Review: Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford

Sinner's Gin by Rhys Ford After a horrific drunk driving accident takes the lives of his fellow band members, Miki St. John has hidden himself away from the world in his converted loft. Miki is scarred both inside and out, his body is still healing from the wreck that left him the sole survivor, but his mind may not ever get over the loss of the only real family he’s ever known. Dumped on the street as a child, he bounced around foster homes until he ended up with a sadistic bastard who used and abused his body and left him deeply traumatized. He doesn’t even know his real name or birthdate. Now, one of his tormentor’s has turned up dead in his garage and the person investigating the crime is none other than his sexy neighbor.

Kane Morgan is the SFPD cop who rents a space in the art co-op next door for his woodworking. He’s only met his neighbor once before when he follows the thief, stray dog to Miki’s doorstep trying to retrieve a belonging. When he finds a dead body in the Pontiac GTO on blocks in Miki’s garage he has him brought in for questioning and soon learns that this case is much deeper than it appears and Miki is a darkly damaged man. These two have absolutely nothing in common, but they are drawn together nonetheless and in the course of protecting Miki from the killer currently taking out people associated with his cruel childhood they embark on a relationship.

I pretty much loved everything about Sinner’s Gin. Kane was THE BEST hero. He comes from a loving, secure, warm family who has instilled in him good values. His family supports and loves him no matter who he chooses to be with. He is taken with Miki from the start and treats him so gently and reverently that it gave me chills. He was the calming balm to Miki’s soul, a strong, gentle hand that a broken man could hold on to when finding his way back to living in the real world. So male, yet so aware of how special what he’s found with his rock star is:

“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.”

“Huh, how does that work out? You’re… wait, you’re not the string. You’re holding the string.”

“Yeah, dude. I’m holding the string.” Kane laughed at Kel’s confused look. “I can feel the power of the wind catching Miki, lifting him up and dropping him down. He can feel the world beneath me, and he knows… he trusts me not to let go… not to let him drift off into the sky. And when he gets too tired of flying, he knows that I’ll reel him in and take care of him. Just like my dad does with my mom.”

Kane’s parents are wonderful. It made my heart feel good to see such a warm, devoted family supporting and protecting this couple.

Kane’s whirlwind, force of nature mother:

“Someone should have loved ye, sweet boy,” Brigid crooned, a husky murmur laden with honey and cracked sorrow. “But ye’ve got the Morgans now. Kane’ll take care of you. All of us will.”

Kane’s big, strapping, Irish father:

“What I’m saying to ye, Miki boy, is that I know how ye feel about being caught in the storm of this family, and if ever it gets too much for ye, you come over to me, and I’ll stand in front of ye until the winds die down a bit.”

Best parents ever. In m/m romance we so often see the after affects of families who have abandoned their children, or worse. I absolutely loved seeing a tight knit family who is so accepting.

Miki didn’t grow up with loved ones and at first he is extremely tentative when meeting Kane’s. I don’t think he knew where he fit in with them, or even how to interact with people who genuinely care about each other. With the help of his loving cop, Miki finally starts to heal and believe that he is more than his past. The loss of his best friend Damien, his lack of blood family, even his being used so badly when he was just a boy becomes a burden he learns to share with his lover. The sexy scenes were smoking hot, but they were also sweet and tender. Two people learning to trust, falling in love and becoming necessary to each other.

I went into this book as a Rhys Ford fan, but this story affected me much more than I expected it to. Such a beautiful love story, fantastic characters, well paced, with an exciting glimpse of what is coming in the next installment. Final Grade: A

Favorite Quote: (about Kane’s mom)

On the surface, she looked like the type of woman they’d cast as the warm voiced mother on some drama where one of her kids caught a tragic disease. Then she spent the next couple of hours tracking through the jungles, looking for the one plant in the world that could cure him. While wearing those heels. And flipping blueberry pancakes. And slinging an Uzi across her shoulder to fight off a horde of pirates. And smiling in that crazy, happy way she was smiling at Miki because he put a couple of napkins forks down on the table.

Rating: A
Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford
December 24th 2012 by Dreamspinner press
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    • Angela says

      I get sick of all the mommy issues and daddy issues. It was so refreshing to see a m/m romance that showed a family being warm and supportive.

      • says

        Me too! Parents in romance always seem to be unfit, horrific beings, dead or MIA. I love it when I read a romance with supportive parents. I just read Sacred Hearts by Dev Bentham and the heroes days was awesome and supportive.

  1. Jen B. says

    Thanks for the wonderful review of this book. I saw it a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t sure about it. I was afraid it would fall into the same old same old. I am really glad to read that it is refreshing. I plan to get this and read it soon.