Friday, October 4, 2013

Whiskey and Rye by Rhys Ford

Title: Whiskey and Wry
Author: Rhys Ford
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Sinners #2

Main Characters: Damien and Sionn

Release Date: August 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: spicy


Story Overview:
Sequel to Sinner's Gin
Sinners Series: Book Two

He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.

When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.


My Review:
Damien....alive! OMG! After reading Sinner's Gin (book #1 in the series), I immediately set to devour this book, especially after I read the story description and my heart set to palpitating about what this would mean for Miki. 

Rockers...check. 
Gorgeous Irish accents....check. 
Hot Alpha cops...check. 
Tons of suspense, gorgeous romance, and a few laughs too...check.

Yep, this series definitely has it all. What this book also had was a bat-s*it crazy guy trying to kill Damien and anyone who happened to get close to him. OMG, those scenes with the killer were GRUESOME....so be warned. 

But it also has the Morgan clan that I fell in love with in the first book...Sionn is a cousin...and yes, he has the Irish accent too. He meets Damien when he sets to busking in front of Sionn's pub. Damien's brain is swiss cheese after the accident. He knows someone is trying to kill him and that he was locked up in an asylum. He doesn't think he's crazy, but he isn't sure. He just doesn't remember. About the only thing he remembers is his real name (not the one they call him at the asylum), Miki, and San Francisco...so he heads there hoping to find Miki. Not an easy task, but something about Sionn's pub speaks to his psyche so he hangs out there....until someone starts shooting at him.

By the time that happens, Sionn and Damien have begun to develop feelings for each other, although so far they are only just friends. Sionn senses that there's much more to Damien, but he has no idea what's really going on with the man. And things develop from there...and it's such a good development.

Honestly, I probably liked the romance in this book just a tiny bit more than I did in book #1, but the bad guy got so much more page time in this book...and he's REALLY not a nice guy...in fact he's really, REALLY sick and that bothered me to a certain extent in this book. I hated that he got so much page time, but the book is really very good. 

I'm really, really enjoying this series. It doesn't seem as sexual as a lot of the m/m out there, but there is so much depth to the stories. There's a glimpse of the next book at the end of this one. I cannot wait!!!

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