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Sinner's Gin (Sinners #1)

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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
ebook, 260 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Dreamspinner press
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Alicia J The story is more about the murder mystery and the relationship between Miki and Kane, but the sex scenes are pretty good. I wouldn't necessarily rate…moreThe story is more about the murder mystery and the relationship between Miki and Kane, but the sex scenes are pretty good. I wouldn't necessarily rate them as "hot" though.(less)

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Miki St. John has had a really hard life. He was abandoned as a child, shuttled between foster homes, and eventually adopted by a man who sexually abused him. He joins a successful rock band, achieves fame, and then barely survives a car accident that killed his entire band shortly after they won a Grammy Award. As if that isn’t enough, the corpse of the man who abused him happens to be in Miki’s car.

All Miki has right now is the warehouse he calls home, his
Written December 6, 2014

3.7 Stars - Thrilling crime romance with a lot of heat

Book #1

Sinners is my second audiobook series by Rhys Ford. I'd big hopes for it to be a good story, with interesting characters to follow. ~ See Bevs 4 star review, it inspired me to add this book to start with.

And? - I liked most of it...
Well done, interesting characters, good crime plot.
Want to jump over to the next part.
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San Francisco...

Miki St. John, t
Mar 26, 2014 MishyJo rated it really liked it
I guess if I had read the blurb more closely I would have realized that this book was more of a murder mystery/crime solving story than one about a rocker. Yes, Miki is a rock star, but that is somewhat incidental to the storyline.

Miki grew up in foster care and lived through unimaginable horrors. When he meets Damien and joins Sinner’s Gin as their lead singer, he finally finds the family he never had. Until that family is lost in a tragic car accident and Miki is alone. Again.

Miki has begun re
Rosa, really

Fun book, great audiobook, but there were a couple of wee niggles I noticed because I was listening and not reading.

First, while it makes sense that Kane's parents have Irish accents, since they are in fact from Ireland, why do all their children sound like they're about to break out into Riverdance?

(All Irish people do that right? Of course, they do. DON'T BURST MY BUBBLE.)

I kept thinking that if Greg Tremblay had narrated the book he would've given the Morgan kids a lilt to their speech, but n
Jul 02, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it

Solid 3.5 stars...

I really didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I typically don’t like “musician” books and though I do enjoy Rhys Ford’s style, I have to be in the mood for her mystery storylines. They get quiet convoluted at times. (for some reason, I like those kinds of books in the Winter time…:) ! Summer is all about sexy and sweet…) BUT, I actually really liked Sinner’s Gin.

Miki, the lead singer of the band Sinner’s Gin and sadly, one broken, broken man (emotionally and physically
Why was the step a big mistake? What was the `boom` at the end of the chapter 20 - a gun, a bomb, what happened? If there was no bullet wound what was the stuff trickling down Miki`s arm...gun oil? The villain was crazy but why the episode with the arson on Sanchez house? Made no sense! Do I have to pull all the strings together with my imagination? Isn`t the cliffhanger a bit far fetched? Was there ever such a happy family including über-mother like the Morgans? Oh, and of course love heals eve ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Only $1 right now at Dreamspinner and Amazon, and get the audio for only $1.99 more!! 7/25/15!

I don't know. I shouldn't have liked this, and parts of it I really didn't, but I got sucked in and I think I'm going to have to read the entire series.

So here is the dealio, I will not rant about this and I will try to only mention it the once. The 'Irishisms' in this were just awful. Think season 3 of Sons of Anarchy awful!!

Now I tend to avoid books with Irish characters or set in Ireland that aren't written by people who live or have lived here because this is a pet hate of mine but I had no
*** 3,5 audio stars ***

Interesting characters and plot including some heavy subjects, but it's not graphic, it's just hinted at. I did feel Kane and Miki got together a bit quickly and the (view spoiler) were too. Their connection was missing "something." I loved Kane's big Irish family, especially his father Donal. The story was wrapped up at the end of the book, with a pretty big "read the next book!" last chapter that set the stage for the next book!
In short. I l
I just want to state I enjoy this authors writing, but this book is a good example of how your not going to love everything a favorite author of yours puts out.

Now to the book.

