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review 2018-10-10 16:10
Does anyone know who did Miki's tattoo?
Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) - Rhys Ford,Tristan James Mabry

If you've read this series and specifically this book than you know what tattoo, I'm talking about. But if you haven't I'll just share with you that Miki St. John has a tattoo and it's not pretty...actually it's a reminder of the life that he lived as a child. A life that no child should ever have and through out this series we learn about that life and the lives of those who have come to be Miki's family but it's here in the final book of Rhys Ford's 'Sinner' series that we get the answers to so many questions. Questions that have led me from story to story looking for the answers only to have one question replaced by another whenever an answer has been found.

 

I've loved this series heart and soul from start to finish so much so that I've read it all...more than once and when that wasn't enough I turned to the audio books for more and that my friends is what has me clicking away on my keyboard right now...I mean really how could I resist the chance to follow this last part of the journey one more time...with Tristan James once again bringing the men and women of 'Sinners' to life...the answer is 'I couldn't'. Mr. James has been the narrator for these stories from the beginning and along with the fact that he is absolutely one of my favorite narrators having the same narrator for every one of these stories has been so incredibly delightful. I couldn't imagine a better audio experience than this.

 

I'm going to borrow from my original review of this book at this point just to highlight how much I enjoyed this series and how absolutely delightful it is to  listen to the voices that Tristan James has given to the characters in these stories and have that automatic recognition of who you're listening to because it's been the same narrator from the very beginning...

So imagine if you will hearing these quotes being not only spoken by the characters but in a voice that you effortlessly recognize because you've heard that voice in each of the previous stories and it's always been the same voice...

From Brigid as she speaks to Miki about Dude the dog...
"I'm sure the dog cares, just in his own way," she said with a laugh.

to Edie, their manager...
"Now do you understand why you need me?" She'd said to the shocked band members. "You just lost an argument with the person who is willing to go to the mat for you. Imagine how far you'll get when you go head-to-head with somebody who wants to bleed you dry?..."

to Donal...
"Then maybe what ye need to hear from me is that no matter who comes into your life, I will not let them hurt ye, and I will always be there when ye call out for your da."

and everyone in between...but ultimately there is Kane...
"...You mean more to me than my badge and the dead. I love you. And if I have to, I would give up everything I've become--everything I've accomplished--just to hold you if you need me."

if reading these words left me reaching for the tissues than have no doubts that I was sitting once again with tissues at hand as listened to them in the voices that I've come to think of as Brigid, Donal, Miki and Kane's.

 

And as I also said in my review for the eBook...

It's been a hella' good ride with this series and I really can't think of anything more to say other than if you haven't read it check it out because you really don't want to read this one without having read the previous books and if you've read those books then I can't imagine that you won't love this final installment in the 'Sinners' series.

Thank you, Ms. Ford for writing what has become one of my absolute favorite series...EVER!!!

and thank you Tristan James for doing it all justice!

 

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An audio book of 'Sin and Tonic' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-10-06 21:23
Book Review for Smiley by LeAnn Ashers The Grim Sinner's Originals MC Series
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Smiley
Series: The Grim Sinner's Originals MC Series
Author: LeAnn Ashers
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2018
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
Arc copy provided for honest review
5 stars
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


Adeline

 

It was completely unexpected. I’d never imagined he would come into my life. From the moment I met him, I knew there was no going back. He made me feel things I had never experienced before:

Safety

Love

Happiness

I was floating on air. Nothing could touch me with him by my side. He became my everything.
 
 
 
Smiley
 
I’d never expected my life to change upon walking into the Devil Souls MC. At first glance, I almost fell on my ass, and I knew I had to have her. She was everything I never knew I wanted, and hell if that didn’t stir something in me. Adeline gave me something I had been missing my whole life:
Passion
Desire
Contentment
 
I’m the retired president of the Grim Sinners MC but, in the end, you never really leave. The Devil Souls and The Grim Sinners clashed and were brought together to fight the biggest battle yet.
 
We had to protect our families at any cost.

