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Dirty Kiss, Book 1 Audiobook

Dirty Kiss, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Rhys Ford (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    Maria 26/04/2014
    Maria 26/04/2014 Member Since 2016

    A passionate Fujoshi~ Don't mind me I am here for all the BL drama n_n

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    "Dirty Kiss (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ )"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Detective Cole has ruined my life AOA, I think that this says it all pretty much


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    as cliche as it may sound it was when Cole opened the door and saw Jae- Min for the first time and then he fell in love :333


    Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but this one was great! I loved the Korean accent it made every thing so realistic and fun :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much I was done with this in 2 days, yes I have no life...


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book, I will now go and read the sequel. The mystery and engaging plot were amazing. The sex bits where hawt addition to the over all great outcome, so stop reading this review and go listen to this book AOA

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kallie Harris 08/03/2015
    Kallie Harris 08/03/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The author is a favourite of mine and I'm always confident of a good, well written story so reasonably highly but the choice of narrator definitely impacted my enjoyment of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thought and care given to the characters and their backstories. The surrounding cast and the narrative drive throughout taking you to the big reveal.


    What three words best describe Greg Tremblay’s performance?

    Stilted, jerky, uncomfortable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two Worlds Collide...


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book very much (I've mostly come to this author via the audio medium) but I had to work at it because of the narrator. I couldn't work out if he was actually pausing for punctuation in the written text or if his performance style was actually so awkward. It definitely wasn't as smooth a listen as some of the performers I've listened to - the narrator delivers his performance in short, staccato bursts that definitely wear on you after a while. This is the first book by the author that I've had to take a break from and come back to rather than resentfully stopping it to concentrate on other things. The story itself is good - well written, the characters intresting and engaging and the dialogue snappy. The book is well worth a credit and I'm following the series but I probably won't follow the narrator outside of the Rhys Ford's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH 24/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "stunning performance of a stunning book"
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    When I READ a book, I don't much like single person POV in the first person. You know this, I say it often enough,
    BUT
    I've decided that when LISTENING I love a book written that way! LOVE. WHY?? Here its the book, the story, yes, but its also that absolute sterling performance by Greg Tremblay.

    I'm getting ahead of myself, I usually talk about the book first and then the narration.

    Dirty Kiss is the first book in this series, about Cole McGinnis. Cole is an ex-cop turned private investigator and is employed to look inot the death of a Korean business man's son, which is deemed suicide. It brings Cole into contact with the amn's cousin, Kim Jae-Min. And Cole falls, HARD. But Jae-Min is living a secret, a dirty secret that Cole has lived with all his life. And Cole won't let Jae-Min go, not now he is safe.

    I'm trying really hard to seperate the book from the narration, and I can't. Its impossible. Greg is Cole McGinnis and its just like sitting down and having a conversation with someone telling you what they did to solve this case and what he did to keep the guy. Greg is just brilliant in that conversation and his voice is clear, his accents amazing. I LOVED Scarlett. And although the differences in the Korean characters are slight, its enough for me to make out who is who. Greg's chatting voice is low and even, and you get right through to the heart of Cole, all through Greg's reading.

    While the case is solved, Cole and Jae-Min's story isn't finished. Not quite a happy-ever-after, more a happy-for-now sort of ending.

    Action, drama, thriller, murder, love, sex, culture clashes, getting over your demons, and finding new ones, this book has it all.

    An absolute stunning performance. by Greg, of an absolutely fabulous book by Rhys Ford.

    I'm off to get book 2 :-)

    5 stars for the book and 5 for the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Woodlands, TX
    21/03/14
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    "Almost better than the book!!! And I love the book"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best! Great narrator. Knowing the whole series and the characters throughout, Greg Tremblay plays Cole perfect! His change in character voice is great as well as his singing voice (hehe Scarlet) He is a little aloof in the beginning, but that is Cole to a "T"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    Ugg, so many, probably when Bobby tries to get Cole to admit he misses Ben!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene being chased by the older woman in Leather.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not possible but will listen again


    Any additional comments?

    Now I am bugging Rhys for the second installment!!! Great series, Her Sinners series is great too and a different narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Belen
    United States
    20/03/16
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    "Greg Tremblay knocks it out of the park!"
    Would you listen to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 again? Why?

    Absolutely - Greg Tremblay is so wonderful that I would absolutely listen to this again.


    Would you recommend Dirty Kiss, Book 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Rhys Ford builds a great world, with relatable characters and enough action to make your heart hurt for all that she puts them through.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

    Jae.


    Any additional comments?

    Holy hell! I LOVE Greg Tremblay's narration. That alone jumped this book up to 4 stars for me. This was a book I didn't really connect with while reading, mainly because of all the Korean and honorifics...but listening to Greg Tremblay? I so easy to devour this series!!

    Rhys Ford - you got so lucky with this narrator. He made your book come to life!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Libros Lover
    Booklandia
    12/03/14
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    "Dirty Kiss...on my list (of favorites, that is)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend. The characters are like people in real life. One minute you want to hug them and the next you want to strangle them. The mystery kept me glued to the story and I do love a good mystery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jae-Sin. He was realistic about his situation and verbalized it very matter of factly. People from many cultures are faced with more difficult decisions when they're gay and many times throughout the story I wanted to smack Cole in the back of his head for not being more sensitive to this. I was thrilled when he finally got it.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

    Scarlet


    Who was the most memorable character of Dirty Kiss, Book 1 and why?

