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Release Day Review: Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford

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Release Day Review: Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford

Book Info

Book Series
Sinners (Book 5)
Authors
About the Author
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain. Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats, a black Pomeranian puffball, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist.
 
Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

But mostly to the coffee maker.
Author Website
Publication Date
June 22, 2016
Pages
200
ISBN
978-1-63477-325-6
ASIN
B01GJ3KPG0
Excerpt
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
We’re getting the band back together.
Those five words send a chill down Miki St.John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.
And we’re going on tour.
When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.
As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.
But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

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Songs and Sin
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This is an amalgamation of sorts, a coming together of all four couples from the first four books.  Set in various locations across the United States, Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe are putting the Crossroads Gin name out there and making things happen.  Damie’s insistence on traveling in a beat up van with no roadies and staying in motels that even bugs don’t want creates some friction, but what’s a good story without it?
 
We get to spend some time with each of the couples, and it wouldn’t be a Sinners novel without the beloved Morgan matriarch and patriarch, so they have small but incredible moments dotted throughout, as well.  We see into the depths of Miki’s heart and mind, watch Rafe battle demons he may never truly overcome, and witness Damien’s and Forest’s struggles, as well.  Woven throughout it all, though, is the music that drives the hearts of these four men.
 
Being a Rhys Ford novel, there is mystery and intrigue aplenty, and the emotional roller coaster will have you clinging to the edge of your seat.  Oh, and bring tissues – because CHAPTER 13!!! It will rip your heart to shreds, and I’m not ashamed to say that I started crying at the preface to the chapter and I don’t think I stopped until well after it was done.  (I might have re-read it a couple of times, too, because it was just that intense!)
 
Superlative writing, characters so flawed they’re perfect, and plots within plots, this is a fantastic addition to the Sinners queue.  Don’t miss it.  It’s worth all five stars I’m giving it, and more if it were possible to grant them!

**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and
Amazon.com.**

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