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Publisher's Summary

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that's not how life - his life - is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold's blood but also being accused of Harold's murder...and sleeping with Harold's wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble - or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook's landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn't on their side, and if they don't find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell - or at his grave.

©2017 Rhys Ford (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Mmm Mmm Good

I would recommend you don’t start this before you read/listen to Murder and Mayhem (book one). It’s much better as part of the series than as a standalone.

Tramps and Thieves picks up some time after the events of Murder and Mayhem and Rook and Dante are now an established couple complementing each other really well. Told in an alternating POV, death and mystery follow former thief Rook Stevens around once again leaving his detective boyfriend, Dante Montoya, to help resolve the mystery and keep Rook from being killed. Tremblay, as expected, offers up great character voices, terrific pacing, and on point timing.

Rhys Ford is definitely hitting her stride in this series with a great plot, strong characters, and terrific pacing which is all impeccably captured audibly by Greg Tremblay.

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Excellent listen

I tore through this audio. It's a good mystery and an excellent production. I love how the narrator does voices that seem like real people but different enough that I don't get lost as characters talk. So friggin awesome!

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Fabulous balance of mystery and romance

Another thoroughly entertaining, sexy story featuring the cop and the (ex)cat burglar. Rook can't stay out of trouble, and Dante can't do other than help him out of it... With lots of relationship and character development, plenty of snark and humour, great secondary characters (gotta love Manny, Hank and Archie) and a tender, sensual central romance, Tramps and Thieves is a delight. Greg Trembay's outstanding narration makes it even better; he captures Rook's prickly vulnerability, and his portrayal of Dante is just perfect.

Highly recommended.

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Round 2

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads (Audiobook Review).

Oh man. I did not expect where this story went. I absolutely fell in love with Rook's crabby grandfather. The way both men were willing to make sacrifices for each other made me swoon. Two very strong men with very stubborn spirits found their perfect matches and it's so much fun to follow along.

Learning more about Rook's life was interesting (and quite sad at times). I love that he didn't let his grandfather's attitude push him away because they were quite similar as we learn the more we got to see them interact.

Dante was his own kind of awesome in this story. He gets the proof he's been wanting for so long only for it to not really matter. The way he handles Rook's past is admirable considering what it had put both of them through.

Another home run by Greg Tremblay but that's exactly what I've come to expect from the books he narrates.

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  • 11-25-17

Easy listen with a great narrator

Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators and I could listen to him read almost anything. Luckily, this is a good story combined with good narration. The sequel to Murder and Mayhem shows detective Dante and reformed burglar Rook in the first stages of a real relationship with real issues and fears following them. Also following them is a violent criminal who is focused on Rook. The story suffers a little from repetitiousness of the police characters going over possible motives but adding in more depth through side characters Camden and Burns make up for it. Archie remains a cantankerous delight. All in all an easy listening experience showcasing the great partnership between a Tremblay and author Rhys Ford.

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Ms. Ford does it again

Oh Rook, you just can't keep yourself out of trouble. Book 2 picks up where book 1 ends so it really isn't a stand alone book. First I have to say I love Rook and Dante, they are just perfect for each other. Dante is really showing Rook that he is there for the long haul and will not just walk away or throw him away as have been the habit of everyone else in his life. I do have to say that I wanted to beat the crap out of Archie for what he said and I think that Rook left him off the hook way to easily. That was really uncalled for!! Anyway, there was a lot of action in this one with bodies dropping & bullets flying & yes Rook is smack dab in the middle of it all. I never did figure out who all was behind everything & the reason why so I liked the journey the book took me on to get to the answers to the mystery. If you enjoyed book 1 you really need to pick this one up, you will not be disappointed. Oh & I love how Dante introduced Rook to his mother, who showed up at the end of the book.

Audio 10/12 - 10/13 -- even better when you have the amazing Greg Tremblay narrating the story. Again, how Dante introduced Rook to his mother gave me goosebumps.

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another great book

i loved it and I loved the narrator and the story. line. always fun too

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Awesome author and narrator!

Cannot get enough of this series! Action, hot men great writing and beautiful narrative! Highly recommend!

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awesome read

i love all Rhys Fords books! Great writing and Greg is the best narrators I've come across.

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Ford and Tremblay are Unbeatable

Would you listen to Tramps and Thieves again? Why?

Yes, because of Tremblay's tremendous talent and Ford's excellent words

Any additional comments?

One more in a long line of amazing audible experiences

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  • BevS
  • 10-21-17

Mr Tremblay does it again...outstanding!!

I adore this series, and Mr T does a brilliant job yet again of bringing Rook, Dante, Camden, Uncle Manny and Archie to life. Dante and his cuervo are more deeply in love, but Rook has reneged on his going straight pledge..or so we are lead to believe. We also had a significant visitor from the Cole McGinnis series, Detective Dell O'Byrne [whom I would never have known was Latino from her name]. She takes over the **coughs** murder case from Detective Vicks who...well I'll leave you to discover what happens to him, but *I* certainly didn't miss him.

I can only hope Rhys keeps writing these characters cos I really miss Cole, Jae, Bobby and Ichi. 💜

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  • 10-19-17

Super narration

This was another enjoyable Rhys Ford audiobook with superb narration.
The story itself was a well plotted mystery, but as with all Rhys Ford books I find she leans too much on purple prose and repeats herself. This inturn makes the love scenes overlong and frustrating when they are supposed to be sexy and romantic. Less is more sometimes.

Both Dante and Rook are likeable flawed characters and so I would like to know what happens next!