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?
©2011 K. C. Burn (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I loved this book. I fell in love with the character Kurt. He wanted to do the right thing and in the process he met Davy and something happened within that changed everything. Kurt's goodness lured me in and I decided that "this is the sort of man I want". His internal struggles added drama to the story and was realistic. Burn did a fantastic job writing this story and Tristan James' narration added so much to the characters. A great combination here. Though each character was struggling, there was a time I wanted to reach through my ear buds and slap the fool out of Davy...but I can understand some of his actions, it just didn't make me real happy. When you get caught up in the lives of the characters on a page, and consequently through the narration...you know it's a good book. I certainly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series...
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
Okay, I won't beat around the bush. I loved this.
But will you love it too? I don't know.
This book fits my very particular and specific tastes. I'll read almost anything, M/F, M/M, paranormal, historical, sci-fi... you name it, I'll read it. However, my true love remains a good old fashioned gay-for-you. I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times- give me a gay virgin and I'm a happy camper!
"Cop Out" was 100% in my wheelhouse.
If you are looking for a cop story with a lot of detective work or a romantic suspense plot, look elsewhere. The fact that one of the MCs is a cop is more background information than anything else. There is no mystery and little focus on the job.
If you are looking for a book with lots of sex, also look elsewhere. While the sex scenes in this book were squirm-in-my-seat hot, they were very infrequent.
If you are looking for a fast-paced read, pass this one up. It is an agonizingly slow burn romance with a plot that takes its sweet time to develop.
However, if you are like me and you love the struggle, the inner tension of a GFY, the slow, slow burn of a romance, and some amazing chemistry between two men going through some extreme life changes, then you should not let this one slip through your fingers.
What really made this perfect for me was the narrator, Tristan James. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I'm very picky about my narrators. This narrator was awesome. He had a perfect voice for the part and I'd rank him as one of my favorite M/M narrators to date.
An excellent GFY and another 5 star audiobook for me.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
I got this book because I love listening to Tristan James, and he did not fail me. Having said that the love story goes nowhere - fast or slow. Kurt and Davy, meet and become friends; then Kurt figures out he wants Davy but he's "Not Gay" this drives a wedge between them and the second half of the book is all about Kurt figuring his life out. Davy comes back into the picture because Kurt gets hurt and they live happily every after, the end...........*sigh* another author of gay romance stuck on the het romantic trope (find/lose/find) For men in uniform I much prefer the Cut and Run series.
Simply and stunningly beautiful! Loved everything about it! KC Burn has a new fan and Tristan James proves yet again that he's the best narrator in the business!
I don't have the print version but I did buy the ebook at the same time as the audiobook. But, as with anything narrated by Tristan James, I have yet to read the ebook version because the audiobook is so well done. I tend to listen to audiobooks he narrates several times without even opening the ebook.
Simner's Gin because the main character was also a cop with a big, loving, Irish family and the love interest had also gone through emotional trauma so it had some similar elements. Though, I do like Cop Out more because it had better writing in my opinion. Another book with a similar theme is Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels although having read the first edition of that book and listened to the new audiobook sample I'm a bit hesitant to recommend it. Not sure how much improvement there was in the second edition of the book that was recently released.
When Kurt came out of the closet during his own birthday party. I loved the part where he told his mother he was gay.
Made me laugh at a few bits because that's mostly a given when you have big Irish families in a story like this. I almost teared up when Davy came to the hospital to visit Kurt. That was a nice scene.
Tristan James should narrate more books. Even outside the m/m genre he's at the top of my list of favorite narrators.
This was a new plot for me in GFY but it worked well in my opinion. Detective Kurt O’Donnell was injured in an explosion that killed his work partner Ben. As a good partner, Kurt decided to extend himself to Ben's family but quickly realized that he didn't know anything about Ben's family. So Kurt went in search of Ben's family and this is when Kurt realized that Ben wasn't who he thought he was.
First of all, Kurt had no idea that Ben was gay nor did he know about the partner Davy. Second, when he got to know Davy and how Ben treated Davy, Kurt felt guilty and tried to help Davy pick up the pieces of his devastated life.
The mourning of Ben made Kurt and Davy get close and soon Kurt, who is straight, found himself having sexual fantasies about Davy. But Kurt couldn't act on them because he is catholic, plus the fact that he wasn't gay. Besides, after what Davy went through with Ben, a closeted detective was not something Davy wanted to experience again. Is being friends enough?
I liked Kurt and I especially liked how close his family was. I loved Kurt's new work partner and that relationship was obviously more valuable and way more supportive than what he had with Ben. I liked how compassionate Ben was overall, especially considering that he sent texts for over 6 months with no reply. I am ambivalent about Davey. I just didn't feel like I got a good sense of who he was. He was just really weak but that was understandable since his partner for 6 years was just murdered, who wouldn't be feeling so low? He obviously had friends and a real life before because they all popped back in once the barrier (Ben) wasn't in the picture. So I know he must have been a great guy before his self-esteem was smashed. Maybe we will see more of him in the next book
The narrator was great, but the story was too slow for me. I found myself skipping ahead to get to the end.
Too drawn out!
All of them
Not read the next one
The voice of the narrator was kind of sexy. I thought his imitation of the Irish accent was charming/funny.
I haven't read or listened to any other book like it.
The main character of course. The other are "very" secondary.
I enjoyed it, but it seems hard to think that someone, especially a cop, has reached that age without giving any kind of thought about having sex with another man. It also seems unrealistic that he dealt with it with such ease. It was enjoyable though.
It was a well written account of a man who had no idea he had homosexual tendencies until all of a sudden he did. It portrays his feelings, struggles & turmoil but in turn the book remains upbeat, humorous, sweet & supportive. Anyone who is struggling with the knowledge that someone they love is gay needs to read this book.
I can't tell you that because it would spoil it for other readers. All I will say is it has to do with Kurt's parents.
Again, there were many favorite parts but to divulge them would spoil them.
Yes, & I did. I started listening on Saturday morning & while listening I decided to deep clean my house. I didn't stop cleaning until the book ended. Highly frustrated if anyone called me disturbing me & my book.
I am a straight married female, I say that because this book isn't just for the gay & lesbian communities, it's for anyone who wants a truly good read. It is an amazing journey into the life of someone finding out who & what he really is. Caring, sad, funny, loving, supportive, everything you want in a book. It's also an eyeopener to true life. I loved it.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I just don't know about this one.... The story was written extremely well, as all K.C. Burns books are...but the plot...I so didn't like the plot.
A cop chasing his dead partners widow.... ummm... I just couldn't get over that plot point...so I just couldn't get into the book...
Narration was ok...
"In And Out!"
This is certainly among my favourites in this genre
Possibly, the nearest comparison would be Hot Head
So many twists and turns it's hard to single out just one!
Without spoiling things, when both main characters realised what they wanted
Am definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series, and will definitely come back to this one
Yes , it's just so heart rendering
Yes , Tristan is fantastic , brings characters to life
Finding love when it was there all along , beautiful story .
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