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 finally gave in and tried this series again because of all the good reviews it gets. Last time i tried, i Got bored halfway trough and dropped it. Now i listened to all of it and - okay it is not a bad story and i like the MC and the fatalistic humor he has when telling the story. The korean life-rules displayed in the story is also kind of interesting. It is not, however, going to make my top ten and over all i do Think the ratings are too high. My Reason for giving it Four Stars across is that it is better written Than many m/m books and actually have a story Line besides the m/m romance. The narrator is also very good. But the Reason for not giving it five Stars is that you might get to like and know Cole in the story but jae seems to be a "fill in" character and even the drag queen who Plays a role in the series seems to have more personallity. But i just Got the next book hoping that Will change. (Sorry about the Capital letters - not intentional - english is aparrently also my phones second language)
Narrating is a subtle thing. Many books I have loved to read have made horrible audiobooks. Bad accents, speaking too quickly or making women have high-pitched squeaky voices will ruin a book fast. But nothing makes me hit the off button faster than overacting by the narrator. At first it seemed like Greg Tremblay had fallen into the trap of overly dramatic reading but by the second chapter I was hooked. Part of his skill is in making each character have a distinct voice. You never have to wonder who is speaking. He does a great job with accents, both regional and Asian. And by giving each character a clear voice, he is able to layer in emotions in a natural, unforced way. And here is where Rhys Ford's writing shines through. There is sadness and the aftermath of violence balanced against humor and finding a family of choice. Mr Tremblay plays through all those emotions with a deft hand. At heart it is a love story that feels like you are listening to two men fall in love. He even pulls off the sex scenes which so often become laughable by bad narration. One criticism I have read is that each book in the series ends on a cliffhanger which is true and would usually irritate me. In this case the special chemistry of Tremblay's voice and Ford's writing meant I just jumped right in on the next book. I feel like I found something unexpected and special in this series and look forward to more from both the author and the narrator
I kept hearing good things about this series and I was skeptical at first. I ended up loving this. The blend of cultures and mystery along with two heart breaking men made for a fantastic read. The depth of the characters and the richness of the plot was refreshing and kept me on edge. I would highly recommend this to everyone.
There are 69 books in my library right now. I can never buy another book. :(
Yes! Greg Tremblay is probably one of my favorite narrators and I'm sad that he hasn't really done much. He did a FANTASTIC job narrating this book and I've already listened to it multiple times. For me this book is really enhanced by the audio version.
Jae-min. It literally sounds like another person is voicing him, and he does a perfect job with all the Korean, not that I'm an expert or anything but it sounded amazing to me. Jae is just the start though, because Greg makes pretty much all of the characters sound unique, and he even made me laugh out loud at some points because he voices the dark humor perfectly.
Jae-min. He is my answer to everything because I love him so, so much. He is so perfectly damaged and beautiful and badass that I just want to hug him and feed him cookies. I love the way he loves Cole and yet takes ZERO shit from him, it's perfect. He's the best. *sigh
Such a good book, and an amazing audiobook. Thanks to this book I was forced to buy all the other books in the series and now painfully await the last to be written. :(
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**
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.
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Dirty kiss was a bit dirty! But a lot of mystery. I never saw it coming-who the killer was. Well done! A wonderful deadly, dangerous, and really not so dirty romance.
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I will have to say Dirty Kis has moved to top of my Audiobook listens. The story is intriguing the romance steamy and the narration the best I have heard
There are so many its hard to pick just one. The entire book is memorable but the end I guess for me since I never figured out who was doing the killing.
All of it. I loved his inflictions of character it was so easy to tell them apart. I loved the slight Accent of Jae-Min and especially how the performance was more acted out than read. He got breathy in the sex scenes, If it was said with a slight chuckle he actually chuckled the words and he even sang one line!
Cole. I loved Cole, how he still thought of his past lover, how he was so strong and yet we saw his emotional weakness.I also loved Jae-Min as well. He had a mysteriousness to him.
Cole is hired by his brother to investigate a suicide of a prominent Korean Businessman's son, he gets caught up in shootings, bombings, and learns the dynamics of Korean life after falling for the man he is trying to save.I loved this story. It is well-written, page turning(or you can't stop listening) The storyline is fabulous there is a lot of action, some hot and steamy sex scenes and well narrated. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes a romantic suspense and I cannot wait to listen to the next!
What a great story, it was full of so many surprises! The author made it impossible to put it down. The narration was excellent in my opinion.
Plan to get more by this author.
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