 
 
 
 
I really don't know where to start with this review other than to say the minute Smiley looked up from his phone and into Adeline's eyes and said "Your having dinner with me tonight." I fell head over heels in love with him.
 
Warning-This story touches a lot on subjects such as abuse, rape,torture,prostitution , vengeance,pain suffering and trauma all this things that happened in Adeline's past that lead her to having PTSD and nightmares.
 
Before reading this story you need to read the other stories in which Adeline was introduced to  get the full background of the horrendous life she had lived prior to this book.
(Recommend reading Techy at least first)
 
I love a book like this all about second chances especially when you think that it is a not possibility and that your never going heal from your past but, it is possible when you have the love of a large mc family named the Devil Souls.
 
Most MC's do not co-habitat unless its with their affiliate chapters but, Adeline's daughter is the old Lady of one of the Devil Souls members and Smiley's daughter is married to a member also so the MC family for Adeline is a combined one. That's one lucky Gal!
 
This time around its hard to pick a favorite but, I have no choice than to pick Smiley hands down !
 
 
What made the choice for me to pick him was that Smiley at every turn surprised me not only with his deeds but, with his overwhelming protectiveness and kindness and love that he showed his woman as well as his children and grand-children.I loved how patient and kind and gentle he could be but, he had a whole other dangerous side to him where he put the fear in god in most people.
 
Omg! Just thinking about the pain ,suffering and torture Adeline endured her entire life broke my heart each and every time her past was brought up.She became a women to be admired for her strength kindness and courage and the determination to survive the horrors she endured and still walk away with a mind intact, this alone was a milestone in her recovery of taking her own life back.
 
I loved the nicknames they had for Adeline but, most of all I loved how the entire club of children called her Gigi and they all loved her as much as she did them.
 
I loved the romance between Smiley and Adeline and how it slowly developed and just by Smiley giving her experiences she had never thought she would have and making some of the little things she wanted to enjoy out of life come true we watched a small miracle of this women being re-born.I loved being on her journey of healing and finding herself once again.A character that you could not help but love as she was nothing but goodness personified.
 
For me the most heart breaking moment and turning point in the story for me was the moment Adeline aka Gigi stepped out on that beach with all those children in a two piece bathing suit. These children all saw her as their grand-mother and vice versa but, for me I saw a moment in time that Adeline had finally let go of her past once and for all.
 
All in all we loved the story from cover to cover.I loved the little miracles that occurred throughout the story as well as god interventions and his little gifts as some would say this just made the story more endearing and more lovable.
 
Recommended read to all who can handle a book with the subject matter as this one had !
 
P.S. My final thoughts would be I would want a guy like Smiley to have my back each and every time .Adeline was full of so much kindness and goodness that she not only had Smiley at her back but each and every member of both The Devil Souls and The Grim Sinners....
 
My kind of Gal!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LeAnn Ashers is a blogger-turned-author who spends her days reading and writing. She released her debut novel early 2016, and can't wait to see where this adventure continues to take her. LeAnn enjoys writing about strong-minded females and swoon-worthy, protective alpha males who love their women unconditionally.
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-09-11 02:51
Atkins' take on the Dukes of Hazzard(??) is another stellar installment in the Quinn Colson series.
The Sinners - Ace Atkins

They sat there in silence for a bit, enjoying the warm breeze, the empty, quite sounds of the hot wind through the trees. He and Boom could be together for a long while without saying a damn word, same as it had been hunting and fishing when they were kids. They didn’t feel the need to fill that silence with: bunch of empty-headed talk.

 

“This place is a lot different from when you got back," Boom said.

 

“People in town said for me to burn the house down," Quinn said.

 

“Took us two days just to clear out your uncle's trash,“ Boom said. “Nothing good in here but some old records and guns.”

 

“And a suede coat and a bottle of Fine bourbon from Johnny Stagg."

 

Boom nodded, silent again for a while. Quinn drank his beer watching Hondo, now just a flitting dark speck among the cows as he worked them a little, letting them know who was in charge. Nearly ten years Quinn’d been back and he wasn’t sure he’d made a damn bit of difference.

