might just...)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I love the imagery Rhys Ford evokes when she describes a setting, emotion or location and Greg Tremblay is able to make you feel the descriptions as vividly as they are described. They are an awesome team!

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Great !

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This series is a favorite. Greg knows how to deliver the goods and Rhys knows how to write them.

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High quality sequel

No second book letdown here. Focus is on the first book MC's twin brother and his lost first love, Angel, who is definitely from the wrong side of the tracks. The narrator does a great job of voicing the several characters. This makes it much easier to track the dialogue of which there's a lot. The love story is very angsty, but the action plot is quite fast paced.

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  • 03-18-17

A grea second chance story with some mystery

Would you consider the audio edition of Hanging the Stars to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I think Greg Tremblay brings life to the words.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel. I loved the fact that though he had a shady past, he admits to still having the urge to do the things he was taught as a child though he resists. I like his honesty, integrity and that he is trying to give his brother a better life than he had.

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

I liked the all equally. Greg Tremblay makes each character stand out, gives them the personality they deserve and makes them easily discernable.He makes me fall in love with every good character he portrays or hate each bad guy. Plus he makes the children fun and part of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.

Any additional comments?

Hanging the Stars is book two in the Half Moon Bay series but stand alone fine. When I first started listening, I thought it sounded a lot like Fish Stick Friday the first book because Angel s a young man that has had a rough past and is now starting a business and raising his young brother. He also has people shooting at him.

Then West showed up, and I was all happy since I was wondering what his story would be. I am a sucker for second chances, and in the case, it's not only Angel proving himself (second chance at life) but a second chance at love with West.

There is a lot of drama, some mystery, and Roman adds enough humor to lighten the story. Of course, we have some hot sex with Angel and West as well.

Hanging the Stars is hard to put down once you start, charming, and a great feel-good romance to fill your afternoon or evening.

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Quality characters, excellent dialogue, and a litt

Hanging the Stars is a second chance romance with an underlying mystery driving the plot. The book starts fast with an intense action scene. It maintains that rapid pace throughout the book. This is the first book I’ve read in the Half Moon Bay Mystery series. There’s some overlap featuring the main characters from the first book, but there’s no issue with reading this title as a standalone.

The characters made this book for me. The primary and secondary characters are likable and good people, and the reader can’t help but hope they all find their happily ever after. West and Angel are from opposite sides of the track so to speak. The author plays up their opposing history well. The different viewpoints are clear and highlight their personalities and experiences, but presented playfully so it never feels angst-ridden. The dialogue, particularly the banter, flows well and helps create these vibrant characters. I think the characters and their interactions drive the plot even more than the romance and suspense surrounding the mysterious attacks and are certainly my favorite aspect of the story.

The action and mystery elements are executed well, though I wish there was a bit more suspense. I was never riddled with worry for the characters or experienced that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach like I expect with mysteries. Nevertheless this is a fun story to unravel and see how all the components fit together. Though the pace is rapid throughout the book, there’s no lack of detail. The author creates vivid scenes with crisply described emotions that never left the reader in the dark.

Unfortunately the fast pace also applies to the relationship between Angel and West. With a second chance romance, I expect tension and reluctance. This one doesn’t feel realistic in that manner. There are moments over the past years the characters had the opportunity to reconnect and they didn’t, so when they quickly get back together and move toward a serious relationship, I was slightly disappointed. Although there was some hesitation, especially on Angel’s part, I wish there was more development in the relationship aspect of the storyline. Overall, Angel and West complement each other well and I like how committed they are to seeing their relationship work the second time around. I was thrilled there wasn’t the stereotypical break up/separation and things on that front stayed relatively drama free.

Greg Tremblay does a wonderful job narrating Hanging the Stars. With the banter playing such a key role in this book, having a narrator that brought the characters and scenes to life with a bright tone and intonation was essential. I liked his performance and will continue to look for audiobooks he narrates in the future.

I really enjoyed the second book in the Half Moon Bay Mystery series and now plan to not only watch for the third book, but go back and read about Deacon and Lang as well. The characters were lively and fun with a bright dialogue that often brought a smile to my face. This was the perfect lighter read/listen that also boasted intense moments and good characters, which grabbed my interest and keep me invested throughout the book.

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  • edga
  • 06-27-18

highly recommended

Highly recommended.



Great story, action packed; characters with heart, humour and beautiful prose, it can only be a book by Rhys Ford. Loved Angel and West, but once again Ms Ford includes a bunch of secondary characters who add so much to the story. Roman, Zig, Deacon, Lang, Justin and Marzo the bodyguard all are an intrinsic part of the story. I especially loved catching up with Deacon, Lang and Zig from book one. Even though it was obvious who the bad guy was it didn't take away from the story at all. As usual the story started with a bang and there was action throughout, I thoroughly enjoy Ms Ford's style of writing, there is never a dull moment. I highly recommend this, you don't have to listen to the first book in the series, however, it does contain characters who figure largely in this one. Also, you don't want to miss out on another great read. I do hope there's going to be a third in the series. I certainly wouldn't say no to a story about Justin. First class narration from Greg Tremblay, as usual.

Thank you for your review.

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  • Mary
  • 07-20-17

The EXACT same plot as book #1 with different MC's

What did you like best about Hanging the Stars? What did you like least?

This was a carbon copy of book one with different MC's. The book was predicatable and formulaic and had a huge plot hole carried over from book 1. I knew within the first 30 minutes what was going to happen.

Has Hanging the Stars put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. Why would it? I love the M/M genre. I just want more from a story than formulaic fluff.

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favourite?

His interpretation of Zig was such fun.

Do you think Hanging the Stars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I think Rhys Ford should focus on writing more fantasy. Her fantasy books are amazing. I need more M/M fantasy!

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  • Becky L
  • 03-29-17

Lovely second book in Half Moon Bay series

Oh Greg Tremblay... how I love your voice. This was a wonderful story, wonderfully narrated. The story features the characters from Fish Stick Fridays and West and Zig's interactions managed to steal the show.

Yet again, Greg brings Rhys Ford's characters to life. My only quibble is that Greg didn't narrate book one, so Lang already had a voice in my mind - that said, he was a secondary character here and it really didn't take long to get used to him again. That and West and Angel were wonderfully narrated and made the book a really enjoyable listen.

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  • BevS
  • 02-14-17

Not a patch on Fish Stick Fridays....

Um, I hate to say it but I didn't think this second chances love story between West and Angel was anywhere near as good as Fish Stick Fridays, which I adored. Nothing wrong with Greg's narration, the story just wasn't as strong as FSF.