Cop Out

Cop Out

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by KC Burn
     
 

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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

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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?

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ISBN-13:
9781613722138
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
11/18/2011
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Cop Out 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book was really, really good. The book starts with Kurt waking up in the hospital after being hurt in an explosion which killed his partner Ben. They'd been giving a tip and were investigating it when the building exploded. Ben didn't survive. In the fall-out of losing his partner, Kurt realizes how little he knew about Ben even though they'd been partners on the police force for three years. When he realizes the mourning man at the funeral, Davy, was Ben's life partner, Kurt is even more confused. He had no idea that Ben was gay and feels awful about that fact. When Kurt visits Davy at home, he quickly realizes that Davy has sunk into a deep depression and doesn't have anyone to support him and help pull him out of it. Kurt takes it upon himself to help and they become friends. The events in this book take place over about a year and a half in time, so the build-up is really slow and realistic. These guys become friends. They are both still mourning the loss of Ben and Kurt is recovering from his own injuries. Kurt never knew Davy pre-depression so watching him come out of his shell and into his own as a person is an eye-opening event for Kurt. Ben had been an overbearing, dominant lover and he had suppressed Davy in their ten year relationship to the point of emotional abuse. In the midst of Davy dealing with his grief, there is Kurt. Kurt's 31 years old and has always dated girls although he's never found it all that satisfying. Girls have always just been a way of life. He doesn't even consider anything else until he's having to examine Davy & Ben's relationship. As he heals from his wounds and develops this friendship with Davy, he begins to realize (VERY slowly) that he's attracted to Davy. I really liked how slowly this part of the story line developed. It seemed to me to be very realistic and honest. Kurt is dealing with a lot and is shocked and appalled to find himself attracted to Davy. He also knows that he can't do anything about it because Davy is still dealing with his grief. It's a difficult situation all the way around and was written just brilliantly. In the midst of the beautiful story about the friendship developing between Davy and Kurt, there are several side characters that add so much to this book. First is Jenny & Simon. Simon is Kurt's new partner and he's completely different from Ben. He's open and honest and wants to be friends with Kurt outside of work so they talk about everything. He's married to Jenny and she spots the chemistry between Davy and Kurt before anyone else. Another huge influence on this book is Kurt's family. He has a HUGE, supportive family, but he worries about their reactions to his new sexuality. The best part of this story line for me was his brother Ian....simply, an interesting twist which I really liked. Overall, this is just a beautiful book. I enjoyed the story from start to finish. In the first half of the book, it's all about grief, recovery, and friendship....and I found this just as good as when the conflict of the relationship started. Like I said, the build-up was written perfectly. I'll definitely be adding this book to my re-read pile for the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 400 pages .
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
This story is simply… AWESOME! It starts out with the day Kurt’s partner Ben dies and unfolds into an amazing story of his finding the perfect man without even realizing he is gay and how fear can wreck the best thing in life. Even though in extreme pain from living through the accident that killed his friend and partner, Kurt insists on attending his funeral, only to spot a sad woman in the front row who is pregnant. Shocked that he never even knew his partner was married, let alone that he was an expectant father, Kurt races after her when she leaves, only to find that while she is sad, a younger man standing beside her is distraught… in the way Kurt was expecting Ben’s wife to be. His detective instincts kick in and by the time he goes to Ben’s home – a place he was never invited to – he knows what he will find: a very sad, very depressed Davy, Ben’s life partner. I absolutely love that from that instant, Kurt never has a problem with the fact Davy is gay, nor even in meeting Davy’s over-the-top gay friends. This story is from a single point of view – Kurt’s – and in doing so, the author was able to give us a really good look at the protagonist, a man with honor who also is terrified as he begins to realize he may be gay. Suddenly he has to deal with the fact he’s attracted to another man, a man who it didn’t take long before he realized his former partner emotionally abused out of fear of people knowing he was gay. Ben had separated Davy from his entire life, isolated him completely from the outside world. The dance between Kurt and Davy is sweet and I have to admit, I was hurt for Kurt, but very glad, when Davy stood up to him and told him where to go when he admitted he liked him, though wasn’t ready to out himself. It shows that Davy had grown in the time they’d been together. I love the way the author takes on the last third of the book after the scene where Davy sends Kurt on his way. It is a worrisome and yet real look into a man heading downhill fast and yet covering it as much as he can. Thankfully there are people in his life, like his new partner, who won’t allow him to cover anything up anymore. This was both a sweet romance and a great look into one man learning to accept that he’s gay and come out. I would classify it as romance and not erotic romance as while there are 2 scenes, they are not what the book is about. If I had to find one wrong thing about the book, I can’t. Sorry. Nope. So yes, a definite 5 stars for Burn’s Cop Out. I will be looking for other books by this author. Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
debdeege More than 1 year ago
I had been putting this one off for some reason but actually really liked it. The 2 MC's were very likable and it was a slow burn from their first meeting. We actually spend a lot of time with them as friends since Kurt has always considered himself straight. When Kurt comes to terms with his growing feelings for Davy, he goes alpha and Davy loses it in an unexpected way and everything falls apart. Kurt must then battle with coming to terms with his sexuality while trying to win Davy back. The story is told solely from Kurt's POV and there is quite a long separation that follows. I'm glad to see this is a series since  I would have liked a few more chapters of Kurt and Davy as a couple, although the epilogue gave and interesting but quick wrap up of one of the story lines I thought would be left hanging.
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Great intro to this series and author. The MCs ease into the relationship and the sex is sparse but meaningful. Can't wait to read more.
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This is my first book by this author and I loved it. It was well written and as other reviews have said, it take place over 18 months and the relationship between the two MC's grew slowly and realistically. The only complaint I have is that it would have been nice to explore Davy and Ben's relationship a little more and to know why Davy allowed Ben to cover up their relationship for so long. There's definitely a story there and it only makes sense that Kurt and Davy would have had a conversation about it.
JacksonJG More than 1 year ago
Wonderful love story.
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Very good book. Worth reading. You won't be disappointed.