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Junk Shop Blues

(Criminal Intentions: Season One #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  510 ratings  ·  104 reviews

A murdered night club mogul unlocks a web of infidelity and deceit. The most likely suspect? The daughter of the richest family in Baltimore, if only Detectives Malcolm Khalaji and Seong-Jae Yoon can piece the evidence together. The clues just aren't lining up—but Malcolm can't tell if he's missing a piece of the puzzle or completely missing the mark. Th
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***5 Stars*** for an already bad case of addiction 
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And that after only two books. I have no friggin' clue how I will survive the wait for every single new book... 

I'll make it short again. This story was not as dark as the first one in its gory glory, but since Malcolm and Seong-Jae - and I - are still haunted by their first case, it was a bit of a relief.  In my humble opinion, this time the interaction of the guys was more in the foreground than the case itself and the dynamics between bo
4.25 stars

Gaaah! I am already a goner. It is not 5 stars because the case wasn't that interesting like the one in book one, other than that;


The UST alone is enough to make my pants explode.

We Stan the writing!

We Stan Khalaji!


We Stan Seong-Jae!


We Stan Sade!

Love! Love! the Q&A at the end of the book.

Onto the next.

Thank you so much, An Innocent Intentions Fan for this gift.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, m-m
3.5 Stars

Told mostly in dual POV, 3rd person. It’s the second installment in the "Criminal Intentions" season 1 and should be read in order. The crime part was a disappointment for me. I knew the perp the exact moment I met them in the story, it was so obvious. The relationship between Malcolm & Seong-Jae hadn't made any progress. I hope they do "The Talk" soon. And at the end, I had more questions; about their pasts and about those letters! Overall, despite those issues, I still liked it an
Another 5 stars

It's killing me that this series isn't in audio, because RL doesn't allow me much uninterrupted reading time.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars

Malcolm and Seong-Jae are back, and this time around they’re investigating the demise of a nightclub owner.

description So where do we start?”

I’m not going to go into why I‘m loving this series—my review for S1E1 The Cardigans here covers that—but what is apparent, aside of the suspense, is the how things are developing between Malcom and Seong-Jae and, as they continue to deal with events of book one and the after effects, they lower their guard around one another, letting us see a little dee
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ariana by: Simone
I am pretty sure I can safely say that this will become one of my all time favourite series.
It is simply awesome!

Malcolm and Seong-Jae have blown me away again. And there wasn't even any real PDA in this episode! But the UST! The UST is more nail-biting than the mystery plot (which incidentally is also totally fine!).

You get the impression that some kind of invisible force pulls these guys together and as much as they might kick and scream (on the inside) and pretend they don't feel anything (Ha
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-crime, lgbtq
3.5 stars ... there’s something compelling about these two, like magnets, polar opposites and yet complimentary in their thoughts and processes work in solving crimes. The tension between them is palpable but they probably won’t hook up for another three books ! Well I’m in for the long haul !
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is shaping up to be a pretty good series that combines police procedural and a personal relationship filled with angst and a lot of sexual tension. This time the murder is not gruesome it's just not cut and dry when lies heaped upon lies and detectives Malcolm Khalaji and Seong-Jae Yoon have to think outside the box and pin the murderer to the wall before they escape.

Both men seemed to be troubled, the things that they see everyday haunt them in their waking hours and in their sleep. Even
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
So I am seriously thinking about skipping several books ahead to get to the point where these two are together 😒
This is not a review, except to say thanks darling Simone for yet another addiction! *side-eyes Simone* ;)

No time for more, I'm halfway through episode three and they're making me crazy!
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still just enjoying the hell out of this series. The romance maybe one of the slowest burns in history ...not even so much as a kiss this time around but I have zero doubt that these two are going to be worth the wait and then some.

Speaking of waiting seriously I can't wait for the next book and I'll have a full review here soonish, I promise.

All I need to make this truly perfect is the next episode...

There was a lot about this story that set it apart from the first story but what didn't chan
4.5 stars

This was really good! This is "episode 2" so it only covers about two and a half days throughout the whole novel. But we do get a deepening of Seong-Jae and Malcom's relationship. There's no kiss, no nothing between them in this novel physically - I mean they do have moments where they're close together while working their toTALLY affected ;) but not actual physical intimacy happens - but emotionally and romantically, their story progresses.

So like...if this was a TV show, we'd only be
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm definitely hooked! And thank god for the author's Q&A at the end, I can finally chill and wait for Seong-Jae and Malcolm to hook up in season #1. *sigh* Anyways, loved the interactions between these two in this book. I'm also looking forward to when things will get sexual between Yoon and Khalaji because Cole McCade definitely knows how to write steamy scenes. 😍 Besides that, the Nameless Guy is creeping me out though. I feel like he'll mess things up between our heroes. I have a bad fee ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery-crime
3.5 Stars
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, m-m
Malcolm Khalaji and his partner/superior Seong-Jae Yoon are investigating a murder on Marion Garvey... the almost untouchable nightclub mogul had others plans than get killed.

