KC Burn has given us two more broken men in the third book of the Toronto Tales series.
Title: Cast Off
Author: K C Burns
Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 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.
My View – Story:
You may remember when Kurt O’Donnell came out to his family in Cop Out that the reaction from his brother Ian was negative and hurtful. Well in Cast Off we find out why. Ian is gay, has always known he was gay but was afraid to tell his friends and family. When Kurt just suddenly took up with a man for the first time and made it look so easy he resented it greatly, felt hurt and angry and retreated from his family to lick his wounds.
This story sees Ian taking the first steps towards happiness. The first person he wants to make things right with is Kurt and the only way he knows how to do that is to be completely honest for the first time. Showing up at his brothers house he not only comes out but he meets self proclaimed party boy Rick Haviland. As soon as humanly possible Rick and Ian head out and end up in bed together.
Rick doesn’t do boyfriends, relationships or any type of commitment. He is successful in his career, he owns his own home but he is certain that he will never settle down, he can’t take the risk. When Ian expresses a desire for more he is shot down immediately and has to settle for friendship with hopefully the odd benefit.
On his new course of staying honest Ian comes out to his entire family, it doesn’t go off entirely as planned but his family is supportive and for the first time in 20 years he believes he is ready for a relationship. He also believes he has found that one special person but convincing him might be tricky.
Like the previous two books in this series this is not an easy or straight forward love story. Both these men have been hiding huge secrets about themselves and there will be tears, angst and mis-understandings. Honesty definitely helps with matters of the heart. When Ians job causes further problems it looks as though it might be over before it has even begun.
A great addition to the series.
My View – Narration:
Tristan was great once again as the narrator of this book. He moves effortlessly between characters and does a pretty good Irish accent. You almost don’t hear his voice, just the story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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