Title: Sinner’s Gin (Sinners #1)
Author: Rhys Ford and Tristan James (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: January 3, 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Book One of the Sinners Series
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.
I’m not going to play, Tristan James is a favorite narrator of mine, hands down. He could read the phone book and I might find it engrossing. Luckily, this kick ass story is a helluva lot better than the phone book!
I loved the close Irish family (my parents are very similar to Donal and Brigid so the interactions made me chuckle), the cop partner dynamic between Kel and Kane, and, mostly, the way Kane understood that Miki is, well, damaged, irreparably in some ways, but still able to create a connection.
I loved the story, though I found the stalker/murderer storyline to be tied up a little too neatly in the end.
I also found it hard to believe Miki would just sneak out to go to Carl’s house leaving himself wide open for attack, I mean it was a really stupid move for a character who had proven time and time again in the story not to be stupid. And Donal let him?! WTF? That really just bugged the shit out of me.
Finally, Damien’s parents are keeping him locked up in some mental facility? Qu’est-ce que c’est?
All in all, I really enjoyed this and I look forward to spending more time with the Morgan clan.
And WOW do I love Tristan James. That man’s voice does things to me…
Um…not those kinds of things! I mean he has a great narrative voice! Get your minds out of the gutter! His accents are terrific and he makes any story better. It didn’t make me less baffled by the ending, but it did make it more entertaining.
This is a sexy, fast-paced, hurt/comfort, murder mystery with great narration and scorching hot sexy times!