Title: Tequila Mockingbird (Sinners #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2014 – 250 pgs
Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.
No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.
Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.
Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.
Book 3 of the Sinners Series is Connor and Forest story. Connor is a Morgan and just like his brother and cousin very strong, knows what he wants. Forest was a lost soul and someone was out to get him. He had a horrible mother but Connors mom (you just have to love her) is there for Forest just like she was for Miki and Damien. I love how strong the Morgan family is together, the mom and dad are the glue that holds them all together.
The mystery of the story, was once again very good. It keeps you interested and anxious to the know the outcome. Rhys Ford leaves with just a snapshot of what’s to come in the next book. Quinn and Rafe’s looks to be just as good as the rest of this series.
I know it’s a formula. I know the author has just changed the names around and added a few new ways to attempt murder – but I think I’m a little addicted.
Forest is a great new character. Just like Miki, he has endured and survived an abusive childhood. Running his foster father’s coffee shop and recording studio is an idylic adult life – until his foster father is murdered.
Enter Connor. With two gay brothers, a gay cousin and the most liberal Irish Catholic parents imaginable, his gay-for-you story lacks the usual angst. Instead, the burly SWAT Lieutenant is confused. Sweetly, endearingly bewildered by his new feelings.
We get more of the Morgan family with this story. I love them, but the faux-Irishisms from the American family is odd and slightly grating. We see more of the younger siblings for the first time, which I enjoyed.
I think the relationship between Connor and Forest might be my favourite of the series so far. We certainly get more talking and more relationship building that we had with Sionn and Damien.
We also get wilder special effects in this story. There were some slightly implausible suspense scenes in the first two books, but this time the author has added explosions.
So yes, this is formulaic and implausible. But instead of picking holes, I am going to admit to enjoying this story very much. And I’m going to read the next one in the series.
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 three 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.