Audiobooks are my new shiny at the moment. I had to find ‘things’ to do around the house for nearly an entire day as once I started to listen to this one I couldn’t stop until I reached the end!
Author: K.C. Burn
Narrator: Tristan James
My Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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?
I first read this book back in 2012. It was just as good the second time around and works really well as an audio book. It is a book that can wear many hats – gay for you, abuse and coming out are just a few topics it covers and covers well.
I suppose if you work with someone day in and day out, especially someone you trust your life with, you expect to get to know them pretty well. When Kurts Police partner Ben is killed in the line of duty the illusion that he knew the man he worked with is shattered. In his grief he realises the man was a virtual stranger.
Ben was not only gay but had been living with his boyfriend for 10 years. These facts leave Kurt reeling but also with an overwhelming feeling of responsibility to Davy, Bens partner. The deceit of this relationship runs deep with Bens carefully constructed mirage of normalcy bordering on abuse as far as Davy is concerned. In ten years Davy has lost his friends, his vibrancy for life and himself in an effort to keep Bens secret.
What starts out as a concern for Ben slowly becomes something that Kurt cannot define and he finds himself struggling with the realisation that he is attracted to the other man. He is from a large Catholic family where most conversations stem on when he will find and a wife and settle down to have children. His conflicting feelings towards his family, the truth and another man who is still grieving drive Kurt to hit the bottle and it looks as though he is heading for a breakdown.
This is not a quick love story, nor one that makes it seem as though love is easy. There is angst, hurt and tears and a lot of soul searching. It highlights the fact that not all relationships are healthy and that the damage this can cause is long lasting. It also shows us that if you go after what you want sometimes all the heart ache is worth it!
Tristan James did an excellent job. There were a lot of different characters which each had their own unique lilt. He managed the female voices and accents perfectly. Very easy and clear to listen to!
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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