Title: Whiskey and Wry (Sinners #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19, 2013 – 254 pgs
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.
This is the 2 nd book in the series, for me this didn’t have that wow factor like the first one. The story plot was good and the characters were great. It just didn’t make me think this one was fantastic. It seemed quite similar to book one in many ways.
It had a good good crime story once again with a killer. And the reuniting of Miki and Damien was a good part in the story. The dad, Donald played a big part of the story and I so liked how he handled himself at the end.
I’m still looking forward to reading more in this series and can’t wait to see if Connors story comes next.
Resurrected from the dead (and an asylum), Damien makes his way to San Francisco seeking safety with his best friend and former bandmate Miki. Along the way, he finds himself busking at an Irish bar and falling for the owner, Sion.
This story finally sees Miki and Damien reunited (and dating cousins). For me, the chemistry between Damien and Sion isn’t quite as explosive as the connection between Miki and Kane in the first book. At times it feels like the author has added Damien and Sion to a second story about Miki, Kane and the Morgan family.
While Damien was drawn clearly – I loved him and I loved watching Miki and Damien interacting together, Sion remained a little blurry for me through the story. Beyond running the pub, there were hints of some sort of military or police background – but there weren’t many details offered and he never felt very real to me.
Once again, I found the romance stronger than the suspense aspects of this book. Damien’s storyline felt a little soap-opera-meets-low-budget-movie. Amnesia, fake parents, an assassin, an evil uncle…. it was a little much for me. The basic storyline with someone stalking and trying to kill Damien also felt very similar to Miki’s story in book one.
I enjoyed this because Damien is a great character and I wanted more of Miki and Kane’s world after the first book. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this as much as a stand-alone story.
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.