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First Time, Forever by KC Burn

Title: First Time, Forever by KC Burn
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: M/M, Erotic, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 24,000 words
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley

Summary:

Derrick and Trevor used to have an incredibly passionate relationship, full of spontaneity and sizzle. Now that their son is off to college, they want to put their days of routine, vanilla sex behind them and bring back some of that spark.

Realizing that they’re empty-nesters, Trevor begins to notice their age difference. He suddenly feels old and unsure of himself, and isn’t confident Derrick still desires him. When Trevor decides to keep his health issues and gray hairs down there to himself, Derrick is hurt by his partner’s secretive behavior and thinks Trevor must be having an affair.

Nothing could be further from the truth, but Trevor doesn’t know how to communicate his fears to his partner. He desperately wants to reconnect with Derrick and rev up their sex life, but will it be enough to reclaim their marital bliss?

24,000 words

The Review:

KC Burns’ First Time, Forever is a super steamy novella that is sexy, sweet and oh so full of misunderstandings. Derrick and Trevor finally have the house all to themselves. But instead of enjoying their newfound freedom when Luke leaves for college, work and plain old miscommunication conspire to keep this long-married couple apart.

While not usually a fan of the “big misunderstanding” plot device, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it really works in First Time, Forever. Told from both Trevor and Derrick’s perspectives, it is very easy to understand where each man is coming from. While they both have serious doubts about where their relationship is headed, neither Trevor nor Derrick gives up on getting their floundering marriage back on track.

First Time, Forever is a charming and fast-paced read. The characters are vibrant and well-developed. The plot is well executed and realistic. KC Burns’ writing style is engaging and her sex scenes are scorching hot. A beautifully romantic and deliciously sexy ending brings this delightful story to a heartwarming (and sigh worthy) conclusion.

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Cop Out by KC Burn

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

Summary:

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?

The Review:

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.

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