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4 Stars for Dirty Secret (Cole McGinnis #2) by Rhys Ford #MM #Thriller @rhys_ford @dreamspinners

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Title: Dirty Secret (Cole McGinnis #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 28, 2012 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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FourStars

Rhys Ford brings us the second installment in Cole McGinnis PI books.
If it’s going to happen it happens to Cole.  These books are entertaining. In this book Cole and Jae are still working on their relationship. Jae still hasn’t come out to his family.

Bobby was back in this story, I love how he’s always their for Cole.
Cole is once again looking into a missing Korean.  Dae-Hoon.  Wow, their all related and sleeping with each other, but nobody admits to being gay.  And everybody is shooting everybody and Cole and Jae always seem to be in the middle of it all.

I love the relationship that Is still developing between Cole and Jae.  Cole is offering help to Jae.  I love Jae’s reply to Cole.

(Cole)“Yeah, of course.” I checked my watch. “I’ve just got to go through some stuff Scarlet sent over and return some calls, but after that, I’m all yours.”
(Jae) “You were mine before I called.”

These books always have a touch of humor and mystery to them.  Very enjoyable reads.

Sherry

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4.5 Stars for Dirty Kiss (Cole McGinnis #1) by Rhys Ford #MM #Thriller @Rhys_Ford @Dreamspinners

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Title: Dirty Kiss (Cole McGinnis #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2011 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

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. The death of Jae-Min’s cousin 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.

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FourandHalfStars

Cole McGinnis is a ex vice cop and PI. In the first book of the series he is investigating a Korean suicide at his brothers request.

Their were several characters that stood out in this book.  The MC Cole had to struggle when he worked with the cops.  They didn’t like him for who he was. He was still getting over his boyfriends death.  I did like that he had a good friend in Bobby.  The character that was most enjoyable was his office worker Claudia,  he pays her to do his office work but she spends most of her time knitting and watch tv while working, She turns out be quite entertaining.

This was a good mystery, sometimes you are able to figure out the killer, but this time it was written very well, I had no idea who the killer was.  It had funny and serious moments throughout the book, it kept me interested.  I look forward to the next book in the series.

Sherry

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TWO 5 Stars for Model Citezen by Lissa Kasey #MM #Mystery @parisbvamp @Dreamspinners

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Title: Model Citizen
Author Name & Publisher: Lissa Kasey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.

Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.

When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.

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FiveStars

LOVED THIS BOOK!!!  My heart bled for these characters, I laughed, cried and was so incensed with anger.  This book had it all.  Love, loss, romance and mystery.  While the mystery was not too difficult to decipher, I still enjoyed it.

Ollie and Kade are awesome characters.  Their sexual chemistry is sizzling and their romantic chemistry while electric at fist was given time to develop.  When the book begins, I love how OK Ollie is with himself.  He doesn’t let his differences keep him from trying to keep Nathan’s business running.  This story was so full of people caring for each other.

I honestly felt that these characters jumped off the page for me.  I am so looking forward to the next installment and am biting my fingernails to figure out the next mystery!

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FiveStars

What a wonderful book! Oliver Petroskovic is one of the most original, compelling characters I have ever read. He is an androgynous high-end catwalk model who takes on his brother’s private investigation business after his death. Oliver is a kick-ass hero who has survived a tough childhood and is still grieving his brother. He also happens to wear heels and pretty dresses while he kicks bad-guy ass. Fantastic.

I couldn’t help but google the real life Andreja Pejic while I read this – but while Oliver may look like her, and he has the same modelling career, Oliver isn’t conflicted about his gender. I absolutely love his confidence. And also his insecurities. I just love this character! Emotionally fragile, Oliver has a steely determination and some pretty fierce self-defence skills. Even if he doesn’t eat anything but grilled fish.

I loved Kade almost as much as I loved Oliver. His physical scars match Oliver’s internal ones and his solid, placid strength balances Oliver. I loved the history between the two men and the potential for a very different future.

Beyond Oliver’s complicated life, his investigative work is engrossing. The best mystery stories allow readers to work out the story with the detectives and I think I might have just figured out the who-dunnit before the big reveal. The Big-Brother style porn series Oliver investigates is fascinating, if a little depressing.

It’s hard to find the words to express how much I loved this book. There is a new wave of m/m writers who are rejecting romance stereotypes and introducing very original characters. Characters many of us would judge or reject too quickly in real life. Lissa Kasey was at the front of this movement with her Dominion books, but Oliver appeals to a much more mainstream audience than Seiran. I really hope this turns into a series with a huge readership. Oliver deserves the attention!

Sarah

Excerpt

“Christ, man up and stow it, D. Else he’s gonna come down to finish us off,” I growled at Donovan. I glanced up toward the stairs, searching for the shooter. We were still in the open, easy targets. Fuck, fuck, fuck! I dragged Donovan toward the car, hating that I had to use the VW as a shield. Maybe Nathan was right and I should have picked a bigger car. He’d wanted me in an Escalade, or something bigger if he could have found it. I told him I didn’t have anything to compensate for and bought the VW. An Escalade would have provided better protection from shotgun bullets.

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