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Dirty Kiss, Book 1 | [Rhys Ford]

Dirty Kiss, Book 1

Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman's son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man's handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.
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Publisher's Summary

A Cole McGinnis Mystery

Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman's son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man's handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.

Jae-Min's cousin had a dirty little secret, the kind that Cole has been familiar with all his life and that Jae-Min is still hiding from his family. The investigation leads Cole from tasteful mansions to seedy lover's trysts to Dirty Kiss, the place where the rich and discreet go to indulge in desires their traditional-minded families would rather know nothing about.

It also leads Cole McGinnis into Jae-Min's arms, and that could be a problem. Jae-Min's cousin's death is looking less and less like a suicide, and Jae-Min is looking more and more like a target. Cole has already lost one lover to violence-he's not about to lose Jae-Min too.

©2011 Rhys Ford (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 03-21-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 03-21-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Almost better than the book!!! And I love the book"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best! Great narrator. Knowing the whole series and the characters throughout, Greg Tremblay plays Cole perfect! His change in character voice is great as well as his singing voice (hehe Scarlet) He is a little aloof in the beginning, but that is Cole to a "T"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    Ugg, so many, probably when Bobby tries to get Cole to admit he misses Ben!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene being chased by the older woman in Leather.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not possible but will listen again


    Any additional comments?

    Now I am bugging Rhys for the second installment!!! Great series, Her Sinners series is great too and a different narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 03-12-14
    Libros Lover Booklandia 03-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Dirty Kiss...on my list (of favorites, that is)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend. The characters are like people in real life. One minute you want to hug them and the next you want to strangle them. The mystery kept me glued to the story and I do love a good mystery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jae-Sin. He was realistic about his situation and verbalized it very matter of factly. People from many cultures are faced with more difficult decisions when they're gay and many times throughout the story I wanted to smack Cole in the back of his head for not being more sensitive to this. I was thrilled when he finally got it.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

    Scarlet


    Who was the most memorable character of Dirty Kiss, Book 1 and why?

    Jae-Sin. He faced his life with dignity and though I wouldn't have made the same choices he did when it came to his family, I understand and respect them.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the second installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T. Turnerpla Atlanta, GA 03-12-14
    T. Turnerpla Atlanta, GA 03-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I love Rhys Ford and definitely loved the story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book and is fascinated by the story and it's characters, so I was excited to hear the audio book version. The enjoyable part was the story itself.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listen to Greg Tremblay's story before, so I can't compare it to other stories that he might have narrated.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dirty Kiss, Book 1 and why?

    Actually all the characters where great.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was excellent, but the narrator was kind of dull to express what the characters in the story are really like.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 04-01-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Diry Kiss rocks!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Greg Tremblay


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery. Most stories I can figure out by mid-book, Rhys Ford doesn't telegraph who the bad guy is.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

    Cole McGinnis


    Any additional comments?

    Great steamy sex scenes. *sigh*

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allie 07-02-14
    Allie 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Killer narration brought the story to life"
    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Greg Tremblay's narration, with his portrayal of Jae-Min and Cole, kept me engaged from the very beginning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cole and Jae-Min's relationship and the fact that their relationship is a work-in-progress - like most relationships.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have had this Kindle book in my bookshelf for quite a while, but I just hadn't gotten around to reading it yet. I noticed that it was available on Audible, so I picked it up to entertain myself while driving back and forth to work. Boy, am I glad I did! While the story line kept me engaged, it was Greg Tremblay, the narrator, who really sold the story. He brought both Cole and Jae-Min to life, and I can't wait to start book 2 - Dirty Secret - on tomorrow morning's drive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While it would have been nice to listen to it in one sitting, I made myself wait each day for the drive to and from work - a little delayed gratification never hurt anyone!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ALLIE 06-17-14
    ALLIE 06-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Greg rocks this book!"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there because of the wittiness of Rhys writing and the incredible performance by Greg! This is my first ever book review and I felt compelled because I want more books to be narrated by Greg.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    Not sure. What I hope gets revealed in one of the sequels is why Ben went bonkers.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't praise Greg enough! He really brings the characters to life and his Korean accents are wonderful!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jae caves. He doesn't want to feel for Cole but he can't help it. The sex scenes are great too (wink).


