Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book Five
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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We’re getting the band back together.

Those six words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.


Goodness gracious, book 5 in the old sinners and new sinners on the road touring as Crossroad Gin. I really wish people would leave Miki St. John along. Seriously, do they not have private security or common decency. I am starting to get pissed on Miki’s behalf. This book is all about the guys coming together and bonding on the road. For Miki & Damie it’s about returning to their roots. For Rafe it’s his redemption. His Moby Dick if you can say that. And for Forest it’s his self expression and his joy to do. These guys are traveling all over the U.S without their better halves and bonding. They are learning what’s it like to be apart of a new band and learning how to adjust to each other. I did like all the time they have spent together. I like that Rhys was able to get Miki most out of his comfort zone. While the book is in all of their point of views, it’s Miki who is the majority. He is dealing with touring and the accident that caused this. He’s never seeked help, and I think all the walls are crashing in on him.

FFS, seeing him constantly attacked in this story about pissed me off. I usually get pissed when Kane gets all macho on him, but damn someone needs to. Miki hasn’t talked out his past, and everything is building up in him until he explodes. Him coming to the realization that touring isn’t maybe what he wanted right now.

I’d think that four couples sharing the space seemed a bit daunting to begin with. That’s four different couples getting screened time. Yeah I enjoyed Forest and Con the most. Only because Quinn & Rafe got gypped. Yeah, I said it. I loved their time together as small as it was. I’m super proud of Rafe, but prouder of Quinn. Damie & Sionn are right for each other. I do like the Sionn is not overbearing and every easy going.

It’s a mystery/suspense book. I mean, how could it not be. The book does end of with a cliffhanger, and I’m still not sure what is happening. I think it’s more to do with me trying to figure out the whodunit my damn self. I liked the book. It tells me that we have atleast 1 more book for these guys. Looking forward to it.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.