Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Random Review: Sin and Tonic by Rhys Ford #Review #Giveaway

Author: Rhys Ford
Title: Sin and Tonic
Series: Sinner #6
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Publication Date: May 11, 2018
Length: 270 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own. 

His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.

It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her. 

The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.

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Writing reviews can sometimes be a tricky endeavor for any number of reasons but for me, the hardest review to write is for the final book of a series that has been a beloved favorite for many years. Sin and Tonic is the final book (*cries*) in Rhys Ford's iconic Sinner's Gin series. Like all of you, I'm terribly sad to say goodbye to this series and these wonderful characters, but it's time. I always give major props to authors when they end a series that's as universally loved as Sinner's Gin because it can't be easy, especially when your fans tell you over and over again--and often beg--for you to keep going. All things come to an end, and even though it's hard and sad, for Miki, Kane, and the Morgan's and kudos to Rhys for giving them all the send off they deserve. 

I finished Sin and Tonic with both tears on my face and the biggest smile I've had in a long time at the end of a book. It's been quite the wild ride for our Sinner's Gin boys, but for no one more so than Miki St. John. Of all of Rhys's characters from all of her books it is Miki St. John who is my absolute favorite (with Donal a VERY close second!). Feral and prickly and jaded and oh so vulnerable underneath that hard as nails outer shell, Miki captured my heart back in book one and it's been his ever since. It'd be SO very easy to pity Miki for all he's been through, and boy has it ever been A LOT, but Miki'd kick anyone's ass who dared say such a thing. really, by the end of Sin and Tonic it's made abundantly clear that while Miki might wish certain things might have turned out differently, he's really pretty okay with his life. I won't spoil a thing for you by revealing what happens in Sin and Tonic--if you've been reading the books thus far and read the blurb then you know this book is about Miki's past coming back in a big way. Not only is he dealing with new information about his mysterious mother, but there are demons he's been fighting for a long time and they're biting at his heels, hard. Luckily for Miki, his cop, his soul mate, Kane Morgan is right there by his side. 

*sigh* Kane Morgan. Where to even begin with this fella? He's something else, that's for sure. As an inspector with the San Francisco PD, Kane has seen a lot, but nothing in his life ever prepared him for someone like Miki St. John. He knows what love looks like--after all he's got the perfect model in his parents Donal and Brigid--but even still, loving Miki isn't always easy. It sure as hell is always worth a little pain though. As Miki's demons come to the forefront, Kane is as solid as he's always been, that Irish slab of mountain as Rhys often refers to him, but this time, to me at least, it's a little different. Oh for sure Kane is stupid in love with Miki, that's never, ever in doubt, but as Miki has grown as a character over the series, so has Kane. In Sin and Tonic Kane is every single bit as fabulous as he's always been--supportive to a fault, strong and steady, flirty and so very sexy when it comes to his Mick, but there are moments where we see him really shine. He's always accepted and loved Miki for the person he is without trying to change him too much, but here we see that even more. Their honesty with one another, the way they make themselves vulnerable to each other is something that makes my heart beat faster and my knees weak. I'm not even kidding. Then imagining it in Kane's (or Tristan's) voice, with the Irish lilt that's just so swoony, makes it even better. 

There are some scenes throughout the book that I'm sure once you get to them, you'll feel the same way I did. Elated, my heart full, with eyes stinging and everything. Scenes with Miki and Damien, Miki and Brigid, and especially Miki and Donal. I mean, really, if you can read a scene, any scene, with Miki and Donal and not get teary eyed I don't even know what to say about that. There is also a scene between Kane and his partner/best friend, Kel which completely blew me away and took me utterly by surprise! The entire Morgan clan, along with the rest of the Crossroads Gin band are all present, though some might not get as much page time as you might want. Never fear though, Rhys gives Miki and Kane the send off and the happily ever after they've fought so hard for. As a long time fan of this series and of Rhys in general, I want to say thank you for giving us such wonderful characters to know and love and feel as if they've been a part of our family for the past five years. It's been one hell of a ride and I know that Miki, Kane, Damie, and all the rest of the Morgan clan will live happily ever after! 


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