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Fish Stick Fridays
- Gesprochen von: Spencer Goss
- Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 58 Min.
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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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Common problem with romance novels
This book would be one in a long line of goodish tries if it wouldn’t be from an author with actual experience.
It illustrates a problem I have with most MM-romance novels, which is that many authors don’t know, or don’t bother, to create a world that is not fueled solely by the romance between the protagonists.
First this is pretty much an insta-love story, with no believable starting point. They are literally telling their life stories to each other after one or two days, and while I like the voice of the narrator, Spencer Gross, he made me wanna bang my head against a wall! He gave Lang the most whiny, crackling voice – I had to take listening breaks from that.
Second: there is not much else going on when it comes to the story. And that is sad, because the book actually started with very nice character introductions. They just felt like something - until they didn’t anymore. There are a few “distractions” in between, but they feel generated.
Third: The two men are overly sensible. I don’t know if Rhy is a male or female author, but in this story, he/she is making the two men into females when it comes to “talking about feelings”. Don’t get me wrong, I love two men opening to each other, forming a bond and facing upcoming battles together -guilty pleasure really-, and if it is a gay story: count me in! But this is just a non stopping Salomon of whiny sobbing!
“THIS IS THE FEELING PART THAT IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOU FEEL FEELINGS!!!!!!!!” – would be a good footnote to roughly 50% of the book. The rest is irrelevant, because it is just filler to make it seem like more than the blushing “man on man romance action”-fantasy of a teenage girl that want’s every man to be her gay best friend.
In the end it is the idea of a romance that tries to hold on to a fogy framework that wasn’t designed not support it. So, it has to scream louder and louder to give itself more meaning.
I am still so sad about how it turned out, because it all started so promising.
Not my cup of tea.
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