Title: Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford
Sinners Series Book Three
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/M, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: 250 pages
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Sequel to Whiskey and Wry
Sinners Series: Book Three
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.
The perfect combination of romance, super hot sex and an intriguing mystery, Tequila Mockingbird is a marvelous addition to Rhys Ford’s Sinners series. In this third outing, Connor Morgan surprises everyone, including himself, when he admits he has fallen hard for Forest Ackerman, a young drummer with a heartbreaking past.
The oldest of the Morgan siblings, Connor is serious, steadfast and straight. Hmm, maybe not as straight as he (or anyone) thinks since he cannot seem to get Forest out of his mind. His startling attraction to Forest brings everything Connor thought about himself and his future into question but it also forces him to re-evaluate feelings he has repressed for years.
Forest is a character that effortlessly works his way into your heart. His childhood was horribly dysfunctional and although he was adopted as a teen by Frank Marshall, he still cannot quite cut the ties with his abusive and manipulative mother. Three months after Frank’s murder, he is frustrated by the lack of progress in the case and he is very curious about Connor’s almost daily visits to the coffee shop. The two are thrown together after it becomes obvious Forest’s life is in danger and their relationship takes a very sexy turn.
The Morgan clan plays a prominent role in the unfolding story. Several of Connor’s siblings are investigating the case surrounding Frank’s murder and the subsequent attacks on Forest. Connor turns to his father and brothers for advice while he sorts out his feelings for Forest. Although a couple of the siblings are a little skeptical about Forest’s past, overall, he is eagerly accepted by the rest of the family and he thrives under Connor’s mother’s loving care.
The mystery aspect of the storyline is understated with Conner taking a small role in the investigation. Unlike the other books in the series, none of Tequila Mockingbird is written from the killer’s perspective. The perpetrator’s identity and motives for the crimes are carefully concealed until nearly the end of the story.
Tequila Mockingbird is easily my favorite book in the Sinners series and I absolutely loved watching Connor and Forest stumble their way through their very unexpected romance. It is also wonderful to catch up with characters from the previous installments and once again, Rhys Ford provides an extremely tantalizing glimpse of who will find love next!