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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to Absinthe of Malice.

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 the 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.

©2018 Rhys Ford (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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I'm sad to say goodbye

This series.... it's been a roller coaster beginning to end. There has been so many highs and lows, we've loved and lost, mostly loved though. No doubt about it, Sinners has been an amazing series and one I'm sad to see end. I read and reviewed the printed version of Sin and Tonic back in May and I couldn't wait for it to be relieased into audio so I could experience it once more.

Anyway, this book is in a way about closure and answers, but also a beginning and starting anew. Ever since the first book there we had questions that were never really answered and this book neatly ties it all together - not without some major and sometimes dangerous struggles and effort. We find out about Miki's family, where he came from and how he ended up where he did. But more than that we see him starting to truly letting it go, taking steps to truly getting better. To move forward with his life. His life with Kane. His life with and a part of the Morgan clan. I loved how he took steps towards that family.

It's not a secret that Tristan James isn't my favourite narrator, or even on my top 10 list. But on the other hand he narrates some of my favourite books, or the ones I'm most looking forward to. So sooner or later I will pick up more of his narrations, and I'm gladly going to listen to them. He's not a bad narrator by any stretch of the imagination, for me he ends up somewhere in the middle of the scale. I love his voice, there's something comforting and soothing about it. But on the other and, James most often narrates (reads) in a very monotone way that for me makes it easy to drift off to somewhere else. My personal preference is when narrator performs the book and lives the story and with the characters. However that's not James’s style and I know that there are a ton of people out there loving everything James say and will have a blast listening to this book and not have the hang-ups that I have.

One thing that never fails when Tristan James is narrating is the brilliant accents, especially the Irish ones. He nails them every time and it adds another layer, and makes the characters so much clearer in your mind. He manages to give each Morgan a separate voice with a great accent to boot. And while he might not add much feeling or performance to his narration he still brings you the warmth of the Morgan clan to you. You become a part of it - whether you want to or not. You are brought to the fold by Donal and mothered by Brigid. Even Dude, the dog, comes through so clearly. No doubt about it, Tristan James is a talented narrator and I've enjoyed the hours I spent listening to this story.

So I couldn't quite manage to keep things short and to the point. But... this book.. there's just so much to say, to talk about. And I might possibly try to stretch things out so I don't have to say goodbye to these characters, this family just yet. Spending time with them these past 6 books have been a privilege and an honour. I'm grateful for every moment of it.

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

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The perfect ending to a superb series.

Sin and Tonic is the sixth, and final novel in Rhys Ford’s superb Sinners series and can not be listened to as a stand-alone. This series is one of my all time favourites, showcasing Rhys Ford’s masterful writing skills and Tristan James’ pitch perfect narration.

Miki St. John was abandoned as a very young child and went through hell on earth growing up in and around San Fransisco’s Chinatown. He had to learn how to defend his body, and protect his soul, to survive. Meeting Damie, his brother in all but blood, saved Miki and put him on a path to the highest level of stardom with their band Sinner’s Gin. Tragic circumstances left Miki alone and barely hanging on thanks to an irascible dog named Dude.

Enter Kane Morgan, the last person Miki should be prepared to trust. A cop, coming from a large Irish family of cops, Kane seems like the last person Miki would allow into his life. All these years later, not only are Kane and his family firmly entrenched, but Damien is back and they’ve formed a new band, Crossroads Gin. The story of Miki’s tragic past has been gradually revealed over the course of this series but questions still remain. Where did Miki come from? Why was he abandoned? Who are his parents? Are they still alive? In order for Miki to truely heal and move on with his life he needs closure on the past. Sin and Tonic provides Miki and the listener with all the answers, and Rhys Ford certainly doesn’t let us down in providing that closure.

Sin and Tonic is everything you could hope for in the conclusion of a series that has became one of my all time favourites. I’ve loved snarky, smart, warrior/survivor Miki from the very beginning. Kane, with his calm sweet loving manner, combined with his kick ass cop persona, is the perfect foil for Miki’s drama. The magnificent Morgan clan add so many layers to this story, from fabulous fiery matriarch Brigid, to the siblings and their partners who are intricate to the ongoing journey. I adored every single member of this made and blood family but my personal favourite has to be patriarch Donal. The relationship he forms with Miki is everything a son could hope for, and bought me to happy tears on more than one occasion. I adore strong male characters who aren’t afraid to show their feelings and the Sinners series has them in spades.

Sin and Tonic, and the whole Sinners series, is a superbly crafted story about a beautiful soul’s journey from the very worst life can throw at him to a realistic, hard fought for, HEA. The journey is fraught with murder and mayhem, but also found family, acceptance and so much love.
In the hands of Tristan James’ superlative voice acting Rhys Ford’s words come alive in the best way imaginable. His accents, emotion, pace, everything really, are flawless.
I can not recommend this Audiobook highly enough and having listened to the whole series more than once it will remain on my tbl list permanently.


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  • 11-11-18

what a great ending

What a great ending to the sinners series. This brought laughter and tears and a ultimately left me very happy.

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So hard to say goodbye!

Rhys Ford blends mystery, suspense, romance, and action together in Sin and Tonic the direct sequel to Absinthe of Malice.

When details from Miki St. John's past come forward it's everything the love of his life, Kane Morgan, can do to investigate and try to keep Miki safe. Miki and Kane deal with an abundance of secrets, lies, murder, attempted murder, and crises while finally answering some questions readers have had since the series beginning. But Miki and Kane weather it all together.

