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Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6) by Rhys Ford

Dirty Heart CoverRelease Date:  March 18, 2016
Published by Dreamspinner Press
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Final book in the Dirty Series arc.

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.

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OUR THOUGHTS:

Get ready, Cole McGinnis fans, because Dirty Heart is exactly the conclusion to this series you’ve been waiting for. Rhys Ford wraps up the final installment with all the mystery, suspense, and intrigue we’ve come to expect and the sweet, smoldering romance we know and love. (With a healthy dose of Korean swearing thrown in.)

I’ll admit I was apprehensive to begin reading knowing this is the final story in this arc, but I couldn’t be happier with the way Ford ties up all the loose ends.  I’m not sure how I’ll manage to part ways with Cole and Jae – that won’t be easy. Their story is one that draws me in and makes me part of their world as if I’m right there with them whether it’s tender moments or terrifying bloodshed. Reading those final lines is definitely like saying goodbye to old friends, but I have a feeling I’ll be back to visit from time to time. These are the kind of stories you read again and again, finding new details with each reread.

At risk of spoiling anything about this book – it’s certainly something you should experience firsthand – I’ll be deliberately vague. What I will say is it’s pretty much no holds barred; no one’s safe,  and danger is out there, rearing its ugly head at every turn.  Jae is back in all his awesome Jae-ness while Cole’s up to the usual – solving impossibly complicated mysteries involving extremely dangerous people. Ford holds us in suspense as she cleverly works her plot, making what seem like a million complex twists and turns before finally revealing the answers to questions new and old.  Untangling the web is a bit messy to say the least, but man, is it oh so satisfying.

If you’re new to this series, congrats! You’ve stumbled upon an amazing mystery series in completion which means no waiting for new books! For the rest of us, it’s a somber see ya later to characters we know and love.  Thank you, Rhys Ford, for a fantastic ride.

RATING: STILETTOS!

Dirty Rings with Rhys Ford

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When one of our favorite people, Rhys Ford, contacted us to see if we would help spread the word about something fun, exciting and free for readers, we couldn’t say no despite having no idea what she was up to. We should have known it would exceed our expectations. I’ve gotta say, I listened to these and they’re pretty awesome. Rhys Ford, you continue to amaze us! Thank you! :)

Check out this message from Rhys:

So a funny thing happened on the way to a tweet, Greg Tremblay, the fantastic narrator of my Dirty series, texted me and said… hey, you should giveaway a custom ringtone. Or something to that effect. There was some discussion. A few emails and then well, long story short—there may have been some pixilated shots of whiskey and banter but a plan was formed. A plan so cunning I could have stuck a tail on it and called it a weasel.

Mostly, it involved Greg. And your phone. But it was still a plan!

After a furious, intense process of queries, eliminations, debating on who said what, we came up with a set of phrases from Cole, Bobby, Jae, Claudia, Scarlet and one from Maddy then Greg went to work. And returned to me with a brilliant sound bites forged by a narrative master—in the style of the characters’ voices.

So dear reader, as a thank you for everything you’ve done for Greg and me, I’d like to present the entire set of ringtones—twenty one in total—FREE, as a gift to you.

Available in Android (MP3) and iPhone (formats for Android and Apple phones, Greg has also graciously included the WAV files if that’s your thing. Download links to the zipped files are provided below.*

A great humongous thank you to all of the blogs who helped me with this guerilla gifting. This swirled up on Tuesday and Greg just MADE it happen. He is the voice of the series and I am forever grateful for his talent.

Love you all, and really, Thank You.
Rhys Ford

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If you’ve not tried out Greg Tremblay’s narrations, please do so. He makes audiobooks fun and damn, he brings Cole and the others to life.

Greg Tremblay’s body of work can be found here—and yes, the Dirty series is there but so are many other lovely audio books. I highly recommend one of Greg’s audiobooks, a comfy chair, a pair of headphones and a nice hot cup of coffee… or tea… with or without whisky.

