Book Reviews

Cast Off (Toronto Tales 3) by KC Burn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 23-December-2013

Book Blurb

Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he’s got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O’Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand.

When Ian comes out of the closet, tired of anonymous hook-ups and keeping secrets from his large Catholic family, Rick is right there, and he’s just the sort of man Ian might like to get to know better.Their attraction is immediate, electric and mutual. Ian convinces Rick to break more and more of his rules, and his defenses crumble. But someone watches, someone who’d like to see this new relationship fail. When Ian’s job becomes a means to expose Rick’s secret, it could destroy both their careers and their hearts.


Book Review

One of the things that I've really enjoyed in the 'Toronto Tales' series by KC Burn is that each of these stories overlap a little and intertwine. More than just having the same characters appear in all three of the books, each book has parts where it overlaps with a previous book and I found that to be a whole lot of fun. 'Cast Off' is the story of Rick, whom I've already fallen for, and Ian, Kurt's older brother. It's also the story of Ian's coming out which I've been waiting for since the first installment in the series.

Rick and Ian meet at Kurt and Davy's painting party where, ironically, Ian comes clean to Kurt about being gay. Apparently Ian has been gay his whole life but has hidden it from everyone and only got the courage to tell his family after Kurt announced his sexuality. Rick and Ian have instant chemistry and move straight into the bedroom. But Rick sneaks out after he wakes up, leaving Ian sleeping, and Rick kicking himself for breaking two of his rules. He never lets someone else drive him and he never stays the night or even falls asleep with one of his "buddies" in his rotation. Now he's not sure whether Ian will be a part of the rotation or if Ian is a keeper like his brother Kurt. The important thing about keepers? Rick stays far away from them. He doesn't do relationships, he doesn't invite anyone home, he always meets them somewhere, and he never gets emotionally involved.

Ian coming out at his parents' house while yelling at his pregnant sister? Priceless. Actually it was a good scene and the unconditional love and support was exactly what I knew he'd get from his family. Now his biggest issue? Ian has never dated a man, been in a relationship, shared his life, or any of the things you do when you're committed to someone. Ian only knows one-night stands so this is a brave new world for him. Running into Rick the following weekend at a gay bar leads them right back to where they were with Rick breaking the same two rules, again, and also breaking his no kissing rule. This is getting out of hand and Rick has to do something about it. He has the rules for a reason and this has to stop. Much to Rick's surprise, he and Ian become friends, which leads to trust and Rick finally sharing the reasons for his rules. Ian is shocked when Rick agrees to give them a chance. Unbeknownst to them both, though, there's someone out there who doesn't want them to have a chance.

This was a very sweet and heartbreaking love story. Watching Rick tentatively come out of his shell of fear and learn to trust and love was truly beautiful. Ian turned out to be the man to have and he finally got the man and relationship he'd desired and craved for years. I really liked this and I thank KC for bringing it to me. I'm really hoping there'll be another in the series. *hint, hint*





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-September-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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