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Sinner's Gin: Sinners, Book 1 | [Rhys Ford]

Sinner's Gin: Sinners, Book 1

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.
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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.

©2012 Rhys Ford (P)2013 Dreamspinner Press

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    Reece Notley 01-13-14

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    "Tristan James Brings This Book To Life"

    As the author of this book, I wanted to give a HUGE thank you to Tristan James' work in this narration. His voices for the individual characters was perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed his reading. I have heard nothing but positive reviews from my readers on his performance so thank you so much!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Riva 01-13-14
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    "Awesome!!"

    I was so excited this came out in audio. I loved this book and loved the audio version. The narrator is very good, complete with an Irish brogue. He also brought emotion to the story, which was great. A great love story and murder mystery. I hope the sequel also comes out with the same narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 02-20-14
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    "Wonderful begining..."
    Where does Sinner's Gin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks up there, I was about to stop buying M/M romance because I was tired of the same...This was not the same ole, same ole. It was a little Josh Lanyon, meets Cardeno C.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the narrator, please, please, do not change the narrator midway through the series. I am hoping you will be consistent in this series. He did such a good job with the Irish accents, and transitioned between all the characters without sounding exaggerated. Even his female voices were believable.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Miki St John.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction, but I definitely had a surprised and pleasant reaction. It did make me laugh, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen to the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-18-14
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    "Even better than reading the story"

    I enjoyed reading Sinner's Gin when it was first released. This narrative by Tristan James is excellent because the he conveys the different characters' voices so well, especially of course the Irish accents of the entire Morgan family, from Kane and his brothers, to his father Donal. I heartily reccommend this audio book to others.

    Even more important to me is, this well-delivered narrative brought Rhys Ford's prose alive and listening to it reveals more of the structure of the story. I have gotten too impatient when I find a well-written story, and I have to force myself to slow down and enjoy it. Narratives force one to not skip a word, and this one inspires me to go back and re-read the story.

    Whyskey and Rye, which I did not enjoy reading quite as much as Sinner's Gin, will be my next audio purchase, just because it is done by the same narrator. And I count on the audio version to again reveal to my ears the suble aspects of the story landscape that my greedy eyes may have skipped in my first read.

    Rhys Ford is a very talented story teller and writer, and I am glad to see this author choosing a narrator worthy of her efforts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 02-06-14 Member Since 2012

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    "1st Ford book to listen to and not the last!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great characters, keeps your interest throughout the whole book, never a boring part.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinner's Gin?

    When Miki kicked the crap out of his stalker!


    What does Tristan James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices, even the Irish


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States 01-27-14
    Laura Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Tristan James is a fabulous narrator!"
    Where does Sinner's Gin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sinner's Gin is among my favorites right up there with Cut & Run. The story is fabulous and Tristan James is a much better narrator than 99% of what I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinner's Gin?

    Every time Miki and Kane are together.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

    If I have to choose it would be Kane. I could listen to Tristan's voice in Kane's soft Irish brogue forever.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story made me laugh AND cry but that's what helps make it a good book for me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Turnerpla Atlanta, GA 01-12-14
    T. Turnerpla Atlanta, GA 01-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Enjoyed Sinner's Gin! Love the Irish Accent!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sinner's Gin the most enjoyable?

    The Irish Accent and of course the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinner's Gin?

    All


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene, I loved this book but not as much as the Cole McGinnis books. I can't wait to hear them in audio.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the book moved me.


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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 01-20-15
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Triumph over your past is never easy"

    The subject matter is a little dark, and moving past it for Micki is tough. I loved the book and it's well worth the credit. I've just bought the second in the series.

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    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 09-28-14
    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.

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    "Dark at times but so worth a listen!"
    What did you love best about Sinner's Gin?

    Everything! The story, the characters, the narration. This book was just so well done all the way around.


    What other book might you compare Sinner's Gin to and why?

    The Cole McGinnis mystery series by the same author. It's rich with dialogue and culture much like this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The guest house the night Kane's mom brings Miki home. Wow!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Listening to Miki in that interview room, going over all the dirty details of how he was violated as a child made me cry, but then his self depricating sense of humor made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Miki St.John is a recluse that rarely leaves his house, he even orders in his groceries. After the death of his three bandmates, including his best friend Damien, in a car accident he has withdrawn from society. Living in the huge remodeled warehouse that he and Damien bought before their last tour and had renovated, he hides from the world. Until a serial killer, a stray dog, and a sexy irish detective that just won't go away and leave Miki to wallow in his self misery come along, and turn his world upside down.

