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?
Cop Out by KC Burns is a male/male contemporary romance. Detective Kurt O’Donnell is devastated to discover, Ben, his slain partner was gay, and hid it from everyone at work. Kurt takes Ben’s secret personally, so he befriends Davy, Ben’s husband. Originally, it’s to assuage his guilt for not being a trustworthy friend, but soon it turns into much more.
Burns wrote a fantastic character in Davy. He was sweet and complex in the way he grieved while also acknowledging his husband’s many faults. Unfortunately, I did not connect as well with the rest of the characters in this book. I disliked how Kurt turned Ben’s death around on himself as the injured party. But I could almost understand that. Grief does weird things to people. Even if I had found Kurt more likeable, this book didn’t resonate with me for one main reason: It was a romance where the characters were hardly together. I just could not buy into it. But this is just my opinion and Cop Out is well-written with a nice flow. I’m sure other readers will feel differently.