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Since I gave the first installment 5 stars it seems silly to say it is better; but I can't give 10 stars. Cole and Jae continue to have mystery/adventures and work on their relationship. In this installment, people get shot. The body count is not as high as in Book 1, but still. I actually love all the action in Rhys Ford's books. She has this writing style where you are just reading along, la, la, la and then BAM!! bullets start flying out of nowhere. It's great.
The funny thing is that by listening to this story, I feel closer to Cole and Jae. I'm hearing things I don't remember reading in the book, and I loved the books. It is due to the terrific narrator. His narration really gives life to these guys and their story. I know what is going to happen, as I have read all 4 books, and I still really look forward to the audio version being released. It is that good!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
**4 stars for the story, 10++++ stars for the audiobook narrator!**
Greg Tremblay, you rock my world.
You are a perfect, PERFECT, Cole McGinnis and your range of voices is... sigh... *me so happy*!! This narrator is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and has MADE this series for me! I could kiss you... for real! No, seriously, let's make out...
It takes a lot for me to LOVE an audiobook, especially an audiobook in which I have no idea what is happening. Honestly. I was totally clueless.
I had no idea what was happening in this book and I loved it anyway.
This might be terribly close-minded or something of me, but I couldn't for the life of me keep those Korean names apart. I had maybe one or two down pat, but the rest? A complete blur. Who were the main characters again? No idea. And listening in audiobook, where the names aren't written down for me to see them, it was even more of a problem.
In fact, when the bad guy/girl was revealed at the end, I had no clue who it was. Talk about anticlimactic...
So why did I love this book if I couldn't follow it?!
Answer: Well, the rest of the book rocked!
The scene with Cole and his parents... I cried. The scene with Cole and Claudia? Cried. The scenes with Cole and Jae? I got HOT and bothered! The book was funny! And sexy and crazy and I LOVE Rhys Ford for delivering again and again with this series.
I don't care that every Korean person Cole meets is gay. I don't care that I have no idea who the side characters are. I still love this series, no small part due to the audiobook narrator.
Keep narrating, Greg Tremblay, and I'll keep listening!
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is the second book in the Cole McGinnis series by Rhys Ford and one that I'd previously read in pixels and enjoyed. Once again, Cole is up to his neck in it - being shot at, thrown up on, getting to know his boyfriend Jae-Min better and working on a case brought to him by Scarlet. Not to mention having to deal with his dad and step-mother at an awful dinner (go Mike! that's all I'm saying).
The story was engaging, there were some emotional moments as well as some laugh out loud sections and Greg Tremblay's excellent narration really did the characters justice for me. The pacing of the non-dialogue parts came across as much more fluid and natural than in book one so all in all a very enjoyable listen.
I'm going to break from tradition and start listening to book three before I've read it; and I've got the rest of the series (& some of Rhys' other books) ready to go too.
Definitely recommend this if you like a bit of mystery, PIs, snarky boyfriends, bigots getting a slap down, spicy pepper and the ever amusing Bobby.
I enjoyed the narration as well as the story. Authors humour comes across well alongside the cultural awareness of a gay Koreans struggle to be accepted within his family and society from the perspective of his white boyfriend
Greg Trembley really sold this story to me. His narration was exceptional. I do like this series on it's own merits but this audio version gave it a little bit more.
The actual story was good. The mystery worked. I enjoy the byplay between Cole and Jae-Min.
I also like the other supporting cast of characters, and look forward to the next story.
I struggled to keep up with names, but I think that was just me trying to multi task. I'll pay more attention in the next story.
I will definitely be purchasing the audio version.