I read a lot of books in the M/M genre. A lot! Sadly Dirty Kiss is only the second book I have read in this genre with Asian character(s) in the lead roles. And frankly I find that very sad, because after reading this book, I’m reminded of how interesting the culture is and how much the traditions of the culture could probably create great books specifically in this genre.
Cole, half Irish and half Japanese, is an ex-cop who’s now a private investigator and still seems to be haunted by the tragic death of his lover. Cole’s brother pulls him in to investigate a suspicious suicide of a young Korean man whose body was found in a gay sex club. Cole begins his investigation by meeting some of the man’s family members and that’s when he meets Jae-Min. Jae-Min stirs up feelings in Cole that haven’t been there since Cole’s lover was killed. What follows is a complicated murder investigation that leaves a trail of more dead bodies in the way and Cole trying to protect Jae-Min from danger.
What I really liked about this book were the parts that focused on the Korean culture. I found it so interesting and informative and made for a great read that had you wondering how Cole and Jae-Min were going to work out in the end. I also really liked Jae-Min. I found him to be this subtle quiet man struggling with who he knew he really wanted to be and he complemented Cole perfectly.
I did find myself a little underwhelmed by the murder mystery. There was a fairly big cast of characters in this book and it’s only 230 pages. There are shootings and car wrecks and falling out of trees. Which is often followed by some hot and steamy sex. How these two guys got it on so quickly after these injuries left me scratching my head a few times, but I can’t deny the fact that the sex scenes were still enjoyable.
Overall it was an interesting read that makes me want to read more books specifically in this genre. I also hope we get a follow up to Cole and Jae-Min’s story, because this ends with a HFN. I love that there’s a picture of a cat on the cover of this book. You’ll just have to read it to find out why!
“I don’t mind baby. It’s nice.” Yelping, he jerked when the medic stuck him with a needle. Pain shot up my wrist, his fingers digging into my forearm. “But don’t call me honey. That’s my mom’s dog’s name.”