Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dirty Deeds by @Rhys_Ford #REVIEW

Cole is back and doing what he does best...dodging bullets and loving Jae!

Dirty Deeds, Rhys Ford, Dreamspinner Press
Cole McGinnis #4
Sheila Pinelli needed to be taken out.

Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min’s blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover’s door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility.

While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness. They’d survived Jae’s traditional Korean family disowning him and plan on building a new life—preferably one without the threat of Sheila’s return hanging over them.

Thanks to the Santa Monica police mistakenly releasing Sheila following a loitering arrest, Cole finally gets a lead on Sheila’s whereabouts. That is, until the trail goes crazy and he’s thrown into a tangle of drugs, exotic women, and more death. Regardless of the case going sideways, Cole is determined to find the woman he once loved as a sister and get her out of their lives once and for all.

I started reading this series just a couple of weeks ago and have fallen under the spell that is Cole and Jae. The obstacles that they have had to overcome to be together shows just how strong the bond between them has grown. For some the family condemnation would have been too much but you add in the gunshots and crazies attacking, the fact that they have made it a year is an accomplishment in itself.

Cole is a boy scout at heart, even after all of the things that have been done to him, he still just wants to help people. The sense of honor that he has is a mile wide and just won't let him walk away...which leads to the impossibly dangerous situations that he ends up in.

Jae is quite, but has a core of steel that Cole has helped temper. Seeing the transformation that he has gone through and the confidence that he has now has been wonderful to read. Jae really seems to come into his own in this book.

All of the cast of characters that you expect to find in this series are back, and help to round out the story line. I think we could all use the unconditional love that Claudia gives and the always supportive comic relief that is Bobby. The addition of Ichiro, the brother that Cole never wanted and now couldn't live without, just adds more layers to the world that the author has created.

The story may be about the latest mystery that Cole is involved in, but at the end of it all for me it's the relationships and the sense of family that has been created that will keep me coming back.


RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.  

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