Release Day Review by Kristie: Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6), by Rhys Ford

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Sin and Tonic, by Rhys Ford
Series: Sinners, Book 6
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 15, 2018

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

summary

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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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Bisexual Characters
Contemporary Romance
Mystery/Suspense
Action/Thriller
Musicians
Police
Best Parents Ever
Best Dog Ever

Content Warning for: Violence, Memories of past violence, child abuse.

The Sinners series is coming to an end, and I’m crying with sadness… but I’m also happy with happy endings. 

When a series I love has to come to an end, I am always equally happy and sad. How can I be happy? Because sometimes a series goes on way to long to stay interesting. Sometimes a series can get so stale that it hurts to read and I end up cursing the author and publisher. I can think of two examples that I’ll not share with you. Thankfully, this series is one that has hit the end on a high note. So while I’m sad that I won’t get more of my favorite Morgan siblings, more of my favorite parents,  more of one of my favorite dogs ever, or more of this fantastic suspenseful ride, I know that I can always revisit the awesome world that Rhys Ford has created.

I can’t say this is my favorite book of the series, but I liked it. There are some moments in the beginning when it felt that the story was not moving or hitting that pace that it needed to completely pull me in. Once the story got to that point though, it was quite the ride. I just wish it didn’t take as long for me to get there.

Favorite things? Miki has to do a lot of deep self reflection, make some choices about things he’s not wanted to face before, and ask for help… finally. Kane, Miki’s ever attentive boyfriend, is steady as always. Kane is the rock that Miki needs. Sure, he always needs his brother Damie, but Kane holds his heart. I think these moments when the breakthroughs take place are some of my favorites in the series. Also, Dude. Dude is one of the best dogs ever. There are a couple times when Dude is so epically protective of his Miki that I cheered out loud. I have friends that I know are going to message me the moment these times come up for them and I can’t wait for it. I’m full of anticipation for when my girls get to that one point where Dude… well, you get it. Dude is the shit. And of course Donal and Brigid… best parents ever. I want Donal to be my dad.

I enjoyed this a lot, despite not getting everything I’d wanted. I feel like I’ve been waiting longer than 2 years for this final story. But, while I like where it went and how things are resolved, I think I maybe expected there to be something even bigger regarding who was trying to kill Miki. I wanted more from the rest of his bandmates and their partners. Here’s the thing… this feels more like a fast rush to get to the answers of who is trying to kill Miki, a rush to explain it all, and a slow jog with everything else. Plus, some things are brought up with other characters that are never fully fulfilled or fleshed out, leaving me hanging and it bummed me out. Maybe there will be a short story later? I hope so.

I guess I have a lot of conflicted feelings about this one. I can’t say it was a favorite, and I can’t say it isn’t. What I do know is that I still loved a lot of things that I can’t even talk about because it would spoil the story. I’m guessing that I’ll love it more the second time, and even more when I listen to the audio. And maybe someone else out there will have more complete and organized thoughts on this. I know that’s not me, but this is how I’m feeling. And let’s face it, my reviews are all about how a book made me feel. In the end, this book made me fee a whole lot of love.

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Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

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You can purchase Sin and Tonic from:

Publisher | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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