Friday, December 28, 2012

Cover Up


Title: Cover Up
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781623802387
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Detective Ivan Bekker thought a cheating boyfriend was the worst thing that could happen to him. Then he kills a criminal in a drug bust gone bad and he winds up under investigation and Ivan’s boss thinks there’s a leak in the department. Even though he’s on administrative leave, Ivan’s still placed in an off-the-books undercover operation to find evidence crucial to plugging the leak and he’s totally on his own.

Ivan winds up posing as a divorcee and rooming with Parker Wakefield and it doesn’t take him long to figure out the younger man can’t be a criminal. Ivan doesn’t believe Parker’s involved with the Russian mob from the drug bust either; he’s just too sweet and naive. Shortly after, Ivan’s resolve breaks down and they become involved. But strange things are still going on and he needs to figure out what they mean. There’s Parker’s friend Neil and the people he brings around and what about stack of cash Ivan finds. Could Parker really be involved?

Cover Up is the second release in KC Burn’s Toronto Tales series and while it can be read as a standalone, it would be best if read in order.

The plot for this one is a bit different and it’s because Ivan’s investigating Parker. It also means the author manages to sneak in plenty of secrets, misunderstandings and twists to mess up their new relationship. It makes for a fairly even paced plot. Not to mention Ivan’s still trying to deal with the aftermath of having killed someone for the first time—think PTSD. The personalities of both men are pretty well developed, the chemistry between them is sizzling and there’s a good dose and betrayal, action and danger. I like these two together. And Parker’s sweet, even if his gullibility with his friend Neil and how he lets the guy walk all over him bothered me. This plot certainly isn’t without conflict but the author gets these two together in a manner I found plausible and that worked well within the story line. 

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