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Hanging The Stars

(Half Moon Bay #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,103 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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 hi
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Published December 5th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Audiobook: ***4 ❤️***
Story: ***3 ❤️***

A total case of 'Me likey, but not lovey'
For more insight please read R's review. She expressed how I felt to a T. ❤️
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

No worries here, this was classic Rhys Ford, and extra bonus points for a great narration by Trembly.

West and Angel fell in love one heady summer as teens, and through several unfortunate incidents, were horribly torn apart by circumstance. Neither has forgotten the other, and many years later, they’ve nurtured their ball of hurt and have resigned themselves to only remembering the happy times they had way back when.

Now adults, West is a multi-million dollar mogul. Angel on the other h
Hanging the Stars is book 2 in Rhys Ford's Half Moon Bay series. It can easily be read as a stand alone, though, so if you haven't read book one, Fish Stick Fridays, feel free to start with this one. That said, I liked Fish Stick Fridays, better. While I liked Hanging the Stars, I didn't really love it. Still, it was interesting and certainly action packed!

Angel Daniels spent a summer in Half Moon Bay when he was a teenager and trying to get away from his abusive, con-artist father. He got a job
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
High energy reading; the book dives straight into the action and keeps pace. There are bullets and flames, banter and loving. Some hints of purple with poetic thoughts and lots of chapters ending on a punchy line. I loved it. From the first page it dragged me in and didn't let go.

Every character comes alive, with some great secondary characters I hope to get the chance to know better. The kids are clever and wily but still kids, they too felt real rather than props. The villain is suitably despi
Jenni Lea
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I’ve been waiting for this story for what seems like forever! Ever since it was hinted in Fish Stick Fridays that West’s story was next I’ve been on tenterhooks. I just knew it was going to be great! And I was sooo right. From the moment I opened to the first page I was caught up in the storytelling. Rhys dug her claws in and did not let go until the very end.

I fell in love with Angel almost immediately. He’s worked so hard to keep his business, the Pizza Shack Bakery, afloat whilst taking car
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hanging the Stars starts off with a bang and pretty much continues at a breakneck pace until the very end.
Four in the morning was way too early to die.

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-shit bar, and hold on kind of mystery romance.
Even as Angel’s mind scrambled, frantic for a way to escape the flame flickering in front of him, luring him in, he knew there would be no running away, not this

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 heels 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 usu
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
Sweet ! Oh West - the typical emotionally neglected rich boy living life with a huge barrier around him, was something else. He loved Angel ever since their 16th summer and never recovered from his loss. Angel felt the pain of West leaving him when he needed him most and worked hard over the next decade to carve a little piece of life out for himself and his brother. This was a sweet reunion but not without the ongoing Half Moon Bays dramas, dramas and more llamas! I loved Zigs contributions and ...more
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Dec 12, 2016 marked it as i-m-a-quitter
Shelves: male-action
DNF @41%

I just couldn't get in to this one. It took me almost a week just to get to 41%. Granted real life was super busy....but I just never found myself motivated to pick this one up.

Which made me sad. Because I really like the first book. Maybe I'll try again another day.

Chris, the Dalek King
“The truth is, Lang,” Angel whispered, “you brother hangs the stars in my goddamn sky. It sounds stupid and maybe corny, but when he’s around me, it’s like the night’s full of light. So yeah, I love him. I love him pretty hard.”

Between having to raise a pre-teen brother with behavioral problems and having his ex trying to shut down his business and tear down his home, Angel Daniels doesn’t need anymore shit happening in his life. But for Angel, shit happening is pretty much all life is. Take
4.1 Stars

This one starts off with a literal bang and rushes through at breakneck speed. I felt like, for a while, with all of the things happening to each of the MCs that I hardly had a chance to catch my breath.

Again, with the teens reunited as adult lovers trope (I've lost count of how many this is for the week) and so there's a bit of insta-love. Well, maybe never stopped-love that flared again? Either way, the sex was smoking hot...but somehow it wasn't as romantic IMHO as the previous insta
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
In typical Rhys Ford fashion we got two broken men who had a second chance at love. West Harris is a bit different than his twin brother Lang but I liked him just the same. Pitted against each other from early childhood both brothers were emotionally neglected which resulted in distance and half lives lived until both were rescued by men who were meant for them. In West's case it is his teenage crush and first love Angel Daniels. But grown up Angel comes with a lot more baggage and a troubled yo ...more
Excuse me while I do a little happy dance...

I loved 'Fish Stick Fridays' and Rhys Ford is a favorite of mine so I think it goes without saying that I'd be reading this book...but, things got even better when I was able to request the audio book. I admit I was nervous and kids in audiobooks... mmmm...not doing well. I have yet to meet one that I like...wait, I meant to say I had yet to meet one that I liked because I can now say that I've met 2. Zig and Roman. We're talkin
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
West. Angel. Head over heels at 16 and torn apart. On opposite sides of a real estate dispute. Have not met face to face in a decade.

Think you know what is going to happen next? Ha! Take all your preconceived ideas and toss 'em.

West and Angel do not follow any rules and the result was addictive. I loved how their dynamic flowed back and forth. They were both strong and vulnerable with each other depending on the situation they found themselves in. Their lack of a power struggle was refreshing.
3 stars!! This was a good book too featuring Lang's twin West. The two MCs Lang and Angel were again opposites in every way but somehow had fallen in innocent love when they were young, but unfortunately had drifted apart. Now almost a decade later their paths cross as adversaries, with West trying to buy Angel's business out to start a new construction project. However Angel is no longer a grifter, he has a brother to take care of and roots to grow and therefore he fights back against the corpo ...more
Book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series

Despite the vast differences between them, West and Angel fell in love as teens but life and their cruel, nasty, controlling fathers separated them and they haven't seen each other since. Strange happenings have forced them to deal with each other now though and it's time to step up and admit that their feelings for each other haven't changed.

