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Dirty Kiss, Book 1

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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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    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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    Amazon Customer Norway 03-21-16
    Amazon Customer Norway 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "First book in my favorite series"
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    ***** 4,5 Dirty series stars *****

    Audio edition, narrator Greg Tremblay
    8 hours 21 minutes

    Overall: 4,5
    Performance: 4
    Story: 5

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    "Saranghae, agi."
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    This is one of my favorite series and characters of all time. I love these books, and by that I mean the audio edition narrated by my favorite narrator Greg Tremblay.

    I love Rhys Ford's writing and the characters she has created with this series. Greg Tremblay gives life to the characters with his narration. Each character has his or her own voice.

    Cole McGinnis: snarky and slightly sarcastic way of speaking, but with lots of feelings.
    Jae-Min's Korean accent.
    Bobby's growling one-liners.
    Claudia's southern maternal and stern voice, with a "black" tone, if I'm allowed to call it that.
    Scarlet's silky Philippine accent.
    Mike's older brotherly slightly exasperated-over-Cole's voice.
    And all the other characters that cross paths with Cole in this story.

    It's impressive work!

    I've listened to this book and the rest of the series numerous times, so I have lost count. Since I love the so much it's very difficult to be objective when rating them. But on the other hand rating should reflect how I feel about what I read.

    I've taken off a half star for this one, though. This is because the quality of the audio is slightly less than the rest of the series. I have my suspicions that Tremblay has gotten a new and better microphone when narrating #2 (or was it #3?). Also, in the next books it feels as if Tremblay have gotten to know the characters, so his narration of them is better, and his narration as a whole is more fluid too. He has this little pauses.when.he.narrates sometimes which can be slightly irritating if you first start to notice them. These are less obvious in the next books.

    This is all nitpicking, but it's there so I deducted half a star so I can give full score when the narration is perfect.

    If you've read or listened to this and am unsure whether or not to continue the series, I recommend you to continue. When I read Dirty Kiss the first time I gave it 3,5. I wasn't very impressed. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I think it's the weakest in the series actually. Fortunately I continued the series and I'm so glad a did. As I said in the beginning of this review, the Cole McGinnis series have become one of my absolute favorite series. I hope you will enjoy the series too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BR 02-20-15
    BR 02-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fell for the narrator"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raina 01-12-15
    Raina 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mystic_fairy CA 09-26-14
    mystic_fairy CA 09-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Despite the weird cover, this book is awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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. :(

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-24-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty Good"

    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.

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    Heather 06-24-14
    Heather 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the narrator!"

    **Audible edition**

    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**

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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.

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    M. Childers Texas, USA 11-16-17
    M. Childers Texas, USA 11-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Cole McGinnis #1. The first in a wonderful series."

    I love this series so much. Cole is an ex cop turned private eye who is haunted by his past and working hard to be happy, making new friends and enemies along the way.
    His back story is heartbreaking, and as the story moves along, revealing glimpses inside of Coles head, his wounded heart and tough quirky personality shine.
    He is the best kind of protaganist, funny, snarky, fiercely loyal to his friends and family, and
    always stumbling into some kind of dangerous mess.
    When he meets Jae Min he falls for him instantly but that self realization doesn't happen for a while. The whole series is a fantastic arc detailing Cole's and Jae's relationship journey while dodging bad guys and trying to solve the long standing mystery of what really happened the day that Cole's best friend/work partner decided to kill Cole's boyfriend and then himself.
    There is short story resolution to this book, #1 in the series, but the many of the story lines arc over the entire series. These are books that should be read/listened to in order to fully understand and enjoy the backstory and mystery that is slowly revealed.
    I have listened to Dirty Kiss and all its sequels more than once, its that good.
    Greg Tremblay is a narrator king, absolutely superb narration. He makes all these characters just come to life in full technicolor.

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    Kevin786 Roscommon, Michigan 09-25-17
    Kevin786 Roscommon, Michigan 09-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm already in love with Cole and Jay."

    Not the ending I expected. Narration is amazing... Story line phenomenal.... On to book two.

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  • Maria
    4/26/14
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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
  • JillB
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    1/17/17
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    "Loved it!"

    As with most of my audio books I'd read this in print before getting the audio version so I already knew I liked the story itself. I enjoyed this format just as much.
    I know that some people have commented on the narration as being paced oddly; what I found was that the dialogue was perfectly paced but the narration in between didn't flow as well. It didn't put me off, once I got used to it, it was fine & there's always some adjustment needed when listening to a narrator - either for the first time, or the first time in a while after having listened to other people for a few books.
    I will be listening to this again. I did enjoy it. And I'm very happy to have the choice of pixels or audio depending on my mood and what I've got to do at the same time.
    The characters were clearly differentiated via the narration (I love Scarlet & Bobby!) and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts (which is okay in the car, not so much on the bus). All in all, a lovely, enjoyable read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kallie Harris
    3/8/15
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The author is a favourite of mine and I'm always confident of a good, well written story so reasonably highly but the choice of narrator definitely impacted my enjoyment of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thought and care given to the characters and their backstories. The surrounding cast and the narrative drive throughout taking you to the big reveal.


    What three words best describe Greg Tremblay’s performance?

    Stilted, jerky, uncomfortable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two Worlds Collide...


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book very much (I've mostly come to this author via the audio medium) but I had to work at it because of the narrator. I couldn't work out if he was actually pausing for punctuation in the written text or if his performance style was actually so awkward. It definitely wasn't as smooth a listen as some of the performers I've listened to - the narrator delivers his performance in short, staccato bursts that definitely wear on you after a while. This is the first book by the author that I've had to take a break from and come back to rather than resentfully stopping it to concentrate on other things. The story itself is good - well written, the characters intresting and engaging and the dialogue snappy. The book is well worth a credit and I'm following the series but I probably won't follow the narrator outside of the Rhys Ford's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH
    Nottingham UK
    2/24/15
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    "stunning performance of a stunning book"
    Any additional comments?

    When I READ a book, I don't much like single person POV in the first person. You know this, I say it often enough,
    BUT
    I've decided that when LISTENING I love a book written that way! LOVE. WHY?? Here its the book, the story, yes, but its also that absolute sterling performance by Greg Tremblay.

    I'm getting ahead of myself, I usually talk about the book first and then the narration.

    Dirty Kiss is the first book in this series, about Cole McGinnis. Cole is an ex-cop turned private investigator and is employed to look inot the death of a Korean business man's son, which is deemed suicide. It brings Cole into contact with the amn's cousin, Kim Jae-Min. And Cole falls, HARD. But Jae-Min is living a secret, a dirty secret that Cole has lived with all his life. And Cole won't let Jae-Min go, not now he is safe.

    I'm trying really hard to seperate the book from the narration, and I can't. Its impossible. Greg is Cole McGinnis and its just like sitting down and having a conversation with someone telling you what they did to solve this case and what he did to keep the guy. Greg is just brilliant in that conversation and his voice is clear, his accents amazing. I LOVED Scarlett. And although the differences in the Korean characters are slight, its enough for me to make out who is who. Greg's chatting voice is low and even, and you get right through to the heart of Cole, all through Greg's reading.

    While the case is solved, Cole and Jae-Min's story isn't finished. Not quite a happy-ever-after, more a happy-for-now sort of ending.

    Action, drama, thriller, murder, love, sex, culture clashes, getting over your demons, and finding new ones, this book has it all.

    An absolute stunning performance. by Greg, of an absolutely fabulous book by Rhys Ford.

    I'm off to get book 2 :-)

    5 stars for the book and 5 for the narration

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