Fallen rockstar and quirky college professor. A review for Sloe Ride by Rhys Ford

Now this is one long anticipated book! Ever since meeting Kane’s younger brother Quinn, I wanted to hear his story. He is quite an interesting person with a unique view on the world. Just imagine how happy I was when the author offered up an ARC. There was a full blown happy dance involved. Needless to say, a closer look is required. Get ready now!

Sloe Ride is the story of Quinn (doh) and Rafe, another one of the Morgan family adoptees. As a rock star he went to the dark side and not the version where you get cookies. Rafe fell hard and fast. After months in rehab, he is back to pick up the pieces and puzzle his life back together. Readers got a glimpse of him in previous books, but now the whole story unfolds.

Quinn has had a thing for Rafe since he hit pu-ber-tee. He’s also not like the other Morgans. Quinn sees the world in whole different shapes and sizes and his brain is wired differently than most people. As a result he has been treated differently than the other kids. While it isn’t explicitly said in the story (at least not that I saw), my guess is that Quinn has a form of autism.

Of course, to Rafe, Quinn is wholly unique and he is the yang to Quinn’s ying. But none of the Morgan’s story is told without a mystery attached to it.

Well not exactly a mystery. It’s the old stalker trope. While it’s a recurring theme in some the author’s books, for reasons unknown, it doesn’t bother me as much. Probably because Sloe Ride (like some of the other books by this author) is more character driven.

What I liked about Sloe Ride was the slow burning romance between Quinn and Rafe and the fact that neither character is a golden boy and perfect and shiny. In fact, when we first meet Rafe, he is quite odious. I liked how their romance unfolded and how Rafe treated Quinn as normal, while the other characters walked on eggshells around Quinn.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Sinner’s book without their being some development on the group front, but I’m not sharing that.

Needless to say this has some of the Sinner’s series hallmarks: high drama, bullets flying, passion, witty remarks, music and rock stars. And of course the matriarch of the family being the mother hen to put all mother hens to shame. A lot happens in this book, but it fits the story.

As all the books in this series, it was written well. The plot and subplots were in balance with the characters and character developments in the story.

The only thing that threw a niggle in the party, was the ending. I thought it felt rushed. We went from A straight to Z and I felt I missed the parts in between.

Why you should read this book: Well, you know, it is the fourth book in the series. If you didn’t like the previous books, you wouldn’t want to read this one. If you did like the previous books, well than this one is a no-brainer.

Sloe Ride Book Cover Sloe Ride
Sinners #4
Rhys Ford
Contemporary Romance
Dreamspinner Press
September 4, 2015

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.

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