 

On the one hand, it's easy to argue that with Quinn -- even just one of the seven preceding novels would tell you that. But, it's easy to see where he'd get to thinking that way -- Tibbehah County is a very much poster child for The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same Club. The Sinners is full of nice little moments like this -- quiet, reflective moments with Quinn and Boom, Quinn and Lilly, Quinn and Maggie. While it'd be easy (and understandable) to focus on the storylines featuring the Pritchards or Boom Kimbrough -- the heart of this novel is in these moments. You want to know what Quinn Colson, or this series is about? Focus on these conversations, the quiet in the midst of the storms.

 

But that doesn't mean we should ignore the storms.

 

The first story (not in the book, but here) focuses on Boom Kimbrough, Quinn's oldest friend. Unwelcome at his old job keeping the Sheriff Department's vehicles running (among other things), thanks to the county supervisor we met in last year's The Fallen, Boom's moved on to doing some interstate trucking. Convinced (wrongly?) that a black man with one arm isn't going to be hired by anyone else, he's stuck with one particular company. And once he becomes suspicious about the cargo he's sometimes carrying, he's ready to quit -- but despondent and frustrated about what he'll do as an alternative. His boss doesn't want him to leave -- and uses a couple of tough looking employees to convey that to Boom (Boom's not the only one they'll threaten -- Fannie Hathcock is also a target). Clearly, they don't know enough about Boom, and before you know it, Quinn is informed about it all. Which brings in FBI agent, Nat Wilkins (more about her in a second). Things get hairy from there. This is the secondary story -- and gets that kind of space -- but it's really the more interesting of the two major plots, mostly because it's what forces Fannie and the Dixie Mafia toughs to get involved in the other story.

 

The major plotline involves the anti-Bo and Luke Duke. Tyler and Cody Pritchard are a couple of good ol' boys concerned with racing their stock car, women, and growing/selling the best weed in The South. Things are going fine for them, by and large: they race, they grow and sell, which funds the racing, enabling them to attract women. Sure, they've double-crossed Fannie a bit, but that's really nothing major. Until their Uncle Heath gets out of prison after doing 25 for his part in laying the groundwork of their marijuana growing. Heath, too, is an anti-Duke. He got caught, for one, and he's not in the habit of keeping his nephews out of trouble, in fact, he makes things worse for them and spurs them into bigger and worse crimes than they'd been accustomed to.

Now, long time readers will have done the math here -- Heath did 25 years, Quinn's been around for almost 10, having taken over for . . . that's right, his Uncle, Hamp Beckett. Hamp and Heath apparently were quite the cat and mouse for a while (Hamp perhaps being spurred on by his "Boss Hogg," Johnny Stagg -- I swear I'm done with the Dukes now) until he finally got the goods on Heath and sent him away. That story kicks off this book and is a great way to open. To say that Heath has got a chip on his shoulder toward Hamp and his nephew would be understating things a wee bit.

 

So we've got Heath dragging his nephews into bigger and badder felonies, making them targets for the Dixie Mafia, who are having troubles with things at Fannie's, and one of their transportation venues is being scrutinized thanks to Boom. Oh, yeah, and Quinn and Maggie are a couple of weeks away from tying the knot and Quinn's mother is becoming a pest about the ceremony and reception. It's set to be a good time in Tibbehah.

 

This is told with Atkins' typical skill, eye for detail, good timing and atmosphere. It's hard to find something new to comment on. One thing I really appreciated was how clever he had Quinn act when it came to putting the pieces together. We're all accustomed (especially in film or television) for the police to be close to figuring things out, but needing a vital piece of information from an unconscious, unavailable, or non-communicative witness until the last second. By the time the unconscious witness woke up and started providing the clues and identities needed to put anyone away for their crimes, Quinn had already sussed it out and was in the middle of making the necessary moves. One more Hazzard reference, I lied, get over it -- Quinn is very much the anti-Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.