I never really had planned on reading this series because for some reason it just didn't appeal to me. But I think it might have been free at some point so I of course jumped on that kind of deal.

I'd say the first 65% of the book really had me going back and forth between liking it and wanting it to be over.

I'd be like:

Dec 27, 2012 Td rated it it was ok
DNF 57% - The style of writing in this book was what did me in. I have ranted and rambled, bitched and moaned, begged and pleaded enough about it before for other books that I will try to do my best to not go overboard this time.

One of my major peeves is when a character's name is replaced by other terms excessively. Not a few times here and there...I understand that, I do! But there is trouble when they take over and the desire to do a search for these words becomes overwhelming. The singer thi
Heather C

I actually read this several months ago and am just now getting around to writing a review for it. You know how sometimes you love a book so much, but just can't figure out the right words to say? Well, this is one of those occasions, and I figured it was finally time for me to do my duty as a reader/reviewer and get off my butt to share with you why I loved it.

I fell in love with Rhys's writing back when I read Dirty Kiss, the first book of the Cole McGinnis Series. So when I started Sinner's,
Trisha Harrington
Sinners Gin is an amazing book. It had a lot of things I love in my m/m books and they were all done really well, in my personal opinion. Plus, there was a dog in this. So that was even more awesome!

Miki was a character I just wanted to hug. He lost basically everyone he cared about, the hardest loss being his best friend, Damien. Add being abused as a child, and you have a guy who really hasn't had a very good life. And now he's basically isolated himself from the world and he's alone. Until he
Jul 01, 2014 Sofia rated it liked it

Found this fun to read, lots of drama but with engaging characters and the plot kept my attention.

I am willing to overlook some flaws which dictate my rating and intend to continue on with the next book in the series.
Mar 11, 2016 Alissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*5 stars*

Beautifully-written. Heart-breaking. Perfection.

How do you review a book you've read countless times and love it more with each reading? Not easily.

I can't say enough about this book or the others in the series. Or about Rhys Ford. I've decided to do a reread of the whole series as I've heard book 5 will be coming out this summer. BTW, that sound you just heard was my squealing like a little girl in anticipation. The boys on the road? Hell. Fucking. Yes.

Miki St. John and the whole Mo
Rhys Ford
Dec 02, 2012 Rhys Ford added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: author, wrote
First off, I want to thank everyone who expressed an interest in this book. It is much appreciated. Really, you all have taken me so so far on this ride. So much thanks.

Sinner's Gin is a departure from the Dirty series. It's written in third person POV and deals with psychological issues rather than cultural. I did however have a fantastic time writing this although at times, I could have cheerfully choked the characters because I couldn't maneuver them into the story like I'd wanted. But eventu
R * A Reader Obsessed *
Nov 11, 2015 R * A Reader Obsessed * rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 Stars

Orphan Micki St John has been beat down by life a lot. He's barely surviving through his grief and to make matters worse, his horrific past catches up with him as his former abuser is found dead on his property.

Kane Morgan is the cop assigned to the case and is immediately intrigued by this haunted, not yet broken man, and can't seem to keep away. As he gets more attached, the danger to Miki escalates as the body count rises.

What's not to like about an alpha cop falling hard with a tra
Mar 25, 2014 Xing rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25 stars

This is my first Rhys Ford book, and certainly not my last. Sinner's Gin is a story centering around the tragic accident of the band Sinner's Gin. In a car crash, the only surviving member Miki will eventually meet with SFPD investigator Kane Morgan. There is an investigative mystery involved which connects these two men in ways they could never have predicted.

So let's start with things I liked about this book. I liked Rhys Ford's writing style (though I did slightly cringe wit
A beautifully written m/m mystery romance set in San Francisco. Miki is a rock star that has had a rough life: abandonment, childhood abuse and then injury and the death of his band members in a car accident. He meets hunky cop Kane, part of a large Irish family and they are irresistibly drawn together. Throw in some hot sex, a cute thieving dog, an indomitable Irish mother and a surprise twist at the end and there you have it!

