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.
©2013 KC Burn (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
I'm beginning to think Cop Out was a fluke. I loved that book and was SO excited to read all the others in the series. Sadly, neither of the two other books lived up to the first.
I'll start with the positives. I have a thing for the audiobook narrator for this series, Tristan James, and his wide range of voices. Though he was slightly off his game in this book (kind of lacking emotion), I still enjoyed his take on this story. I also liked re-visiting the Toronto Tales world, seeing the MCs from the first in the series, and seeing Ian's big family again. It felt sweet to me, like coming home.
I think that the story was pleasant enough, with lots of potential, but it had some missteps that made my rating go way down.
First of all, I hated the whole "mystery" element. It was dumb and, in the end, really made light of a serious series of criminal acts. It also came out of left field, and I was left with more than a few questions about logistics and motivations. I won't say much more because I don't want to give away spoilers, but it just didn't work for me.
Aside from that, I wasn't feeling Rick and Ian together. I'm all for slow burn romances (they are my favorite) but this book dragged on and on for me. It took forever for anything real to happen between the two MCs, and I was a bit bored, to be honest. I thought that all of Rick's hangups were irritating, and I know he was supposed to be a sympathetic character but I didn't really "get" him. In reality, I really felt bad for Ian for having to maneuver through all of Rick's crap.
Though it wasn't a bad story, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I was expecting to. Rick was too immature and Ian was too "blah" for me to get emotionally connected.
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This is the 3rd book of the series. However, I read the first book (Cop Out) and I think this book is really the sequel to the first book as it involves Kurt's brother Ian, who makes appearances in Cop Out. I haven't read the 2nd book, but reading the 1st helps with this one. Now the review. I really enjoyed this book and Tristan James as the narrator is just wonderful. Since this also involves a big Irish family, his wonderful brogue makes an appearance. I also like that we get both MCs POV. The relationship between Ian and Rick is a complicated one because of Rick's past. The blurb implies that Ian's "coming out" is a big part of the story, but it really isn't. It is primarily a story of Rick overcoming the "rules" he has imposed on all his relationships and taking a chance with Ian. And the author does a cute little twist at the end so it is not totally predictable. I connected with both MCs and enjoyed their journey to finding love. Worth a credit.
Tristan James. He's my favorite narrator of all I've listened to so far and he made even the slow, draggy parts pleasant. I liked how he made each character sound distinctive and how he injected emotions into some of the scenes without overdoing it (unlike the narrator for Hot Head who overdid it... Still have bad memories about that one)
Well... My favorite character is actually Parker from the second book who had a brief cameo in this one. Yes, Ian and Rick were likable enough... But to borrow Ian's own words, they were both Drama Llamas in this one.
Just excellent narration all around. If I was reading this on my own, I would have put it aside during some of the boring parts (of which there were quite a few) and probably would have taken longer to finish it. But with Tristan James narrating, I listened to it in one sitting.
Sometimes a one night stand can turn into a keeper.
Yes. I enjoyed listening to this one. The narrator was really great. His voice was sexy.
It was a little shallow. But I guess this is really typical of the genre. I guess I was looking for more because the characters were really interesting. Well, Rick was.
Eh, I guess when Rick opened up for the first time.
Not really? What?
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