Book Review by Kristie: Dim Sum Asylum, by Rhys Ford

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Dim Sum Asylum, by Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 9, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *

Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.

Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Urban Fantasy
Fae and Dragons and Dragonflies O My!

Dim Sum Asylum is super fun, and I might have to go back and read the short story.  Yea, I know.  I should have read it already, but I have it in paperback and paperbacks have such small font! Anyway…

When reading an urban fantasy/suspense/paranormal romance, I never know what I’m going to get. It could be anything, really. In this case, I got dragons and fae. Golem and dragonflies. But also, cops with horrible family ties to a crime boss and other connections that are really very complicated and had me smiling at the end.

I really enjoyed this book. It really is a lot of fun and filled with a lot of paranormal excitement.  Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick is the kind of character that I fall for every time.  He’s a little broody and a lot reckless.  Trent Leonard is the kind of guy I could fall for equally with his quiet demeanor, and mysterious secrets. Sadly, I had a little bit of a hard time seeing the connection between Roku and Trent. The budding friendship and partnership was clear and done really well. I would have just liked to see more of a connection between the two of them besides some amazing sex. I wanted to feel their connection better. But honestly, this is much more of a suspense/urban fantasy novel than it is a romance.

The story, the suspense of it, the intricacies of the case Roku and Trent are working on were fabulous. I really loved the depth I was treated to. The descriptions of this version of San Francisco and Chinatown are really clear. There was a clear vision in my mind the whole time I was reading.  So I guess I liked it… I liked it a lot. It’s an adventure everyone who loves to read urban fantasy should go on.


Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

You can learn more about Rhys Ford at their website.

You can purchase Dim Sum Asylum from:
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

2 thoughts on “Book Review by Kristie: Dim Sum Asylum, by Rhys Ford

  1. I did read the short story and all I remember about it was that it wasn’t one of my favorites in the anthology (which is really fantastic – you should read it). But your review makes me want to re-read it and the new novel, which sounds really good.

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