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AUDIO - Cole McGinnis Series (#1 & #2) by Rhys Ford

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#M_M, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Suspense

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.

Listening Time: 8 hrs 21 min

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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,


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 **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Loving Kim Jae-Min isn't always easy: Jae is gun-shy about being openly homosexual. Ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis doesn't know any other way to be. Still, he understands where Jae is coming from. Traditional Korean men aren't gay-at least not usually where people can see them. But Cole can't spend too much time unraveling his boyfriend's issues. He has a job to do. When a singer named Scarlet asks him to help find Park Dae-Hoon, a gay Korean man who disappeared nearly two decades ago, Cole finds himself submerged in the tangled world of rich Korean families, where obligation and politics mean sacrificing happiness to preserve corporate empires. Soon the bodies start piling up without rhyme or reason. With every step Cole takes toward locating Park Dae-Hoon, another person meets their demise-and someone Cole loves could be next on the murderer's list.

Listening Time: 8 hrs 4 minutes

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

This is book two, and it was over a year ago that I listened to book one, but as soon as I started reading it, I picked it right up where I left off. I had already LISTENED to it, but it was at a time my reviews weren't happening and so I didn't write one. Given the opportunity to read the other books in the series, for review, I jumped straight in and READ it.

And it is as glorious in ebook as it was in audio! All the while, I could hear Greg Tremblay chatting away, in my ear, as I was reading. Because thats what it felt like, as in book one, I'm just sitting here, having a chat with Cole McGinnis about his job! But I know some of my words were pronounced wrong, the names mostly.

But Cole has a hard time here, he gets shot at, a lot. There is, come to think of it, a lot of shooting in this one, genereally, and not just at Cole. Poor Claudia bears the brunt of it.

Jae and Cole are moving along in their relationship, and even though Jae asks Cole not to say it, he does. And it made me cry, that scene.

And yes, even though its single person POV, I don't care!

I have books 3, 4, 5 and 6 to read next. Good job I have the week off work!

5 stars for the book, 5 for the narration5 overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications. She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

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