Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that's not how life - his life - is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold's blood but also being accused of Harold's murder...and sleeping with Harold's wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble - or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook's landed in.
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn't on their side, and if they don't find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell - or at his grave.
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By BevS on 21-10-17
Mr Tremblay does it again...outstanding!!
I adore this series, and Mr T does a brilliant job yet again of bringing Rook, Dante, Camden, Uncle Manny and Archie to life. Dante and his cuervo are more deeply in love, but Rook has reneged on his going straight pledge..or so we are lead to believe. We also had a significant visitor from the Cole McGinnis series, Detective Dell O'Byrne [whom I would never have known was Latino from her name]. She takes over the **coughs** murder case from Detective Vicks who...well I'll leave you to discover what happens to him, but *I* certainly didn't miss him.
I can only hope Rhys keeps writing these characters cos I really miss Cole, Jae, Bobby and Ichi. 💜
By Mary on 19-10-17
This was another enjoyable Rhys Ford audiobook with superb narration.
The story itself was a well plotted mystery, but as with all Rhys Ford books I find she leans too much on purple prose and repeats herself. This inturn makes the love scenes overlong and frustrating when they are supposed to be sexy and romantic. Less is more sometimes.
Both Dante and Rook are likeable flawed characters and so I would like to know what happens next!
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By Belen on 12-11-17
Mmm Mmm Good
I would recommend you don’t start this before you read/listen to Murder and Mayhem (book one). It’s much better as part of the series than as a standalone.
Tramps and Thieves picks up some time after the events of Murder and Mayhem and Rook and Dante are now an established couple complementing each other really well. Told in an alternating POV, death and mystery follow former thief Rook Stevens around once again leaving his detective boyfriend, Dante Montoya, to help resolve the mystery and keep Rook from being killed. Tremblay, as expected, offers up great character voices, terrific pacing, and on point timing.
Rhys Ford is definitely hitting her stride in this series with a great plot, strong characters, and terrific pacing which is all impeccably captured audibly by Greg Tremblay.
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By Annika on 06-06-18
Please let there be more books!
Another winning book from Rhys Ford! And combining it with Greg Tremblay was pure genious. I've said it before and I'll say it again these two are a match made in the bookish heavens and trust me when I say, that anything they put out I will listen to, I might even be first in line, if not, I might just go sharpening my elbows a little more, just to make sure ;)
Trouble has once again found Rook Stevens, he truly seems to be a magnet for it. But breaking into his cousins house to retrieve a stolen item might not be the best idea this former cat burglar ever had. Especially since he also happens to stumble on his cousins dead body and the police might just go to any length possible to nail him for the murder. Lucky for him, he's in love with a detective that will do anything to keep his guy out of handcuffs - well at least ones Dante didn't put on him.
A relationship between a cat burglar and a detective might just be as problematic as it sounds. At the same time it is also exacly as explosive and passionate as it sounds too. I loved watching them navigate their new-ish relationship. Building on that trust, letting go of the past and gel together as a couple. Sure they have their rough patches - who hasn't, but it all just adds another dimension to their relationship and make their connection stronger. And being there when Rook slowly emerges from that thick protective shell he's created was just great. I loved watching him take a chance at loving the people around him, sure there were a few dings and scrapes, but they were all stronger for it in the end.
I'm a huge fan of Rhy's Ford's mystery novels and this one doesn't dissapoint. Sure it was at times a bit more gruesome than expected, but hey - I love when unpredictable things happens in my books. It keeps me on my toes and makes me smile. And I love to smile!
Greg Tremblay did a spectacular job narrating this book. As soon as he starts speaking I'm in that world, living alongside Rook and Dante, possibly puking my guts out alongside them, but that's a story for another day - or never at all come to think of it. His talent for narrating is spot on each and every time, every book and every character. It never fails.
I loved this book and I love these characters and I'm hoping there will be more books in this series I can devour in the future. Highly recommended.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.