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Junk Shop Blues

(Criminal Intentions: Season One #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,029 ratings  ·  174 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. T
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2018
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 and ho
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq, mystery
As good as the first!

I think my highlight here was all bickering between Malcolm and Seong-Jae.

Seong-Jae with his coolly unruffled stare, icy calm and aloof elegance was getting under Malcolm's skin.

And Malcolm, a puzzle, a bundle of contradictions that Seong-Jae was finding annoying to solve.

They were grating in each other's nerves both not too happy about being partners still.

Seong-Jae's unorthodox method of assessing a crime scene was another delight. *snort*

The tension is building slowly
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The more I read about Malcolm and Seong-Jae, the more intrigued I am by their past. We get glimpses. There are names mentioned - who are they? Why did Seong-Jae leave LA? Why does Malcolm not want to answer his phone when a certain name appears? Sade? Where did they go for the week? Even the Captain ...

In a room full of dynamite, one would have to be suicidal to light a match ...

The crime wasn't that gruesome this time.

It made him think of the slow sweet fall of water dripping from new s
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
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!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
S1E1: The Cardigans ★★★★★
S1E2: Junk Shop Blues ★★★★★

He felt like he was all sharp edges, and he’d forgotten how to blunt himself.

Unsurprisingly, Junk Shop Blues was another flawless read from Cole McCade. I think I could gush about his writing forever, and I probably will, so bear with me, friends.

Feral. If anything the old wolf was beyond feral right now, on edge, ragged, on the verge of going rabid.

I’ve so quickly grown hopelessly attached to Malcolm and Seong-Jae, and now I feel like I c
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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 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 ch
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 😒
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
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

I understand the appeal now.
Honestly it was touch and go for a while there. I nearly didn’t read this book. The crime part of the previous book just didn’t work. That plus the total lack of romance....but then we had the kiss. It was enough to keep me going.

Anyway I’m so glad I did. I’m hooked and intrigued. This is great because I was in a bit of a reading funk before this.

Malcolm and Seong-Jae are still getting to know each other. Both still haunted by their last case. Malcolm is off his game
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 feeling ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime, m-m
3.5 Stars
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And I am hooked!!! I'm in a groove now with Cole McCade's writing. I'm loving it.

Without doubt Malcolm and Seong-Jae are going to cause me so much anxiety. As their relationship is building CM is uncovering bits of each of their past and my little mind is struggling to piece things together. LOL My sense is there is a lot to uncover so I'll have plenty of time to try and figure things out.

I'm very curious about Sade. Who are they? And the other secondary characters are interesting too.

The crimi
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Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, 2018
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
The police work and "mystery" are still comical to me, but I have a better grasp on the characters now.
I did some snooping though and apparently they only get together in Book (view spoiler). That is a slowwwww burn friends. I wonder if I'll make it.
Another 5 stars! Cole McMade is the master of slow burn.
rachel ☾
S1 #1) The Cardigans ★★★★★
S1 #3) The Man with the Glass Eye ★★★★★
S1 #4) Changing Faces ★★★★★

i cried over that phone call, goddamn

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
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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 feeling ...more

OMG! Those two are killing me! Loved the second episode as much as the first one. My new addiction!
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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Page Turner

Amazingly well written, with fantastic, complex characters, even the supporting ones. This is cracktastic, I can wait to start the next one.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Criminal Intentions is interesting as a series because, as the author explains, the timeline is like a TV show, with each case (book) happening in a 48 hours frame and the storyline continuing, so we get to know in a very deep way all the characters.

In here Mal was frustrated and in pain half of the book, totally normal considering the last case and Seong Jae didn't know what to do. With that environment they went to solve a crime

Things that happened in this one that to me are important:
- Seong
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
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-series, lgbtq
Yessssss! I'm so gone for Malcolm and Seung Jae! This is the 2nd book and cannot be read as a standalone. It's mostly dual POV.

The case is not as interesting as the first one but since we didn't fully move on from the previous case, it was sort of a breather. Two books in and I know I'm not going to stop! (Except for ARCs)

Seong Jae and Malcolm has some delicious UST. We are in the 'I don't like him. No fucking way' stage of the relationship. They are slowly opening up to each other. Also I love
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Criminal Intentions: Season One (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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