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Dirty Secret (Cole McGinnis #2)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  1,330 ratings  ·  214 reviews
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
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Published September 28th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4 stars for the story, 10++++ stars for the audiobook narrator!**

Greg Tremblay, you rock my world.

You are a perfect, PERFECT, Cole McGinnis and your range of voices is... sigh... *me so happy*!! This narrator is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and has MADE this series for me! I could kiss you... for real! No, seriously, let's make out...

It takes a lot for me to LOVE an audiobook, especially an audiobook in which I have no idea what is happening. Honestly. I was totally clueless.

I ha
Written August 21, 2014

4 Stars - Already familiar and homely with fast-paced crime, a lot of yummy smex and a wonderfully charming private investigator

Book #2

I downloaded this second audiobook in Rhys Ford's M/M crime series Cole McGinnis as soon as I finished the first installment: #1 - Dirty Kiss (3.5 stars). I liked this style, these guys and this great narrator at once.

A very happy Ingela after a second round.
I immediately jump on the next train with Cole & the gang now. Rubbing
Jenni Lea

She did it again.

That's twice now Rhys Ford has shocked me.

I'm not even sure what to say here. Just that this book was amazing. And wonderful. And entertaining as hell. And the FEELS! Oh man, the feels in this one.

Read. This. Book.
Rhys Ford
Aug 19, 2012 Rhys Ford added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Yes, I'm writing a review for this book. Honestly, I'm not leaving a review for reading it. I'm leaving one for writing it.

Scribbling down this book was a fantastic experience. Through Dirty Kiss, I met so many lovely people and interacted with fantastic readers. This book really belongs to everyone who read DK and told me they fell in love with Cole and Jae.

I hope you find them interesting and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed writing them.

So thank you. Every one of you, my deepest thanks.

Now, o

Another 3.5 stars...

First half of this book was a mix of snooze-fest and utter confusion. I was getting bored of the storyline moving so slowly and the barrage of Korean-named characters was confusing…even for me! Truly, how likely is it that every single Korean man Cole comes in contact with is gay and every single person in his seemingly small world gets shot at and killed? (And PS: not all Koreans sleep with their cousins as this series may suggest! Ha!)

BUT, the book took a turn when the auth
Heather C
Gah! This sequel was awesome!!!

What I loved:

Cole His snark still cracks me up! He had me laughing A LOT. But my favorite is how protective he is of Jae; its very obvious that Jae is his world. (view spoiler)

Jae-Min He breaks my heart; I just want to give him a hug. And its also very obvious that Cole is his world, too. I love the tenderness between them. I thought it was a little sappy in the first book, bu
Five Full Stars. I cannot believe how good that was. I have always liked Rhys Ford's books but this BLEW. ME. AWAY.

Cole and Jae are easily in my top 5 MM couples and this series is definitely in my top 3 series.

And the hook for book 3? OMG. I will be reading it Monday. With Amy. Of course.

Notes to self
Dae Hoon -- the missing father
Seong Min-Ho -- Scarlet's hyung
Kwon Sang Min -- the suspected bad guy, Dae Hoon's lover, David's soon to be father in law
Shin-Cho -- the young man hiring Cole


Thank you Rhys Ford for surpassing my expectations and making me happy. Let’s be frank, sometimes sequels can be a let down and though I was excited out of pants to read Dirty Secret I wasn't anticipating gold. Well folks I got platinum, I never thought I would like this book so much and I enjoyed it a lot more than the first. It was like sitting down to a kick ass episode of Cole McGinnis P.I. Sometimes even the most awesome has faults and so I do have a few thi
Cole McGinnis is hired by Park Shin-Cho (Scarlet's hyung's nephew) to find out what is happened with Shin-Cho's father, who disappeared almost 20 years ago (back in 1994). Shin-Cho is gay as is his father, and Shin-Cho's brother is now marrying his father's lover's daughter (yes, I know, very confusing and in some way, incestous, no?), so Shin-Cho thinks it is the right time to find the truth once and for all.

