Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Cole McGinnis #4
Heroes: Cole & Jae
Genre: M/M Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
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Blurb: 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.
Cole and Jae are finally happy. In their one year together, they’ve managed to survive some pretty dangerous situations including the horrifying moment when Jae was shot by Sheila Pinelli. Now, six months after Jae’s recovery, their relationship is stronger than ever. When Cole gets a call about Sheila being arrested then let go, he can’t leave things alone any longer not when the police are asking for his help. What Cole hoped would be a case not filled with violence turns deadly when everywhere he investigates leads to murder. The case is far from easy, though, especially when it forces him to finally come to terms with his past and the one thing he wants to forget: Ben.
Alright, I’m going to admit it. I’m biased when it comes to this series. Cole and Jae are one of my favorite couples because of three reasons 1) Cole is pretty emotionally fucked up; 2) Jae is pretty emotionally fucked up; and 3) Cole and Jae together?! SMOKIN’ HOT. But they also balance each other out so they’re… well, less emotionally fucked up. LOL.
In this book, Cole is his usual hero-self. He can’t seem to let go of that instinct to help others… even those who’ve fucked him over. Jae is still snarky but he’s softer in this one. He no longer has any walls up when it comes to Cole so their relationship is smoother now. They’re finally in that place where there’s nothing threatening their bond… well, except Sheila LOL. Still, this book is sweeter, it’s more raw but at the same time, I felt like the connection between Jae and Cole was more intense.
This is going to sound silly and keep in mind, this is a personal issue but my only issue with Dirty Deeds was that Cole ‘looked’ more at other guys. Silly, right?! But I just didn’t feel like the couple of times he noticed other guys and commented about them (outside of Bobby’s company, of course) was in line with the character I remember Cole from previous books. Granted, it’s been months since my last Cole & Jae read so maybe I blocked it from my memory if he’s always mentioned stuff like that but it just felt strange and odd coming from Cole. I KNOW IT’S SILLY but it was noticeable to me and I couldn’t stop my flash of jealousy on behalf of Jae LMAO.
Even with that, though, I ADORED this book. Hell, I even read ALL the sex (this coming from the woman who normally skims a majority of it) but, Jesus! Cole & Jae. Fuck! They’re just so hot! I couldn’t get enough. As usual, I loved the secondary characters and I loved the mystery. The situations Cole kept getting into kept me on the edge of my seat and left me guessing just what would happen next. And with the way this book ended, I’m eager to get my hands on the next book because DAMNIT! It’s about time Bobby got his book! And Ichi! (I love me some Ichiro!)
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*