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Crescendo

(Criminal Intentions: Season One #11)

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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

"I'm sorry."

A stage play turns into high drama when the leading man's mutilated body takes center stage--and the remorseful note pinned to his chest is Malcolm and Seong-Jae's only clue to finding the killer. What should be a simple case is complicated by secrets and lies; as more and more of Seong-Jae's past surfaces, every deflection and careful
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Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published May 10th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Shile
4.5 stars

GAAAAAAAHHH!!!! I am taking sides!! I am on MAL'S SIDE!!!

This book!!!!

Me at Sade: I know He is your friend but...b..but still:

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Me at Seong- Jae: Mouth - Talk, Ear - Fucking Listen:

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Me at Mal: GAAAAAHHH!!!!! You are an Angel, Hugs:

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Me at Cole:

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GAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!
Nicola
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars.

Things you’ve probably gathered by now:

• This is one of my favourite series.
• I sound like a stuck record after each episode.

Therefore, because I am being a complete and utter lazy arse, I recommend reading this for why. Oh, and maybe this one if you fancy it because people quite liked it too for some reason.

description ...you are the thing that gives me life.”

Anyhoo yes, my friends this series is that marvellous, Crescendo is another brilliant episode which leaves us dangling on a
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Lisazj1
God, they are breaking my heart!

And damn Sade for sticking their nose where it didn’t belong!

I can’t think of anything else to say, except that I hope and pray that Seong-Jae gets to be the one to slay his dragon. And then can talk to Mal. Ugh.
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haletostilinski
Okay, first things first: WHEW, that wasn't as painful as I was expecting.

That is not to say that it wasn't painful, but I was expecting shit like Sila to show up and hurt Malcolm (he doesn't...yet). I'm not saying it's happy, because it isn't. Malcolm and Seong-Jae have got some problems and this ends with their relationship up in the air. I guess it didn't feel as painful for me because I believe these two can talk about this and work it out.

Sila, on the other hand...scares the crap out of me
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~Volha~
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is getting more intense by the minute! I can taste it! Both Malcolm and Seong-Jae are circling around each other - one is scared to ask and the other is scared to have to answer the inevitable questions. They pretend that everything is as it should be but the facade is quickly crumbling. Malcolm is at a loss about how to keep Seong-Jae from bolting, and Seong-Jae is ready to snap mentally and physically.

It is right there - the big elephant in the room but both men cling to any shred
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Ariana
I am coming away from this episode in tatters.

The cloud that’s been hanging over Malcolm and Seong-Jae is starting to darken and rumble and by the end it is ready to burst into a huge nasty storm.

Malcolm has long figured out that something’s afoot with Seong-Jae. Something that bothers him so much he is seriously affected by it physically. But Seong-Jae will not talk to him about it, or even acknowledge that something’s brewing between them because of it, and Malcolm is scared to mention it ...
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Chris
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-crime, lgbtq
4,5 stars ... OMG- seriously I am getting stressed with this series !!! Malcolm & Seong Jay deserve love, peace & rest. Did I say love & peace ?? Oh lord, the angst and pain continues and we are left with a serious cliffhanger. Jesus I love this series so much but hate the damn wait ...more
Nat ReadingAllNite
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can I just say that the author writes some of the hottest foreplay I’ve ever read. This was a such a troubling episode. Cole McCade has ramped up the suspense and has me all twisted up over Seong Jae and Malcolm. They’re breaking my heart again, even while they’re falling harder than ever for each other. I wasn’t as taken with the murder plot as it didn’t feel as well put together as some of the previous episodes. The ending leaves the enigma of Sila and Seong Jae’s history still hanging with ...more
Aleksandra
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Before you read anything I have to say about book # 11 please check out this short scene, it’s the funniest thing I’ve read:

“You Westerners wouldn’t understand.”
Malcolm just stared at her.
“I’m Middle Eastern.”
“I am Korean.” Seong-Jae added in a tone that could freeze water.
“And you are distinctly Caucasian American. So tell us again what we wouldn’t understand”


Fun things are over though.

The book is 3.5 stars for me. This installment is one of my least favorite of this season for following
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Bev
Eek!! Things are really hotting up now....
Leelah🍁♋️ Orion
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Sade!!!! Why why don’t you listen. I told you to have several seats many many many episodes back, but did you listen?!!!! Noooo!!! You are as bad as my sons. Not listening, thinking you know better. Now look what you did!!!

I don’t know what you did but, you played right into sila’s hands and now Mal is heartbroken, Yoon is shut down, and Sila’s game is set in motion.

And my heart isn’t ready for the season finally.

This episode is about COMMUNICATION!!!!!
They say the number one thing that kills
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Dannica Zulestin
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku, quiltbag, m-m
The only thing you really need to know about this book is that Seong-jae finally calls Malcolm a wolf out loud. It was bound to happen eventually. Forget all of the communication issues and secrets between them, all I want is to see these two sit down and have a lengthy discussion about how Seong-jae has for the entire series been thinking of Malcolm as a wolf.

"Well," Malcolm says, "I sometimes do think of you as a crow, so I guess that makes sense." Seong-jae immediately is offended by being
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Laura
I received this book for free via Booksprout for an honest review.

This was a very quick instalment into the series. It's basically the calm before the storm. I quite liked the case Malcolm and Seong-Jae are investigating -- it was creepy and entertaining, especially as you try to guess who the culprit is (I guessed wrong).

But the main point of this novel is to up the tension between Malcolm and Seong-Jae before the finale. Seong-Jae and Malcolm are drifting apart slowly: Seong-Jae is guilty and
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Claudia
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is definitely bad for blood pressure .... even when the mystery part is "only" good, the relationship part gives you whiplash

I love Malcolm and Seong-Jae ... each on their own but together they are great and definitely one of my favourite couples
Nicole Field
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Another short one, and the tension is definitely ramping up as we finish this last novel before the two part finale of the first season of this author's experiment.

