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.
Rhys Ford has always been one of my favorite writers so I am sure it comes as no surprise to anyone when I say I loved “Sloe Ride”. I was so eager for Quinn and Rafe’s story and it did not disappoint.
As always, Rhys’ writing was simultaneously concise yet lyrical and her characters were layered and complex.
She did a beautiful job with the dynamic between Quinn and Rafe and Rafe’s ability to understand Quinn’s uniqueness without trying to change him was refreshing. Learning more about their history together was interesting too and added an unexpected layer to the story.
I adore the Morgan clan and I loved seeing them through Quinn’s eyes, one of the family, but an outsider within it. His relationship with both Donal and Brigid was fascinating and the flaws and the missteps in the ways they all interact added another interesting layer to the story. The imperfections make them so much more realistic and human.
The mystery in the story was interesting and complex and there was a little twist to it I didn’t expect. Rhys does an excellent job getting inside the killer’s head and giving them a sympathetic side, even as you’re horrified by what they’ve done.
My only issue with the book is that it means we’re nearing the end of the “Sinners” series. *gulps* I’m not ready for that yet. I guess I’ll just have to savor what’s left.
“Sloe Ride” is not to be missed.