Tristan James always does such a fantastic job bringing these characters back to life with each installment in the audios. I’ve said it before, and I'll keep repeating it, Tristan James takes something already great and makes it even better through his narration by performing the action, introspection, and sexy times equally well. James also keeps the varied character voices easy to pick out and follow and performs this all so well – it's a treat to listen to.

While it's bittersweet to see the end of a series I've loved, I'm glad to know Miki and Kane will continue to live happily ever after and I can visit the Morgan family and Sinners crew again in print or audio whenever the mood strikes.

Sin and Tonic is not a standalone, but if you like angsty action packed mysteries with sexy times, strong men, and their even stronger love for one another, you should think about grabbing this series.

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Loved it! Sad that's is the last one

I've listened to every one of these books from the beginning to now the end and I love the narrator I love the storytelling, I love the characters! I wish this was not the last one.

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Great ending to series!

I love this series!!! Tristan James does a fabulous job narrating. If this the end to the series, it's a great ending! So glad Miki got the answers we were all looking for! Thank you Rhys Ford for yet another amazing series!!

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Miki's past refuses to stay in the past

Miki St. John has been to hell and back, several times in fact. Just when he thinks all the skeletons have turned to ash, a trap door pops open and brings forth more murder, mayhem and madness. A mother he never knew, doesn't remember, turns up dead and rips a hole in the feeling of safety he's only recently grasped hold off. What's worse, the man he loves could be lost protecting him and the Morgan clan circle the wagons, digging their heels in, hell bent on keeping Miki safe.

As much as I will miss Miki, Damie and the loud ass, brash Morgan clan, this was definitely a fitting end to their story. Full of rich dialogue, disturbing situations and lot of love that's held together with barbed wire, nails and blood; Sin and Tonic finally answers the question readers have been asking since book 1... where Miki came from.

Tristan James is the all powerful God of narration. With a voice that oozes passion and sensuality like a lovely aged bottle of scotch, the rich liquid slowly seeping through the ice cubes in crystal glass, he brings every emotion every character is feeling to life with a plethora of voices and broad spectrum of tones, inflections and nuances.

Definitely a must read/listen story but you must start at the beginning. The journey that Rhys Ford takes this large, eclectic group of perfectly imperfect characters on is nothing less than spectacular.

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Happy surprise

This book didn’t go as I thought it would. This is a good thing as my expectations were far less exciting than this story proved to be. The plot was 😳twistier😳 than I was prepared for. Lots of polnts to discuss now with friends to extend the series. I hope for future shorts so we can keep in touch with our friends. Highly recommended.😄

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A Bittersweet Goodbye with the Perfect End

I have loved this series since I started it. It is a favorite listen of mine as well. It was with a heavy heart I began this final part of the series. I know it is time to move on but I will miss this group. The story was as good a book as the rest of the series. We see all of the threads that had been left out there being wrapped up. Miki's past is revealed and we see the perfect end, well I hate to say end because these two you know will pop up somewhere again but goodbye for now, to Miki and Kane's love story. Also of significance is Miki going to therapy to help him at last deal with all he had been through and what he had going on through out the story line. Miki is changing but keeping his core true to the Miki we all know and love.

This author has done a tremendous job on this series and paired it with the perfect narrator for it. For me this completes another of her series that is a joy to read over and over and never regret hearing again. I look forward to more from the author and hope to keep getting peeks back to these men and the family to which they all belong.

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Made me cry.

Rhys Ford's books always have the right amount of poetry and pain. A lovely book about swimming against the tide to find safety on a rocky shore. Oh yeah, there were also pretty boys and gunfire.

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  • Kallie Harris
  • 11-14-18

Please stop trying to do accents. Please.

Rhys Ford is one of my favourite authors and I have been following this series all along - with some minor quibbles - and I was looking forward to the wind up. The narrator gave it his all, as always, and is reliable and enjoyable when telling the story but is appalling when trying to deviate to a new accent. He tries to differentiate between so many characters with so many different accents that he manages to mix them up more than once (or ten times) and completely butchers them when he’s just doing a two person scene. It’s not jarring enough to take you out of the story, just mildly annoying if you let it register too much. What IS annoying is the constant need everyone in the story has to reassure Miki and tell him what a precious little treasure he is and how much he’s cherished and adored. A good third of this book could have been edited out thanks to this constant repetition of the theme. It kind of read like a bad hurt/comfort fanfic at times. The author has a wonderful way with words and descriptive narrative but, again, I don’t know what the editor was thinking. This could have been tightened up so much and the story would have been kept on track and flowed much better without half the flowery fluff that chokes almost every scene. The central plot is fascinating and as a long time follower of the series answers so many questions that you didn’t even know you wanted answers to and I loved that. I was a bit miffed that one really important character was introduced and got very little ‘screen time’ or development in favour of focusing on Miki’s relationship with another major character (and, again, we get it. He’s very special. Show don’t tell and *definitely* not every damn scene.) and I would have really liked to see that particular character and the tie he has to Miki developed more. I found it a bit of a struggle to get through the story but I made it because I had already invested so much in the characters I knew. It’s not one of the author’s best but it’s worth a credit. I gave the story four stars overall partly because of loyalty but mainly because it is a good performance and story and wraps up all loose threads from the stories that precede it.

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  • Harry Taylor
  • 10-06-18

Full redemption

I have listened to all in the series and enjoyed each in varying degrees. I was glad to see this story when it was recently added. The whole series takes Mickey and Damien along with the Morgan Clan and the rest of the new band from deep despondency and depression thro to a new hope and a ‘new song’ at the end of this book.
I really enjoyed the way it is read and performed too. Each ‘voice’ being easily recognised with their own characters. I will now go back to the first in the series and listen to them all again