The idea was to write a TV season, released once a month, in book form. And honestly this reads so so well as exactly what was intended. When we start this episode, Malcolm is wondering how he's going to keep it from Seong-Jae that he has been given access to something that clearly Seong-Jae doesn't want him knowing.

They don't talk
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M
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The one that broke me so bad I had to go deep-breathing at three in the morning.

This episode tore through me like a tornado. Everything *hurt*. I wanted to keep going on a hunt for Sade to hug them and keep them safe and also to ask them why or why they couldn’t have handled the secret stuff a tiny bit differently. Although I understood them so, so well.

I wanted to curl up around Mal and Seong-Jae individually and together and make them feel all the comfort and soothing feelings by sharing
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Annie
Completely and Utterly Hooked

I love police procedurals and romantic suspense, so of course I was excited when this author announced this series idea and shared insights on his Patreon way back when. I knew it would be good. I mean he’s an auto-buy for me for a reason, but I honestly couldn’t have fathomed just how amazing this series would be. The slow burn romance between Malcolm and Seong-Jae is incredible. Their chemistry palpable in the little touches, snarky comments, and sweet moments, has
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Adrienn Csép
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to this new 'chapter' because of the previous one ending. I was really curious who will be brave enough: Mal to ask questions (I guessed he will never look into the folder without permission) or Seong-Jae to talk (I thought he's pride and stubbornness will be a big problem). Mal didn't disappoint me, he will go through with it even if it hurts. But still not the right question/s was/were asked and because of that I'm afraid the consequences will be really serious. I ...more
mina reads™️
3.75 stars
•interesting case as always
•nice twists and turns
•more domestic fluff
•cole mccade really is a beautiful writer I’m obsessed with his prose
•more angst and pain

However, this was just a prologue to the finale which admittedly was a bit disappointing because ..installment 10 was also like that. The case was relatively random and as interesting as it was I could have survived without it. I NEED TO KNOW WHATS UP WITH SADE AND MIN ZHE. SEONG JAE AND MALCOM NEED TO TALK. ANJULIE AND
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Tangled N Books
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
OMG! That was a good setup for the season finale. I'm now 100% sure that this series is going to ruin me.
Robin Mandell
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oy! To all of it. Giant emotional roller coaster, with some interesting personalities popping up along the way. Lots of big feelings in this one.
Tina
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What the fuck???

*rushing to the next book....*
Karen
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up and full review to follow soonish!

Whoever said that 'all good things must come to an end...

Needs to shut up and mind their own damned business.

Like a number of my friends I have become totally, unapologetically, addicted to this series. I've enjoyed the individual cases contained within each story and the continued build of the overlying story arc but most of all and, I think a number of my friends will agree with me on this, what I've enjoyed is the relationship between
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LostForReal
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Two months. Two. Whole. Months. Until I can read the next book. Just the thought of it make my head spin and fingers twitch with withdrawals.

Thank heavens and earth and everyone - thank the author - it will only be two months. Could have been way worse. Still remember waiting for Inheritance. I actually forgot I was waiting for it, that's how long it was.

I am also thankful for my unexpected acceptance. There were some events in this book I do not wish to mention but that should have made me mad
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Michelle
3.5 stars. The part at the beginning where Seong-Jae is thinking about the voice in his head telling him to tell Malcolm the truth was actually me projecting into his brain to yell at him because man am I so tired of Malcolm not knowing the truth. I feel like I'm just repeating myself at this point, but it's just driving me crazy, which is a shame, because I really do enjoy everything else about this series. And I get that only three months have passed through the entire series, and Seong-Jae is ...more
Suzanne Hare
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very brief into the storyline of Criminal Intentions. As I did not read the previous episodes it was a bit confusing so I suggest you read the whole series. What I can say is that it is action packed and very descriptive. It had interesting characters who were very distinctive. Having read this snippet I think that I would like to start at the begging as it did peak my interest. The narrative is colourful and creative and the dialogue is expressive. My advise start with the fist ...more
Helgaleena Healingline
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Srsly, does every murderer lately have to be a complete psycho? I guess it rather fits with the crime though. McCade knows in our hearts we are all capable of monstrosity when our moral compass is knocked out of us by life. In the case of soldiering society does it to us deliberately. In the case of Yoon and Khalaji, someone started early and damaged Seong-jae's ability to relate to love. It's getting in their way now.
They don't explain the perp quite so well this time because Malcolm is trying
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joani
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great as we get ready for the finale

Malcolm and Seong-Jae have been through so much since they started dating. I just wish he would trust Mal with his secret past. By not telling the truth be has already aided Sila in hurting those he loves. Seong-Jae has left them blind to the horror that is about to befall them. He has given Sila more power then he deserves. I'm ready for part 1 of the season finale....poor Malcolm and his beautiful heart cause it's about to be shattered.
L
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man. Just when you think Seong-Jae is going to break down and share with Malcolm, he locks up tighter, but, then, so does Malcolm. Both are fearful if they push too hard or hold too tight that the other will run. Cole McCade writes their emotions so beautifully, you can feel what each of them is going through. The author does well expressing real emotions for all of the characters. I highly recommend this series.


I received an ARC in exchange for a review, so it still had a few proofreading
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Carleigh Leake
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these guys!

I'm really frustrated at them right now because they refuse to really talk to e ach other. They are so crazy about each other yet they won't say those magic words "I love you!" The character of Sila terrifies me! I'm very ready for him to be taken care of. But I have enjoyed this series SO much!!!!!! I can't wait for each new book. Thanks Cole McCade for bringing this to us.
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