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.
©2014 Rhys Ford (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"The best series on audio"
Best audio series!
Gosh, all of them, Nunia, Cole, Jay MIn, Bobby, Ichie Claudia.....
One of the best, His voices are spot on, GREAT series! He is not just reading, it is full on acting and entertainment!
All of Rhys Ford's books make you laugh and cry! She can pull at your heartstrings like no other. The underdog always gets his feeling trampled on!
Worth every penny, will listen to the whole series again!
"Best in this series to date."
Oh hell yes! It's so engaging and well spoken.
Very similar to Rhys Fords Sinners Gin series, another series with a couple sexy men that can't keep their hands off each other, or the dead bodies from piling up on their lawn!
I think that he has really encompassed what Ford poured into these characters when she created them, he brings them to life in my mind.
Jae. I've listened to Cole talk about how he moves so gracefully for so long that I'd love to see those long fingers and legs in a constant fluid motion for myself.
Cole McGinnis has been through hell and back in search of a little piece of something to call his own, to have a family and to just be happy. But there always seems to be some deranged psychopath hell bent on destroying Cole and those he holds dear. The last person he expected to come after him, or try to kill his lover Jae was his dead partner’s wife, Sheila. In the world of Cole McGinnis you will learn, whatever can go wrong will and as tough as Cole claims to be, the man is not bullet proof. All that he can handle, what he can’t handle is the threat of losing the person that means more to him than anything, again, and that is threat that Sheila Pinelli poses. All Sheila did when she pulled that trigger was bring down the wrath of the one man that will hunt her to the ends of the earth to make her pay for her sins.
Of course this is Cole we are talking about, so the situation has to be more involved than just a bit a revenge. A very bad man is paying young Asian men that want to be women to come to America with the promise of hormones and surgery. The price is for his generosity is unquestioned allegiance with the pills and the operations dangled in front of them like a carrot. Cole is quickly neck deep in bodies trying to find Sheila and a very elusive transsexual. And while he and Jae are finally living their lives openly as a couple, both of Cole’s brothers are having a little trouble adapting to the danger Cole deliberately puts himself into. To make matters worse, there is something weird going on with Bobby.
Murder, mayhem and madness are an everyday occurrence in the life of this Private Dick. But this case may uncover one too many secrets for Cole to come back from.
This is the best Cole McGinnis book to date! Everything was more grandiose and extreme in this story, but at the same time, it was not overwhelming as one might think. Both Ford’s writng and Tremblay’s narration kept an even, steady pace that built from the first line to the last, and what an ending. I mean, I saw it coming it was just so direct that it left me cracking up and oh so anxious for that particular story to unfold.
I have always been completely enamoured with the relationship between Cole and Jae, it would seem that Jae finally being able to live his life out loud was just what the doctor ordered. The passion and innate sexual energy between these two literally exploded in this book. I’m talking toe curling, eye blurring, ears ringing, off the charts sexy! It’s not JUST their animalistic attraction to one another and the way they can tear up a bedroom though, it is the way they love each other with no apologies, the trust and the admiration they have for one another that just make them that much more endearing.
As usual Ford builds a masterpiece full of mystery, suspense and intrigue that is bathed in blood and bodies then wrapped up nicely with a sexy little bow. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into Down and Dirty and see where she takes Cole’s big, brooding best friend and the brother he swore he wouldn’t take skinny dipping. A note to the author… please write faster! I need more Cole and Jae, and Miki and Cain, and Damie and Shion and isn’t there a naughty little tease you put out there for Quinn Morgan?! Hustle woman, hustle!!
Oh, right, narration. It’s fantastic. Greg Tremblay really has given Cole and Jae their own voice through Ford’s writing and his translation of how these characters would sound. The beauty of it is, I can literally picture them in my mind and think of them as real people because of his talent. Must read series people, Must Read!
"This author/narrator duo never lets me down!"
Of course I loved this one! I mean, it's Greg Tremblay and Rhys Ford! Greg Tremblay is a MASTER at audiobooks and Rhys was on her game, giving him a kick-ass story. It was blissfully, awesomely perfect.
I swear, Greg Tremblay gives me a book hangover each time I listen to him. The next audiobook after one of his can just never, ever compare! He is at the tippy top of his game, and he shows off his skills here in book #4 of the Cole McGinnis series. I know I always fan-girl all over this narrator but he is just that good! Chills, honestly chills. Why can't all M/M audiobooks be at this level?
