Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford

dim sum asylumTitle ~ Dim Sum Asylum

Author ~ Rhys Ford

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~  9th June 2017

Genre ~ M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery





Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.

Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart... even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.


Lisa’s Review

Dim Sum Asylum is a stand-alone MM urban fantasy written by author Rhys Ford. This was originally written as a short story in the anthology Charmed and Dangerous which I have not read. The author decided to expand the short and this full-length novel was born. Urban fantasy is not a genre I venture into very often. With that being said, I am so glad I decided to give this book a go. This fast-paced and quirky tale was filled with twists and surprises that happily kept me reading right from the get-go.

Roku MacCormick works for the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division, otherwise known as Dim Sum Asylum, as a senior inspector. He not only faces challenges due to his human-faerie heritage and also having a dysfunctional family ties, but Roku has experienced much loss in his life leaving him cynical and closed-off. His luck when it comes to work partners has not been forth-coming either. It is no surprise when that when Roku is saddled with a new partner that trust does not exactly come quickly.

Trent Leonard is Roku’s new partner and it does not take him long to realize that he has his work cut out for him. Trent is not without his fair share of “crazy” in his own life but he takes his job, and having Roku’s back, very seriously. While being Roku’s partner is one wild ride, Trent may just be the person who can ground the senior inspector. If only he can keep his feelings for Roku on the back-burner.

This is a fast-paced story as Roku and Trent take on Chinatown’s dark underworld. Our two heroes must learn to trust each other as things get downright dangerous.

There is definitely a lot of world building that takes place. This was obviously not surprising as it is to be expected in urban fantasy reads. This author has created a world filled with a plethora of magical and mystical creatures. While I did enjoy the imaginative and rich world Rhys Ford created, I do feel like the romantic relationship that developed between our two protagonists did take somewhat of a backseat to all that was being thrown at us. The overall story arc did encompass a lot so I understand that things needed to develop slowly for Roku and Trent. With that being said, the romantic in me does wish the author incorporated a lot more romance.

All in all, I did enjoy reading Dim Sum Asylum quite a bit. I found it to be a fun read that did surprise me a few times. A recommended read!

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Meet Rhys Ford

!rhys_ford_headshotRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series, including Murder and Mayhem, a 2016 LAMBDA finalist. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.



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