But as the investigation starts moving, people are starting to get shot. Cole wonders
Tamika♥The Assassin♥
Eff me sideways, this book was so freaking good. I thought the first one was good, this was better. Aside from the names(I had to make a chart, don't judge me) the story sucked me in. I cried and laughed and cried again. I don't know why I waited to read this serIlies or anything by this author but she is on auto buy for me now on. Cole was an emotional wreck at times but I loved it. His strength, his vulnerability and his ability to be the rock that Kim Jae Min needs. I have to say Google trans ...more
R * A Reader Obsessed *
Looking back on Dirty Kiss I fully appreciated this sequel a lot more. It doesn't hurt that the narrator Greg Tremblay is seamless with all the different characters and accents - he's quite impressive.

I really liked Cole. He wasn't overly emotional; he doesn't say a lot of pretty words. But his feelings for Jae are intense and for the first time, in a long time since his past lover was killed, he's living and loving again.

What this series has that Ford's other series (i.e. Sinner's Gin) doesn't,
Definitely ALL the stars!! I absolutely adore this series. Cole and Jae-Min. Dreamy sigh. I will admit that it was somewhat difficult to keep up with all the Korean names, but I made myself a little cheat sheet and that helped a lot. Mishy and I are moving right along and starting book #3 immediately.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Overall this was a nice sequel to the first story. It left me immediately wanting to read the third in the series because of course it ends on a cliffhanger. It was confusing to begin with--there are so many characters and the intricate relationships were ridiculous. I kid you not: I had to make a family tree on paper that I kept updating. It was so complicated the lines overlapped.

Cole and Jae are getting closer and I need Jae to step it up. Cole is incredibly patient, although I was reminded t
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Wow! I enjoyed the first book, Dirty Kiss, but I loved this one so much more! It's left me speechless, to be honest.

I felt like Cole and Jae grew so much closer in this one. Their relationship is intense and deep and so touching it makes me want to cry sometimes. They obviously love each other so much but their circumstances stop them from taking that final step into full blown life partners. It's heartbreaking. Cole's still the snarky man I fell in love with and Jae is still the caring, but so
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

4.75 stars

I read this sequel to Dirty Kiss (reviewed here) directly after that book, simply because I really love these characters and I feel very invested in their happiness. As a sequel, this book did everything it needed to rise above Dirty Kiss, both in the mystery and in the continuation of the romance.

Cole and Jae ended the first book on shaky ground but with a solid commitment to give their relationship a try -- at least for the time being. The atmosph
Wow. I absolutely loved this story. Loved it. This series has moved up into my top 5 favorites.

There are plenty of reviews already breaking down this book so I'll spare you doing the same. What I do want to talk about is Rhys' writing. It's phenomenal. I don't think people truly understand the talent it takes to write a mystery with a romance entwined with it. I believe I've read just about all there is out there in the m/m mystery field (that's worth reading) and Josh Lanyon has been by far the
4 stars
great crime/cop story . . .
i have become a bit of a fan of this author and series and cannot wait for the next installment!

i am so glad that i took notes on this book! i was getting lost in all the names and complicated plot. the mathematician in me needed a flow chart and relationship tree to keep things straight. not the fault of the author!! more my OCD reading .... great complex plot that kept me guessing AGAIN!!

what i liked . . .
*AGAIN!!! i did not guess the crimes resolution, serio
3.75 Stars

Cole and Jae have embarked on a torrid - but sorta secret - love affair. Jae's familial obligations and the expectations of the Korean chaebol keep him firmly ensconced in the closet. Cole is out and proud so, needless to say, being with Jae is an adjustment. Nevertheless, Cole is happier than he's been in a long time. When Scarlet asks Cole 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 Kor
Enjoyed this one even more than book 1. Once again, great banter, a good mystery and awesome supporting cast.

