DIRTY KISS by Rhys Ford
Dirty Kiss by Rhys Ford
Reviewed by Lisa
Several years have come and gone since the night Cole McGinnis watched his life fall apart. When the sun rose on that new morning his lover was dead, his partner on the force was dead, and Cole was fighting for his life in a hospital bed. These days Cole works as a P.I. and tries not to think about what happened that night or who he lost. Cole can’t forget or forgive himself for surviving.
A new case brought to Cole by his older brother Mike seems on the surface like a cut and dry suicide, easily checked out. Cole soon figures out that an easy answer couldn’t be further from the truth because the more he digs the more questions are left unanswered.
The suicide victim, Kim Hyun-Shik, is the son of a wealthy Korean businessman and apparently led a secret life involving a gay club, a gay lover, and his gay cousin Kim Jae-Min. Cole is rapidly learning that the Korean culture is very narrow minded when it comes to homosexuality with a kind of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ever mentality.
He’s been numb so long, emotionally and sexually that when Cole meets the cousin, Kim Jae-Min for the first time it shocks him to literally feel his body come alive. There is an instant attraction that cannot be denied. Cole knows that Jae is trouble but he can’t help how he feels or that it’s mutual. As Cole decides what to do about Jae it looks like someone clearly wants him to stop digging into Hyun-Shik’s death. At least the car bombing, the shooting, and being run off the road are some pretty good hints that Cole is getting someone’s attention, way too much attention.
Intensely well written with great characters and a fast paced suspenseful plotline, Dirty Kiss holds readers attention from the first page to the last. Issues of hate crimes, racial profiling, and family dynamics are tackled within the pages of Dirty Kiss. Cole McGinnis is a fascinating, flawed man emotionally frozen until a certain perplexing Korean comes into his life. Their relationship is complex and very complicated. Between the tantalizing plotline, the characters, and the skillful word crafting, I Joyfully recommend Dirty Kiss.