Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found 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.
How to choose just one character in this book is impossible for me to do.
Zig, she makes my heart just bleed for this little 8 year old who has seen too much in her short life yet she puts on her combat boots and tutus that make up her armor and heads out to face whatever the world wants to throw at her. Not understanding that her uncle Deacon already knows that she is really just a fragile little girl.
Deacon he gets to you in a wholly different way but still moving. He has been where Zig is and vows never to be vulnerable again, so he developed this hard shell surrounded by a hard body. But all that had to change when he found out about Zig. Not being close to his family, he didn’t know that Zig was now an orphan. Living in the foster care system. He knew how bad it could be, so he straightened up his life sold almost everything he owned. Then fought for custody. So now he has given his heart to Zig and is scared to death he will mess up with her.
Lang has his own hang ups, and is not sure he wants to let anyone inside his walls and possibly break his heart again. Zig to the rescue, or is it destruction again? In she storms to his store, and takes it over plus his cats. She works her way into his heart that he thought was beyond repair. Deacon is also taken in by this quiet yet unflappable man. He seems to take everything in stride, and has the answer for everything … hot chocolate with marshmallows.
As the world seem to crumble around these three it just makes there unusual yet loving relationship grow stronger. The focus in this book changes as each character has there background explained, it is done in such a way that you feel like you are talking with friends. It is a natural change and flows back in forth. As the story came to an end, I was left wishing there was more to read. There is no cliffhanger, I was just not ready to say goodbye to this story.
What do you get when you mix a smartass eight year old, her rough around the edges uncle, and an unlikely man catching his eye? The new Rhys Ford book, of course.
Deacon lived his life on the wrong side of the tracks, but when his foul-mouthed niece, Zig, is orphaned he cleans up his act in ways he never dreamed possible. God, my heart went out to Deacon and this poor little girl. Neither one of them had any role models for being a productive member of society, so they both stumble quite a few times. But regardless of these struggles they love each other fiercely, as shown by this conversation between Deacon and Lang:
“You wore a tutu to pick her up from school.”
“I rocked that fucking tutu,” Deacon boasted.
What more could a lost eight year old want, except an uncle who will wear a bright pink tutu while riding a Harley to show the bullies who’s boss? How about a bookshop owner who smooths all Deacon’s edges? Enter Lang, opposite of Deacon in every way, yet they fit so well together. Lang is willing to defend his relationship with Deacon to everyone, including his family.
Five stars only because that’s all I get. Highly recommended.