He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.
When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: He’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.
With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman-who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes to kill Damien – shows up to finish what he started.
What? Damien is alive? Miki will be so psyched! These were my first thoughts when I read the blurb. That’s because Rhys Ford has a way of making her characters a part of your life and the Sinner’s Gin boys are now imbedded in my psyche.
Damien is the driving force behind Sinner’s Gin and when the band is split up by the crash that killed the other 2 band members, Damien is mysteriously kidnapped and held far from San Francisco in a mental hospital. The memories that surface, bits and pieces of his life with Miki, are treated like part of his delusion and it takes a crisis to set him free of his captors and into the hands of his savior.
Sionn (pronounced shoon) owns a bar that doesn’t allow anyone non-Irish singers to perform – so we know something important is occuring when Sionn makes an exception for the cute new guitarist, Damien. Damien and Sionn form a quiet alliance over coffee and then gradually deepen the relationship.
In a bit of serendipity, Sionn is the cousin to Miki’s cop, Kane Morgan. Sionn calls on Kane to help investigate Damien’s kidnapping and a new shooting attempt of his life, thus getting Miki and Damien together after over a year apart. (This part of the book made my heart sing. I wanted to cry along with the boys at their re-union.)
Though it would be tempting to be jealous of the relationship between Miki and Damien, it’s readily apparent that both boys are already head over heels in love with their respective Irishmen, so the focus can be on finding the person bent on destroying Damien’s life.
The villain in Whisky and Wry is perfectly terrible and creepy. The mystery is satisfying and grotesque. The love story is sweet, sexy and sublime. Another fantastic book and a great addition to the series.
I highly recommend this book and give it 6 of 5 hearts, amazing.
Tristan James’ voice is just perfection. The big O inducing.
Oops! Can I say that?
But really – the man’s voice is just so sexy, his accents make my toes curl. When you put these two together, Rhys’s beautifully crafted words with Tristan’s sumptuous voice you can’t have anything but another hit.
I just can’t praise the combination enough. I can’t wait for Tequila Sunrise to come out on Audio next. (Look here for that review http://kimichanexperience.com/tequila-mockingbird-audiobook-rhys-ford-narrated-tristan-james/)
I give the narration a 6 out of 5 hearts as well, thus the overall rating a 6- out of this world!
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