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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to Tequila Mockingbird

Sinners series, book four

It isn't easy being a Morgan, especially when dead bodies start piling up and there's not a damned thing you can do about it.

Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law - and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers' bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.

Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan - the reason he fled the city in the first place.

When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it's a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe's willing to sacrifice everything - including himself - to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.

©2015 Rhys Ford (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Review in total for the series.

So I've had the first book of the series for awhile but kept finding other things to read. I often find myself not finishing a series because I get bored.
I started this series on Monday and finished all of them by Friday morning. I was mad that I had to work and sleep. Yes, it was that awesome.
I really can't gush over Tristan James enough. He did an amazing job keeping all the characters distinct, even with all the different accents. I will definitely be following his work.
As far as the stories, Rhys Ford made each one unforgettable. I know they will be on repeat for me. I generally don't like a lot of angst in the actual relationship of the main characters. I prefer my angst to come from outside forces that help bind the characters together and strengthen their bond. And that is really how all these books are.
Though the sex scenes were plentiful and sizzling hot, the story and plot were the best part. I loved how all the books intertwined but really focused on each different relationship. The supporting characters were awesome. Especially Mum and Da.
I now have 8 new book boyfriends and I really can't choose one over the other. I wish this series could continue forever.

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Murder, Mystery, Music and Mayhem!

If you could sum up Sloe Ride in three words, what would they be?

Intense, Passionate, Deadly.

What did you like best about this story?

How Tristan James brought Rhys Ford's words to life and gave readers a new version of the story when listening.

Which scene was your favorite?

I actually love the little openers for the chapters. Mickie and Damie crack me up!

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

Oh yeah, I was so engrossed that someone could have dropped a house on me and I wouldn't have noticed.

Any additional comments?

Where there is a Morgan, trouble is likely not far behind.

Quinn Morgan is the odd man out when it comes to his very loud, very large Irish Catholic family. His father is a high ranking official with the police department, most of his siblings, of which there are many, are cops as well. There is the black sheep that became a fireman, teenage rebellion and the need to be different than his brother’s and sister’s. But Quinn, he has always had trouble trying to find his own place in this world. The one thing that kept him grounded, centered as a youth was Rafe Andrade. The two always shared a bond, so when Rafe took his leave to recognize his dream of being a Rock Star, it affected Quinn and not in a good way.

Rafe Andrade is a transplant Morgan, again, one of many. Brigid and Donal Morgan, the matriarchs of this large Irish family, are fierce, loyal and loving; not only with their own brood, but with their children’s friends and partners as well. And while Donal is a force to be reckoned with, you do not want to piss off the five foot tall red headed Irish woman that is Brigid Morgan. When Rafe took off for greener pastures, losing his way and making some devastating mistakes, the Morgan’s welcomed him back with open arms. But Rafe has continued to struggle with his past mistakes, and the one that has torn him apart most was walking away from Quinn.

As with all the books in this series, I am in love with the Irish baroque, the camaraderie between brothers and friends, and the unwavering commitment they all have to each other. Even if some of them do their damndest to state otherwise, Yes Mickie, I’m talking to you! A few twists with this story, the usual form of threat for the family is changed up and I honestly didn’t even see the threat to Quinn as what it turned out to be. Also, Brigid gets caught in the crossfire of another Morgan catastrophe, and I tell you what, watching all these big, brooding, alpha males cower in the wake of Brigid being hurt, it was very moving. She is the glue that holds them all together, and you have not seen anything yet to prepare you for the level of pissed off when someone accidently hits mama.

Of course it’s a wild ride, there is a lot of passion and emotions run high, that’s par for the course with this group. What is different is the characters and their struggles. I really enjoy it when an author continues to evolve and show variety for a series that is going in a specific direction. Change it up, give the reader something new and fresh to keep you chomping at the bit for more. Once Quinn and Rafe stop fighting the pull to each other, get past the past, and ignore all the Morgan men that are warning them off each other, Katie bar the door!

Must read series, I highly recommend it; it’s a series where I’ve read the different books multiple times myself. You have to read them in order though or you’ll miss a lot of character interaction and won’t understand some of the things that are said or insinuated throughout. I hope we get at least one more book in this series, there are still a few loose threads to be neatly cut and folded. Now I will just sit back and wait for the audio, I cannot wait for Tristan James to sink his teeth into Rafe and Quinn!

