Title ~ The Devil’s Brew (Sinner Series #2.5)
Author ~ Rhys Ford
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Genre ~ M/M Romance
Published ~ 21st May 2014
A Sinners Series Novella
Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover, SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan, now share Miki’s converted warehouse.
For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.
Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?
I think the first thing that comes to mind about this short, sweet and hot addition to the Sinners series is "Awwwwwww!!!!"
And when you see it's all about Valentines day, you'll realise exactly why! It's centred mainly around Miki St John and Kane Morgan, but there's a bit of Damie and Sionn time thrown in too plus a really warm and fuzzy moment for Miki with Kane's lovely, warm, caring dad Donal (LOVE that man) and of course some fun 'Dude' doggie antics too. Think...sparkly decorations...and glue! *snort* That had me grinning!
If I'm being truly honest, you really do need to have read the previous books 'Sinners Gin' and 'Whiskey & Rhy' to fully appreciate some of what's discussed between the guys, especially the talk that Miki and Damien have together at the beginning of the story, because that conversation between them is a pretty emotional interlude and unless you know whats happened to them both in the past it won't have the same emotional impact on you as it probably would have if you'd read the first two in the series. Plus there are passing references about two characters from book one, who were integral in the crime/mystery side of Miki and Kane's romance... but even so, its still a really engaging short read that has some pretty hot but still very romantic scenes that will satisfy any m/m fan. Let's put it this way, if you do decide to read this out of sequence, you'll definitely end up wanting to look up the first two in the series and if you do, you won't be disappointed.
Considering its only a shortish novella I never felt short changed because there's a fair bit packed in and the love scenes are yum! **big fuzzy sigh** Especially the final one when Miki and Kane are finally exchanging their valentine gifts. Made all the more tasty because the whole thing is based on Miki's apprehension about what to get the man he's crazy about for valentines day, especially after seeing the extravagant gifts that Damie and Sionn end up giving each other! Being Micki, he's having major doubts about what he's chosen and is stressing over it, like only he would! But of course he really doesn't need to, in the end the boy does good, but deep down its not really about him worrying about gifts, its about him still doubting himself. Never really believing he's worthy of the love and support he's getting from this gorgeous cop, who adores him... and Kane's close, loving Irish family who have taken Miki into their fold, accepting him and loving him the way he's never experienced before outside of his relationship with the guys from 'Sinners Gin', which of course was devastated by the accident that he thought had killed Damien and their two other band members, Dave and Johnny. See.... you really have to start reading this series if you've never met these guys before... Just sayin'! *wink*
There's no doubt in this, our emotionally damaged Miki gets to see just how much he's loved and that's why I think I "Awwwwwwwed" so much while I was reading it. Its a while since I read the first one and I'd forgotten just how much shit he'd gone through to make him so emotionally conflicted, granted things are better now he's with Kane but being in a 'normal' relationship still isn't easy for him, and it reminded me just why Kane is so good for him. We should be so lucky to have a guy like that in our lives!
'Miki lost any sense of Kane's words as he spilled into Gaelic, a rush of music and sound the Morgan family called their native tongue. Most of it whispered past him, a rolling song, but he caught a few of the more familiar words—love, god, honey, and most of all, treasured heart.
All spoken for Miki'
Then there's some other things mentioned that look like they might be hints as to what could be introduced further into the series and if that's the case then its looking REALLY good. Rhys Ford sure knows just how to get our mouths watering with these guys...
All in all, this was short but it was also fun, sexy, sweet, hot and more than a little bit poignant too! Wait till you read the swoon worthy love letter from Kane to Miki. OMG! That really pushed my 'romantic' button. Loved that. It was a great read, so much so that I think I'm going to have to find time to go back and read how it all started again...and whoop!!! Now its countdown for book #3, Tequila Mockingbird, so its not long before were all going to be 'sinning' some more! Can't wait!
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