Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Cast Off (Toronto Tales #3) by K.C. Burn

Cast Off (Toronto Tales #3)
by K.C. Burn 
Published September 4th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf, Paperback

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Toronto Tales: Book Three

Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he’s got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O’Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand.

When Ian comes out of the closet, tired of anonymous hook-ups and keeping secrets from his large Catholic family, Rick is right there, and he’s just the sort of man Ian might like to get to know better.Their attraction is immediate, electric and mutual. Ian convinces Rick to break more and more of his rules, and his defenses crumble. But someone watches, someone who’d like to see this new relationship fail. When Ian’s job becomes a means to expose Rick’s secret, it could destroy both their careers and their hearts.

This is not a cop tale, but it is set in the world of Toronto Tales which give us some really sexy cops involved in some romantic goings on with another sexy male. In Cast Off, Book #3 of the series, we have Ian - big brother of Kurt of Cop Out - and Rick, one of Davy's best friends (Davy is the partner of Kurt so if you are now lost, please make sure to pick up the rest of the series as they do make a huge difference story-wise and romantic need-wise). Kurt is astounded when Ian returns after stomping off in book 1 and he is gob-smacked speechless when Ian outs himself in front of him, Davy and Rick. Oh dear, what are we to expect now?

Okay, first off, when I first opened this book, my initial reaction was that I absolutely did not like or want to tolerate Ricky. He was just not relationship material at all and I was wondering how K.C. Burn would manage to make me fall in love with him as I did Davy and Kurt. As for my initial reaction to Ian, well, I thought he was just a typical closeted guy whose drama could send this book into the forget-me-shelf. This reaction stayed with me all the way till around 20-25% and then things changed for the better and I found myself getting hooked on to this story.

This has an unexpected turn of events. We have two seemingly non-relationship-worthy individuals finally coming face to face with the realization that they are getting into one. It not only surprises both men but it totally terrifies them. Soon, they were off to making a deal about their "relationship" as friends with benefits but then things get to the point where they can no longer deny their feelings and the deal they made with each other was getting invalid. This confuses the heck out of these two men, not the readers. We are subjected to these men's insecurities, irrational behavior and stupidity in some areas and situations.

Then the angst comes in - who  is stalking Ricky? The answer is late revealed into the book and it is not what we expected at all. This is where I got stumped. Huh? What? This was a left-hook move that had no backstory whatsoever and just plain confused me. Also, I got a little peeved as to the violence of the stalker's means to an end and I found myself going back a few chapters to read the book over once more wherein when I finally found myself where I stopped, I still found myself on the same page - both literally and confusedly (is this even a word?). In any case, this little bit of drama was soon ironed out and closed the deal of an exclusive relationship between Ricky and Ian. Whooeee, was that a ride I did not need. I felt I misread something and I had to start the book over again only to get to the same point and reaction. This was not what I needed.

Cast Off is a good read, but it did confuse me a bit. It also does not have the feel of Cop Out which I absolutely loved. However, this is a great installment to the Toronto Tales and would love to read more of this from the author.

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