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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Sloe Ride” by Rhys Ford


It isn’t easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.

Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law—and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers’ bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.

Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan—the reason he fled the city in the first place.

When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it’s a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe’s willing to sacrifice everything—including himself—to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.


23296379Title: Sloe Ride (Sinners #4)

Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 246 
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner


The Sinners series is my favorite from Rhys Ford. And though I typically don’t love books about musicians, my love for the MORGAN FAMILY is enough to override anything else!!!!

Sloe Ride is book 4 of the series, and as I read it, I realized that so much of the details and setup subtley happened in the previous books. So no, it does not work as a standalone, in my opinion. And a refresher read of at least book 3 might help out before diving into this one. I happen to LOVE book 3, Tequila Mockingbird, because Connor Morgan is my EVERYTHING. Rereading it was NOT a burden, at all. Ok, back to book 4…

Sloe Ride is where we finally get the Quinn Morgan’s story: Quinn, the non-cop in the family. Quinn, the scholar. Quinn, the one always described as “wired differently”. Quinn, slightly quirky, different than the rest, but special to all. I have been intrigued by Quinn all along and his book did not disappoint.

Rafe is bass guitarist who’s fall from grace sent him all the way to the bottom. Friend of the Morgan clan, he relies on their support as he tries to work his way back from rehab and scandal. Rafe had always had his eye on the younger Quinn as they grew up, but his own protective streak towards Quinn kept Rafe from truly acting on it. Until he couldn’t deny his feelings anymore.

The mystery element to this story might have been one of my favorites thus far in the series. I had a hunch how it was all going to play out, but it wasn’t obvious in my mind. I liked the guessing game. I also found Rafe and Quinn to be sweet and their dependency on each other, their understanding of each other when others were confused by them, all worked for me.

I really liked how Rhys Ford handled her descriptors of Quinn. It was never about something being “wrong” with him…just different.

Great installment to the series. Not my favorite, but I enjoyed it. And lots of appearances from all the characters from throughout the series. Connor!



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This entry was posted on August 31, 2015 by in Contemporary, Musicians, Reviewer: Susan and tagged , , , .

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