DOUBLE REVIEW: “FISH STICK FRIDAYS” by Rhys Ford

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TITLE: Fish stick fridays
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6,99
LENGHT: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 30th, 2015

 

BLURB: 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.

 

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I’m sure you know the feeling when you read someone new for the first time and you feel that your future is just full of great books… That’s what happened to me with Fish Stick Fridays. Rhys Ford is a writer whose writing style and characterization is perfect for my taste, so I quickly stocked up for the holidays.

Deacon, Land and Zig’s story is wonderfully written, put together from detail to detail from layer to layer. All the little pieces work together to create an unforgettable reading experience. The way Deacon and Land connect from the very beginning is really close to my heart. Calling each other by TV/cartoon character names (Sir Didy and Ludo) mean being so much on the same wavelength that the reader never questions the honesty of their deep affection towards each other. This kind of intimate connection promises a feeling people rarely if ever experience during their lives.

The mystery, romantic, and ‘parenting’ lines of the story are wonderfully woven together. Both Deacon and Land are characters you feel strongly from the moment you meet them. They are complex, real, and human with totally different backgrounds, but an equally heavy baggage. Zig is a riot and I love reading her scenes. It’s not easy to write believable kid characters, especially with that kind of background, but the writer is doing an amazing job creating real, lifelike conversations, and enjoyable, heartwarming banter.

The amount of heartbreaking, heartwarming, heavy, funny, exciting, romantic, sensual and emotional is perfectly balanced. I loved every minute of this book and I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!

 

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lorraineMy bad boy did good – real good!

This book, due to the amazing characters, was phenomenal but I have to say, what’s with that cover?  Sorry author, but it just didn’t work for me, it was ordinary, whereas this book is extrodinary and deserves an extrodinary cover, so having said that….let’s move on.

This book is full of unexpected delights but the biggest delight for me was Deacon, turning up at his niece’s school on a Harley, wearing a tutu in a show of support for her – way to go Author, you’ve got style and you just showed it off to its full advantage!

Bad boy Deacon Reid has got to get his act together fast, he’s inherited 8 year old Zig: a foul mouthed-street wise-seen to much for her years-boot and tutu wearing-niece!  I loved her to death (but thank every deity going that she’s not mine), she was the Prima Donna of this book with great support from the cats, Deacon and his book shop owner Lang.

Our Zig has really had it tough, seeing things that no 8 year old child should ever see and Deacon is determined that he is going to make her life better, show her how good life can be.  However, things never to go plan and trouble is coming to them – fast!  No sooner has Deacon settled in with Zig, found love with Lang, that trouble I was talking about, comes knocking at the door with a loud bang!

I loved how the Author wrote this storyline, humour was littered throughout, the sex scenes were so good that I had to reread them (lol) and the mystery element of the book, was exactly that, a mystery.  I didn’t know who it was, especially with all the red herrings the Author threw in our paths – masterly executed.  The word building again was excellent, the character building was even better!

I could read and devour Fish Sticks any day of the week, not just Friday’s.

Five big fat fishy stars from me.

 

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***We would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. Our review was an honest opinion of the book***

 

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