Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Sloe Ride
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: The Sinners #4
Heroes: Quinn Morgan/Rafe Andrade
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 246 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 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.
Review: 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 Morgans’ overprotectiveness and his own demons. Quinn has to convince his family he can make good decisions and trust Rafe not to let him down.
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.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*