* These are copyrighted and available free for individual use. The files included in the zip cannot be sold by third parties nor can they be altered in anyway as to destroy the integrity of the original work. Animals were test subjects for these sound files and while the cat could not have given less of a shit, the dog seemed mighty interested. Please note, neither own nor use a phone or a computer so results may vary.

BLOG TOUR: Down and Dirty (Cole McGinnis #5) by Rhys Ford

There’re no words to describe just how elated we are to kick off Rhys Ford’s blog tour for her latest Cole McGinnis story, Down and Dirty! We know you’ll share our excitement that she’s giving us another Cole McGinnis serial on this tour, so be sure to follow along. Oh, and be sure to enter the giveaway – you don’t want to miss the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice! Welcome, Rhys!! We’re thrilled you’re here. :)

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To celebrate the release of my new book, Down and Dirty, I’m inviting you to follow along with blog tour serial of a Cole McGinnis case, Dirty Minds! Enter to win a giveaway at every site!

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Dirty Minds Part One
I never knew how unstable a minivan’s suspension was. As far as handling went, it was probably the shittiest I’d ever come across. Of course, it could have been the van itself. Its turning radius sucked and every time it hit anything above forty, it seemed to rattle and groan like its wheels were about to fall off. There was also this loud BRAP BRAPBRAP sound coming from the engine.

Or, to be fair, that could also have been the bark of the shots the passenger was blindly taking at me as I clung to the roof of the minivan.

A small detail but apparently one I should have considered when evaluating a car’s performance.

Barreling down Wilshire at ten o’clock on a Saturday night isn’t something I’d recommend for a date night. Seeing as I’d just abandoned Jae at a wedding and screamed at Bobby to follow me, I was pretty sure the only ‘laid’ I was going to get that night was in a coffin once the road kill crew was done scraping me off the road.

A heavy-bodied red truck gunned up next to the minivan’s drive slide then slammed into it, jostling the vehicle into the curb. The van rocked and wove, nearly jumping into the sidewalk but in a fear of tremendous skill or blind luck, its driver was able to get the van back onto the road. I clung harder to the rack bolted into the van’s roof, thankful for whoever decided they were one day going to go skiing in a vehicle made more for shopping trips than skin runs.

Luckily, I knew who was drive the truck, my alleged best friend, Bobby Dawson who was apparently more interested in dislodging me from the top of the minivan rather than getting the damned bastards to actually stop the car.

Sirens were going off somewhere nearby—or at least nearby in Los Angeles’ sketchy grasp of relative distance—and I could only hope they’d be for the minivan’s occupants. I’d shouted at my lover, Jae-Min to call the cops right when I grabbed the van’s rear door handles as it took off, dragging me along behind it. Letting go hadn’t seemed like an option. At the time, adrenaline and anger fueled my actions and I’d somehow scrambled up the rear doors and onto the roof.

What I’d planned to do from there, I had no idea but there I was—getting shot at by a thankfully cross-eyed thief holding a pea-shooter while my damned best friend was slamming the side of his truck into an already ill-balanced minivan.

“Jump into the bed!” Bobby screamed at me through the truck’s open back window. We’d taken the truck’s flat lid from its bed early that day to move an armoire into Bobby’s loft. Luckily for me, neither one of us thought to replace it. Unluckily for me, Bobby was quickly running out of maneuvering room.

As they screamed through the stretch of Wilshire between downtown and the park, traffic began to thicken and Bobby careened around slower moving cars and sliding into left turn lanes, fighting to keep abreast with the minivan.

I debated jumping. After my initial rage-fueled bravado slunk away behind my often late-to-the-party common sense, several things occurred to me. First, I had no way of actually stopping the robbers and second, I could actually stop their ill-aimed bullets if ever the guy in the passenger’s seat decided he was going to look where he was shooting instead of merely pointing the weapon out of the window and firing shots of in my general direction.

Bobby nearly lost the front of the truck on the back of a slow-moving Honda held together by bumper stickers and cat hair and he shot off around it, narrowly missing a bus coming in the opposite direction. Swerving back into the lane, he over-corrected and hit the minivan hard, lifting it up off its wheels. Another shot, aimed for Mars or Jupiter this time, then the driver did the one smart thing he’d done since he planted his ass in the seat of the stolen minivan.

