Sunday, September 15, 2013

Whiskey and Wry by Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: August 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62798-079-1
Genre: M/M contemporary
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher Gift
Reviewed by Keldon__


I love Rhys Ford’s books. For a great read, you can’t beat her unique voice or interesting characters and the situations in which they find themselves. Whiskey and Wry is the second book in the Sinner’s Gin series and is no exception. It’s exceptional.

Damien used to be a musician—until he woke up in a mental hospital. A fire gives him an opportunity to start over. He looks for his best friend and Sinner’s Gin band mate Miki St. John in San Francisco, the last place Damien recalls with any certainty. Damie’s memory is spotty at best, and he’s drawn to a pub where he feels Miki. And what’s a musician of miniscule means to do to support himself? Play guitar, of course.

Sionn runs the Irish pub on the boardwalk left to him by his grandmother. Buskers are forbidden, but there’s something about the guitarist in a cowboy hat who keeps showing up to play, and Sionn can’t bring himself to run the guy off. Instead, Sionn plies the musician with coffee and gets to know him. When Damie remembers he’s gay, Sionn decides to act on the simmering attraction he’s had since the start.

Unfortunately, someone’s put a price on Damie’s head, and avoiding the assassin’s bullet becomes first priority. Sionn and Damie must negotiate the dangerous waters of Damie’s fuzzy past to sort out the underlying plot and find Miki.

Rhys Ford has a knack for creating quirky well-rounded characters. I love the ones peopling this story, especially Damien. The pace is fast, the romance nice and slow, and the mystery plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I stayed up too late several nights reading.

The book dovetails nicely with Sinner’s Gin, the first book in this series, and it was nice to reacquaint myself with those people. I hear there’s a third book in the works, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Rhys cooks up next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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