Title: Sloe Ride (Sinners #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 4, 2015 – 246 pgs
It isn’t easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.
Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law—and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers’ bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.
Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan—the reason he fled the city in the first place.
When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it’s a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe’s willing to sacrifice everything—including himself—to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.
Rhys Ford has finally given us Quinn’s book. Since Sinner’s Gin, he’s been the Morgan brother I’ve most been interested in. Five books later and the genius history professor finds himself entangled with bad boy musician Rafe.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved finally getting to know Quinn. His quiet, orderly need for solitude, his almost Aspergers’ need for order and routine is such a wonderful contrast to the rest of the chaotic clan. Quinn and Rafe are pretty perfect together. They are both insecure, both vulnerable and both shy away from the Morgan family for very different reasons.
While I love both characters and I love the central relationship, the plot feels pretty tired. Someone is trying to kill Quinn. Just like someone tried to kill Miki in book 1, Damien in book 2 and Forest in book 3. Seriously, this series needs an original plot. Once again the Morgan family rallies. The outcast Rafe is embraced by the family (just like Miki, Damien and Forest). The Alpha Morgans work to get the bad guy and ultimately save the day. I loved the first story, but by book four I was a little bored.
The Morgan family is still fantastic, though the bad faux-Irishisms are getting increasingly annoying. The Irish in Ireland don’t sound like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, so I’ve no idea why an Irish American family speaks like 19th century serfs. Ye? Really? Every other sentence? Quinn was born in the USA. I just don’t understand why a second generation American would lose his English and slip into Gaelic.
I loved seeing Miki, Damien, Forest and Rafe finally form a band and perform. After all the four men have been through, it is wonderful to seem them playing music together in this book.
If you’ve read the rest of this series, you’ll read this story to catch up with your favourite characters, even if the plot is a bit too familiar. Quinn and Rafe are fantastic and their romance is pretty perfect.
Once again we’re back with the Morgan family and with this family there is always mystery, suspense and humor. You just have to love when the whole family gets together you just never know what will happen.
This book was Quinn and Rafe’s story. Loved Quinn he wasn’t one of the family cops he was a professor. Rafe was a bad boy and guitarist. They were long time friends who finally came together when Rafe returned. They fit very well as a couple.
I was surprised at the ending when the mystery killer is revealed. Another good book in the Winner’s 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.