'It wasn't fair, Kane decided. In that sweet moment when he first tas
Kaje Harper
Jul 25, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
This book had two great characters in Miki, the traumatized singer who was sparky and snarly and defensive, and Kane, the big, competent cop who is his neighbor and who falls for him. There were also brief moments of suddenly wonderful writing, where a metaphor or description just clicked. I liked Miki's sense of humor, and I loved Kane's family. And I adored the dog.

The plot was exciting, verging on the melodramatic at times. There were also some aspects of the writing style that I found a bit
Jenni Lea
Sep 18, 2013 Jenni Lea rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the humor and the emotions throughout. I am in love with Kane’s family and wish they were my own. The story was fast paced even with the romance being a slow burn. I was sucked in from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down until I was done.
Jun 20, 2013 ttg added it
Shelves: m-m, reviews, dnf
DNF at 41% - This was kind of hard decision to put down this book, since the mystery was pulling me a little, and some reviews mention a twisty ending, but I was getting so frustrated.

I really enjoy the author’s Cole McGinnis Mysteries series, so I don’t totally understand why this one feels so much clumsier. There’s the narrative difference--Cole McGinnis is in first person, and this is in third, and alternating POVs between the MCs. That’s fine--I don’t care either way. But this one had a lot
Sep 20, 2014 KatieMc rated it liked it
Shelves: librarybook
Having read the Cole McGinnis series (what there is so far) I recognize some of Rhys Ford formulas at work. In a good way. This was a like read, not a love read. Kane and the Morgan clan overall carried this for me. Clever writer, Rhys Ford is, she now has a deep bench of characters to draw upon for future stories. Miki St. John on the other had, really didn't do much for me.
Oct 22, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, mm
I love the Cole McGinnis series of Rhys Ford. So I was pretty surprised to find out that this book didn’t really work for me.

I never connected with either Miki or Kane. The dialogue felt off somehow, and there were several instances where I felt as if people acted out of character.

Miki has had one of the hardest lives I have read about. Left on the streets by his mom when he was just a 2 year old, with drugs found in his body. Abused not only by his foster father, but a friend of his foster fath

Re-read in March 2016, loved it as much as the first time. :)


I loved this book, and both MCs, Kane and Miki as well. I loved reading their exchanges and banter, and seeing that they had such great chemistry. Rhys Ford writes so enthralling, I often found myself smiling, laughing, or on the verge of tears. Mostly there is great wit and humor throughout the book, and it is done so well. Even when everything seems so hopeless and things aren’t looking good, Rhys knows how to write some reall
Feb 05, 2014 Vivian rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The hits just keep on coming.

The book starts with a harsh wallop and then proceeds to pound with some shitkickers while you're lying on the ground. Damn. The book could be alternatively titled, "The Tragedy of Miki St. John".

The mystery starts with a dead body and the tally continues. Who's responsible? The short list keeps changing and the suspense was strong enough to pull me along; there really wasn't a dull moment. That said, the writing is highly descriptive and not terse.

Kane is
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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
A good read with an enjoyable plot and two good MC's. Miki, the emotionally and physically damaged rock star, with a past that is coming back to haunt him, and Kane the sweet Irish cop have a lot of chemistry and kept me reading. The book is told from alternating points of view and has a nice build to the relationship, while not sacrificing the plot of the mystery.

After meeting by chance when Miki's dog starts pilfering items from Kane's workshop, the two are then pushed closer when Kane finds t
Jan 12, 2016 JR rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book of 2013. Yep, we are only 10 days into the year, but this is brimming with life, laughs, and most of all love.
Coming from an Irish background, I identify with the one of the main characters, Kane Morgan, and his family. This is what brings so much warmth into the story. The chemistry in this book would rival Pauling and Chang in their labs.
An Irish cop, and a rock star opposite ends of the spectrum, who mesh like H2O. Solar flares are the best description I have of t
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“I taught my sons to be men. I don't care who they love. I care about how they act. The moment they stop having manners or treat someone poorly, then we'll have words. Other than that, I only want them to be happy, and if you make Kane happy, then all I have to say to ye is welcome to the family.” 15 likes
“People like my mom and Miki are like kites. They need the sky. They need the wind. Me and my dad? We’re the people holding the string. We’re their anchors to the earth. Miki and I can feel each other through the connection.” 6 likes
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