Fish Stick Fridays

  • by Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by Spencer Goss
  • 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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So Gripping It Stole My Saturday

I'm not really the "write a review" type of person. My husband says I like to let the world drive past me. However, this audiobook was fabulous. It usually takes me a week or maybe more to get through an audiobook, but after about chapter three I was hooked. It may have been the fact that it centered around a little girl, Zig, who is about two years younger than my own daughter, and I could feel for the main character, Deacon, who was trying to wrangle his young niece out of her tortured past after getting custody due to a sudden death.

This is about the third MM romance I've read, and this one is much more about sincere romance, but not in an overly sexual way, more in a thoughtful and complicated way. It felt more sophisticated somehow, more nuanced. I give the author credit for how well she laid the groundwork for who these people were and the narrator is absolutely perfect. I could listen to this guy read a phone book. He gave such life to moments that I felt as if he might have been improvising...I even tried to engage Whispersync, but it's not available on this title to see if he was doing the dialogue word-for-word as written. I give him much credit...because it sounded like much of the dialogue was off the top of his head. Truly impressive and engaging. And the voices -- they seemed like different people. I was entranced. And, remember, one of the voices was that of an eight year old girl. Just fabulous.

So, yes...the woman who doesn't quite care enough to tell others what she thinks thought she needed she...or, rather, I...did. ;-)

And, while I'll give no spoilers here, the way the final few chapters unfolded was perfection. It's probably what made me think to write this review. The author, Ms. Ford deserves much praise for her way with a pen, as does Mr. Goss who has a way with his voice that is simply sublime.
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- Kris

Wrong Side / Right Side of Tracks Romance

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This is another great book by Rhys Ford and equally great narrator choice. This book has a more family feel about it in the form of a little girl named Bobo Ziegfried AKA Zig or Ziggy. She forms the nexus of various murder plots that form the books action. The child is brash, capricious, occasionally rude, vulnerable, and totally charming. The child is bigger than life and may be a thinly disguised version of the author’s ultra-ego free and unchecked by social convention.

The handsome hunk hero of the book is her custodial Uncle, Deacon Reid. He oozes masculinity all wrapped up in a bad boy motorcyclist mechanic image. The catch is that he is now trying to be a responsible family man and fill the gaping hole in Ziggy’s life the death (murder) of her drug addicted mother left while keeping her out of the clutches of Child Protective Services system.

Lang Harris is the love interest, Reid has his eye on in the town of Half Moon Bay where he moves to give him and Zig a chance at a normal fear free forever after life. Harris is the image of cultured, settled establishment stability. Just the sort of safe harbor a boy from the wrong side of the tracks needs to build a future with for himself and his niece. But Harris has his own baggage he is coping with courtesy of a psychopathic stalking abusive ex-boyfriend who has just been released from prison without notice to Lang.

All of these elements are adeptly juggled in an entertaining plot that will keep the reader/listener focused on the, what’s coming next, driving force of the story line.
On top of this solid confection of masterful writing the author has baked is the rich lyrical descriptive couplet’s of icing she has sweetly laces and drizzles her story with. These passages are a joy to read and a pleasure to listen to by the capable narrator Spencer Gross. Mr. Gross has an unfortunate last name in that his voice is anything but gross. He successfully delineates the main and secondary characters with subtle shifts in tone and tambour in his rich vibrant masculine voice. His voice adds wings to the lyrical descriptive passages mentioned above.

It is a good read well preformed. Well worth the investment of the readers or listeners time.

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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC