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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “The Devil’s Brew” by Rhys Ford


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 love Rhys Ford’s “Sinners” series, which is curious because I actually don’t like books about musicians typically.  But if you’ve read “Sinners Gin” or “Whiskey & Wry”, you’ll find that the characters are imperfect, broken, grouchy, emotionally closed, fight love all the way…and yet, you care…and yet, you hope…and yet, you get your happy ending.

The Devil’s Brew is a novella that takes place after Whiskey & Wry but features mostly Miki from Sinner’s Gin. He’s trying to do something nice for his lover Kane for Valentine’s Day. Now, if you’ve met Miki, you’d wonder WHY he’d want to do this…and you’d devour this novella to see HOW he fares.  Miki doesn’t do the flowers and chocolates thang.  So you know you’re in for a ride…and it will be bumpy…

I love Miki. The kid is insecure and you can almost taste how scared he is to fail.  Yet, he’s so completely himself and doesn’t know how to be anyone else.  He is a GREAT character to sink your teeth into.  And I always love Kane…the guy is a solid rock and he loves Miki for who he is.  So getting more story of the two of them felt like a treat.  Add in some Damien parts, a tiny bit of Sionn, and a good bit of Donal (the dad, who I love!)…and though only a novella, the story felt FULL.

Now…as a real bonus…this little novella is HOT!  Gah!  I was reading this on a plane (note to all: do not read this on a plane) and the intimacy between Kane and Miki…holy freaking smoking HOT!  I was dying!  I may have reread a few of those pages (it was a long flight).  Worth the seat squirming and the blushing…for sure!

This does not work as a standalone and needs to be read in order of the series. So if you haven’t started this series yet, you really should!  It has a dark edge to it, but some silly laughs, and a lot of smexy…and GREAT characters throughout.  Enjoy!



20571356Title: The Devil’s Brew (Sinners #2.5)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreampsinner Press
Pages: 70 
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner

One comment on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “The Devil’s Brew” by Rhys Ford

  1. Marlobo
    May 14, 2014

    Very nice review Susan. . I have pre-ordered this book. Your review makes much more difficult the waiting to me.


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