“Absinthe of Malice” by Rhys Ford

We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.


If Crossroads Gin was a REAL band, I’d decorate my room with their magazine covers, I’d declare my love for Forest as my favorite (I’m a sucker for the drummer!), and I *just* might quit my job and hit the road following them on their first tour! Then again, the way danger follows these guys, might be best for my LIFE to just stay home and read about them instead!

Rhys Ford’s “Sinners” series is a favorite of mine. And though I don’t love musicians books, this series is just SO GOOD. And “Absinthe of Malice”, the 5th in the series, is a FEAST. It has Miki, Damien, Rafe, and Forest. It has Kane, Sionn, Quinn, and Connor. It has insights into their hearts and minds and demons.

The book starts with the newly formed band, Crossroads Gin, hitting the road for a low-key tour. They’re driving themselves in a beat-up van, staying in seedy motels along the way, and playing in some questionable venues. But they are LIVING the music and the  shows. However, when danger, in the form of knives, blood, and stalkers start following the band…in come the Morgan clan to the rescue!

The final epilogue drops a bomb, as the author is known to do throughout this series. And all those “what the heck is happening” moments sprinkled throughout the tour/book, come to a head as we find out who might be connected to it all. Now…to find out WHY…

*grabby hands for the next book*!!!!


This book is not a standalone. So I’d definitely start with book 1 if you’re interested in this series. That being said, for those reading this, it’s ALL the guys, each couple getting page time, in one book! And it’s fun, emotional, dark, romantic, scary, sexy…I mean…c’mon!


This feels like a TREAT for fans of the Sinners series. Lots of nuggets where the author makes the reader feel GIFTED for being a fan. And for me the BEST parts were some incredibly romantic exchanges between Forest and Connor. *sigh*

bewareThe books is introspection-heavy and plot light…until the end where a doozy is dropped and sets us up for the next book (THE NEXT BOOK!). Still, if you don’t mind getting caught up in Miki’s head (it’s a scary, dark place, but fascinating…), the book still feels like it’s CHALK FULL of story.


Crossroads Gin tattoos anyone?


TITLE: Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5)

AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2016
BUY LINKS: Dreamspinner, Amazon

One thought on ““Absinthe of Malice” by Rhys Ford

  1. I’ve read the first four sinners books but not this one. I knew it was out but I was apprehensive about it. I suppose I feel a bit more encouraged now 🙂


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