Lydia Reviews: Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford

Title: Dirty Heart
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 204
Sub-Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Series
Kisses: 5+


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.


Dirty Heart is the last story in the A Cole McGinnis Mystery series. This is a series that must be read in order so please keep that in mind before reading this review.

Cole’s and Jae-Min’s have put most of their pasts behind them and are happy with the family they have created with Cole’s brothers, sister in law, Bobby, Scarlet, and of course Claudia. Jae-Min is still doing his photography and going to areas that making Cole a little nervous, while Cole’s PI career is going strong, with a little help from Bobby. The love between the two men is as strong as ever, and their passion heats up the pages. So of course you know this means things are about to go to s**t.

Like all the other books in this series, Dirty Heart is full of action right from the start. The mystery that is woven throughout this story is so layered that it will keep you guessing. The secrets that are revealed along the way had me worried for Cole and Jae-Min more than once as I read. And, as fans of this series know the author likes to throw in more than a few OMG moments.

There are several points in the book that I loved. The connection between Cole and Jae-Min is stronger than ever and I loved watching them interact. I also love the relationship that Cole has with Bobby. More than once I found myself laughing when these two were together. One of my favorite parts of Dirty Heart, and in fact the whole series, is the way the author opens each book. I remember reading somewhere that the sign of a good book is when the author hooks you with the first paragraph. Ms. Ford has done that time and time again. After reading Dirty Heart, I don’t think I will look at clowns the same way again.

When I received this book I knew that it was the last in the series. While I hated to see it end I was okay with that fact knowing I could always go back and re-read the series at a later date. However, when I reached the last page I was not as ready to accept the fact that there will be no more books coming. If you have not yet given this series, or the author, a chance I strongly suggest you do so.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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