Reviewed by Annika
TITLE: The Devil’s Brew
SERIES: Sinners #2.5
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
NARRATOR: Tristan James
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2014
LENGTH: 1 hour 34 minutes
Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down, but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan now share Miki’s converted warehouse.
For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life, but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him, but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.
Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed-up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?
Miki and Valentine’s Day. What could possibly go wrong? Well a few things to be honest. To start he needs to realize that not only het people celebrate this day, gay people does too 😉 Then there are the gifts, buying of them and probably worse – wrapping the gifts. Now that is what I call a challenge!
For such a short book it sure does pack a punch. While reading/listening we go through a wide range of emotions. We laugh at the antics and goofing around and the sheer cluelessness of Miki at certain times. Our hearts break for Miki and Damien and their past. Our hearts mend again when Donal comes around for one of his talks. And if that wasn’t enough, we do get some sexy times as well.
It’s a rare talent when an author can give us so much in so few words. Short stories have a tendency (for me at least) to fall flat, to feel incomplete and unfinished. Not with Rhys Ford. Her shorts are these wonderful snippets that you just can’t get enough of. Sure this book probably wouldn’t have been as good if you haven’t read the first two books, but it could stand on its own just fine, but why should it when the other books are so good?
I find it interesting that I can both like and dislike the same narrator. You might know that I liked him narrating the first book in this series, but I didn’t enjoy his narration of the second book. I can happily say that I enjoyed listening to him narrating this one. He has some great voices for our characters and it didn’t feel so monotone as the last one. So all in all, it was a good hour and a half spent listening to Miki’s first Valentine.
This was just such as great interlude for Miki and the rest of them and I just can’t wait to get to the rest of the series.