    Kane Morgan is an openly gay successful inspector with the SFPD to spite his sexuality, no one cares! The second oldest of eight children, he comes from a long line of cops. Half the Morgan clan work for the police dept, as did their father and his fater. ONE brother is a fireman, the black sheep they call him. His irish roots and his family are extremely important to him, they are ingrained in him and make him the man he is. The only thing he's been missing for a while now is someone to love, and then he meets his small but boisterous neighbor and is immediately drawn into thos gold/green eyes that smolder when the young man is angry or defiant. Which is most of the time.

    While Kane dances around Miki's troubling past, constant nightmares and a killer that is probably coming after Miki... he starts to fall in love with the broken man. He doesn't just want to protect Miki, he wants to help him heal and show him that it is possible to love and be loved without pain. There are so many obstacles in the way of their happy ever after. Miki misses his best friend something fierce and blames himself a lot for the accident, that coupled with the scars he carries both mentally and physically make it difficult for him to open up and trust anyone. Seriously, its like Kane has to wade through a mine field every time he tries to get close to the young man.

    Kane works his way under Miki's skin a while getting on his last good nerve. Just when you think these two may actually be able to love each other and not kill each other, you are reminded of the killer that is stalking Miki's every move and leaving body parts on his front porch in a walmart sack!

    This is a very dark story about sins of the past and the inability to bury them. Murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. But then you have this magnetic love story building between Kane and Miki, polor opposites that with one goal in mind. Loving and protecting each other. Kane is large and in charge and refuses to allow Miki to hide from him or push him away. Miki's dry and often self depricating sense of humor add some comic relief to this otherwise very dark and serious storyline. And when these two finally succumb to the attraction it is erotic, explicit, detailed and absolutley perfect.

    I'm so happy I found these books and I'm off to start the next one immediately. If you are a fan of murder, mystery and mayhem with some passionate guys tying a big bow around it, then this is a book for you. narrated by Tristan James and he nails every intricacy of the Irish family clans various accents and nuances superbly. And there is this wounded animal aspect to Miki that comes across with such rawness in his voice, that it will almost make you cry. Love the storyline, characters and narration!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 04-24-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Rocker & the Detective make a great pair"

    This one was actually pretty good on audio. I liked the narrator's "Kane" accent the most.

    Miki St. John was a singer in the rock band "Sinner's Gin". One night, on the way home from a music awards show, the group's limosine collided with an 18-wheeler, killing all the group members except Miki. While Miki is recuperating from his accident, he found out the guy who used to sexually abuse him was murdered. The murder investigation was led by Miki's neighbor, detective Kane Morgan.

    Detective Morgan had Miki on the top of his suspect list and someone went through a lot of trouble to make it look like Miki was involved. But during the course of the investigation, Kane began to get to know Miki, more sexual abuse was revealed and soon they were in a race to save Miki from the real perpretrator of the crimes. Miki had been let down by a lot of people so he had difficulty trusting people, but Kane was determined to show him that him and his family would have his back. Kane also wanted to show Miki that he cared for Miki and wouldn't use him. It wasn't easy, but they forged a relationship.

    I really liked Kane's dysfunctional family, and I like how Kane handled Miki. I sure wish we had gotten more than the prologue when it got to Miki and Damien, because that was awesome how they were two peas in a pod. But Kane was consistent, true and kind of funny. If anyone would show Miki the meaning of steadfast, surely it was Kane. Kane and Miki worked, and the family dynamic is exactly what Miki needed after witnessing the worst in foster families

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Similar themes to "Dirty...." Series"

    Enjoy authors sense of humour especially in regard the the large Irish cop family. Even in some of the difficult emotional moments the wit comes out and I found myself chuckling as I listened one iPhone. Got funny looks from passers by!! Lol I'm Really enjoying these gay love stories. Is it because I'm 65?!

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  • Maria
    4/26/14
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    "Sinner's Gin: A Romantic and Enchanting Love story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely do recommend this to a friend (have already done so). I believe that the book is beautiful as it has the right amount of sex and romance in it. The 2 man slowly built up their relationship with great care especially from Kane's part which leads into passionate sex scenes and the amazing plot being slowly revealed! It kept me hooked up every second!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinner's Gin?

    When Kane made Miki to open up and talk to him about his past. Then he started crying in Kane's lab ;~~~~~~;


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I died at the bit where Miki said to Kane "Please take off your clothes, cause... U know no one has done this before and for me it means that you will be staying" and then Kane takes off his clothes and he is like "Take a good look Miki love cause I am staying".... *intense screaming*


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Miki Love~


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was awesome I love the Irish accent :Q_____ off to the next book~

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  • Lesley
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    "Just Fabulous"

    I fell I love with this story, my first by Rhys Ford, but not my last. The narration by Tristan James is superb, couldn't be bettered. On to Whisky & Wry now.

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