Reviewed by Annika
TITLE: Tequila Mockingbird
SERIES: Sinners #3
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
NARRATOR: Tristan James
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2014
LENGTH: 9 hours 11 minutes
Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.
No, Connor has everything worked out – a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men – it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.
Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.
Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first – his life or his heart.
Follow yer heart, because no matter where it takes ye, the journey is worth it-especially if it’s love.
Forrest never had it easy in life. His upbringing before he met Franklin Marshall is the stuff nightmares are made of. And when he finally found his place in the world, someone from his past is determined to take it all away. No matter what or who might be in the way.
Conner Morgan, SWAT, and all around tough guy has a plan. He wants it all; the job, the house, the wife and the 2.5 kids. But then he meets Forrest and all of his carefully made plans crumble. He finds himself needing to reevaluate his life and what and who he wants, finally daring to be true to himself if he’d ever have a chance at that happily ever after.
When things get rough, the Morgan clan once again closes ranks around their loved ones, and I just love how they love each other. It’s unconditional, and knows no bounds. They are just wonderful to read about. They are the kind of family many can only dream of being a part of. Donal is there with his unerring wisdom, and is as always the rock that holds everyone together. Brigid, with her hugs and warmth. She might be a tiny woman but she sure does keep everyone in line.
There is a formula to these books. We always have the broken and scarred musician thirsting for love and with horrible pasts. Pats that comes back and try to kill them. Then we have the tough Morgan often one in some kind of law enforcement or protective detail there to save the day. We know this going in to the books and it still works. Sure there are not many surprises but the books are very enjoyable just the same.
Tristan James didn’t work for me this time around. Once again I was bothered by his monotone voice and kind of lifeless narration. It felt like he was reading the words but nothing was connecting you to them, you know, they didn’t resonate as it should. I do like his ability to varying accents and voices for the different characters, but it still wasn’t enough.
I do love this family, and the books are incredibly well written and absolutely worth reading. If you are choosing between reading or listening to this series I would probably say read it. My advice is to really listen to the sample before going for the audio to see if it might be for you.