Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2011-11
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa
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?
A routine investigation for Detectives Kurt O’Donnell and Ben Kaminski change the course of their future when a bomb kills one and leaves the other badly injured.
Always respecting Ben’s privacy even though they’re partners, Kurt is left speechless when he realizes Ben’s lover is a man, Davy Broussard. Kurt feels obligated to check on Davy once he’s well and mobile, yet deeply disturbed when he discovers the man has fallen into a very deep depression. The detective also becomes more and more furious with his dead partner as he figures out the lengths Ben went to too keep Davy a secret.
Over time Kurt and Davy develop a solid friendship never knowing that it is becoming something much stronger and more lasting. After all, Kurt is straight or is he?
Cop Out will lift your heart and leave a lasting impression. Author K.C. Burn skillfully takes readers on a journey of discovery and insight where Kurt stumbles and matures to eventually become the fulfilled man he’s meant to be. A tasteful blend of friendship and romance, the characters come to life on the page. The plotline is well laid out, reactions aren’t forced or contrived, allowed to blossom gently or awkwardly depending on the situation. Cop Out is a powerful story of awakening. I Joyfully recommend Cop Out.