The Devil’s Brew by Rhys Ford ~ Review by Leisa

Pure perfection:  A glimpse into Miki and Kane’s lives after their Sinners Gin happily ever after …

the-devils-brew-rhys-ford-coverTitle: The Devil’s Brew

Author: Rhys Ford

PublisherDreamspinner Press

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

The Devil’s Brew (A Miki and Kane Novella) • Sinners 2.5

Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover, SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan, now share Miki’s converted warehouse.

For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.

Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?


My View

What happens after the happily ever after? With The Devil’s Brew, Rhys Ford gifts us with a glimpse into the lives of Miki and Kane from Sinner’s Gin, as well as a bit from Damien and Sionn from Whiskey and Wry. Valentine’s Day is upon them, and Miki frets that his gift for Kane won’t measure up. He’s doing quite a bit better with the support of Kane’s love, and the return of Damie from the dead has been his own personal miracle. However, he’s convinced that since he’s fundamentally flawed, his Valentine’s gift for Kane will of course be lacking.

This novella is simply a perfect addition to the Sinner’s Gin series. It flows seamlessly after the conclusion of Whiskey and Wry, and picks up a few months following the resolution of who was behind Damien’s capture, as well as the killings surrounding Damien’s return. Life is good for the four men, but Damien’s return and Kane’s profound love haven’t magically converted Miki into a self-confident, different man. Miki knows Kane loves him, but deep down he feels inherently broken and questions whether he’s deserving of such love. He’s also still feeling his way within the overwhelming Morgan clan, and he is especially cognizant that his relationship with Kane’s father, Donal, is evolving.

The relationship between Miki and Kane is pure magic – their love is honest, sexy, supportive, and loving. Rhys Ford doesn’t disappoint – their interactions are filled with humor, sweetness, and the “I will love you forever” sort of love that’s timeless. There is delicious, fan-your-face sex that’s all the better because the reader intimately knows Miki and Kane, as well as is aware that they are truly making love instead of having mindless sex. You can feel Miki soak up Kane’s love and support like a sponge, as well as feel Kane’s fierce devotion to this one man who fills his soul.

Few authors have the command of the English language that does Rhys Ford – she weaves a tapestry with words that creates an enthralling world and lures the reader into the story. The music lyrics she includes in the Sinner’s Gin series are inspired, and I swear sometimes I will finish a paragraph or a few sentences of one of Rhys Ford’s works, and then immediately go back and re-read it simply to revel in the pure and enchanting poetry of her words.

The Devil’s Brew again captures the exquisite charm that makes Sinner’s Gin and Whiskey and Wry so amazing. Do not miss reading this wonderful novella if you are a fan of the Sinner’s Gin Series. It’s a chance to savor a taste of our favorite musicians and the Irishmen the love, and the perfect way to whet your appetite for the next in this series, Tequila Mockingbird, which is due out in June of this year.

Of course Miki’s gifts are perfect for Kane, as is Rhys Ford’s gift to us all:  The Devil’s Brew.  Buy and read this novella – you will be missing out on a rare and lovely treat if you don’t!

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press

I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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