Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he'd never see Rook Stevens again - not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he'd fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn't bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook's feet, he's forced to reach out to the last man he'd expect to believe in his innocence - and the only man who's ever gotten under Rook's skin.
©2015 Rhys Ford (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
This is one of my favourites by far. I'm a fan of Rhys Ford, although I've always had issues with one or more characters she's produced being a bit O.T.T. in their execution, but on this latest offering she's hit her stride and every single character is pitch perfect. The effort that's gone into every aspect of this book just shines from every page (well, I've 'read' the audio version but you know what I mean!) and this is not only one of my favourite audiobooks but my favourite Rhys Ford book to date as well. I can't wait to read/listen to Alex's story and catch up with Rook and Dante and Archie too! I can't say whether I'd have had such a strong connection to the book if I'd read it as a print offering but I do know Greg Tremblay's performance was absolutely outstanding here and I can't recommend it enough.
The characters, the thought that has gone into every aspect of the story, the often hilarious dialogue and the slow (even though it only happened over a couple of days!) build between the characters. I could actually believe their relationship - which is unusual to say the least in this or similar genres - and could understand why it progressed as it did.
Absolutely everything - I've got a couple of his performances for Rhys Ford already and, although good, I didn't experience the breadth of his talent and pacing until this book. Much like Ms. Ford he appears to have hit his stride with this book and absolutely everything is perfect from the accents to the pacing.
Without a doubt, sadly I couldn't but I would have loved to have done.
If there is one book that you choose to have as a first experience for either author or narrator then make it this one, you won't be disappointed. Excellent and incredibly enjoyable experience. Can't wait for the sequel, I'll be devastated if there isn't!
Yes, there is so much to enjoy, from the performance to the numerous pop culture references throughout, I am definitely planning another read soon
The central relationship is appealing and I look forward to another story with Rook and Dante soon. I also loved all the pop culture/movie references throughout especially the continuing Princess Bride thread (one of my favourite movies!)
He gives each character a distinctive voice and performs the humour well, making me laugh out loud several times.
I laughed a lot, figuring out the pop culture references was fun and made me laugh many times as did some of the deadpan humour from the characters themselves.
Action and Suspense!
Rhys is such a brilliant author and the way she writes means that there are too many memorable moments and surprises.
Greg always delivers a brilliant narrative to every one of his performances.
Of course I did, but just not possible.
The combination of Rhys Ford's writing and Greg Tremblay's narration - what more can you ask for!
"Greg Tremblay is awesome again!!"
Greg Tremblay definitely brings this murder mystery to life, creating character voices that drew me in like a siren's call. But it's the banter and humor in this that made this such a fabulous listen for me.
All of the characters (especially Hank, Mannie and Archie), the mystery, and the pacing were all really entertaining. There's quite a bit of action, and though there aren't that many sexy times, what is there is *so* good.
I loved all the pop culture references. I cracked up every time Rook brought up The Princess Bride (Dante's last name is Montoya so Rook keeps making six fingered man references LOL) and it totally goes over Dante and his partner, Hank's, heads. It was hysterical.
For those who love the whole enemies-to-lovers trope - you won't be disappointed with the romance between Dante and Rook.
"And babe, I'll hold you forever for however long you want me to. And even then, I might not let you go."
But, for me, hands down, my favorite interactions and scenes in the story were between Rook and his grandfather, Archie. Archie was such a fantastic character. He's the guy you love to hate, and hate to love.
Greg Tremblay's narration is a thing of beauty. His range of accents, emotive expertise, and wonderful pacing is hard to beat.
As long as Greg Tremblay keeps narrating, I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
Rhys Fords creative story telling is amazing when you add Greg Tremblay the story comes alive. Ford and Tremblay absolutely a great team!
"Another winner by a winning team"
Another winner with the team of Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay!! With the story of Rook and Dante I am taken back to the action and romance of Cole and Jae; but with a very different story. The excellent writing, witty dialogue, action and mystery is all there. Along with a wonderful romance. And what is there to say about Greg Tremblay's performance; as it is a performance. His voice, accents, inflections are flawless as usual. Five stars all the way.
"Greg Tremblay kicks butt again!"
This another amazing work by Rhys Ford! Rook is a thief, trying to get clean, but stuck in the middle of family drama “that keeps pulling him in”!
Dante is the cop on the case – at first determined to put Rook behind bars, but later determined to keep the man in his bed.
It’s a wonderful story of enemies to lovers with that special, emotionally charged twist that Rhys infuses into all her work. Rook is such a great character – warm hearted, giving, loyal, and totally unaware of how awesome he is.
Dante is the tough, alpha figure who knows a gem when he sees it. He won’t let Rook slip through his fingers and he’s lucky enough to get Rook’s crazy family, too.
The sex scenes were amazing, the love story so sweet and the action/mystery compelling.
I enjoyed the pop-culture references and laughed out loud many times. It was great seeing Alex again and catching up with him a bit. I also LOVED the pet names they had for each other… so adorable!
I can’t wait for this to be an audiobook – it’s going to go up with my Cole McGinnis stories as those books you just read/listen to again and again.
5 of 5 stars
Greg Tremblay is so amazingly talented! Gah! He gives each character, secondary or main, the full spectrum of his talent, each an individual identity and flavor. I ADORED his Dante… just the right amount of accent to sizzle and Rook was delightfully sweet and vulnerable.
He absolutely adds to the overall enjoyment of this story and makes a great book even more wonderful.
6 of 5 stars
"Tension and Conflict Galore!"
Captivating. Engrossing. Tense.
Rhys Ford does an outstanding job of keeping the tension ramped up. Just when one situation gets resolved, another crops up. You think things have settled, and someone else gets killed. It takes awhile for the love story to evolve, but the progress is real-life and the end result leaves you smiling.
Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators. The kind of narrator that has me searching for novels he narrates instead of novels by a specific author. This one is no exception, although Rhys Ford is a favorite author. I had a chance to meet Greg, and really enjoyed chatting with the man behind the voice.
Trying to start over, a cat-burglar is drawn into a web of murder by a past he desperately wants to forget.
One of the best by Ford, and another great performance by Tremblay.
"Wonderful narrator makes good book great"
I could listen to Greg Trembaly read a phone book he is so good. In this book he takes a good but not great storyline and makes it a fun listen. If you are a fan of Rhys Ford or Greg Tremblay this is well worth a credit.
It was a decent enough story. The characters and relationship progression wasn't as compelling/realistic as I'd have liked. It felt a bit superficial and rushed.
I love this author and every story I read and listen to reinforces my admiration of her work. Great narrative and compelling characters. Highly recommend!
"greg tremblay made this story for me"
I wasn't a big fan of this story so I was very reluctant to buy the audio version. I am glad I did. Greg brought this story to life and made it so much more enjoyable for me.
"Rook makes this book for me"
The main character of Rook makes this book for me. Sassy and irreverent I liked the way he'd be portrayed by Tremblay. You can't got far wrong with Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay - always a fantastic combo. Buy the book and the audio book too.
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