Friday, December 23, 2011

Cop Out

Title: Cop Out
Author: K. C. Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-214-5 
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Detective Kurt O’Donnell is severely injured in a police bust, his world is turned upside down when he discovers that his slain partner was married to a man. The news shakes him, but Kurt’s determined to support the grieving Davy any way he can and soon, without him realizing it, they’ve become friends.  

Kurt’s life get’s more uncertain when his growing attraction to Davy causes him to question his sexual identity and then a brief sexual encounter between them only complicates his life further. One thing is clear, if he wants to be with Davy that means Kurt coming out of the closet, endangering his job and the relationship with his family and friends. Can he risk everything on the chance to be with a still grieving man? 

Cop Out is the first book by K.C. Burn I’ve read but it won’t be the last. “Gay for you” books can be tough to write but this author did a good job, starting Kurt and Davy off as friends and allowing their relationship to build, slowing changing it to something deeper and stronger. It’s truly a case of love born out of tragedy and instead of appearing tacky, Ms. Burn handled it with creativity and taste. 

It begins with the action packed scenes leading to injury and death that set up the entire plot. It’s not a usual start but it’s dramatic and caught my attention, pulling me into the story. The personalities of both Kurt and Davy are well developed, as are those of the other characters. I particularly enjoyed Simon (Kurt’s new partner) and his easy acceptance and friendship. And then there’s Kurt’s huge family. I loved their inclusion in the story and Kurt’s fear of losing them over his coming out of the closet is expressed well.

There’s plenty of misunderstandings and pain to work through for Kurt and Davy as they deal with their individual problems. So be prepared for lots of angst and unhappiness but never fear, it does work out in the end. I’d love to see a story featuring Kurt’s brother Ian, who also confessed that he is gay during the book.

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