Cop Out (Toronto Tales #1) by KC Burn (audiobook) – Narrated by Tristan James

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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?

Rating:  Narration – B-; Content – B

I’ve had this audiobook in my Audible library for a while; I’m making a concerted effort to listen to titles I bought a while back and haven’t got around to listening to yet!

K.C. Burn’s Cop Out (book one in her Toronto Tales series) is a fairly well done gay awakening/coming out story featuring detective Kurt O’Donnell, whose work-partner Ben is killed in the line at the beginning of the book. Kurt is injured, too, although not too badly, and when he attends Ben’s funeral he begins to learn that he hadn’t know the man he’d worked with for three years at all. Kurt had no idea Ben was gay and had been living with his partner for years; he has no problem with it, he’s just surprised and a more than a little upset that Ben had never told him. Hurting himself, and struggling to deal with survivor’s guilt, Kurt goes to pay his respects to Ben’s partner Davy, and is shocked to discover that the man is in a pretty bad way, so overwhelmed by grief that he’s not taking care of himself at all.

Kurt learns that Davy has no one – no friends or family other than a sister going through a high-risk pregnancy – who can be there for him and he decides to do whatever he can to help. He quickly realises that Ben being so far in the closet has deeply affected the way Davy thinks and acts in some of the simplest situations – such as when he assumes Kurt will worry over the delivery guy thinking they’re a couple. Kurt gets into the habit of going over to Davy’s every day until they both go back to work, but even then, they see each other a few times a week.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

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