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Sin and Tonic

– tekijä: Rhys Ford

Sarjat: Sinners (6)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioKeskustelut
201871,805 (4.6)-
Sequel to Absinthe of MaliceSinners 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 Morganâan Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their ownâand 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.… (lisätietoja)
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About a year or so ago a favorite author read Black Dog Blues and gave it a favorable review so I shrugged and said, why not. Little did I know that would eventually lead to binge reading everything written by Rhys Ford that I could get my hands on. When I found the Sinners series I fell in love with Rhys as a writer even more. Miki St. John is one of my favorite characters, period, and it's bittersweet to have this series come to an end.

First, I want to start with I believe in HEAs. That's what I want and so I read books that are going to give me that. I can wait it out and it doesn't have to be absolutely perfect but I am that believer in good things coming to those who deserve them and Miki St. John deserves all the good things. All. Of. Them. Second, I re-read all of the books (not the short stories, though) in this series last week so I'd be prepared for this book. I picked up a lot of things with the re-read that come together in this final book so I'm glad that I did that.

This series has a lot of elements that I enjoy in books. Mystery, check. Tension/suspense, check. Romance, check. San Francisco, check, check, and check again (seriously, I'd live there if I could although I'd probably complain about the damp and cold). Music, check (former band geek here!). Stories that are interconnected that show plot progression and character development, check and check.

Now for Sin and Tonic. I was excited for this book and worried too because if Miki didn't get an HEA my heart might break. POSSIBLE SPOILER - my heart did not break. Not that I wasn't worried a time or two.

The members of Crossroads Gin and their partners have had their share of trouble, but none more than Miki. His story begins with a horrible past and ends with him having a better understanding of who he is (I don't want to give anything away but Miki has a lot of concern that he'll lose himself in everything that has happened and is happening). Miki is grumbly and difficult but throughout the series he shows the most growth as a character, something that I think we can all relate to because real people grow - develop new ideas, habits, etc., so it works when a character in a book does the same. It's one reason to read a series with a MC that shows up regularly. Miki doesn't lose himself. In fact, he finds not only himself but his family, it just takes him awhile to get there. And it's a process that, if there were another book, would still be happening. Miki is doing better but it's not like his past is going away and I like the Ford doesn't try to undo or gloss over that in the series or in the final book. It takes a lot of strength to admit you need help and that's one of the best parts of this book because it's real, it's something people can relate to and it only adds to who Miki is and who he will become.

Re-reading the series helped to highlight family and how important it is to every member of Crossroads Gin and the Morgans. And not just the family you're born into. Family can be what you make and for Miki and his brothers, that's definitely true. Family's are complicated and Ford doesn't shy away from that. The Morgans aren't perfect. They butt heads, that's true. I only have one sibling and let me tell you, we fought a lot as kids but we still love each other. In fact, we have a better relationship as adults than we did as kids. My mom had 7 siblings and the older ones fought even as adults. But that doesn't mean they didn't love each other and won't stand up for each other. It's also true that people have crappy families. I know plenty of people who don't have the support of their families, but like Miki many of them have found a way to create their own. Found family is just as important as the one you're born to. That's probably the most satisfying part of this book - Miki's realization that he has the love and support of a family and that they're not going to leave him.

San Francisco is as much an important part of the series as the characters. Ford brings a known setting to life through casually pointing it out. If you're paying attention, you'll learn a little about the city. Granted, it's a real location so it's not like you have to do a lot of world-building but if you've never been to San Francisco you might not realize that it can be cold and damp. You might not know about the Bay, or Chinatown, or any of the things that make up San Francisco. I like that Ford built on something that's already there and brought out some of the details that make San Francisco, well, San Francisco.

There's also some gorgeous writing in this book, just really beautiful phrasing. And this time Miki gets described as a tiny dragon! Oh, and a passage about books that's swoon-worthy (yes, I'm the person who loves the parts of books when a character loves books/reading or says something awesome about books/reading).

If you're a fan of any of Ford's other series you'll dig the references to other characters/series (I caught references to two other series but there might have been more).

I probably have more to say but right now it's all squealing and sighing because I finished the book on the bus on my way to work.

(I received an arc of this book with the understanding that I would review on Goodreads and Amazon. This in no way changes my review, I was prepared to wait until the book was released to read it. I'm just glad I didn't have to). ( )
  jpmcwisemorgan | Feb 21, 2019 |
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Sequel to Absinthe of MaliceSinners 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 Morganâan Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their ownâand 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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