Bound by Rhys Ford – Release Day Review

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Bound by Rhys Ford – Release Day Review


Book One of the Chinatown Demons

By Rhys Ford

Release Date: November 30, 2020

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The Storyline: Bound

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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 provides 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.

Book Specifics

  • Book Title: Bound
  • Author:  Rhys Ford
  • Release Date: November 30, 2020
  • Genre/s: MM romance with Suspense
  • Themes: Murder mystery, unlikely lovers, new beginnings, law enforcement, demons.
  • Length: 105 pages
  • This is the first book of a serialized series: Chinatown Demons
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What I Liked

Rhys is a storyteller and that is clear in her novel, Bound.  She built characters that are out to save humanity, heroes you might say, but with real flaws and hauntings from their pasts.  Both main characters are law enforcement people, one detective, one corner, fighting on the same team to figure out the mystery in front of them.  But there are also both fighting odd personal feelings that neither of them can explain.  Of course, then there is the added dilemma, one is a demon.

I must call out one item that speaks volumes for the author, Rhys Ford.  Many authors shoehorn in sex scenes for the sake of getting a sex scene in the book.  This one did not have one.  There is a developing relationship that the two main characters are grappling with to understand, that I found more delightful than a random sex scene thrown in.  BUT, it does increase the anticipation for when it will eventually happen.


This is a serialized novel, think the first book of a series.  It does not end in the typical HEA ending, but it is clearly a developing romance.  It does NOT end on a cliffhanger but does leave open a few loose threads for Rhys to pick up in the future books. 

The Bottom Line…

Personally, I loved Bound.  I found myself finishing the whole book in 2 days…it was a page-turner!  The only reason it took two days was that I HAD to go to work, but with that, I was up to 4 am because I could not put it down.   I liked that there will be other novels coming that will expand and tie up the loose ends, I believe it adds more to the storytelling and didn’t rush the romance or the mystery just to get it to fit within a short number of pages.  

I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series!  Thanks, Rhys!

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About the Author: Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and is a two-time LAMBDA finalist with her Murder and Mayhem novels. She is also a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Harley, an insane grey tuxedo as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

Rhys’ Social Media Links

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Coffee Talk with Rhys

As many of you know, I have a bit of a coffee addiction.   This has developed into a little bit of a sub-theme to my site (BookGemz).  I say it is being a father of three wonderful kiddos, BUT, it is more likely because I can never seem to set my book down to go to sleep once I am engrossed into it. 

However, I have a small tradition of reaching out to the authors to connect on their favorite caffeinated beverages and other little tidbits.   Rhys was gracious in responding!  

BOOK GEMZ: Are you coffee, tea or energy drink person? 

Heh… My Facebook group is called Coffee, Cats, and Murder. *grins* My go to coffee is Vietamese Coffee. Both iced and hot. 

BOOK GEMZ: In one of my prior interviews, TA Moore (one of the “five”), noted that you almost “blanched” when she made you coffee. Is it true you had to teach her how to make drinkable coffee?

Tamm’s coffee was too strong because she doesn’t know how to make coffee and when I told her to fill it up to a certain line on the silk filter… about to the first joint of an index finger, she filled the filter to the brim… about an entire finger length. And proceeded to drink the entire pot. Like that for days straight and was wondering why she was buzzing. *grins*

BOOK GEMZ: OK, given the holidays I am going to curve ball this one to you. Do you have a holiday treat that you enjoy?

Fave holiday treat? Oddly enough Kimchi dip. Minced kimchi mixed with cream cheese. Great with crackers, chips, veggies… and on top of hamburgers *grins*

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