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The Golden Ratio

(Criminal Intentions: Season Two #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  52 reviews

The boys are back, and an old face from Seong-Jae’s past plunges BPD Detectives Malcolm Khalaji and Seong-Jae Yoon from a two-month suspension right into the depths of hell — and into one of the most horrific, grisly cases of Malcolm’s life.

He's never seen anything like it. Macabre ritual killings, and the only one who's ever been able to crack the
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published October 20th 2019

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So buckle up and better brace yourself...

~ for me torturing you again with 'Mal' gifs for the next twelve months
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#bookboyfriends #stillnotsorry

~ for the most grisly and gruesome serial killer I ever came across in one of my books...
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... so much so that my lunch tried for a do-over, so you might want to reconsider eating before picking this book up

~ for a new player in the game aka an old shadow from Seong-Jae's past (yeah another one)...
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... and
Season 2 started with a bang. And what a bang it was!

First of all: Malcolm and Seong-Jae. Deep dreamy sigh.
Chapter 2 made me ooh and ahh and smile and sigh again. As always, their domestic bliss doesn’t last long with the arrival of the new case, and you can virtually feel the huge shadow it throws over each man immediately.

BUT … we can feel and see the strength of their bond throughout the book, particularly when the going gets tough, and I can’t really fangirl enough over them. And all those
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seong-Jae and Malcolm are finally back! New chapter in their lives starts couple of months after the events that nearly destroyed Baltimore and killed them both. This book has a darker undertone that sets the mood for the entire series - both men are closer to each other than ever but have to deal with the level of evil they can't even process. Intense, suspenseful and gritty - the story pulls you right into the mind of a killer who is ready to play.

Told from multiple POVs, this book is full of
4.5 stars!

Ah, it's back! It's backkkkk :D

And also that last line??? WHAT :O Like is that for real or what?!

Okay, first and foremost, I must start with my boys. Malcolm and Seong-Jae are SQUEE! They always make me so happy and that did not change one bit in this book! We open with them having spent the last month and a half to two months being suspended after everything that went down at the end of season 1, and taking that time to heal from it, both physically and mentally, and fall more in
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-crime, lgbtq
WOW what a start to the new season- I adore Malcolm & Seong Jay - their connection is tightening and their trust is cemented. This was a gritty and brutal start of a new case for these two... can’t wait to see it all unfold
This was so worth the wait, just to see Mal & Seong-Jae so....with each other, is the best way I can articulate it. Despite any reservations they may have about being together, each for the other, they are completely and totally all in. *sigh* That makes all the ugly bearable. *grimaces* Kind of.

This is one sick puppy that our boys are after this time. I can't even touch on any of that, it's absolutely horrific. Also equally terrifying is the amount of planning that went into this killer's
Paloma Villasenor
“He had a home.
He had made a home in Baltimore. With Malcolm.”
AHHHHH, I love this series so much, but mostly, I love Malcom and Seong-Jae. My heart aches every time I have to wait a full month to read the second episode.
However, this book is so freaking good. I love every single thing about this series. I love crime stories and love stories, and somehow this combined both, and it’s perfect.
I cannot wait to read the entire second season. Now to wait another month, sadly.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Detective Yoon:

Detective Khalaji

Five stars like always.

Yoon and Malcom are stronger than ever.
Yoon is more than ever clear about his feelings.
Malcom is just...Malcom. He's everything and more. My favorite.

An ex-boyfriend returns.
Some friendships are questioned.
Some relationships are questioned.
Mental state are questioned in this because what a case. A really bad case takes place in this.
Cole MCcade is incredible. The crime in this is so...terrific. I mean, I was
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

O M G ‼

5 stars.
Leelah🍁♋️ Orion
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
The boys are back

I forgot just what a wonderful writer this author is. It was like I never put down the book. I was immediately drawn in. I stayed up way too late, but it was worth it.
This story takes place after the aftermath of season 1. The guys are dealing with that. Heck all of the main characters are dealing with it in their own ways.

