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Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5) by Rhys Ford

absinthe-of-maliceAbsinthe of Malice (Sinners #5) by Rhys Ford

Released on June 22, 2016

Published by Dreamspinner Press

Cover art by Reece Notley

Pages/Word count: 200 pages, 64,435 words

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Blurb:

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.

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Our thoughts:

Crossroads Gin is going on tour. Miki, Damien, Forest, and Rafe are hitting some of the dive bars and run down stages in towns across the US. Damien wants the newly formed band to really connect and this seems the best way to do so. Along the way we get to experience what is still haunting each man as he tries to make music, build friendships, and deal with being away from his lover.

I absolutely loved this book. I felt like it was a compilation of little shorts from each band member. We see Rafe fighting the demons of addiction and how much Quinn still keeps him centered. The irony of Quinn needing medication to stay focused and to feel like the world isn’t crushing him. On the flip side, Rafe craves meds for an entirely different reason–desire and addiction.

Forest and Connor are just so stinking cute together. Also, fierce and extremely hot. Molten hot. Forest and Connor have a big secret and it’s just perfection. They’re very secure in their relationship and seem to handle this road tour quite well.

Damien seems so strong and totally in his element. It isn’t until tragedy strikes the band again that we see him falter. As always, his Sionn is there to help Damien work things out and accept what he cannot change– his past. Damien’s meltdown helps us understand why he wanted this tour to go down the way it did, small tour van, roach motels, gas station hot dogs, and small venues.

The biggest troubles always seem to find Miki. The guy just can’t catch a break. He’s attacked twice and after a third freak accident we see him totally lose his grip. Kane, and even Donal, is there to show him he is loved, cherished, and cared for. Miki is so afraid he will lose what he has. The fear that everything good has always been pulled out from under him can’t be shaken. Kane and Damien realize that Miki has too much locked inside and it might be time to talk it out with someone who can help him. Of all the guys, Miki is the one who still grabs my heart and holds on with an iron fist. His life has been so hard and tragic. He’s endured so much pain and suffering, I just want to see him happy and settled. Maybe that will happen with Kane and the whole clan, but it seems something else just might shake the stable ground beneath Miki’s feet.

The Sinners series is by far one of the best! Rhys Ford is a talented author and I’m always enamored by her stories, happy to know the men she creates, and experience the love and pain they endure.

RATING: STILETTOS!!!

Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6) by Rhys Ford

Dirty Heart CoverRelease Date:  March 18, 2016
Published by Dreamspinner Press
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Final book in the Dirty Series arc.

Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

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OUR THOUGHTS:

Get ready, Cole McGinnis fans, because Dirty Heart is exactly the conclusion to this series you’ve been waiting for. Rhys Ford wraps up the final installment with all the mystery, suspense, and intrigue we’ve come to expect and the sweet, smoldering romance we know and love. (With a healthy dose of Korean swearing thrown in.)

I’ll admit I was apprehensive to begin reading knowing this is the final story in this arc, but I couldn’t be happier with the way Ford ties up all the loose ends.  I’m not sure how I’ll manage to part ways with Cole and Jae – that won’t be easy. Their story is one that draws me in and makes me part of their world as if I’m right there with them whether it’s tender moments or terrifying bloodshed. Reading those final lines is definitely like saying goodbye to old friends, but I have a feeling I’ll be back to visit from time to time. These are the kind of stories you read again and again, finding new details with each reread.

At risk of spoiling anything about this book – it’s certainly something you should experience firsthand – I’ll be deliberately vague. What I will say is it’s pretty much no holds barred; no one’s safe,  and danger is out there, rearing its ugly head at every turn.  Jae is back in all his awesome Jae-ness while Cole’s up to the usual – solving impossibly complicated mysteries involving extremely dangerous people. Ford holds us in suspense as she cleverly works her plot, making what seem like a million complex twists and turns before finally revealing the answers to questions new and old.  Untangling the web is a bit messy to say the least, but man, is it oh so satisfying.

If you’re new to this series, congrats! You’ve stumbled upon an amazing mystery series in completion which means no waiting for new books! For the rest of us, it’s a somber see ya later to characters we know and love.  Thank you, Rhys Ford, for a fantastic ride.

RATING: STILETTOS!

Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) by Rhys Ford

Fish Stick Fridays Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford

Released 30 November 2015

Published by Dreamspinner Press

Cover art by Reece Notley

Blurb:

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.