He turned a hard, sharp right and I went flying.

FOLLOW THE TOUR TO GET THE COMPLETE SERIAL:

Dec 30 Part One — 3 Chicks After Dark
Dec 31 Part Two — Boy Meets Boy Reviews
Jan 1    Part Three — Joyfully Jay
Jan 2    Part Four — LoveBytes
Jan 2    Part Five — On Top Down Under
Jan 3    Part Six — Prism Alliance
Jan 4    Part Seven — It’s About The Book
Jan 4    Part Eight — The Blogger Girls
Jan 5   Part Nine — Sinfully Sexy 
Jan 6   Part Ten — NDulgent Bloggers 
Jan 7   Part Eleven — The Novel Approach
Jan 8   Part Twelve — Under the Covers Blog

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Down and Dirty CoverFrom the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spots Ichiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because the much younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby’s buttons. No, Ichi is trouble because he’s Cole McGinnis’s younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for looking Ichi’s way. But despite his gut telling him Ichi is bad news, Bobby can’t stop looking… or wanting.

Ichi was never one to play by the rules. Growing up in Japan as his father’s heir, he’d been bound by every rule imaginable until he had enough and walked away from everything to become his own man. Los Angeles was supposed to be a brief pitstop before he moved on, but after connecting with his American half-brothers, it looks like a good city to call home for a while—if it weren’t for Bobby Dawson.

Bobby is definitely a love-them-and-leave-them type, a philosophy Ichi whole-heartedly agrees with. Family was as much of a relationship as Ichi was looking for, but something about the gruff and handsome Bobby Dawson that makes Ichi want more.

Much, much more.

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OUR THOUGHTS:
There’s just something about the way Rhys Ford writes, her words paint a startling, clear picture on the page. Suddenly you can see the sights, hear the sounds and virtually step into the setting alongside the characters. This kind of immersion is inevitable; it brings you into the story in such a tangible way that you can’t help but become connected to the people and places. It’s one of the reasons I feel such a tie to Cole and Jae, not to mention everyone else in their world.

I love when authors tell concurrent story lines, because there’s something familiar and comforting about the overlapping events. In this story we get Ichi and Bobby’s story as it’s happening during the events of the Dirty Deeds. I like getting an idea of how it all came together in the moments leading up to Bobby dropping that bomb on Cole. I feel as though every scene almost has more meaning than it did before when we were only getting things from Cole’s perspective. They always say there are two sides to every story, and it couldn’t be more accurate.

I’ve been shipping Bobby and Ichiro for a while, and I kind of felt like them getting together was inevitable.  They’ve had this insane chemistry since their first encounter. I wasn’t sure if it was because they were kind of off limits – you know the whole best friend’s brother thing –  but even if that’s how the intrigue started, it’s not how it ends. After reading Down and Dirty, it’s hard to fathom that anyone would ever try to keep these guys apart. They’re so perfect together, something that was absolutely reinforced for me the more Ford delved into their backgrounds and psyches. In fact with the issues they’re shouldering, I can’t imagine them paired with anyone else. Each makes the other feel at ease despite their imperfections. Their flaws allow each to accept more of the same in the other. As they resolve each issue and obstacle thrown their way, their bond is cemented more and more.

If I had to pick a favorite part of this story what would it be? THE FIREWORKS. I often anticipated exactly how it would go down once Cole found out about Bobby and Ichi, and I think Rhys Ford has outdone herself. That entire scene and exchange is FANTASTIC. Way beyond my wildest imagination and done to perfection. I nearly wore out my kindle reading and re-reading that exchange.  All I can say is thank God for Claudia. ;)

While I’m desperately in love with Ichiro after this story, I’ve got to say my love for Jae-Min still runs deep. In fact, I’m not ashamed to admit I ran a  Kindle search for his name before starting Down & Dirty. Can’t blame a girl for wanting a little hint so she can set realistic expectations. Imagine my pleasure when it returned 167 results. :D

RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
!rhys_ford_headshotRhys 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 three 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.

