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review 2017-11-23 19:26
You know it's a good story when...
Tramps and Thieves - Rhys Ford,Greg Tremblay

You love it every bit as much the second time around as you did the first and that was the case with this audio book. I actually reviewed this book back in September when it was released and I loved it, so when the audio book narrated by Greg Tremblay was released there was zero doubt in my mind that I'd be doing this again. Not only did I enjoy it just as much but I can honestly say I'm already looking forward to listening to it again...right after I re-play the first book 'Murder and Mayhem'. 

One of the things that I commented on in my original review was how much I enjoyed Greg Tremblay's narration of 'Murder and Mayhem' and that when I started reading 'Tramps and Thieves' in my head it was Greg Tremblay reading it to me...so you can safely assume that I was squealing with delight to enjoy just that...Greg Tremblay reading 'Tramps and Thieves' to me giving voice to the characters and bringing this wonderful story to life and if you want to see more from that review, here's the link... Review: Tramps & Thieves

While I still adore the men of Sinners and it hasn't been that long since I revisited them on audio and Wow!!! That was just an awesome adventure and I'm definitely looking forward to having that same adventure with Cole and Jae when I listen to them on audio narrated by none other than the awesome Greg Tremblay...it's on my Christmas list. But without a doubt Rook and Dante have a solid hold on my heart and while I'm happy to revisit them again. What I'm really looking forward to is finding out what comes next for this pair.

If ever there were two men who are opposites it's Dante the cop and Rook the cat burglar...or more accurately retired cat burglar and I have to admit I wouldn't be adverse to finding out more about Rook's cousin Alex and his cop or maybe a story about the first time Rook met his grandfather and his cousin Alex. There's world of potential in this series and I'm I can't wait to see what Ms. Ford has planned for these unusual pairing and the people in their lives.

E-book or audio book this series is simply a must for me and highly recommended.

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An audiobook of 'Tramps and Thieves' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-10-26 20:01
So this was different...
Ink and Shadows - Greg Tremblay,Rhys Ford

Full Disclosure here...I listened to this audio book for 2 reasons and 2 reasons only...1. it was written by Rhys Ford & 2. it's narrated by Greg Tremblay because I'm telling you this is so much 'NOT' my type of book but...Rhys Ford? Really, there's no way I was going to never read/listen to this story. I admit I've owned the book for a while but...damn when I saw it on audio, well...willpower I has none. Thank heavens because I loved it...I really and seriously loved it.

 

This is a bit of urban fantasy with a dash of horror with a smidgen of romance and a solid dose of good vs evil...and don't be to hasty thinking you know who the bad guys are because you will probably be wrong...just sayin'.

 

The main characters in this story are 'The Four Horsemen'...

We have Death, War, Famine and Pestilence, otherwise known as Shi (only War can call Death by this name though), Ari (you guessed it...War), Min (short for Famine) and Mal (more commonly known as Pestilence) and a young heroin addicted, tattoo artist named 'Kismet' who happens to not only see ghost and other 'otherworldly' things but he comes complete with his own ghost...that of his little brother...and that's a story all on it's own.

 

While this is by no means a romance story that by no means is meant to imply that there is no romance here because War and Death...well let's just say there's some definite history there and Kismet and Mal have so much potential. Kismet's ironically far more street savvy than Mal and these two are adorable together even if Mal has yet to fully realize that his feelings go beyond friendship where Kismet's concerned. Mal is by far the most innocent and sweetly naive horseman ever! to attend an apocalypse...I'm not sure how he managed that one.  Add in the fact that much of what happens in this story is directly attributable to love and while it's not a romance story there's definitely a lot or romantic implications. 

 

While I can't say that this will be on my '10 Best Books'  for this year...mostly because I've been lucky and read a lot of good books this year. It is easily one of the most unusual and surprise books that I've read this year. 

 

I was honestly surprised at just how much of this story I enjoyed. I loved the spin that it gave to the concept of 'The Four Horsemen', I loved...seriously, I LOVED War...he hands down win's the award for book character with the driest sense of humor EVAH!!! I admit it my sense of humor is a little wonky at times and I clicked with War his comments were so spot on and in contrast to him...Death worked. He was the ideal contrast to War. Their personalities played off of each other to perfection. War's sense of humor was witty, sarcastic and often dryer than a James Bond martini.

