Title: Dirty Kiss (A Cole McGinnis Mystery #1)
Author: Rhys Ford
Length: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: m/m contemporary mystery
Rating: Liked it (Stealing Cole’s rating system)
Blurb: 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.
Review: I had heard good things about this series and I was looking at the UK Meet memory stick I got and lo and behold, this was one of the books that Dreamspinner gave to attendees for free. Wheee. I also like mysteries and Asian characters.
While Cole is half-Japanese, he’s basically a red-blooded American. When he and his lover where shot (the lover killed) by his partner, Cole left the police force with some kind of settlement. He has spent the last three years working through his grief and starting a PI business. His brother who runs a personal security firm asks him to look into the suicide of a Korean businessman as his family doesn’t believe it’s suicide. Although the fact that the man was at a Korean gay sex club does not go over well with his family either.
While speaking to the family, he meets Jae and is instantly attracted, however Jae comes with a LOT of baggage, including the dead man’s family who hates him, and family responsibility that weighs heavy on Asian families, and that Cole finds nearly impossible to understand. I have to admit I didn’t figure out the killer until it was revealed, that was nicely done. And while like Cole, I don’t really get it, there are certain similarities to some of my daughter’s friends who have Asian parents. They are maybe not quite as rigid as Jae’s family, but there are certain things that are just not options for those kids, no questions asked.
My only issues, were some of the language that is used in the sex scenes at first. The word dimple is used and I thought he meant on his face. Um. No. That was his … special place. LOL It through me off a bit, but on the whole, not something irredeemable. I also thought Cole’s ability to think of nothing but sex after having been nearly blown up, shot at, hospitalized, etc. was pretty astounding. You’d think his body would require a break, but apparently not. The sex was hot and I appreciated Jae’s conflict between his attraction to Cole, and his loyalty to his family and his uncertainly of how the two could ever work. So I’m interested to read the next book and see how the relationship develops and if there is a logical way for them to be together without destroying Jae’s family.