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
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I am so glad I listen to the reviews. This was a pretty good story. I was surprised in how real it was. I mean, I felt like this story is so believable... having a lot of Koren friends.... Ford really did her research into the lifestyle of Asian families... Koreans especially.
I like how Jae Min was all shy...but when Cole and Jae get together Jae gets all smexy!!!!
Nice action, drama and romance all through this book. A good read/listen from beginning to end. One to Dirty Secret...book 2!
Narration was superb! This was my first time listening to Greg Tremblay... and I must say... this won't be my last... Good strong narration.
Good buy, credit or sale.
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
I've said it time and time again but I'm not a mystery lover. I'm just not! I couldn't give a crap who killed whom and I don't love the anxious feeling that romantic suspense gives me. ::shrugs:: I'm a wuss!
But I really liked this one.
This is your typical guy gets injured past what would be humanly possible for most people romance. Cole must have bones of steel because he bounces back from some serious $hit! Jae too. What is in the water over there?
What were my favorite parts? I loved the back-and-forth between Cole and Bobby and Cole and his brother. This book was a home run for me whenever Rhys Ford got to show off her bantering skillz. It had some insanely funny and clever moments that I loved. I also liked that these guys had some real issues to deal with. They each had a lot of baggage, between family issues, money, and jobs, and it felt real to me. Very weighty, very legitimate. I also think that Cole and Jae had some nice chemistry, though the romance was a little rushed for my taste.
What elevated this book from 3.5 stars rounded down to a solid 4 star read was a KILLER narration by Greg Tremblay. He did such an amazing job. I loved his Jae voice (just spot on) as well as his Cole voice. A really smart, nuanced narration that made the somewhat cheesy sex scenes squirm-in-your-seat hot.
Overall, a very nice first book in a series that I can't wait to get my grabby hands on.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Phoenix, AZ, USA
I am tossing this one back. The narrator is so bad that after an hour, I am totally done.
It might make a decent read, but truly a horrible listen.
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