Title: Sinner's Gin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Length: 260 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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.
Doing a flashback review is always such fun. Looking back, visiting favorites, remembering the first time I fell in love with a certain book always leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy. When I pick the book I'm going to review, I try to pick one that might have been overlooked way back when, or might not be on everyone's radar, or has a special meaning to me. Books are personal things, am I right? The characters, or the setting, or even the time in your life when you read a certain book can have a lasting effect on you. I knew when my turn came around this month exactly which book I would choose. It's definitely not one that has been overlooked or been under any sort of radar, but it IS special to me and to so many of you as well.
Rhys Ford's Sinner's Gin is a classic in every sense of the word. I first read Sinner's Gin only a few months after it was released a little more than five years ago. It was my first book by her and it was the beginning of a long standing, bordering on obsessive (in the best possible way) love of Rhys as an author and her books. Whether Rhys is writing urban fantasy, shape shifters, or contemporary romance with a bit of murder and mayhem thrown in for good measure, there isn't another author quite like her. Or another family quite like the Morgan's.
Who knew way back when that Kane and Miki and the rest of the Morgan clan would be so beloved? Well, maybe Rhys did, and by the end of reading Sinner's Gin the first time I knew Kane and Miki would always and forever find themselves in my top favorite couples of all time. I'm not alone. I've seen more times than I can count Kane and Miki on lists of favorite couples, Miki on lists of favorite rock stars, the audio listed on many favorites, too. And let me just tell you, Tristan James's Irish accent is to die for, no lie. But back to Kane and Miki. These two, I swear, my heart just melts and my sighs are epic whenever I think of them. Of Kane's strength, his commitment to his family, his job, and especially to Miki. Of Miki's vulnerability, though it's hidden beneath his prickly personality. Until it comes to the brother of his heart, Damien, or to Kane's da, Donal, or to his dog, Dude, and most importantly to Kane. Watching them fall in love was such a gift. Full of ups and downs, but so deep and tender and permanent.
I could gush for a really long time about Sinner's Gin. About why it means so much to me, about how Rhys's portrayal of the Morgan family is wondrous and makes me wish everybody could have a Donal, a Brigid, and a Quinn. A Connor wouldn't be bad, either. Neither would a Kiki. How everyone should have someone like Damien in their life, someone to stand beside you as you face the world and all the cruelty it can sometimes bring down on someone. How having someone like Kane in your corner means everything and having someone like Miki, while not always easy, is always worth it in the end. I have the honor and privilege of being able to review Sin and Tonic, the final book in the Sinner's Gin series in a few weeks, so I'm going to save the rest of my gushing for then. Not to be mean or anything (or not TOO mean) to you all but let me just say, Sin and Tonic is EVERYTHING you want it to be. If by some chance you're reading this review and haven't read Sinner's Gin for whatever reason, please fix that immediately. Anyone who loves romance, who loves mystery, who loves books about family, both biological and found, needs to read this book and the series as a whole. Kane and Miki along with the rest of the Morgan's will forever embed themselves into your heart, I promise.
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