Cop Out by K.C. Burn
My rating: I really liked it!
This is what the book is about.
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 re-evaluate 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?
This is what I thought about it.
This is a beautiful story of a man's journey of discovering his own sexuality.
It is a very honest look at relationship that is born out of grief. watching the slow progression of the relationship was a thing of beauty and seeing Kurt open up Davy emotionally was heart rending.
The level of emotional involvement with this story made the last half of the book hard to read as I had to watch Kurt spiral down, but this also goes to show the quality of the writing. It was like watching a friend imploding and not being able to help them. As a love story I would say it is first class and if you have not read any gay fiction before this is a good place to start because it is and emotionally charged story that will have you smiling, crying and doing a snoopy dance at the end, what more could you want!