Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Title: Absinthe of Malice
Series: Sinners, 5

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reece Notley

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 10/03/2017

Length: 06 hours 49 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

Story Review:

Absinthe of Malice was very different from the first four books. While they focused on one couple and a mystery, this focused on the four band members and their partners as the band tours the country. While there is still misfortune plaguing their heels, it seems all unconnected (though I suspect from the cliff-hanger in the epilogue that it might tie in in a later book). And although a vehicle still bites the dust, it isn’t one of the fancy ones of past books.

I loved revisiting all the couples and getting everyone’s point of view. It felt like a reunion or a series of in between books as they jump from city to city. If it hadn’t been for the cliff-hanger, I would have thought this was an end to the series.

We see deeper into Miki and Rafe’s psyche and get a better handle on what drives them. The interactions between all of them and the love they all have were great.  The different locations were interesting and I could totally picture each of them.

I love this series and would love to be a Morgan. The family strength is amazing. I highly recommend this book and this series.

Narration Review:

Tristan James once again does an amazing job of giving each character their own voice. I could listen to him all day. His narration definitely added to the already awesome book.


Absinthe of Malice on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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