Title: Sloe Ride
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Rhys Ford
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.
Ms. Ford is one of those authors that are able to pull her readers in from the very first page. Once you have read one of her books you will devour her backlist. Her latest story, Sloe Ride continues the Sinners Gin storyline. The band has been slowly trying to rebuild but they are missing one vital piece, a bass player to round them out. Rafe wants that position but is afraid to try for it. Having fallen from grace, Rafe knows he has a lot to proof, not only to himself but to others as well. I love that the author makes Rafe’s struggle so realistic. His fears of failing, or of falling back into his old patterns, are exactly the way someone struggling with drug addiction would go through.
As for Quinn, he is the Morgan oddball. Unable to really bond with his family he has always felt like an outsider. The one exception has always been Rafe. The fact that he has a safe spot in Rafe is big, and I like that while the author makes that known, it does not become a crutch for Quinn. I also like that she brings these two back together in a way that makes it seem as if they have always been a couple, one that recognizes the faults in their partner and accepts them anyway.
Sloe Ride is not only about the men’s relationship, as the author has once again woven a mystery into the story that will hold the reader’s attention until the last page. There are a lot of twists in the mystery and many times I thought I had it figured out, just to be proven wrong. When the mystery came to an end, I was surprised by who the guilty party was.
Of course since Quinn is the killer’s target, the Morgan’s show up in force. That means the readers will have the pleasure of seeing Brigid again. This is one tough Irish momma. The love she gives to all her “children” is over the top. I love the way she drives poor Miki crazy, and the scene between him and Quinn at the hospital had me crying.
By all rights now that the band is together it would be understandable if the author was to call this series finished, however, there are several Morgans still out there and I would love to see them get their own stories.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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