Review: Rhys Ford – Sloe Ride

1872228Author: Rhys Ford
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: DreamSpinner press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781634765282

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Sloe Ride (Sinners Series) by Rhys Ford – Romance>Contemporary
Sequel to Tequila Mockingbird
Sinners Series: Book Four

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.
Oh, how I love Rhys Ford’s writing! She’s top of the list for me when it comes to an author who is able to paint a picture with words. Add in those sexy Morgan men, stir with the hot band members who are their mates, and you have a win:win combination. Oh, and did I mention a little murder and a little chaos? This book would be number one on my wish list to give to friends this year.

This installment of the Sinner’s Gin series is about that mysterious Morgan we’ve heard of in past stories but never really got to meet until now. Quinn Morgan is everything I had hoped for and more. He’s tall, slender, sexy, studious, laid-back and the one Morgan who prefers not to be in the middle of the chaos also known as the Morgan family Sunday dinner.

Connor Morgan’s long-time friend and adopted family member, Rafe Andrade, is finally back home where he belongs after a lengthy stint in a drug treatment center. Rafe destroyed everything he had built up in his life: his band, his relationship with his long-time bandmates, and his own reputation when he was found with a dead man in his apartment after a night of drinking, drugging, and debauchery. He has no idea what happened to cause the man’s death but has taken on the burden of guilt, and he is struggling to find meaning and purpose in life now that’s he back.

He doesn’t really want much more than a chance to play his bass and a chance to take up where he left off with Quinn Morgan many years ago when he gave Quinn his first kiss. Of course, that’s all he gave him at the time because Quinn’s big brothers would have killed him if he had taken liberties with their younger brother, a brother whom the family considers damaged. Just because Quinn’s mind doesn’t work like the rest of them, and his perceptions and perspectives on the world seem to be totally off-the-wall sometimes is no reason, in Rafe’s opinion, for the family to treat Quinn as if he’s deficient or defective.

When Rafe and Quinn get together this time, there’s more than a brief kiss involved as the two pick up where they left off years before, and they realize they are perfect for each other, accepting each other just the way they are. Then Quinn gets a chance to audition before a reluctant Damian, Mick, and Forest to see if he can “fit” into their band as the bassist they’ve been searching for, and his hope for a future with both Quinn and music in his life might become a reality. Unfortunately, just as he starts to gain confidence and look forward to the future, it becomes evident that someone is out to hurt Quinn and may destroy their chance to be together before they can make their dreams a reality.

As I said at the beginning of this review, I loved this story, and I highly recommend this book. If you are a lover of M/M romance, and if you love mysteries or stories about musicians, this one will be perfect for you. Since there’s so much overlap with the other stories in the series, I would also recommend that you read those books first. But the whole series is so outstanding, don’t hesitate to leap in with both feet. Hmm, or is that with both hands on your ebook reader? Either way—just do it!


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