Bound Chinatown Demons Book One Rhys Ford LGBT Fantasy Fiction Rogue Firebird Press November 30, 2020 105
Bound, Chinatown Demons, Book One
Chinatown, San Francisco.
A different place — another time— and where the city’s streets keep secrets, shadowy mysteries SFPD Inspector Spencer Ricci needs to dig through after he finds himself on a case involving a dismembered, mummified man in a restaurant’s locked storage room.
Spencer drags around a lot of baggage, including an ongoing battle with the bottle and a long career as an LAPD detective he’d set fire to in a blaze of booze-soaked mistakes. San Francisco is supposed to be a new start but his old ghosts haunt him, beckoning him back into his self-destructive bad habits. Bad habits that include contemplating doing dirty things with the wrong kind of guy and this time, it’s a sleek, cold-tempered medical examiner named Xian Carter with a complicated reputation.
For a century-old demon, Xian Carter is content with his secretive life. Hiding his nature from the mundane world, he blends in with the city’s inhabitants as best he can but even the best of predators make mistakes. Delving into the mysteries of the dead provide a welcome distraction from endless nights and hiding in plain sight amuses him, until something supernaturally wicked comes knocking on his door with an extremely hot, broody Inspector close behind.
Murder makes for strange bedfellows and this one is no exception. The twists and turns of the case leaves Xian and Spencer on a wild goose chase after clues but Xian can only hope there’s a human at the end of the trail—because the last thing San Francisco needs is another predator.
Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This is the amazing beginning of a new series by Rhys Ford.
For new readers of Ford’s work, this book is the combination of a great detective mystery with a dark paranormal adventure, then sprinkle in a slow burn romance. For fans- it is like Cole McGinnis and Kai Gracen had a baby in all the best ways.
As always, the world building is all encompassing. The reader is drawn into San Francisco’s Chinatown from the first word, only with a decidedly paranormal twist going on. The main characters, Spencer Ricci and Xian Carter, are complicated characters with amazing chemistry. As they slowly unravel the mystery of the odd deaths on their beat, the reader is slowly learning the pasts of these two men. Nothing is easy or simple on this case. Attraction between these two is subtle and growing, more of a distraction to the case than anything else at this point.
This book is one of those that drag you in, only to leave you disoriented to the real world when you finish. The only complaint I have about this book is that Rhys Ford left me hanging…..there is no resolution and fans will be clamoring for book 2 with how book one ends. Fans of mystery, suspense, and really good story telling need to grab this one now.