Dirty Secret

Rhys Ford
Dirty Secret
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
September 2012
Book 2 of The Cole McGinness Mysteries
Action/Adventure Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author,reviewer)
Jun 30, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
I read the third book, Dirty Laundry, in the Cole McGinnis Mysteries' first. I enjoyed it so much I went back and started to read them all from start to finish. DIRTY SECRET is the second book, sequel to Dirty Kiss.

And may I say that once again my decision to read this series was not regretted. DIRTY SECRET takes up where Dirty Kiss left off, with the developing relationship between Cole McGinnis, PI extraordinaire, and his Korean lover, Kim Jae-Min. The story starts off with Cole and his brother Mike on a stakeout outside a sex ship in one of the less salubrious parts of time. Someone is stealing the merchandise and the owner wants to find out who is defrauding him of his well-earned livelihood. When a brunette blow up doll comes wafting out of an opening in the shop wall, followed by yet another (blond this time), Cole believes he has his perpetrator cornered. But unfortunately, in ‘Cole World' nothing is ever quite that easy.

All hell ensues as the gunfire we have come to resignedly associate with the rather target prone Cole begins and before long, the alleyway is teeming with twinks, drug addled individuals and store clerks with guns. Oh and a rather amusing account of a bottle stuck somewhere where bottles really don't belong….Aish! is all I can say. Yes, ladies and gents, I'm learning Korean.

Having made his way through this mayhem, Cole is then drawn into yet another case of Korean intrigue when he's asked to find a man who disappeared many years ago as his sons want closure. Of course, things aren't what they seem.

Rhys Ford tells her stories with a flair that means you are sucked into the maelstrom of these two men's lives, Cole and Jae, their burgeoning love for each other despite society's disapproval and the danger and intrigue that surrounds Cole and unfortunately draws everyone he loves into it with him. There is once again conflict, heartbreak, really hot sex, support and comfort and the knowledge in the reader's heart and mind that these two men were really meant to be together.

Her story takes us on yet another journey into the soul and heart of these two men, the issues they face and the constant struggle to overcome them. I've already said in previous reviews that I like Rhys Ford's writing and style, her dialogue flows, is witty and sarcastic, her plot and subplots all weave together effortlessly, and her stories are just incredibly diverse.

So it will be no surprise to you to hear I recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone who loves romance, action (in many ways) and adventure in this genre.
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