Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cop Out - KC Burn

Happy Valentine's Day!! Or as my husband would say, Happy day the greeting card and chocolate companies created. It doesn't really matter if you are a true romantic or a cheap curmudgeon you should take the time to tell those important people in your life that you love them, just so they know.

My eldest child, Jordan, turns 15 tomorrow and I can't believe that she has been in our lives for that long. It seems like just yesterday that she was rubbing food in her hair and now it won't be much longer and she will be driving. (shudder)

Happy Birthday Jordan, I love you and I hope you have a fabulous 15th year!

Since today is Valentines Day I wanted to do my review on a book that I read recently that I felt was a wonderful love story! KC Burn does a great job of bringing Kurt and Davy to life. Their story isn't easy, but life isn't easy and it's so worth the journey.




Cop Out, K.C. Burn, Dreamspinner Press
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?


Detective Kurt O'Donnell loses his partner in an explosion while on the job, and then discovers that he didn't know his partner as well as he thought he did. Kurt is shocked to find out about Davy’s existence as Ben had keep their relationship a secret. Hurt that Ben didn't trust him with his secret, Kurt is determined to do the right thing and offers to help Davy through his grief. The two become friends and as their friendship grows, so does Kurt's attraction to Davy. When one night things turn sexual neither man handles it well. Kurt who has never been attracted to a man before has to decide what, if anything, he is going to do about his feelings. Then he has to hope it's not already too late for him and Davy.

This was one of those can't put down books for me. The character's and their emotions were so real that I had a hard time remembering I was reading a book.

First let me say that I wanted to punch Ben in the face, not for keep Davy a secret but for making him feel like he was worthless and cutting him off from everyone else in his life. I tried hard to feel sympathetic for him but I just couldn't do it.

The transformation and growth that Davy goes through in this book has an almost cathartic feel to it. You couldn't help but want to help him find his way again. I also want to applaud the author for not going the insta-love route. Both character's were grieving in their own ways and it would have felt contrived if their relationship had happened over night.

Kurt's journey to self-awareness doesn't happen right away and his hesitation to admit his feelings rang very true for the character and the environment he comes from. I loved Kurt's family and appreciate an author that gives me well rounded interesting secondary characters.

So if you are looking for a treat this Valentines day, I suggest you pick up Cop Out, grab a glass of red wine and indulge!

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by NetGalley. Many thanks.
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