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 renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man's murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer's body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki's emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved - provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer's final victim.
©2012 Rhys Ford (P)2013 Dreamspinner Press
Sinners Gin was a really challenging story, especially with the dark subject matter being of Miki being a victim of sexual abuse as a child. There were a lot of things about the way this was handled that made me distinctly uncomfortable though. The story as a whole was dark, gritty and suspenseful. Despite my reservations with the subject matter, it was well on the way to being a five star book, but then we got to the first sex scene and two stars were blown away. Rhys Ford is a good writer but MY GOD, the sex scenes were interminable. Therefore, the story suffered badly from gratuitous sex. The scenes were over descriptive, not necessarily even erotic and went on far too long. There was so much head hopping when they made love that I had no idea who was doing what to whom. If i'd have been reading this book, not listening, I'd have done a lot of skimming on the sex scenes.
The audio narrator had a good mix of accents, but my one issue with him was that he spoke too fast. It was hard to keep up with the narrative sometimes.
Also, just a final observation. Kane Morgan and his brothers were from an Irish family. His parents moved to the US from Ireland, and Kane and his brothers were all US born. So.... why did they have Irish accents?
Anyway, this is a good listen... the cliffhanger was intriguing so I will continue with this series.
Enjoy authors sense of humour especially in regard the the large Irish cop family. Even in some of the difficult emotional moments the wit comes out and I found myself chuckling as I listened one iPhone. Got funny looks from passers by!! Lol I'm Really enjoying these gay love stories. Is it because I'm 65?!
A passionate Fujoshi~ Don't mind me I am here for all the BL drama n_n
I would definitely do recommend this to a friend (have already done so). I believe that the book is beautiful as it has the right amount of sex and romance in it. The 2 man slowly built up their relationship with great care especially from Kane's part which leads into passionate sex scenes and the amazing plot being slowly revealed! It kept me hooked up every second!
When Kane made Miki to open up and talk to him about his past. Then he started crying in Kane's lab ;~~~~~~;
I died at the bit where Miki said to Kane "Please take off your clothes, cause... U know no one has done this before and for me it means that you will be staying" and then Kane takes off his clothes and he is like "Take a good look Miki love cause I am staying".... *intense screaming*
The narrator was awesome I love the Irish accent :Q_____ off to the next book~
"Tristan James Brings This Book To Life"
As the author of this book, I wanted to give a HUGE thank you to Tristan James' work in this narration. His voices for the individual characters was perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed his reading. I have heard nothing but positive reviews from my readers on his performance so thank you so much!
"Not as good as the "Dirty" (Cole McGinnis) series"
I enjoyed the "Dirty" series very much and so I looked forward to this other series but after listening to this first one, I don't plan to listen to the rest. I found the "Dirty" books sexy, funny portrayals of great characters in realistic story lines. I found Sinner's Gin to be schmaltzy, predictable and one-dimensional. It's not that I hated it, it just wasn't as good, and so, by comparison, it sucked. Like the "Dirty" books, there is one character with an accent, one skinny Asian loverboy, one strong cop type and a sympathetic female. As with that series, the murder mystery in this one is secondary to the relationship building of the main characters.
Also, the biggest issue MAY have been the narrator. Since I found him awful, I was never sure whether the lack of sexual appeal and the overall baseness of the story was simply that he couldn't (for me) portray these characters adequately or give them any realistic life. The characters are 25-30ish and the narrator's voice sounded 50. The story has a cop with an Irish accent and one with a Latino one. The narrator does the accents well but he sometimes talked in one accent when it was the other character talking (and sometimes did no accent when it was a character who had one). He did not alter his voice to portray the emotions of a situation, with the exception of a few crying moments. The sex scenes? He read them as he read every other word, sentence, paragraph, not sexy at all!
If you have time and credits/money to spare, this book really isn't that bad, but if you are getting it just because you loved the author's other books (on audible) I suggest taking a sample listen before buying, or just passing this one up for something else.
I was so excited this came out in audio. I loved this book and loved the audio version. The narrator is very good, complete with an Irish brogue. He also brought emotion to the story, which was great. A great love story and murder mystery. I hope the sequel also comes out with the same narrator.
It ranks up there, I was about to stop buying M/M romance because I was tired of the same...This was not the same ole, same ole. It was a little Josh Lanyon, meets Cardeno C.
I loved the narrator, please, please, do not change the narrator midway through the series. I am hoping you will be consistent in this series. He did such a good job with the Irish accents, and transitioned between all the characters without sounding exaggerated. Even his female voices were believable.
My favorite character was Miki St John.
I did not have an extreme reaction, but I definitely had a surprised and pleasant reaction. It did make me laugh, though.
Must listen to the next in the series.
"Even better than reading the story"
I enjoyed reading Sinner's Gin when it was first released. This narrative by Tristan James is excellent because the he conveys the different characters' voices so well, especially of course the Irish accents of the entire Morgan family, from Kane and his brothers, to his father Donal. I heartily reccommend this audio book to others.
Even more important to me is, this well-delivered narrative brought Rhys Ford's prose alive and listening to it reveals more of the structure of the story. I have gotten too impatient when I find a well-written story, and I have to force myself to slow down and enjoy it. Narratives force one to not skip a word, and this one inspires me to go back and re-read the story.
Whyskey and Rye, which I did not enjoy reading quite as much as Sinner's Gin, will be my next audio purchase, just because it is done by the same narrator. And I count on the audio version to again reveal to my ears the suble aspects of the story landscape that my greedy eyes may have skipped in my first read.
Rhys Ford is a very talented story teller and writer, and I am glad to see this author choosing a narrator worthy of her efforts.
"1st Ford book to listen to and not the last!"
Yes, great characters, keeps your interest throughout the whole book, never a boring part.
When Miki kicked the crap out of his stalker!
Great voices, even the Irish
"Tristan James is a fabulous narrator!"
Sinner's Gin is among my favorites right up there with Cut & Run. The story is fabulous and Tristan James is a much better narrator than 99% of what I have listened to.
Every time Miki and Kane are together.
If I have to choose it would be Kane. I could listen to Tristan's voice in Kane's soft Irish brogue forever.
This story made me laugh AND cry but that's what helps make it a good book for me.
"Enjoyed Sinner's Gin! Love the Irish Accent!"
The Irish Accent and of course the story.
Every scene, I loved this book but not as much as the Cole McGinnis books. I can't wait to hear them in audio.
All of the book moved me.
"Don't Let the Summary Fool You!"
The accents and performance of the narrator were amazing. What I liked least was that I was expecting some kind of action in this book but it was just another tired old gay romance novel that follows the same pattern as every other gay romance out there. It was remarkable to me how little the murders and the police work were even considering in this story.
It's probably a good book if you're looking for romance, but the summary really needs to be updated so people like me (who HATE romance books) don't end up with it.
"Like it, didn't love it"
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, felt rushed. 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 liked it, but I didn't love it.
The narration was good, but not great. It felt a bit... flat. Sure Kane and his family has Irish accents and Kane's partner had a latino accent, but that's about it. It was a bit monotone, you know? The narration didn't grab me and hold my attention, I found myself zoning out at times and had to go back and listen to the same part over again. I think it might have worked better if I'd listened and read at the same time, but I just listened this first time around.
I believe I'll continue with the series, but I'm not sure with audio, maybe just read.
#2 has different persons as the main characters, but I bed Kane and Miki are secondary characters.
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