While they are dealing, of course life happens and they are thrust into other crushing things.
A new person to fear is introduced and this person has me own
The long wait is over and Malcolm and Seong-Jae are finally back! Months after the horrific events of The Hatter's Game, Malcolm are Seong-Jae are about to return to work after suspension from work (and domestic bliss). The boys' relationship is strong and stable and oh so sweet, especially in chapter two. What I loved most about this book is seeing how well Seong-Jae and Malcolm work together, how in tune they are with each other, and how much they love each other -- even if a certain someone ...more
4.5 stars from me. Hadn't realised how much I'd missed gruesome, brutal murders until Cole McCade brought out the first of series 2 of Criminal Intentions. More blood, more gore and another chance to delve into the psyche of yet another deranged if the lunatic from series 1 wasn't enough. Can Malcolm and Seong-Jae's hearts and minds remain intact??

Nice to discover that Sade Marcus isn't really dead, although how much longer will they be able to stand the company of a certain butcher
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First impression: wow!!!! I love it and I am so glad that season two finally starts. I read the first One in one go because I started late but now that I know of it I can't wait and will read each episode as soon as possible.

And now in some detail ... But there could be minor spoilers ahead.

The most important part for me is the relationship between Malcolm and Seong-Jae. And these two together in this book are just awesome! I love how they work together, how they react to what the other one
Nat ReadingAllNite
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did not know that I would be mathed! I don’t math! I know I was warned the story being grisly and gruesome but it was more than I was prepared for. Maybe I should have read the excerpt at the end of Season 1 but I hate spoilers, so I never read them. Still, it’s got Malcolm and Seong-Jae and I loved how they’ve become so strong together in this book as they confront another part of Seong-Jae’s past. It’s low steam but the eventual passion is spectacular. The plot leaves me with so many ...more
Adrienn Csép
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! New season! Finally! If S1 was like Criminal Minds …think of S2 more like Dexter.
The boys are back and with the most horrific murders and the most complex and sick serialkiller. Beside the horrific venue, it was good to finally see the guys and how their relationship improved over the recovery months. When Seong-Jae needed Mal he was there, I loved those scenes :))) I don't know what will happen about that when Mal reminded Seong-Jae what happens when they keep secrets from each other...
Dannica Zulestin
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-of-color, m-m
Criminal Intentions is back!

Seong-jae and Malcolm have been suspended for two months, but they're pulled back into the field when an old flame of Seong-jae's shows up and asks him to help with a serial killer case down in L.A. So now they've left Baltimore and they're trailing the killer--still trailing him at the end of the episode. He's going to be a hard one to catch.

I'm not super psyched at the idea of spending the whole season chasing one serial killer, because in season one I really liked
Nicole Field
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enby-characters
Well heck, wasn't that a return to this amazing series. And I was so excited to get so many chapters from other peoples' point of views: Sila, Anjulie, Sade, Min Zhe, Aanga (who we only meet in this episode so don't worry if you don't recognise the name).

And our two main boys, Seong-Jae and Mal, are doing their best to come to terms with the after effects of Sila's games, Seong-Jae's mistruths, and Baltimore almost upending itself at the end of the previous instalment.

So of course it's time for
I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as 00-mm-fail-dnf-nope-will-not-read
Not sure if I'll continue with this series ... one of my pet peeves is this author always referring to Malcolm as "the old wolf" ... it's highly inaccurate, highly repetitive, and highly obnoxious!! Also, this author like purple prose a bit too much and I tend to dislike it in equal and entirely conflicting measure!! Lastly, I get the whole "TV series format", but seeing as I'm not a TV watcher and am totally not into diligently following a show, I'm most definitely not into reading a TV series ...more
**5 stars**

WoW! Finally I have this delicious drug back. And by drug I mean this series. The Golden Ratio is the first book in the second series (group of 12-13 books making up one large narrative arc).

