Book Review: Dirty Heart, by Rhys Ford (Cole McGinnis, Book 6)


Dirty Heart, by Rhys Ford
Series: Cole McGinnis, Book 6
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 18, 2016

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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imageFormer 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.


Gay Characters
M/M Pairing
Crime Thriller/Mystery

Warnings for:



The Cole McGinnis series is definitely one of my favorites, and a beloved series in the M/M genre. I’m gonna assume everyone else was as sad as me to hear that the end of the series was upon us. So I was excited to read Dirty Heart, but also reluctant to read The End.

Rhys has set up two story arcs here. There’s the usual murder mystery, which Cole is hired to solve… And there’s the arc that’s been building the entire series: why did Ben kill Cole’s lover many years before, and almost kill Cole in the process?

What I love and dislike about this series is actually one and the same: the consistency. I love that I know what I’m getting into with this series, and that the writing will be excellent, the relationship between Jae and Cole gorgeous and intimate, and the action fast and well-paced.

But… There was nothing new here. It was EXACTLY like the previous books in the series in terms of layout and predictability. Even the big reveal was… well, it fell flat for me is all I’ll say.

I think I expected more from the last book in this series, and got my hopes up. It’s a solid book, but just nothing exciting for the end of the series.


Rhys Ford is a firm believer in love and let love, short walks to a coffee shop and having a spare cat or two. Most days she can be found swearing at her laptop and trying to come up with new ways to kill off perfectly good random characters.

You can buy Dirty Heart from the publisher:
eBook / Paperback

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.



2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dirty Heart, by Rhys Ford (Cole McGinnis, Book 6)

  1. Pingback: Review: Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford

  2. I think the buildup of a book that eventually lets me down, or isn’t as big as I had hoped is one of the worst things for me. I kind of want to go back and see if I missed something that made it as great as it was supposed to be.


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