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see what Greg can do with Rhys' Sinners series. Book 3 on ebook is coming out soon but it will be great if the audiobook was done soon also.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 05-27-14
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome Narrator!!"

    Wow, I thought I loved these books when I read them. Greg Tremblay takes this series to a whole new level. I am a major Rhys Ford fan. I have read everything she has written. Hearing her words in Greg's voice was truly a wonderful experience. This is one of the rare times where a narrator completely nails how I thought the MCs voices where in my head. I can tell that Mr. Tremblay "gets" Ms. Ford's words and his interpretation of Cole and Jae is spot on. This is a winning combo.

    Oh yeah, and the story is awesome too, but that is a given. Ms. Ford writes wonderful mm romance mysteries weaving in aspects of Korean culture and how difficult it is to be gay and Korean. Her characters have tremendous depth. Cole has a tragic past and demons he must confront, while still being loving and witty with his friends and real and adopted family. Jae Min is a wonderful and loving man who is just trying to do the right thing for everyone. But he is forever torn between his family obligations and his heart. There are four books in this series so far and it is (hopefully) far from over. Soooo worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn GLASTONBURY, CT, United States 05-12-14
    Marilyn GLASTONBURY, CT, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not just about the sex"

    The author has crafted a well-written novel that is more of a week-long slice of life story than simply a m/m romance. There is, however, a sparking beginning of a relationship here..... you know: that time when you've just met and you get weak knees and can't think about anything else. And sexual relations of a fairly explicit nature are part of that, for sure, but these scenes are merely part of what's going on in the days and nights of the main character in this first-person narrative. They fit into the entirety of the book seamlessly and are exciting.

    The narrator purrs these scenes out rather then merely reads them. He also does a great job with the accents, not that I know what a Korean accent really sounds like, but the narrator gives the various people different voices, plausibly Asian.

    As for the mystery aspect, I am not a mystery-genre person in general, but the mystery in this story took a back seat, again, to the slice of life aspect, so it worked for me. I don't want to figure out "who dunnit," I just want a good listen and that's what I got with this book.

    I often don't order the second book in a series even when I enjoyed it because I want to sample around. however, the follow up to Dirty Kiss is downloading as I write this. I think it's due to the excellent writing and likable characters. The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts all around is that I reserve that for the books you want to read over and over, the ones that are destined to become classics in your personal library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-03-14
    Erica Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-03-14
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    "I like Cole"
    What did you love best about Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    Instant attraction, not instant love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    The answer to who done it! I was suprised.


    What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

    His Cole voice was different than i imagined from when i read part of the book before, but I actually liked it better. Its a little monotone but after a while with the rhythm of Cole's speech it works


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the release the rest of these books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 08-04-14
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Expect a cliffhanger"

    The only reason I'm giving the story 3 stars, is because it feels unfinished. Don't expect the narrative to wrap up all the loose ends in this book, I fear that's what book two and three are going to do.
    That said, it's well written and I enjoyed the story quite a bit. If I hadn't liked the story, I would be a little unhappy about having to buy the next two books.
    Excellent narration. Tremblay has a relaxed style that I enjoyed immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Dirty Kiss (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ )"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Detective Cole has ruined my life AOA, I think that this says it all pretty much


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    as cliche as it may sound it was when Cole opened the door and saw Jae- Min for the first time and then he fell in love :333


    Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but this one was great! I loved the Korean accent it made every thing so realistic and fun :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much I was done with this in 2 days, yes I have no life...


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book, I will now go and read the sequel. The mystery and engaging plot were amazing. The sex bits where hawt addition to the over all great outcome, so stop reading this review and go listen to this book AOA

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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