Seong-Jae and Malcolm are four months into their relationship and still figuring things out as they go. While on leave from their jobs, Seong-Jae gets an unexpected visitor from his past, which sends him and Malcolm on another horrifying journey of investigating more bloodshed and death. This
Kelly L
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Baltimore.

Y'all. You don't even know how much I've been dying to get back to Malcolm and Seong-Jae. And we start of the new season still in the middle of the aftermath of The Hatter's Game, even though it's been a while. But some wounds need more than just a little time to heal, and I loved that we were not back to normal and business as usual after everything that has happened in the season finale.

And let me just say how much I adore Anjulie. And Gaby. And both together. I love
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yay! New season!!!!!

Alright, so I sort of missed the date when this book came out so it was a pleasant surprise to find it released when I was browsing Goodreads. This book is longer than previous ones which I loved. I really like how real characters felt in the season 1 and second one is just as strong in that aspect. The only thing I'm not sure how I feel about is the amount of POVs I'm more of a one character POV kind of gal but since this series is trying to imitate the formate of a TV
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes my review title says it all from the beginning of season one this series has been one of the best series of all time. I am going to go out on a limb and say what Mal and Seong-Jae will last, not only that but all the tests they face will just make what they have that much stronger. Also to I’m not the author so I say I have a 50-50 chance of being right.

Now this book may have some serious triggers for some so please be careful when choosing to read any of the books in any of the series. In
Helgaleena Healingline
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

breaking the mold of hotness

This new season of CI begins with differences. The major one is that we don't get an easy 'solve' at the end. And the action shifts west away from Boston, back to Arizona and Los Angeles, thanks to Seong-jae's ex calling him in to confront the problem of the obsessively mathematical psychopathic nemesis that has been unleashed via the machinations of Season 1's worst bad guy.

It's bloody. It's passionate. And I cheated by putting off this reading of volume 1 until I
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god... My men are back. They are back and better than ever. I missed Malcolm and Seong-Jae. They are such a dynamic duo. Malcolm and Seong-Jae have so much love for each other. They are move from their personal relationship to their professional smoothly. It has bumps like any relationship would but it is pretty fluid. The case that was dropped on them was something else. I don't want to give anything away because the reader needs to go into the book blind. The case was utterly shocking. I ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How much can any man take? The author wields a mighty pen. His deep dive into the psyche of the villan is perceptive, twisted, curious and totally amazing in how it draws the reader into trying to anticipate the next move. I feel like my curious mind is tickled every time I read a page. I personally love stories that linger in the behavioral psycology of the minds of its characters. It's always good to read how Seong-Jae and Malcolm are stepping through their relationship. The push and pull and ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great start to Season 2. Definitely read the content warnings at the beginning of the book, as there are some disturbing and grisly scenes described. Again, the incident is not wrapped up and carries over to the next book.

The author does another fantastic job showing and sharing the emotions and feelings of the characters in this series, especially for Malcolm and Seong-Jae. And if this episode is indicative of what is to come, I hope the guys remember the lesson learned from the
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling start to season two

A few months after season one, the characters are trying to pull their lives and careers back together. Unfortunately for them, new events will open old wounds and stress relationships.

I found the story engrossing. Cole has crafted a wonderful cast and plotline. No slow build up at the beginning, he drops us into raw emotion and horrific action from the start. The narrative has several different threads that pull together in unanticipated ways. New relationships,
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the characters and story from season 1, so I was happy that I was able to be able to read more from them. There are parts in this book that are more graphic compared to the first season, but the fact that there was so much detail put into the characters actions made me enjoy it more. One of the things I love about this series is the fact that we get perspectives from both of the main characters. Even though a certain someone is being stubborn and not admitting how he feels ...more
Loving this latest installment. The serial killer story line is brilliantly gritty and gruesome. Am really also enjoying the insights into what's going on back in Baltimore with the other story lines whilst M & S-J are busy elsewhere.
I'm gutted not to be awarding five stars. I am just finding the internal monologues from M and S-J about their feelings a little long winded, and I hate to say it, but tiresome too. I have found myself skimming over several paragraphs. It's just too much and
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