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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

Book link: Dreamspinner Press

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!!!

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!!

BLOG TOUR: That time Rhys Ford commandeered 3 Chicks After Dark…

Hey! I am Rhys Ford and I’ll be taking over this blog today … sort of. There’s really no cool way of introducing yourself on someone else’s blog and honestly, if you’re following this series of shorts, you’re going to be sick of reading this. So… feel free to jump down to the meaty bits of the short if you like. Go on. I won’t mind.

Now, if you’ve been following the Sinners Series, I am happy to say the third book is either on the brink of coming out or out by the time this post hits. It is called Tequila Mockingbird and features Connor Morgan as he discovers he’s in love with a drummer—a guy drummer. Murder, mayhem, sexing, etc. All of those follow. You know the drill. But wooot! I am very happy to announce Connor’s story.

To celebrate, I’ve written a short serialized string of vignettes titled Hair of the Dog. Please enjoy the story as it goes along. The order of the posts is included at the bottom of the short. Hope you enjoy it.

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Hair of the Dog • Part Six

The house was—as the young woman who’d just finished scratching my belly put it—awesome sauce.

I wasn’t sure what kind of sauce would be awesome sauce but I imagined it would probably be like the yummy goodness of steak gravy over bacon.

Mostly because there’d just been bacon and despite Miki’s disgust at my perfectly natural body expulsions, there’d been belly rubs galore.

Also…cats. Because the Pack knew I love cats. They are like small grumpy cousins who really need to be teased out of their unhappiness. Sun beams are all well and good but really, the world would be a better place for all of us if they’d just realize sometimes it’s the tail wag and baring teeth in that odd way humans do that get the treat at the end of the day.

Cats think differently. They’re still harping about how they were once Gods. No good reminding them about the whole witch’s familiar thing or how they could steal a baby’s breath myth. It was all about the time when humans got together, lit some candles and chanted over their fat furry asses.

My human was definitely rubbing off on me.

The house had a definite Pack leader. He was bigger than the others, older and barked deeper when he spoke. Not that he spoke through most of the high-pitched jumping squees the young belly-rubber did near my Miki but he certainly provided a good wall for Miki when my human took a few steps back. Donal—the dam called him. More noises and they probably meant something too but really, what does it all mean? Names are so fluid and humans seemed very attached to only a few sounds when they spoke to each other. Even their Pack names were short grunts. Dad. Mom. Who communicated that way?

What chaos it has to be when a human stands in a crowd and shouts Mom or Dad? How many humans turn around because that’s the noise someone makes for them.

Silliness. Silliness everywhere.

“So, ye’re Duke, eh? Ye don’t look much like a Duke to me. But that’s what Brae says yer name is.”

I wanted to tell him, no—that’s not the noise for me but well—I wasn’t made for talking.

Ah, the pater’s shadow crossed over me as he sat down on the squat soft couch thing next to me. If I were superstitious like a fool cat, I’d have to wait a turn of time then race around the house to get the shadow’s dirt off of me—preferably as quickly and as erratically as possible so it couldn’t find me again but… I am not a cat.

Besides, he’d brought more bacon with him.

“The family’s going to be making ye as fat as a cow if they keep feeding ye the way they are.” He helped a bit with the cow transformation by snipping a piece of bacon off and holding it up for me to nibble. I licked his hand in thanks. Also, to encourage him to cough up the rest of it. He obliged, a little bit at a time.

“Yer Miki’s looked a little shell-shocked but no worries, we’ll be taking care of him too.” Another bacon nibble and he scratched at the spot between my back and neck I could only reach when I rubbed up against the stiff chair in Miki’s den.

The bacon was too much. I’d already had the meat from a bone—a lot of meat too—as well as those cabbage things Miki dropped, more smaller cabbage things, a fluffy biscuit or maybe three from the plate Kane made for himself but forgot on the table long enough for me to get something off of it and a few ham slices from the first belly scratcher I’d come met. The bacon definitely was way too much for my stomach to handle and I belched, tasting the fried yumminess on my breath.

The thump Donal gave me on the side of my ribs didn’t help either and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t hold it back. One of the snootier cats pawed at me from her perch on a table and I turned my head its way, not wanting to foul my relationship with a man who clearly knew well enough to bring me bacon when he had some.

The cat said something—probably about my mother because cats aren’t inventive in their insults—and slashed at me again. This time, however, she connected and scraped my nose with her claw. Her smug look lasted nearly as long as the bacon did because I cocked my head up—and threw up all over her.

 

Tequila MockingbirdTequila Mockingbird

Sequel to Whiskey and Wry (and The Devil’s Brew)
Sinners Series: Book Three

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.

Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

 

Purchase Tequila Mockingbird at: 

Dreamspinner or at Amazon, ARe or other ebook retailers.

 

Follow all of Hair of the Dog Story at these blog spots:

June 24 

Part 1: Rainbow Gold Reviews 

June 25 

Part 2: Live your Life, Buy The Book

June 26 

Part 3: The Novel Approach

Part 4: The Blogger Girls

June 27 

Part 5: Joyfully Jay

June 28 

Part 6: 3 Chicks After Dark

Part 7: Gay List Book Reviews

June 29

Part 8: Boy meets Boy

June 30 

Part 9: Prism Alliance

Part 10: Under The Covers

July 2  

Part 11: LoveBytes Reviews

 

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Pants Off Reviews

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June 28 

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About the Author:
!rhys_ford_headshotRhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

Giveaway:

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