Title: Cop Out by KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Length: 200 pages
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Purchased by Book Reviews & More by Kathy
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?
Cop Out by KC Burn is a touching romance about friendship, self-discovery and overcoming grief. Following his partner’s death in the line of duty, Detective Kurt O’Donnell’s offer of friendship to Ben’s bereaved husband, Davy, irrevocably changes both their lives.
Ben’s death brings more than mourning the death of a loved one for Kurt. The discovery of Ben’s marriage to Davy brings hurt, betrayal and knowledge that forever change his opinion of Ben. His friendship with Davy brings Kurt’s sexuality into question when he feels an unwanted attraction to his grieving friend.
Cop Out is an engaging novel that moves at a realistic pace. Kurt and Davy’s feelings for another grow slowly over time throughout the course of their friendship. Kurt’s dawning realization that he is gay is not glossed over as he takes time to come with his sexuality. He agonizes over the impact that coming out will have on his friends, family and co-workers. Davy has his own issues to work through and grief to overcome.
A delightful cast of secondary characters adds another layer of enjoyment to Cop Out. Kurt comes from a large family, and their interactions provide added depth and interest. Kurt’s close relationship with his new partner Simon and his wife Jen is a sharp contrast to the distant relationship he shared with Ben. Davy renews old friendships that are pivotal in aiding his grieving process and give his character added dimension.
Cop Out by KC Burn is a well-written story with honest emotions and flawed protagonists. No angst, no insta-love and a beautiful ending make Cop Out a must read for fans of m/m romance.