Book Reviews

Cop Out (Toronto Tales 1) by KC Burn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 04-December-2013

Book Blurb

Detective Kurt O’Donnell is used to digging up other people’s secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn’t trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had.

His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality. Then a sensual encounter neither man is ready for confuses them further. To be with Davy, Kurt must face the prospect of coming out, but his job and his relationship with his Catholic family are on the line. Can he risk destroying his life for the uncertain possibility of a relationship with a newly widowed man?


Book Review

After reading my very first KC Burn story recently, I was really ready to read some more of her work as I had been pretty impressed with the quality of her writing. Reading the blurb for 'Cop Out', book one in her 'Toronto Tales' series really pulled me in and I was intrigued by the possibility of a great plot line. Turns out it wasn't just a possibility, it was a reality.

Kurt O'Donnell is thirty-one and the youngest child in a large, loving, and boisterous Catholic family. On a bust with his partner, Ben, they're set up by a recently released convict whom Ben put away years ago, and in the aftermath, Ben is dead and Kurt has some injuries. At Ben's memorial service, Kurt is shocked to see a young woman in the family pew wearing a wedding ring. Kurt can't believe that in the three years they partnered together, Ben never told him he was married. Granted, Ben deflected almost all personal conversation, but Kurt is still saddened to realize how much his partner didn't trust him. When Kurt realizes it isn't the woman Ben was married to, but her brother, Davy, Kurt is stunned beyond all belief. Ben was gay?

Kurt is finally able to track down Ben's address and he finds Davy there looking like a ghost in a white, sterile home with absolutely no personal effects. Like Ben's desk at the cop shop. Kurt does find a closet in the guest bedroom that obviously holds all of Davy's personal effects, stored away, out of sight. The detective in Kurt can't let this go, plus he feels an obligation to look after Davy, just as he would if Davy were a woman in Ben's life. Thus begins a hesitant friendship that grows every day, with Kurt looking out for Davy, and Davy opening up slowly to Kurt. The more Kurt gets to know the sweet, soft-hearted and gentle man, the angrier he gets at Ben for making Davy hide and retreat from society for the past ten years, just to protect Ben's secret. As time goes on, Kurt finds himself thinking of Davy in sexual situations and he's completely shocked about it. He's never thought of a guy that way. What's going on? And, one night, his desire for Davy explodes and Kurt has the most amazing night of his life. What now?

This was a super sweet love story with a different twist than the norm. I really liked it, and I thought the author did a great job depicting a guy's coming out drama. The secondary characters were equally fascinating and I'm looking forward to more books in the series. Thank you, KC, awesome tale!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/61417 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-November-2011
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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