 

Ok, enough about War...you get it, right? He was my fav. The other thing I liked about this story was the plot which I can't really say a lot about specifically because...pretty much anything beyond the blurb is going to spoil things so I loved the story line again it was filled with some twist and turns that gave a fresh touch to a whole lot of age old and traditional characters all done up in a modern day setting. 

 

So wrap up all of this in an audio book narrated by the incredibly talented Greg Tremblay and should I have been surprised that I loved this book a whole lot more than I was expecting to? No, but I was and the only thing I'm left wondering now is...when is the next book being released? And how soon can I get it on audio?

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review 2017-10-25 22:13
Sadly for now...I've come to the end of the line...
Absinthe of Malice - Rhys Ford,Tristan James

'Absinthe of Malice' is the 5th and...nope, it's not the last book in the 'Sinner's' series...there's one more to go and unfortunately it doesn't have a release date yet but like all good things I know it's going to be worth the wait. 

 

And in the meantime, I've loved thoroughly and unashamedly delighted in this revisiting this this series from start to finish on audio and depending on when that last book is released I will probably do this again at least once...or twice...or who knows...

 

Absinthe of Malice was a bit of a departure from the other stories in this series because the focus was more on Miki, Damien, Forest and Rafe as they took their act on the road...don't misunderstand here this doesn't mean that we were deprived of the Morgan clan...nope throughout this story we were treated to visits from Kane, Sionn, Connor and Quinn and of course what's a 'Sinner's' story without Brigid and Donel. 

 

Back in my original review I told a story about how I'd once wanted to have a book store and rather than the usual categories of fantasy, romance, etc. etc. I was going to use food categories because for me books are food for the brain and I went on to say that for me this series is 'comfort food' and while it's only been a little over a year since I first read this book, it's been 4 years since I've read the first book in this series and suffice it to say when I was feeling a bit out of sorts about some stuff that was...well,actually wasn't happening in my life this weekend I didn't have to give a lot of thought to what would make me feel better about the world. 

 

Rhys Ford's 'Sinner's' series + Tristan James, narrating = calorie free comfort food!!!

 

Original Review: Absinthe of Malice

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review 2017-10-25 20:12
Sloe Ride is still a hella' good ride...
Sloe Ride - Rhys Ford,Tristan James Mabry

Listening to Rhys Ford's 'Sinner's' series has been such a treat and I have to admit I've loved being able to marathon these  books. 

 

My original review for this book said that this was my favorite book and I can believe that because it's still my favorite book. I absolutely adore Rafe and Quinn and while their journey wasn't an easy ride it was so worth taking more than once...

 

So I'm onto the next and final story in my audiobook journey with the 'Sinners' and it's a 'roadtrip' as the men of 'Sinner's Gin' hit the road with their new bandmates making tracks as they  tour the country and mold themselves into the newly formed 'Crossroads Gin'. While audio may have been a new format for me to revisit this series, my original review still reflects how much I loved this book with the addition of the fact that once again Tristan James's narration only added to my overall enjoyment of not this book...but this entire series!

 

Original Review: Sloe Ride by Rhys Ford

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review 2017-10-23 18:53
More from the happy place..
Tequila Mockingbird - Rhys Ford,Tristan James Mabry

That's right I'm still listening to Rhys Ford's 'Sinner's Gin' on audio and loving it...totally loving it. 

 

'Tequila Mockingbird' is Connor and Forest story and like the previous books I loved re-visiting this story on audio every bit as much as I enjoyed reading it the first time.

 

Ok, I'm off to finish listening to Quinn and Rafe's story and oh my god, I think I'd forgotten how much I loved these two. I think Connor's probably my favorite Morgan...well, no actually I just love them all. Start to finish this series is such a delight and so awesome...e-book or audio it totally rocks and Tristan James has nailed it perfectly.

 

Original Review: Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford

 

and I'm out of here and off to continue my 'Sloe Ride' with Quinn and Rafe.

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