Sinner’s Gin (Sinner’s Series: Book 1)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 260 pages
Rating: A List
Blurb: Sinners Series: Book One
There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.
After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.
Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.
Review: One important thing the reader must always remember with Rhys Ford is that she’s freaking brilliant. On the surface you see one thing and it’s a good thing, you’re rolling along pleasantly, even when bad stuff is happening it’s never a pity party and everyone is a grown up. Then bam! she hits you with gorgeous gut-punching beauty and you’re flooded with the feels.
“I can see you. Do you know that?” Kane whispered as he kissed the corner of Miki’s mouth. “When you are about to open up to me, then something inside of you pulls in. It’s like watching a flower die right in front of me, Miki love. And it kills me every time. Talk to me Miki. Tell me what’s going on inside that pretty head of yours so I don’t have to watch you die in front of me.”
When you first meet Miki you see a broken man-child who seems barely functioning. You think you know this guy and maybe he’s too damaged to ever be with big, bold Kane. Then as his story unfolds you see layers, all of the things he’s survived and overcome. The way that nothing, and he’s had some seriously bad stuff, has truly broken him. There are broken areas and missing shards. But see, he wants to believe, to hope and dream and love. To fight for more. Piece by piece you begin to see that yes, he’s damaged and fragile, but that’s just the surface, our conventions and rules. That ephemeral quality exists, but it masks a core of steel and grit that makes Miki even more beautiful.
“Then Kane showed up and shattered the darkness like it was nothing.”
Kane is a sexy, alpha sweetheart. He’s funny, charming, smart and artistic. Steady and with a core of calm, even as he possesses a temper that growls to protect. A good big brother and friend. He’s pretty healthy and happy when he meets Miki. He has a job he loves and a supportive and close knit family, but he was born and raised to love and support a partner. His parents are still madly in love and he knows how to be “all in” in a relationship. And when he meets Miki the fall is fast, hard and permanent.
”With Miki, I can feel the wind. He lets me have a taste of the sky every time I kiss him. That’s not something I even thought of before, and now I can’t imagine my life without it.”
Kane is exactly what Miki needs and the swift progression of their relationship makes sense when you factor in their situation and the time they’ve already spent circling around each other. Both unable to get the other man out of their heads. They’re the kind of couple that set fire to the bedroom yet are content to snuggle and snark and just be together as well. I don’t think either would do well without the other now that they’ve found each other.
“Sometimes, Miki, you’ve got to stop building sand castles just to watch the ocean take them away,” Kane murmured against his cheek. “Sometimes, you just need to find someone to sit on the beach with you.”
Is there anything sexier than men who are big, strong protectors that have big hearts and kind words? Those that can kick ass and still gently hold a loved one with the softest touch. The Morgan men are awesome! I love them all and I wish there was a way to somehow be in that chaotic, loud and loving circle. Kane’s mom is slightly terrifying and definitely a person to have on your side. I adore Kane’s dad, he is just wonderful and an amazing father.
“What I’m saying to you Miki boy, is that I know how ye feel about being caught in the storm of this family, and if ever it gets too much for ye, you come over to me, and I’ll stand in front of ye until the winds die down a bit.”
Kane’s big brother Connor is one of my favorite characters. He’s the best big brother and some of their moments together are beautiful and touching.
“Stop thinking about how you’re going to deal with this and concentrate on how he’s going to get through it,” Connor scolded in his soft, deep voice. “The shit that’s happened to him is his shit. So you get a little bit on you. So fucking what? You should be wading in it to reach him…to pull him out of it. You’re a Morgan. Act like one. Act like the baby brother I know I have.”
This is the start to a series that just keeps getting better. Which is saying a lot when I consider how much I enjoyed this book. This book stays with you in the best ways possible and will cement the awesomeness of Rhys Ford for you. Highly recommended.
****Content Warning That May Contain Spoilers— This is laid out for you in the blurb. A main theme in this book is child abuse, in all it’s forms. It is never on page but it is referred to in numerous ways and is a part of the plot. I felt it was handled respectfully and written well. But as always only you can know what you can and want to read. ****
Reviewed by Nina
Posted on June 2, 2014, in Nina and tagged a haunting past, A List, Acceptance, Artists, Awesome, Beautiful, Best Friends, Bisexual, Broken, Career, Charming, Child Abuse, Choices, Contemporary, Cops, Crazy Family, Dog, DSP, Falling Fast, Falling Fast & Hard & Permanent, Family, Finding Yourself, First Love, Forever Love, Friendship, Grief, HEA, Healing, Heartwarming, Hope, Irish Family, Loss, Love, love triumphs over all, Making a New Life, Making Your Own Family, Murder, Mystery, Nina, Obsession, Pontiac GTO, Rock Star, San Francisco, Second Chances, Secrets, Series, Sexy, SFPD, Stalker, Sweet, The Feels. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.