Reviewed by Annika
TITLE: Sloe Ride
SERIES: Sinners #4
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
NARRATOR: Tristan James
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2015
LENGTH: 9 hours 11 minutes
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.
I’ve been looking forward to reading Quinn’s story for a while now. He intrigued me, being the odd man out in the Morgan family, and not in the protective business. And contrary to the previous books, it’s now a Morgan that has someone stalking him. Someone is killing people to get Quinn’s attention. And soon the stalker hits a bit too close to home…
I loved Quinn, the quirky absentminded college professor. I freely admit that I have a weakness for “odd” people, or more accurately people not on the norm. And Quinn definitely falls into that category. I suspect that he might fall somewhere on the autism spectra, but we never really get to know. And you know what, that’s kind of the beauty of it too. Everyone knows he’s different but the label doesn’t matter – it’s the person he is that matters. But then again one can also argue that labels can be helpful when trying to make people understand certain challenges, but let’s skip that debate and move on. But I will add one more thought to the matter; Rhys Ford did a really great job portraying both Quinn and Rafe. They both have issues, both serious and stigmatized in their own way. But she wrote it all with a lot of respect and insight, and I need to acknowledge that.
Now, Rafe for that matter, I wasn’t all that fond if I’m being honest with you. Sadly I can’t really put my finger on why. On paper I should’ve loved him, past addict and musician to boot, but I never warmed to him. More than likely that is my own personal issue and I might just be in the minority on that, so don’t mind me. Still, Quinn more than makes up for any dislike I might’ve had for Rafe.
Contrary to the previous books Quinn and Rafe has a shared past together. Not as a couple, but a history nonetheless. And one that has been haunting them both for different reasons, and finally they’ve both ended up in a place and time where they are able to confront it and move forward.
I don’t read (listen) to these books for the mystery parts of them, because they are a bit over the top and not really credible. But I don’t mind that, I love some suspense to my romances, and we get that aplenty, keeping us entertained from the first to the last page.
I found Tristan James’ narration of this book surprisingly okay. His narration of the series have been a bit of a hit or miss for me. And this book ended up in the hit column. As always, he is brilliant with the different accents, and I love to listen to him speaking Irish.
All in all a goon installment to the series, the Morgan clan is always fun to spend time with and I’m looking forward to the next book.