 

I spent so much time feeling bad for Tyler and Cody -- they aren't characters I'd typically like. There's little to commend them -- they're not that bright, not that talented, not that nice, I can't imagine why any woman would want to spend time with them (not that we have proof that any do), and seem destined to lead quiet little lives of no consequence. But once their uncle forces them into things, I just wanted them to find a way back to their petty little pot farm.

 

I spent more than a little time worried for Fannie, too. She's as despicable as they come, too, but as characters go, I like having her around. The way she's treated by her superiors shows how tentative her situation is -- and Quinn could be facing someone worse than her or Stagg pretty soon.

 

Speaking of worries -- I spent most of the novel very concerned about the heath, well-being and longevity of a character that's been around since The Ranger. I don't think for a second that Atkins feels the need to keep any one of these characters alive. Frankly, it's be easy to make the Quinn Colson novels the Tibbehah County Chronicles or the Lilly Virgil novels -- no one is safe, including Quinn. Making it very easy for me to spend a lot of time worried about someone I like. Obviously, I won't tell you how right I was on that front -- but I wasn't wrong.

 

Naturally, Atkins gets the characters right. You know from the beginning how worthless Heath Pritchard is, how nasty the Dixie Mafia toughs are, how lame the Pritchard boys would be without prodding (lame, but amusing). We meet new federal officer here -- Agent Nat Wilkins. I'm glad that Quinn isn't wholly dependent on the DEA Agent (whose name escapes me for the moment) for outside support anymore. But more than that, I'm glad that Wilkins is who we get to see in this role. She's brash, she's smart, she's fun -- she really isn't like any Law Enforcement type we've met in this series to date. I'm sure we'll see her again, hopefully soon. I'm not saying I need to see her next year, but if I don't see her again by 2020, Atkins can expect me to lead an online riot.

 

It was good to spend time back in this troubled county, checking in with our old friends and some new ones (I'm really liking Maggie, and hope she sticks around). As much as I enjoyed Atkins', Old Black Magic, I think this is his better work this year. As satisfied as I was with the story, I'm already impatiently waiting for the next installment -- between how much I liked The Sinners and the way that Fannie's last line promised to make the next book a doozy, it can't come soon enough.

 

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review 2018-07-25 19:32
The Sinners - Ace Atkins

I absolutely LOVE this series by Ace Atkins. While this was the 8th book in the series, it was my 4th or 5th book. I didn't start at the beginning, but I started as soon as I could. 

Tibbehah County has always got something going on, even though it's so small. And this book had lots going on. There are three different sets of bad guys and you definitely don't want to get caught up in their crap. 

Quinn Colson is kind of like an old time Western sheriff IMO. He's laid back, however, he's not going to take any crap off anyone. He's someone I think I could hang around for a while.

Old man Pritchard cracked me up in this book. Having spent a long time in jail and just now getting out. I had never heard of Red Velvet Oreo's until this book. And yes, I had to get some at the grocery store the last time that I went. And yes, they are delicious.

I especially loved the part about Proctor and Gamble. I remember when everyone said they were the devil company due to their logo. That was a historical event you won't see in many history books.

As I've said, I love this series and can't wait to read the next one.

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-07-09 04:55
Sinful
Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) - Rhys Ford

This is book #6, in the Sinners series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To fully enjoy and understand, I recommend reading this incredibly sexy series in order.

 

Miki and Kane's story continues with Miki working on things that bother him.  This is a hard move for him, as facing demons of the past always bring pain and suffering.  Wanting to be in a future with Kane without further issues, he is really trying.

 

Kane has stumbled into a case that is going to bring pain to his very sweet love.  When he delves further, he starts to worry that being involved is worth it.  The past always seems to knock on another door that no one wants to open.

 

I absolutely loved this book.  Even with how hard it was to read, I loved and devoured every word.  I often had tears streaming down my face, but this was an epic and very worth it ending to a truly phenomenal series.  My heart loved every cross over pieced in, and hope that we visit their world int he future.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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