Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford

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Series: Cole McGinnis
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Pages: 204 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Cole McGinnis Mysteries

Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

five-stars

Since I’ve gotten my arc copy, I’ve read this 4 times already. I’m dedicated. I did not want to right a review for this, I just don’t want this to be a last full novel for Cole. I don’t even know all the words to describe how I feel right now. It’s currently a full week until release day and I just scrapped my previous review. This last book is on a non-stop loop in my head. Everything has come full circle for Cole in this book. We get to find out why Ben decided to kill him all those years ago. We get to see the love Cole has for Jae bloom through all of this. We get to see Cole’s family love and accept him as the glue that holds him together. I have highlighted the hell out of this book. It’s so many passages that I want to talk about, but I won’t spoil it for others just know Rhys worked her butt off for this series, and I don’t think we’ll ever get anything like this again.

“Promise you’ll love me. Forever, if I need it.” “Forever, Even if you don’t need it,” I whispered, nestling up into him.”Because I will.”

 

This book has the classic Cole formula, laughter, pain, tears, rejoice, sexy times, and comfort. I love how evolved Jae is from book one up until now. He has become his own man in this relationship. He has opened up and loved Cole in ways Cole never thought was possible. I love the give and take of their relationship, the small things Jae say that end up being so earth shattering to Cole and myself. I love Mike and his need for protection of Cole. Lord those scenes between those two always leaves me in tears. One of my favorite relationships ever in this series is Cole and Claudia, it’s a guarantee that I’ll be smiling or bawling tears whenever these two are on page. It’s no different in this book. Claudia is what Cole needs, and she’s his moral beacon. This woman was able to show Cole that even if she didn’t birth him, that don’t mean she can’t be his mother. The love that is shown by both of them always clogs my throat because it comes in a time when Cole is at his worst. I love that he has her to fall back on, and I love that he is always thinking of her well being. So many people make loving Cole easy for me. Bobby, Ichi, Scarlett, Maddy, and two cop friends make this such a well rounded group of people. I have come to love seeing each and every person make a presence in Cole’s life. I thought this book was really good. It’s spot on and clear what everyone intentions were. I was nervous reading the why’s of Ben, but then I got angry at him. I got angry for what he did to Cole as a brother and as a friend.It makes total sense by the end of it. I truly love this series and thank Rhys for writing about Cole.

“Saranghae-yo, Cole-ah”

 

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.