We’re getting the band back together.
Those five 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.
Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford is the fifth book in the Sinner’s Gin series. We get to follow Miki, Damien, Forest, and Rafe on their first tour as Crossroads Gin. It’s the first glimpse avid readers of the series get of men without their Irish partners and the crazy Morgan/Finnegan family. Or at least it started out that way.
Ford’s Sinner’s Gin series is easily one of the best I have read in the last year. The writing is smart, the dialogue is quick, and the characters are deep – consistently, which is not easy to do over five full-length books and two novellas. I love the warmth everyone feels from the Morgan family. Miki and Damien’s brotherly friendship is so relatable it’s surreal for anyone who’s survived repeated traumas alongside a loved one.
Those things still held true in Absinthe of Malice, but despite the depths of the relationships there was something missing for me. The plot surrounding the relationships lacked the believability found in the rest of the series, at least for me. But that did not stop me from enjoying this book at all. If you’re a fan of the Sinner’s definitely pick it up. Four stars.