    Jae-Sin. He faced his life with dignity and though I wouldn't have made the same choices he did when it came to his family, I understand and respect them.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the second installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • T. Turnerpla
    Atlanta, GA
    12/03/14
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    "I love Rhys Ford and definitely loved the story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book and is fascinated by the story and it's characters, so I was excited to hear the audio book version. The enjoyable part was the story itself.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listen to Greg Tremblay's story before, so I can't compare it to other stories that he might have narrated.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dirty Kiss, Book 1 and why?

    Actually all the characters where great.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was excellent, but the narrator was kind of dull to express what the characters in the story are really like.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Riva
    Chicago, IL, United States
    27/05/14
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    "Awesome Narrator!!"

    Wow, I thought I loved these books when I read them. Greg Tremblay takes this series to a whole new level. I am a major Rhys Ford fan. I have read everything she has written. Hearing her words in Greg's voice was truly a wonderful experience. This is one of the rare times where a narrator completely nails how I thought the MCs voices where in my head. I can tell that Mr. Tremblay "gets" Ms. Ford's words and his interpretation of Cole and Jae is spot on. This is a winning combo.

    Oh yeah, and the story is awesome too, but that is a given. Ms. Ford writes wonderful mm romance mysteries weaving in aspects of Korean culture and how difficult it is to be gay and Korean. Her characters have tremendous depth. Cole has a tragic past and demons he must confront, while still being loving and witty with his friends and real and adopted family. Jae Min is a wonderful and loving man who is just trying to do the right thing for everyone. But he is forever torn between his family obligations and his heart. There are four books in this series so far and it is (hopefully) far from over. Soooo worth a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marilyn
    GLASTONBURY, CT, United States
    12/05/14
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    "Not just about the sex"

    The author has crafted a well-written novel that is more of a week-long slice of life story than simply a m/m romance. There is, however, a sparking beginning of a relationship here..... you know: that time when you've just met and you get weak knees and can't think about anything else. And sexual relations of a fairly explicit nature are part of that, for sure, but these scenes are merely part of what's going on in the days and nights of the main character in this first-person narrative. They fit into the entirety of the book seamlessly and are exciting.

    The narrator purrs these scenes out rather then merely reads them. He also does a great job with the accents, not that I know what a Korean accent really sounds like, but the narrator gives the various people different voices, plausibly Asian.

    As for the mystery aspect, I am not a mystery-genre person in general, but the mystery in this story took a back seat, again, to the slice of life aspect, so it worked for me. I don't want to figure out "who dunnit," I just want a good listen and that's what I got with this book.

    I often don't order the second book in a series even when I enjoyed it because I want to sample around. however, the follow up to Dirty Kiss is downloading as I write this. I think it's due to the excellent writing and likable characters. The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts all around is that I reserve that for the books you want to read over and over, the ones that are destined to become classics in your personal library.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Seattle, WA, United States
    01/04/14
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    "Diry Kiss rocks!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Greg Tremblay


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery. Most stories I can figure out by mid-book, Rhys Ford doesn't telegraph who the bad guy is.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

    Cole McGinnis


    Any additional comments?

    Great steamy sex scenes. *sigh*

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan A Skye
    08/10/15
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    "Rhys and Greg are a match made in heaven"

    This is a case where the audio version is so amazing as to sometimes surpasses the written word. Greg Tremblay totally gets what Rhys is writing and he “performs” the story, not just reading it.

    There are times, and I have said this before, where you feel like you are listening at the door, or listening to a movie soundtrack, instead of a simple narration.

    It is supremely excellent.

    Each character has a distinct and unique voice, and Greg even has a great singing voice.

    I give the audio version a 6 out of 5 because it is Rhys’ words performed so excellently by Greg that together, the combination surpasses the book as an experience.

    6 of 5 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allie
    02/07/14
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    "Killer narration brought the story to life"
    What made the experience of listening to Dirty Kiss, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Greg Tremblay's narration, with his portrayal of Jae-Min and Cole, kept me engaged from the very beginning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cole and Jae-Min's relationship and the fact that their relationship is a work-in-progress - like most relationships.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have had this Kindle book in my bookshelf for quite a while, but I just hadn't gotten around to reading it yet. I noticed that it was available on Audible, so I picked it up to entertain myself while driving back and forth to work. Boy, am I glad I did! While the story line kept me engaged, it was Greg Tremblay, the narrator, who really sold the story. He brought both Cole and Jae-Min to life, and I can't wait to start book 2 - Dirty Secret - on tomorrow morning's drive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While it would have been nice to listen to it in one sitting, I made myself wait each day for the drive to and from work - a little delayed gratification never hurt anyone!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ALLIE
    17/06/14
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    "Greg rocks this book!"
    Where does Dirty Kiss, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there because of the wittiness of Rhys writing and the incredible performance by Greg! This is my first ever book review and I felt compelled because I want more books to be narrated by Greg.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Kiss, Book 1?

    Not sure. What I hope gets revealed in one of the sequels is why Ben went bonkers.


    What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't praise Greg enough! He really brings the characters to life and his Korean accents are wonderful!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jae caves. He doesn't want to feel for Cole but he can't help it. The sex scenes are great too (wink).


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see what Greg can do with Rhys' Sinners series. Book 3 on ebook is coming out soon but it will be great if the audiobook was done soon also.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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