I will admit, the covers for this series first attracted me, but the story made me stay.
Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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.
Poor Cole, he has had one heck of a time getting over the loss of his lover and his partner on the force (2 different people). The fact that his lover was killed right in front of him and he, too, took some life altering damage, at the hands of said partner, might just have something to do with it. He is now a private investigator and gets embroiled in a world were he has no business (but isn’t that what fictional PI’s do best). While in that world he meets Jae-Min, a semi-closeted, former exotic dancer, and cousin to the victim whose death Cole is investigating.
Dirty Kiss is the first in a series of books revolving around Cole McGinnis and Kim Jae-Min. As with most romantic mystery series, the mystery is the forefront of the book and the love story is the glue that holds the series together. In this case, I really like the couple and am pulling for them to make it and grow closer in future installments. I will be eagerly awaiting the rest of the series on audio.
Not my favorite narrator, but not horrible either. Honestly, he sounded bored through much of the narration. He used little inflection unless he was doing “voices” during the dialogue scenes. Some of those actually made me laugh. That being said, I would not shy away from another Tremblay narrated title and am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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