Title: Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 15th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Page Count: 270 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Sinners Series: Book Six
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.
Sin and Tonic is the direct sequel to, and picks up after, Absinthe of Malice. When details from Miki’s past come forward it’s everything Kane can do to investigate and try to keep Miki safe. Miki has some deeper introspection in this story and works through a lot to get through to the (spoiler!) happy ending.
As much as he lay exposed, his emotions raw and his heart splayed, Kane was right there with him. They fit into each other, giving as much as they took.
Secrets, lies, murder, attempted murder, crises – they all play a role in Sin and Tonic.
“People always seem to want something from me, and I never know what. It’s like I’m broken inside. Like I don’t fit in the hole made for me. I can’t figure people out and I never know what to say, but Kane doesn’t care. Sure, I fuck shit up between us all the time, and sometimes he does too, but we work it out.” Miki let go a real laugh, a short burst of bubbling humor breaking free of the receding shadows. “He’s there. Steady. Constant. He’s my rock. My fucking cop. Sometimes he’s there too much because he’s that guy who’s got to fix things, and I have to shove him back once in a while so I have room to breathe, but that’s okay. We’re okay.
There’s a lot more self examination and soul-searching here than I was expecting, and far less of the rest of the cast of characters we all know and love than I was hoping for, and quite a few frustrating (for me) time jumps and anecdotal reveals as well. It also felt like it took a bit for Ford to reach her stride with the story, but once she hit the sweet spot the story flowed well.
It feels like the series has come full circle from Sinner’s Gin with even the title being a wink and nudge to book one that introduced us to Miki St. John and the love of his life, Kane Morgan.
“I love you above all others,” Kane whispered—or maybe shouted—into Miki’s ear. It was hard to hear amid the rush of blood through his veins and the final throes of his release, but Miki felt Kane’s words, taking them into his heart. “I will always be yours. Always.”
The others (Damie, Sionn, Forest, Connor, Quinn, Rafe, Donal, and Brigid) are sprinkled throughout, sometimes only briefly, sometimes for a truly heartwarming moment…
“I love you like I’ve loved no one else. I would die without you. And see, you’re made of better stuff than I am because you kept going after I was gone.” Damien pulled Miki toward him until they sat together, tangled around each other as they had done years before when life had been both harder and simpler. “I’m glad Kane found you. And I’m fucking happy as hell he loves you. If there is one thing I know about you, Sin, it’s that you are the fiercest, most loyal feral asshole I’ve ever met, and I am proud as hell to call you my brother. And if you need me to hold you up—for as long as you need me—I’m here. I will always be here. Just like Kane, the band, and the rest of your crazy family.”
…but, really, this is Miki and Kane’s happy ever after and it’s bittersweet to see the end of a series I’ve loved.
Luckily, I can revisit my favorite characters again and again in print or audio even if there’s no new stories to come.
Thank you Rhys Ford for introducing me to the Sinners crew and the Morgans.