Audio review addition 12/09/2015

I have listened to every book in this series as well as reading them and I have to say, there is something about Tristan James voice and his ability to nail the Irish accent impeccably that takes these books to a whole other level. Not only does he perform a flawless accent, he changes it with subtle tones and nuances for each character. There are a LOT of Morgan's running around, so trust me when I say, he did an amazing job.

This is probably my favorite series in the genre that translates from paper to audio where I've read and listened to them all, several times. The reason I say my favorite is because you get something different from each form (book and audio) I heard things I missed when reading, and things took on a different meaning when spoken in that thick Irish Brogue as well.

Definite a must read and listen series. There is murder, mayhem, passion, romance, brotherhood, a strong family bond, blood, guts and a whole lot of twisted, pleasurable bedroom gymnastics. Translated... fast paced, action packed and smexy!

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Great new addition to series

So there are at least two black sheep in the Morgan family: Quinn because he’s a professor and his brother the fireman. But that’s not all keeping Quinn separate. His brain is wired a bit differently and this makes him socially awkward to say the least.

We have met Rafe from his friendship with Kane, the Morgan that fell for Miki in book one. Rafe and Quinn have always been friends, but Quinn has had a crush on him that sometimes led to some dark moments. Especially when Rafe left to follow his dreams of being a rock star.

Rafe’s dark times involve addiction, one that he barely masters to this day. But he is on the road to recovery and is interested in possibly rejoining the music scene with Sinner’s new band and – most importantly – he’s finally ready to acknowledge and deal with his feelings for Quinn.

But – since these are the Morgans we’re talking about – there is someone out to kill Quinn- or at least kill people in his life. So… Rafe has to deal with Damien’s distrust, the Morgan’s overprotectiveness and his own demons. Quinn has convince his family he can make good decisions and trust Rafe not to let him down.

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OMG! So this is my favorite series of Rhys Ford’s. I love the bratty/prickly/tender mix the guys in the band exude. The music seems such a lovely back-drop for their neuroses and the foil of the tough/alpha/pragmatic cop really works for me.

In this story the mix is a bit different. Rafe is the musician but Quinn is no pragmatic alpha-dog. Both are wounded and tender. Quinn’s mind is like this complex kaleidoscope and it’s both beautiful and bewildering. Rafe – even with his monsters on his back – is able to ground and be grounded by Quinn. You might think it’s a co-dependency, but both are actually quite strong in the presence of the other.

Rhys’ writing is as lyrical and beautiful as ever. So very descriptive and immersive.

Now that we are a few stories into the series, we get to re-visit with our previous MCs – especially Miki and Kane – and it’s wonderful! God – Miki is hysterical and Damien such a little tyrant at times. I loved having them in the story and getting to see them from “the outside” as it were, from the eyes of someone NOT in love with them. ☺

I find the Morgan dynamic to be so compelling and I reveled in the relationship between Miki/Brigid/Quinn and watching Donal play his role in their complex relationship as well. Fascinating.

Since I always listen to these with the wonderful Tristan James as narrator, my brain filled in the voices with his lovely brogue and I can’t wait for the real thing. Such an amazing experience.

Though I’m sure someone new to the series could start with this book and follow, it’s absolutely best to read in sequence. There would be so much LOST without the back information.

For fans of the series, the author and people interested in a poetic look at two imperfect souls finding love – I highly recommend this book.

Audio

Tristan James does this entire series and his narrations are TO DIE FOR! I love, love, love his accents and the timber and cadence of his voice. Amazingly, he’s able to differentiate for us auditorily (is that a word?) the different Morgans, Damien and Sionn! So. Awesome! This was an absolute delight and the BEST way to experience this book!

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Awesome ending to the series

I fell in love with the first story in this series and have loved each book which followed. This author writes a complete story: the characters are fun to read about, and take into your heart, the stories are not merely the MCs meet and fall in love, but include characters from the other books in the series. All in all they are very satisfying, recommend reading the entire series.

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nything but a Sloe Ride

Where does Sloe Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like all the others in this series, right at the top.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quinn, His character is so complex.

Have you listened to any of Tristan James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is one of my all time favorites. He does great..

Who was the most memorable character of Sloe Ride and why?

