Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Notley
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/04/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
It isn’t easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.
Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law—and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers’ bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.
Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan—the reason he fled the city in the first place.
When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it’s a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe’s willing to sacrifice everything—including himself—to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.
I have read the entire Sinners Gin series more than once. The first three I have read at least three times and Tequila Mockingbird I have read at least twice. I love this series. I fell in love with the Morgan clan in the first book and with the rest of the boys in each of their stories.
Sloe Gin is one story any fan of Rhys Ford’s Sinners series has been waiting for. It is Quinn’s story. We learn of Quinn in the first book, Sinner’s Gin. He is the other out gay Morgan brother. We also know that he is more sensitive than the rest of the loud, brash, Irish clan. Though they never put a name to it in the story, Quinn is written as if he has Asperger’s or something very similar.
Ford does a fantastic job immersing us into Quinn’s mind. She lets us feel what it is like to live in a world that doesn’t function the way Quinn does. Quinn doesn’t get social cues. He doesn’t understand basic social interactions. His mind is always going a mile a minute, and he is a savant. He is also gay. He had a rough childhood because he was different. As loving as his family is, they are almost too much for him to handle.
Rafe, for his part, is introduced to us in Whiskey & Wry as Sionn’s best friend and friend to the older Morgan boys. We also already have an inkling that there are feelings there for the slightly younger Quinn. We know from W&W that he has fucked up his life. That he has made some poor choices, and he is trying to make up for those choices and move on. We also know he is a musician. Of course the Sinner’s Gin boys just happen to need another musician for their band.
Despite the almost convenient nature of three brothers and one close cousin all being gay and falling for four musicians who just happen to all play the right instruments to form a band, the murder/stalker plot is compelling enough that I was sucked in and no longer cared about those coincidences. Ford gives us plenty of red herrings and twists and turns in the mystery to keep us turning page after page. Can you really ask for more from a mystery?
Sloe Ride is another fantastic offering from Rhys Ford. Her turn of phrase and penchant for strong, stubborn characters gave us another winner. My only complaint is that I didn’t get to listen to Tristan James performing it for me, as I did the first four stories in series. I suspect that will be remedied shortly.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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