Unfortunately, Zig isn’t the only bit of chaos dropped into Half Moon Bay. Violence and death strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.

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Our thoughts:

Never. Not once, has Rhys Ford written a book that didn’t captivate me and keep me turning page after page. Fish Stick Fridays had that familiar prose that was snarky, sharp, witty, yet wove beautiful scenes and awakened all the senses. When Deacon popped a lemon drop in his mouth, my mouth watered from phantom tart sensations. Yes, Rhys Ford is that good!

I’m pretty sure I read Ford’s books for the fantastic writing. Wait! No, I read for the unique guys who capture my heart and make me cheer for their happily ever after. They’re usually so deserving after struggling through some type of hardship. Maybe I read Ford’s book for the awesome suspense and dramatic action events that seem to play out after so much time spent trying to figure out who’s causing trouble. I guess I can’t pick just one of these things because all three make Rhys Ford a favorite for me. She pulls me in, stomps on my heart a bit and then leaves me gasping for air wondering if everything will work out. Wondering who will be hurt and if they’ll make it out the other side.

Fish Stick Fridays has two doses of broken (Lang and Deacon) and a side of spitfire (Zig). I’m not usually a fan of kids in books but Zig was fun to get to know. She was zany, brave and quite the handful. My kids would be hard pressed to talk the way she did but it was more endearing and understandable given her situation. Deacon was really stepping up, trying to be the best uncle he could be. He was working hard to prove himself a better person than his upbringing and worthy of taking care of Zig. Lang was just perfection! He was the right mix of uptight privilege meets hiding from his past. He was so much deeper than his protective shell. He was actually stronger than he thought he could be and that’s always exciting to watch unfold.

Fish Stick Fridays was a blender full of awesome. Lang and Deacon taking a chance on each other. Becoming a blended family with Zig (and the traitor cats). Maneuvering past psychos from their pasts and trying to move on. Don’t forget about discovering each other inside and out. ;)

RATING: BAD ASS (Motorcycle) BOOTS!!

Sloe Ride (Sinners #4) by Rhys Ford

Sloe RideReleased 4 September 2015

Published by Dreamspinner Press

Cover Art by Reece Notley

Blurb:

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.

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Our thoughts:

Rhys Ford has done it again. She’s written one of the best Sinners books since the series started. Wait. I think I say that every time!

Truth though, Quinn and Rafe are nearly perfection. A long attraction that never amounted to much for either of them. Just causing them to go in different directions out of necessity, that necessity…. Quinn’ s age!

Rafe has fallen hard and fast from his band and its stardom. Now, he’s just trying to live and stay in control after being out of control for so long. Back home and trying to avoid his adopted family, the Morgans. Mama Morgan will have none of that. Neither will Con, Kane or Quinn. Of course they all have their own reasons and agenda. Only Quinn wants Rafe to clear the noise in his head, to hold the man he’s always dreamed of holding. Will Rafe want him?

Quinn is so full of static and knowledge it’s overwhelming for himself, let alone the people around him. Except Rafe. Rafe has always known how to calm Quinn. To let him talk and feed into the frenzy instead of blowing him off and asking if he’s taken his meds. Poor lamb has always felt trapped, prodded, sheltered and he’s sick of the condescension.

Out of Quinn’s need and Rafe’s understanding, a need grows that can’t be ignored. I love these two together. Seriously sensual and blazing. Creating vivid, bright colors together. Hues of a true and deep love. Rafe is just the man to take on Quinn and his quirks. Someone to listen, not judge and definitely adore and stimulate. They’re beyond compare.

I enjoyed yet another book that sheds light on a person struggling with being different. Different as in, hard-wired differently in the head. I know a person like this. A member of my immediate family and seeing Quinn’s struggle and hardship to put into words his feelings and needs hits so close to home. Loved Quinn. Loved that he had a soul mate in Rafe.

I liked where the Sinners stories have gone. The suspense really brings all the brothers in blue together and keeps readers on their toes. Also, we see a few brothers that were a bit more quiet in the first couple books: Brae and Ian. Between the new faces and a new band, I’m excited to see where Sinners will go from here!

Rhys Ford is a master writer and we are all at her mercy, screaming and pacing for the next book to grace our devices.

RATING: STILETTOS!!