Both still recovering from the case they just closed. They try their best to work together instead of biting each other’s head off.
Both have their own way of handling stress and both have their own work method. They don’t trust the other fully and the tension is almost unbearable. The repulsive but even more the feelings o
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Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm definitely hooked! And thank god for the author's Q&A at the end, I can finally chill and wait for Seong-Jae and Malcolm to hook up in season #1. *sigh* Anyways, loved the interactions between these two in this book. I'm also looking forward to when things will get sexual between Yoon and Khalaji because Cole McCade definitely knows how to write steamy scenes. 😍 Besides that, the Nameless Guy is creeping me out though. I feel like he'll mess things up between our heroes. I have a bad fee ...more

OMG! Those two are killing me! Loved the second episode as much as the first one. My new addiction!
Well, this is the second book in this series and I'm still not convinced. 😬
I think that the criminal case of this part was less interesting than that of the previous part. It took me forever until I got a bit captivated by the story and then it wasn't by the mystery but solely by the main characters behavior and interactions. Nonetheless, I still felt no real connection to Malcolm and Seong-Jae, whose personalities somehow confused me.
Still, I'm curious enough about how their characters and rel
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
Good installment but the book wasn’t as strong as the previous one because I didn’t feel like stakes very high enough. I didn’t particularly care or was invested in the outcome of the investigation.

I did enjoy the interactions between Malcolm and Seong-Jae; Malcolm and Sade. I was happy to learn that captain Anjulie is aromantic sapphic.

Overall, I’m enjoying this series but I think I will catch up on other books from my TBR before diving into book 3.

CW: you can find in the beginning of the book
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aoc, mm, poc, cont-rom
This focused so well on the emotional and psychological impact the first book left on Malcolm and Seongjae and it was just so GOOD. Ahhh… Those moments where they would be soft around one another. I just want all the books about them. Also, Sade is precious af.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Yoon:

Detective Khalaji

Love it!
We picked up were we left off the first book. Partners since one week and half, they struggle to work together, to recover from the previous case (it terrified me too) and it’s hard. And don't forget about the many personal issues. We don’t know a first thing about it and it’s becoming frustrating haha.

This book was better than the first one to me because I just laughed my ass off between these two! I mean everyone who’ve met these guys in the first know
This author continues to blow me away with his talent and producing enthralling murder mysteries. The mystery wasn’t terribly mysterious but I can’t say it’s the major focus of the story. Yes, there’s an investigation and action scenes and conflict but a continuing thread is the dynamic between the MC’s, Malcolm and Seong-Jae. Both are dealing with the psychological aftermath from the first case and their on-the job relationship is still abrasive. The undercurrent of attraction resonates, even w ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I am really enjoying this tv series like books so so much! The characters are so unique and so far a mystery!

The story begins with the murder of Marion Garvey. Malcolm and Seong-Jae go to investigate and find who did it. This case is not as gore and bad as the previous one but we see both guys still being affected by the previous one and it shows, which this is not something we see often in other books. Some cases are bad and affect everyone differently and both characters know they n
mina reads™️
4.5 this mystery felt less high stakes then the last one however it was still a great story with amazing writing. I love the characters so much and I have so many questions!!!!! I’m planning to write a full review for this and the first novel in the series soon
Page Turner

Amazingly well written, with fantastic, complex characters, even the supporting ones. This is cracktastic, I can wait to start the next one.
julia ☆ [owls reads]
#1 The Cardigans: ★★★★


3 stars.


“It’s alright to just stay.”

Junk Shop Blues picks up right where the previous novel left off, introducing a new and engrossing mystery while still focusing on the development of characters. The plot is a little predictable, but the character-driven mysteries and twists bring an added layer of suspense to the story. Plus, the romance aspect continues to be the slowest of burns!

Cole McCade’s writing is compelling and the dual POV narrative is extremely well don
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Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
well, this one was predictable. when they were all "something is missing", "there's something fishy about this", blah blah, i was screaming to myself "NO, YOU FUCKING IDIOTS, YOU JUST CONVENIENTLY FORGOT TO CONSIDER THE MOST OBVIOUS SOLUTION AND INSTEAD CAME UP WITH INCREASINGLY CONVOLUTED PLOTS FOR NO REASON". anyway. i liked the character development and the sexual tension, which is why i'm still giving this book three stars.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
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S1E1: The Cardigans ★★★★★
S1E2: Junk Shop Blues ???
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