My Thoughts: I give it ♥♥♥ This was a unique story with purposefully flawed characters. The mystery aspect was tough to figure out with regards to who the killer was but not so tough to figure out in terms of motive. The romance was sweet and intense between Cole and Jae but certainly not perfect. There were interesting supporting characters that include a recently outted retired cop, a ladyboy entertainer, and an evil-eye giving cat. I did find the story to be a bit unbelievable, especially once the body count started piling up and Cole was the only one trying to figure it out. I am also a sucker for a clean and smooth HEA and we are definitely left with a smudged and rumpled HEA in the end!
A Cole McGinnis Mystery
Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman’s son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man’s handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.
Jae-Min’s cousin had a dirty little secret, the kind that Cole has been familiar with all his life and that Jae-Min is still hiding from his family. The investigation leads Cole from tasteful mansions to seedy lover’s trysts to Dirty Kiss, the place where the rich and discreet go to indulge in desires their traditional-minded families would rather know nothing about.
It also leads Cole McGinnis into Jae-Min’s arms, and that could be a problem. Jae-Min’s cousin’s death is looking less and less like a suicide, and Jae-Min is looking more and more like a target. Cole has already lost one lover to violence—he’s not about to lose Jae-Min too.