Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: 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.
Review: Although I loved this freaking book it’s bittersweet. I have been a huge fan of this series. Cole and Jae are one of my top 3 favorite couples. So I’m happy for them but saying goodbye hurts a little too. It’s been a long, violent, emotional journey and we finally get the answer to the big question that started way back in book one. WHY?!?! I’ll admit I’m probably way too invested in these characters so getting that information was like closure. I feel at peace but saying goodbye is tough. Thank goodness they’ll always be there for my enjoyment in rereads.
The final book of the Dirty Series brings Cole back the beginning. Working on a case for Jae’s family. This time his brother Mike’s security firm is also involved. Of course someone is trying to kill them all, but this time it may be about more than they originally think. By taking the job Cole may have inadvertently opened himself up to his past. This forces Cole to face some things he’d chosen to put away somewhere deep down inside him. Things he’s told himself and those around him he’s dealt with.
There’s lots of danger in this one. Which I found apropos for this series. We get cameos from most of our favorites in Dirty Heart. I have a particular fondness for Bobby. He and Cole have a brotherly type friendship. For me that really stood out in this book. Cole gets a little closer to his brother Mike in this book.
Another of my favorite parts of this book is that Jae is there for Cole. He’s so strong and understanding. Jae worked through a lot of issues throughout the series. Cole goes through a lot of self realization in this book. Right from the first few pages where he’s chasing down a lady clown at a carnival. It’s hilarious but also very deep, hinting at things to come in the book. I always love them together. Cole’s reverent kind of love for Jae is so beautiful. Up until the last couple of books they’ve had this tumultuous romance but in this book it feels like they’re settled into a forever type of love. Well, if Cole can keep from getting himself killed! As always the sex scenes are sizzling but pack an emotional punch because you feel the intimacy between Jae and Cole.