This book literally starts with a bang and is action packed throughout. Loved Angel and Roman immediately but took some t
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-2019-read, 3-stars

3 ⭐️

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why.

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had suc
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3,5 stars.
This was a nice story but I think I was a bit disappointed. And I am not quite sure about what ..🤔

I liked West, although I was surprised by his openness regarding his feelings and how open he wooed Angel.
Angel was also a good character but contrary to West he didn't really convince me that he was in love
Rome was great
And I hoped for more Land and Deacon and Zig.

The mystery part was kind of not really there and that is something I am not used to in books by Rhys Ford

So, all in all it
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I might be a teeny tiny tad biased. I love Rhys Ford, so I'm always going to fangirl over her writing and books. Hanging the Stars is book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series. This book started off with a bang, and definitely ended with one. I sometimes tell myself that I wish Rhys could write a straight contemporary story with no mystery heavy plot. Well, I do believe she did that with Fish Stick Fridays which I love. But to me Hanging the Stars is so much more contemporary then anything she's every ...more
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
One thing is absolutely sure when you pick a book by Rhys Ford: Pretty much ANYTHING written by Rhys is a guaranteed roller-coaster, and 'Hanging the Stars' is no exception.

As Rhys takes us back to the small California heaven called Half Moon Bay, we return to old and new characters. The two main ones of this murder-mystery story are West Harris (who we meet back in Fish Stick Fridays) and Angel Daniels.

Let me start telling you that the chemistry between these two is the sweetest I have read in
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle, arc, m-m
“Because the last thing he did in life was something pretty stupid. I’d hate to face God and have to explain I died holding a bakery up with a fake gun.”

Rhys Ford is back with her acerbic wit, stunning descriptive imagery, and a murder mystery to keep me hopping. Not to mention the sulky, angry, snarky twin of Lang's whom I briefly met in book one. West Harris is the kind of man who lingers in your mind and I wanted more of him.

Angel and West have history from when they were teenagers in Half M
~ 3.5 stars ~

I liked this one a little better than Fish Stick Fridays but not by much.

Angel and Roman were great characters and I liked them. West, though... It's not that I didn't like him but having met him briefly in the first book of the series, he now felt like a completely different character to me.

Also, them falling into each other's arms after not having seen each other since their teenage years and not having left things on a good note, wasn't very realistic. I wished for more talking b
Another gift I'm super excited for from the sweet and generous Smutty Elf, thank you thank you!! xx ...more
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4.5 Hearts

Greg Tremblay is always magical in narration, and I have not listened to an audiobook yet where I didn’t love his performance. He has a pretty impressive range, and his character presentation is always unique from one character to the next. This book was no different. Five Hearts for narration.

This story was pretty fun to listen to. The first in the series took a while for me to warm up to, but I’m glad I have that backstory before listening to this
Pam Nelson
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Hanging the Star Stars

I have to say second chance romances are a favorite of mine. And getting more of the characters from the first book is kinda awesome.

Lang has a twin West and West is who this book is about. I kinda loved that. They didn’t have a very tight bond of brotherhood but I think that is changing.

West fell in love in high school with Angel. But as most things go they were not ready for what was to come. So they grew apart.

Years later Angel and West meet again and all those o

The second book in this series fell a bit flat for me. I had a hard time connecting to West, and their first kiss was a WTF moment for me. I would have thought at least Angel to have shown a bit more resolve.
The set up to get Angel to sell, was a bit too convenient, especially for who the thugs were.

While I thought West was pictured as the ice-king, I think Marzo humanised him. I liked their interactions, with Marzo not taking shit from him.

But, while I understood that everything happening wa
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the prose is as lyrical as ever, it just didn’t combine with the characters enough, in this case West, to actually make me feel connected to them. It was one of the few times I felt Ford’s prose was a bit overdone; that it was forced because it was reaching for emotional engagement/meaning that wasn’t there/hadn’t been earned by West. Additionally, for all the passion of their summer fling, their relationship just doesn’t click for me. I don’t buy them as a couple nor do I really see what ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, arc-s

Do you know how Heaven tastes? No …? Neither do I, but if we ask West, he will tell us that Heaven tastes like Angel’s kiss, the sweet touch of his lips, his arms around him … but let’s not rush it.

This is the second book of the series. Here we will meet West Harris, the twin brother of Lang, from the previous book. West is nothing like Lang, he is coldhearted and his motto is “money is never enough”. He doesn’t fall in love, no,
Caroline Brand
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

3.75 Stars

Hanging the Stars starts out running and I felt as though I had been dropped into a story and maybe missed a vital part at the start.

Angel has had it tough but through sheer determination and a bit of stubbornness he has come out on top – almost. He has been left bringing up his younger brother and is adamant that Roman will have a completely different childhood to the one he suffered through. Between making sure his brother has everything he needs and r
Joyfully Jay
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Hanging the Stars is a follow up to the excellent Fish Stick Fridays, a book I totally adored in both ebook and audio form. We first meet West in that story as Lang’s identical twin. There is a grudging affection between the brothers, but West is definitely somewhat dislikable there, so I was excited to see his redemption story here. For fans of the first book, we see Zig and Lang quite a bit as side characters here, and Deacon makes an appearance or two. However
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Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

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