The guys are slowly moving ahead with their relationship. The scenes where Jae comforted Cole were so loving. Jae had also been opening up more to Cole as well and it is so clear through Jae's actions where his feelings lie with Cole. As someone who googled the Korean phrases both guys used to discuss their relationship, it's clear they are moving forward (which made this reader very happ
BWT (Belen)
Dear God,

Thank you for giving me the wonder and joy of Greg Tremblay's narration.


description - Narrator - Grey Tremblay

Review to come...

2.5 stars.

'Dirty Secret' picks up a couple of months from where the last book ended. Cole has recovered from his shooting injury, and he and Jae-Min are cautiously continuing their relationship. When Scarlet comes to Cole with a case, he and Jae-Min are once again put at the centre of Los Angeles' chaebol, the upper-crust of Korean society.

I'm thoroughly impressed by how Rhys Ford portrayed the chaebol. I'm not Korean, so I really didn't have any concept of how this facet of South Korean society
t is not often that I read a sequel to a book that I thought was just 'okay' and like it better than the original book but, in this case, that is exactly what happened.

This book opens a couple of months following where the first book left off. Cole and Jae-Min are making a go of it despite the restrictions that Jae places on the relationship by being deeply closeted. Cole isn’t thrilled about it but he does understand the reasons for it especially after being recently submerged in the Korean cu

Ok, I really liked the first book Dirty Kiss and I don't know why it took me so long get to this sequel but I'm glad I did. It's the multi-cultural/multi-racial aspect that I especially like. That, and these characters get under my skin. Cole (mixed Japanese/Irish) and Jae-Min (Korean) are sexy and complicated and I’m happy to visit with them again…

Cole Kenjiro McGinnis: P.I., ex-cop, gay; aka Cole-ah, Cole-sshi, agi, depending on who’s talking to him; bullet-taker, he’s been shot more times th
I enjoyed this follow up to Dirty Kiss, particularly as Jae and Cole's internal walls seems to be falling down between them. Jae certainly seemed more loving, and Cole's unresolved grief for Rick and Ben's actions seemed to have lessened.

The cast of supporting characters is, once again, large and at times confusing, even when they started dying off. I liked that we saw more of Cole's past even if I didn't like the facts revealed. This book, while bleak at times, doesn't seem to be as dark as the
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I must say that I absolutely love Cole, no doubt about it :D

This story provided more cultural learning, some very tender emotional moments, some heartbreak, some laughs. Watching Jae coming out of his emotional fortress is making him slowly wiggle his way into my heart and making me feel better about him and Cole.

I do wish the mystery part of the story was a little tighter, but it provided lots of opportunity for learning about the societal taboos and allowing the dynamics of Jae and Cole's rela
4.5 Stars

I am seriously loving this series! Cole and Jae have, pretty much, taken up residence in my heart and I just love them!

Dirty Secret is a missing person's story (sort of) that turns into another murder mystery. Fun stuff, really. And Cole, as usual, is a bullet magnet. I swear, he really needs to invest in some Kevlar. I think it would give Jae some peace of mind.

And, of course, around the crazy case that Cole is working on, is his evolving relationship with Jae. Jae is still scared to r
4 stars

And the only thing I have to say is
When the next book will come out?!?! Can't wait, want it asap! :)
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I liked the story and loved the mystery, but I kept getting lost in the Korean names and terminology. I thought I had a handle on hyong, then it didn't fit, and that's just one example. But, since it's necessary to the story, I coped, and maybe by the end of the series, I'll understand the whole convoluted family and extended family tree(s).

I also enjoyed the author's sense of humor, primarily through Cole, and yet, she showed us amazing tenderness and poignant sadness in him as well.

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“She was a small cat, barely five pounds of black chinchilla fur and fangs, but Pearl Harbor envied her air-raid vocalizations.” 18 likes
“I tried not to let my relief show. I’d been a passenger in Jae’s car a total of three times, and after each trip, I forced myself not to kiss the ground in thanks once I got free of the Explorer. He’d learned to drive in Seoul. Apparently, no one believed in turn signals or lanes in South Korea, because Jae drove like a drunk butterfly heading to its next fermented flower.” 12 likes
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