Dirty Kiss

Rhys Ford
Dirty Kiss
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
July 2011
Book 1 of A Cole McGinness Mystery
Action/Adventure Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Jun 28, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
And once again the inimitable Rhys Ford takes me into her imaginary world of Cole McGinnis, ex-cop and current PI and his lover, Kim Jae-Min and for a while, she makes me forget the real one even exists.

This is the first in the series about Cole McGinnis and (I have to admit) his penchant for getting shot with alarming regularity. This man must definitely have nine lives. His poor boyfriend, Jae, tends to pull his hair out with frustration and whenever the phone rings, he just knows that Cole's in trouble yet again.

DIRTY KISS takes the reader into the world of suicide, murder, mayhem and family intrigue. Cole is asked to look into the apparent suicide of a Korean man called Hyun-Shik. In his investigation of this, he opens a can of worms that would have best been left shut. To be fair, it also means he meets the sexy, beautiful, feline Jae-Min, he himself damaged and struggling with family issues as a gay man in the world of his Korean family values and traditions.

Cole is recovering from his lover Rick's violent death at the hands of Cole's now deceased partner in the police force. Cole hasn't been prepared, until now, to entertain any idea of a new relationship with anyone. But meeting Jae sends his world into turmoil and he has no option but to follow his racing heart (and ever erect manhood in Jae's smoldering presence) to fulfill the fantasies he has and make Jae-Min his. As things develop to become more than sex and lust, both Cole and Jae have to deal with the underlying tensions and prejudices that threaten to drive them apart.

I have already posted a review for the 3rd book in this series, Dirty Laundry, and I've already mentioned just how much I enjoy Rhys Ford's writing. It's the reason I decided to go back and read the series from the start. Her humour, her ability to make her characters come alive in your living room to the extent that you really wish they were real, and her unerring instinct for writing pacey, entertaining fiction that keeps you guessing and leaves you breathless, is, as always, a joy to behold.

If you haven't already read this series, then can I suggest you start with this one, get hooked like I did and continue to read the rest. I don't think you'll regret it if you like great plot, interesting and unusual settings (I now know more about the Korean lifestyle and language than I ever thought I would) and sexy, complicated men and relationships.
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