Okay, now that my gushing is over, I'll talk a little about the story. For the first time since I started reading this series I knew each character and didn't get anyone confused! <--- huge milestone. I followed the mystery easily, and I loved every second of it. It is amazing how attached I've become to these characters. I feel like they are my little, insane, zany M/M romance second family. Does that make me weird?
I think that Cole and Jae's relationship reached a new level of maturity in this book. They felt in sync, cohesive, and it was lovely to witness. I'm also obsessed with Bobby and what the next book has in store for him *rubs hands gleefully*.
I give up. I don't think I'll ever be able to say anything critical of this series because it has such a huge chunk of my heart. Rhys Ford has made a die-hard fan out of me and Greg Tremblay has ruined me for other narrators. And I love them both for it.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
"Rhys + Greg = AMAZING"
Greg is perfection, that is all. Some fringe characters voices are similar but really I have not herd a better narrator.
Very hard to pick but would have to be either Bobby or Claudia for very obvious no nonsense 'princess' and 'now listen here boy' reasons.
Jae by far. I don't know how he does it but you can feel every word Jae speaks in the entire book. Joking or serious he is the most alive person from a book I have ever read.
Wanted to and did. After the first books I thought this would be great but it ended up just being breathtaking.
Yes. The next book need to be released yesterday and in audio. I know I am going to cave and read it first but with the depth Greg brings I'll have to buy the audio. Its out of my hands its so good.
Maybe It was just me but this one seemed to move a little slower when it came to advancing the plot. There seemed to be more of Cole's musings than in previous books. I enjoyed it but found it more over the top emotionally than previous books... and that's really saying something.
"This series only improves as it continues"
In this book, Cole and Jae are much more comfortable as a couple. Jae is recovered from his wound and Cole is determined to hunt down Sheila.
We learn a lot more about the back story of Rick, Ben and Sheila and finally begin to see what might have been happening to cause the total break down that ended with Ben’s shooting Rick and himself.
Cole and Jae’s relationship gets deeper and more solidified. This is a far more sentimental book than the previous in the series. Cole spends a lot of time adoring Jae and it is so very sweet.
Ichi’s character gets more fleshed out and we get tantalized at the end by the prospect of him being a more central character in the future.
The “mystery” is pretty straight forward, but we gain a lot of back story about Ben and Sheila and Rick, so that was great.
Greg Tremblay narrates this entire series so he knows these characters well and, having spoken to him on Facebook, I know he’s more than a little invested in their stories as well. His voice ripples with emotion as he narrates the heated emotional scenes and his flat, self-deprecating version of Cole’s standard speaking voice is spot on. He manages the difficult task of differentiating Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese accents interspersed with Cole’s flat American accent.
This is definitely a narration of “acting” out the story and, as I have said before, it takes Rhys’ sensuous writing and turns it to an almost voyeuristic experience. Someone said “It’s like listening to a movie soundtrack of the book” and I completely agree.
He does another amazing job, clearly comfortable and his element with this very poetic and passionate story.
I highly recommend this story and this narration.
I give it 6 of 5 stars – amazing!
"Sometime best friends can become your worst enemy"
Cole is still hunting down Sheila to see if she can shed light on why Ben killed Rick and tried to kill him. He gets tied up in drugs and men posing as women for money. There are lots of twists as usual as schemes are unraveled and Cole is once again in danger.
I don't think I can ever get enough of this story. Each one ties into the other in a slight way, but is so different that they hold your interest.
Greg Tremblay's performance is as interesting as the story. He is fantastic at bringing every single character to life and the way he does Cole and Jae-min ins just breathtaking. You can hear their love and passion and i adore the chuckles and breathless pants he incorporates in his reading.
I was a bit disappointed not to get full closure once Shiela was captured but still the story is amazing!
* I received this audio for an honest review*
"Love Rhys Ford"
Love the characters and I absolutely love all the pop culture references that Rhys Ford puts in her books.
Greg Trembley is absolutely awesome at doing the narration!
"Greg Tremblay is an amazing narrator"
The story is great and made all the better by the narration. This was a fantastic addition to the series.
"Excellent 4th installment in the series!"
Already pre-ordered Down and Dirty. Great series. Love Cole's hilarious inner musings. Excellent narrator brings the book to life!
"Great humour in this"
This story is very well read with lots of humour in it. Good yarn all round
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