Same as above although Donal is always a great character too.

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Nothing better than Rhys Ford and Tristan James !!

Although Tristan James and Mary Calmes comes pretty close. I have been waiting for this audiobook for forever. Ms. Ford has done an amazing job with this series. The Morgan family captures the love and acceptance that all families should have. A very light listen with just enough suspense not to be boring. And Tristan James can make any book more interesting. I will listen to any book that he narrates. This is a 5 star listen along with the other 3 books in the series.

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I love Quinn and Rafe

I have become addicted to this series. This is the fourth book in the Sinners series, and the fact that I have had to listen to the whole series one after the other is telling. The writing is great and the stories are interesting with great plots, but Tristan James brings something already great into a third dimension. I love his Irish. Don't miss this series.

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A remarkable book

My goodness, I love the colourful writing style of this author.
Quinn and Rafe are the fourth book in this series and I'm not tired of reading about the Morgan's and their extended family. The fierce mother of the family is my heroine, loving all the family and protective as a lioness.
Quinn is the odd sibling that doesn't fit in with the other who are cops and he is a professor. But he's always been in love with Rafe who's a rockstar on recovery from his drug addictions. Rafe has a eye on Quinn too but afraid of what his friends will say if he hits on their brother.
The story is as always great, romance, crime, sweetness, all wrapped up in a remarkable book. I especially loved this book because of the description of Quinn as a introvert person is so meaningful (at least to me) and the way Rafe loves him the way he is. Can't say anymore without giving away to much. But as you can understand I very much recommend this book.
And now I've learned there's a fifth book coming.....hurray!!!!!

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Great story, okay narration

I’ve been looking forward to reading Quinn’s story for a while now. He intrigued me, being the odd man out in the Morgan family, and not in the protective business. And contrary to the previous books, it’s now a Morgan that has someone stalking him. Someone is killing people to get Quinn’s attention. And soon the stalker hits a bit too close to home…

I loved Quinn, the quirky absentminded college professor. I freely admit that I have a weakness for “odd” people, or more accurately people not on the norm. And Quinn definitely falls into that category. I suspect that he might fall somewhere on the autism spectra, but we never really get to know. And you know what, that’s kind of the beauty of it too. Everyone knows he’s different but the label doesn’t matter – it’s the person he is that matters. But then again one can also argue that labels can be helpful when trying to make people understand certain challenges, but let’s skip that debate and move on. But I will add one more thought to the matter; Rhys Ford did a really great job portraying both Quinn and Rafe. They both have issues, both serious and stigmatized in their own way. But she wrote it all with a lot of respect and insight, and I need to acknowledge that.

Now, Rafe for that matter, I wasn't all that fond if I’m being honest with you. Sadly I can’t really put my finger on why. On paper I should’ve loved him, past addict and musician to boot, but I never warmed to him. More than likely that is my own personal issue and I might just be in the minority on that, so don’t mind me. Still, Quinn more than makes up for any dislike I might’ve had for Rafe.

Contrary to the previous books Quinn and Rafe has a shared past together. Not as a couple, but a history nonetheless. And one that has been haunting them both for different reasons, and finally they’ve both ended up in a place and time where they are able to confront it and move forward.

I don’t read (listen) to these books for the mystery parts of them, because they are a bit over the top and not really credible. But I don’t mind that, I love some suspense to my romances, and we get that aplenty, keeping us entertained from the first to the last page.

I found Tristan James’ narration of this book surprisingly okay. His narration of the series have been a bit of a hit or miss for me. And this book ended up in the hit column. As always, he is brilliant with the different accents, and I love to listen to him speaking Irish.

All in all a goon instalment to the series, the Morgan clan is always fun to spend time with and I’m looking forward to the next book.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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Amazing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes yes

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

All the nuances of the characters

Any additional comments?

Brilliant series, performed by a brilliant actor

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A Ride Well Worth Taking!

If you could sum up Sloe Ride in three words, what would they be?

I want more!

What other book might you compare Sloe Ride to, and why?

This can only be compared to the previous books in the 'Sinners' series as there are returning characters.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

With story telling as brilliant as this you can't pick just one!

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

With Rhys's storytelling and Tristan's narration you will be taken on a roller coaster ride!

Any additional comments?

Rhys has done it again.