Review: Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford

Posted January 20, 2013 by Leigh in Reviews / 11 Comments

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Review: Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford
Sinner's Gin
by Rhys Ford

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 24, 2012
Series: Sinners #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 260
 

“It was jaw-dropping and reeled me into this equally amazing book from the get-go.” ~ Under the Covers

For anyone who has read Rhys Ford, it should be common knowledge that all of her books have simply amazing openings.  Sinner’s Gin was no exception.  The prologue was short and sweet, but it was jaw-dropping and reeled me into this equally amazing book from the get-go.

Miki St. James had it all.  He was the lead singer in a Grammy-winning hit band whose popularity was only on the up-and-up.  But within an instant, he lost everything.  Kane Morgan, a detective with the San Francisco Police Department, owns warehouse space adjacent to Miki’s warehouse-converted home, and through the wily ways of one mutt dog, Dude (who is awesome by the way!), Kane meets his neighbor while Miki is still recovering, both mentally and physically, from his tragic accident.  The two don’t get along at first, yet there is something that draws both of them to each other.

Sadly, it seems that tragedy surrounds Miki, so there is a continued police presence at his house, and Kane reaches out to him as a friend rather than just a protective cop.  Through the investigation of a dead body found in Miki’s garage, we find out that while Miki had recently had money and fame, his life wasn’t always one of luxury.  He was orphaned and taken into foster homes where he was repeatedly abused.  Kane, on the other hand, grew up in a large and loving family.  The abuse that Miki had suffered as a child only pulls on Kane’s heartstrings some more, and it doesn’t take long before he is enamored with the singer, and while it takes a little bit longer for Miki, the feeling is soon reciprocated.

I truly adored this book, and both Kane and Miki as well.  While there was a spark of attraction for each other during their first couple of meetings, they developed a friendship before falling into bed with each other, which I just love in my books.  I loved reading their exchanges and banter, and seeing that they had such great chemistry.  Ford truly writes so marvelously, I often found myself smiling, laughing hysterically, or on the verge of tears with most every page.  Mostly there is great wit and humor throughout the book, and it is done so well.  Even when the stakes are down and things aren’t looking good, she knows how to write in some really great dialogue.  And if not humorous and witty, it is touching and sweet.

Here is one such example from the book that captures both the humor and the endearing qualities of both men so perfectly:

“Fuck, that was nice,” Miki finally gasped.

“Nice?” Kane muttered….”Fucking hell, it was more than nice. You wore me out, and I get nice?”

“Yeah, nice.” Mike turned his head, sleepily winking at the man lying next to him.  “Maybe next time, we can aim for pretty good.”

“What do I have to do to get a fucking fantastic?”  Kane eyed his lover suspiciously.

“Make me forget my name,” he murmured, his green eyes gleaming with satiation.

“Deal.”  He chuckled, rolling over to give Miki a slow, simmering kiss.  “Just so long as you don’t forget mine, Miki love, because you’re going to be screaming it for a very long time.”

And as you might have guessed from the excerpt above, Miki and Kane share some really, truly, very hot sexy time together!  They sizzle the pages with eroticism, passion, and love – my favorite combination.

In addition to Kane and Miki, the peripheral characters were equally as great.  I just loved Sanchez, Kane’s partner on the force.  He and his discussion of the motor pool was truly hysterical.  And then there is Kane’s family who are just wonderful.  He has a whole cast of siblings, mostly brothers, and loving Irish parents who accept him being gay, and welcome Miki into the family with open arms, even though Miki is quite scared of that at first.

With all that Miki has endured in his life, it is very difficult for him to believe that someone truly loves and cares for him, but Kane comes through and shows him that Miki can learn to trust him, that he is not going anywhere.  I look forward to reading more about Miki and Kane, and hope to see more of them in the series.

Oh, and before I forget, Ford ends Sinner’s Gin just as shockingly as she began it.  For those readers who don’t like cliffhangers, know that Miki and Kane’s story ends, and ends well, but the very ending of the book gives us a glimpse of what’s to come in the series, and I for one, cannot wait!

*Review copy provided by publisher

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About Rhys Ford

Rhys 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, a black Pomeranian puffball, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

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I am a wife and mom of two sassy and fabulous kids, and I have decided I will be forever 39.After college, I became a paralegal and read only legal documents and eventually some baby naming books.Then about six years ago, I needed to check out all the hype of some teenage vampire romance, and that was all she wrote.It didn't take me long to rediscover my love of reading that I had throughout my youth, and I was devouring every paranormal romance and urban fantasy series I could get my grabby hands on.

Through Amazon forums and Goodreads, I met a lot of amazing women with that same passion, including the lovely ladies who started UTC.While those genres will always be two of my favorites, I have discovered that M/M romance is my primary love.That kiss between Qhuinn and Blay in Phury's book (you BDB lovers know what I'm talking about!) sealed the deal for me.I love a story where love is hard fought and hard won.I am also a firm believer that EVERYONE deserves love and a happy ending, and the beauty in achieving that is what keeps me coming back for more.

I have amassed quite a collection of book boyfriends through the years, with the top two being John Matthew and Jamie Fraser.**le sigh**In the M/M genre, my best buddy is Randy Jensen.Two of my favorite tropes are Friends to Lovers and Out for You, and I enjoy just about any subgenre - PNR, UF, contemporary, historical, RomCom, Young Adult, Erotica, Mystery/Thriller - in my M/M romance.As long as it is written well, eventually gives me an HEA, and makes me have all the feels, I am one happy girl.
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Sophia Rose

This is new to me and it sounds good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Leigh!

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Great review Leigh!

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review Leigh. The book sounds good.

Leigh
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Leigh

Sue thing!! Ford is an excellent writer! Definitely can’t go wrong with any of her books. 🙂

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trish dechant

Leigh,
Francesca got me hooked on m/m romance and now, dammit, I can’t seem to get enough.
Great review–I’ve never read this author. Will be adding it to my pile.

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Leigh

LOL- welcome aboard the m/m train!! it’s an addicting ride!! 🙂 Definitely check Ford out – this book and her “Dirty” series are great!!

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This one looks like a great one, Leigh! Gonna check it out too!
~ Annie

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yay!! i hope you enjoy it, Annie! Definitely check out her “Dirty” series, too – it is series that follows the same couple, and I just love them! Dirty Kiss and Dirty Secret are books 1 and 2; Dirty Laundry will be out in a few months. 🙂

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