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And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press.

GIVEAWAY:
3 Chicks After Dark would like to thank Rhys Ford for generously providing the prize for the tour’s giveaway. Enter below for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice!

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Dirty Deeds (Cole McGinnis #4) by Rhys Ford

Dirty Deeds CoverRelease Date: March 28, 2014
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Review Copy from Author

It always makes me happy to discover a series I love. When 3 Chicks was asked to review the newest Cole McGinnis book, Dirty Deeds, I jumped at the chance. I’ve loved the other books by Rhys Ford I’ve read, so I was looking forward to the opportunity. Upon learning it’s the 4th book in a series,  I clearly had some catching up to do. :)

If you’re new to this series too, I really do recommend starting from the beginning. While there’s enough retelling that someone picking up the books out of order won’t be completely lost, the overall series arc builds from book one.  In order to get all the details and experience each character and plot line to the fullest, you really need to read them in order.

Dirty Deeds is another fast paced, high intensity action-packed story. The search is on for Sheila after she shook up Cole’s world by attacking his boyfriend Jae at the end of book three. Cole will do whatever it takes to find her, get some answers and keep Jae safe. In the hunt for Sheila, he stumbles upon a bigger mystery even more dangerous and intriguing as it unfolds.  In the midst of it all he finds himself questioning his need for revenge and how best to keep his loved ones safe.

One of the things I love about this series is that Jae and Cole are a constant. (Well, except for that one part of book three, Dirty Laundrybut we are NOT talking about that.) Yes they’ve got things to work through, but there’s really no question that they’re together. The question is more like how together are they? With Jae’s Korean heritage and history, he’s not super comfortable with relationships. Cole’s still struggling with the violent loss of his lover Rick at the hands of his former police partner Ben. Even though it’s been a couple years between Rick and Jae, I can’t imagine it’s easy to take that step and move on.

I need to get one thing straight from the very beginning – I freaking love Jae-Min. I know Cole’s the main focus since it’s his series and all, but Jae has completely won me over. He’s by far my favorite with his unflagging loyalty and wicked sense of  humor. He’s also a little bit of a mystery; I like that he doesn’t read like an open book. I enjoy seeing how much his character grows in each story, and book four it’s no different – he’s certainly becoming more confident and independent. He takes a pretty major step forward in their relationship in one of the hottest scenes Rhys Ford has written.  Jae knows just what to say and when to say it, or not say it as the case may be. The nonverbal cues between these guys are incredible, and they communicate so much in just one glance.

One of the best moments in Dirty Deeds for me is between Claudia and Cole. They’ve been through a lot together, and you see the depth of their relationship in several scenes but my favorite might be the one in his office after Detective O’Byrne mentions to Cole that she knew Ben. Claudia comforts him in such a maternal way, and I thought they both felt the connection. She’s just such a strong and awesome lady.

Rhys Ford is a master of story telling, and I enjoy how the overall story arc in this series builds around the mystery arc in each book. This book continues Cole’s storyline with Ben and Sheila, and we learn some very valuable information. I can’t say I was completely surprised –  I had my suspicions – but it’s nice to have them confirmed. Every detail is a piece of the puzzle revealed and maybe eventually we’ll know precisely why  Ben reeked the devastation on Rick and Cole that he did.

Ford also adds to the story lines with Cole’s brothers, and I find that Ichiro is really growing on me. He gives me hope that Cole’s really building a true family where he can feel safe and loved. His friend Bobby is also part of that, although he does get a little weird in this one. When he drops that whopper at the very end it all makes sense. JUST WOW.  I should have seen it coming, really. I mean, Ford foreshadows it plenty, I just didn’t expect it to go there.

If you love this series as much as I do, you won’t want to miss a couple of Cole and Jae freebies floating around out there:

Dirty Sweets
Cole McGinnis #3.5
Cole McGinnis #4.5
Cole McGinnis #4.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!