Toronto Tales #2 – The sequel to KC Burn’s sexy story Cop Out
Title: Cover Up
Author: KC Burn
Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Detective Ivan Bekker has hit rock bottom. Not only is he recovering from a bad breakup with a cheating boyfriend, he’s also involved in a drug bust gone bad. Ivan had to kill a man, and his friend was shot and is now fighting for his life. Though Ivan is under investigation for his part in the shooting, his boss sends him on an off-the-books undercover operation to close the case. The timing is critical – this could be their chance to plug a leak in the department.
Off-balance and without backup, Ivan finds himself playing a recent divorce and becoming Parker Wakefield’s roommate. He finds it hard to believe that sweet Parker could possibly be a criminal, much less have ties to a Russian mafia drug-trafficking operation, and Ivan lets down his guard. His affection is unprofessional, but Parker is irresistible.
When Ivan comes across clear evidence of Parker’s criminal involvement, he has to choose: protect their relationship, regardless of the consequences, or save his career and arrest the man he loves.
My View – Story:
KC Burn’s first in the Toronto Tales story, Cop Out, is one of my favorite guilty pleasure stories – it’s a naughty, irresistibly hot gay for you story. So, I was delighted to learn that KC Burn continued this series with Detective Ivan Bekker’s story. Ivan, who is still feeling the pain of a long term relationship’s recent ending, goes on a super-secret undercover mission as the roommate of sweet and beautiful Parker, who is suspected of involvement in a drug trafficking operation. Instead of a savvy drug dealer, Ivan finds Parker to be unexpectedly kind and naïve. Ivan soon finds himself falling for Parker, who does not realize his own beauty, and Parker longs for sexy and confident Ivan.
Cover Up doesn’t quite live up to the delightful first book in this series, Cop Out. However, Ivan is a really hot detective, and his adoration of Parker is sincere and lovely, as is his angst when he discovers evidence that seems to incriminate Parker. Perhaps my greatest issue with this story is its lack of believability. Parker’s innocence and naïveté is endearing, but his mental block regarding the shenanigans and blatant verbally abusive behavior of his supposed friend Neil is ridiculous. Neil is so slimy and unlikable that it’s impossible to see how Parker ever thinks of the guy as his friend (even if Parker does have a low self-esteem due to childhood weight issues). Parker also finds a boatload of cash in his bedroom closet, and can’t seem to figure out where it came from … Hmmm, maybe it is Neil’s money since he’s the ONLY person other than himself who is ever in his bedroom? Also, the miscommunications in this story are so abundant that I literally want to throttle both Ivan and Parker for not simply talking with each other.
Overall, this is an action packed story, with some sexy lovin’ going on between two characters (Ivan and Parker) who I can’t help but pull for working out their misunderstandings. If you enjoyed Cop Out, I recommend that you give Cover Up a read (or listen!). It’s not quite the same caliper as Cop Out, but it is an entertaining addition to the Toronto Tales series.
My View – Narration:
I think Tristan James is a God among narrators. His voice is melt-your-panties smooth and delicious. Of course he does a wonderful job narrating Cover Up – his flawless delivery and timing lure the listener into the story without fail. I’d be content listen to the man read the user’s manual for my new microwave – and likely need to fan my face as I stared dreamily into space as I listened. His narration of Cover Up only significantly improves the experience of 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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