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.
I’ve had this book since 2013, and I finally read it in 2014. Originally I gave it 3.5 stars, and I don’t think I was invested in it all the way because of my love for Cole. I never wanted to give all my love to another character of hers because Cole is special to me. Well fast forward to 2016 and Rhys Ford has me email address BITCHES!!! HA!!! She asked me if I wanted an arc of Absinthe of Malice, and I was playing it cool like sure I’d love a copy. LOL. Internally I was fangirling big time!! I hadn’t read the series so I decided I was going to read the series up until the arc is due. I started reading, and then tearing up for Miki, and then really enjoying this much more then the first go around. I paid attention to more things, and I really like the pacing of the story. I loved the growth of the relationship between Miki and Kane. It was totally special to see Miki open up and trust Kane. He has a history with people doing him wrong, and outside of the band and Edie no one seemed to care about him. My goodness my tears and feelings were all over the place at certain times in this book. Goodness, I didn’t expect my emotions to be like this, but who am I kidding? It’s Rhys Ford.
“Oh Miki love, I more than need you. You’re my temptation. My sin. I’ve got no intentions of being anywhere but next to you. We Irish? We like bathing in our sin.”
Loved the mystery aspect of the story. That’s actually my favorite parts because they mysteries are always well written. This is definitely heavy on the past abuse and features some trigger warnings. Goodness the Morgans are an awesome clan, loved Kel and Casey as well. I liked that Kane didn’t fight his feelings for Miki and even if it was a tad insta love which is a first for me by Rhys I enjoyed it. I liked that Miki couldn’t do anything but accept Kane, his words, those baby blues and that clan. Special place in my heart for Donal for sure!! That ending though, I’m so looking forward to book two now. I need to know what happened.
I kiss him. That’s not something I even thought of before, and now I can’t imagine my life without it.