"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.
©2016 Rhys Ford (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 12-01-17

Good addition to the series

I enjoyed that this book was about the band. Each of them had a POV moment, but there was no over all plot as such. It kind of sounded like a series of short stories rather than a flowing narrative. The audio book itself was around 3 hours shorter than the rest of the Sinner's series, and I felt that just as we were getting going, it ended abruptly, nonsensically and we had an epilogue with a cliffhanger. I'm happy this is not the last book, but damn... Rhys Ford is such a tease.

I still have issues with the narrator. His voices are wonderful, as is his pacing, but he doesn't do the research when there are words he doesn't know how to pronounce. The word "Buoy" which we all know is BOY, was read as 'Boo-hee'. Not to mention my BIGGEST BUGBEAR of this series, the character Sionn is Gaelic for Shaun, but the narrator pronounces his name as SHOON. I cringe every time i hear him say that.

There were also long pauses between chapters and a change in the recording levels in the middle of this audio book. I know the narrator uses a home studio, but these little niggly things are newbie errors and Tristan James has been doing this for a while. The errors really affect the overall quality of the recording and in turn, the listeners enjoyment of the book. With this being the most recent recording, he should be getting better rather than worse!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Donna Hirsch on 10-09-17

Brilliantly written and performed

I loved this the band performing gigs. The Morgans left at home.coming to the rescue when needed. Poor Miki I just want to wrap him up in Bubblewrap to keep him safe. Can't wait to see how Brigit handles Connor and Forest

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5 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 23-10-16

Tristan James perfectly captures this series

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I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating, Tristan James has made this series exponentially better through his narration.

He captures Miki and Kane’s frustration and fear for what’s happening around Miki and what’s ahead. He perfectly dramatizes Damien’s worry for Miki and Sionn’s stalwart shoulder to lean on through thick and thin. He brilliantly presents how much Forest and Connor love and cherish each other. He emotes all the feelings Rafe has about possibly screwing up the best things he’s ever had and Quinn’s calming way.

He performs this all so well – it’s just plain brilliant.

I love the Sinners series. I love how each of the band members were broken in some way and have slowly begun to heal through the love of their men, family, and their own brotherhood.

But this is Rhys Ford, and there’s no easy lunch here. The boys are put through the ringer just like always.

In this story Miki deals with his issues and takes some hard hits, Damien is haunted by his childhood, Rafe battles his own personal demons, and Forest misses his heart and soul.

There’s a bit of suspense, action, mystery, and, of course, romance.

Filled with a good amount of page time for all of the guys, the story focuses just a bit more on Miki and his relationships with Kane and Damien. And poor Miki. That guy’s been through the ringer, but Ford isn’t done with him yet.

If I have one complaint about the story it’s that unfortunately, for me, the story ends with a lot of unanswered questions and a pretty “whoa!” cliffhanger.

Rhys Ford knows how to blend romance, suspense, mystery, and action together to make a really engrossing story. The characters are all so realistic…I just wish I could gather up Miki, Damie, Rafe, and Forest and just give them all a big hug.

This is not a standalone – but the silver lining there is if you haven’t grabbed up this series on audio or in print you’re about to go for an awesome ride.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Annika on 09-02-18

Nothing spectacular

The band is going on a tour, but instead of the previous sold out, high tech revenues, they are starting from scratch, with dingy bars and no fame or fortune to their names.

Absinthe of Malice reads more like a “where are they now?” kind of book. It’s not a book that really stands on its own, so to fully appreciate it you need to have read the previous books in the Sinners series. We catch up with each couple as the band travel from gig to gig. Things happening along the way brings the past back into their lives and some will struggle more than others.

I’ve loved the other books in this series and have devoured all of them these past few weeks. So I’m really sad that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the rest. To me it didn’t really fit it with the other books. It didn’t have the same vibe to it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not in a bad book or read, but compared to the rest of the series it is lacking. I missed the suspense, the intensity that was present in the other books. And what little was there was kind of hidden or brushed away.

Tristan James was back to his monotone way of narration. His voice is pleasant to listen to. And this might be an unpopular thought, but he has the kind of voice that should read bedtime stories because the listener will fall asleep in no time. By this I don't mean they fall asleep of boredom of any kind. Just that his voice has this relaxing and calming tone which is perfect for bedtime stories of when you want to relax. For suspense or romance novels it feels a bit off. But this is my own personal opinion so feel free to ignore me.

While it was nice to catch up with them all and see them moving forward, I was expecting a bit more on the suspense that has been so prominent in the previous books. That being said, I am really looking forward to reading the next (and last) book in this series. That was one heck of an ending to this book!

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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