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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 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 divorcé 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.


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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 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 divorcé 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    A swing and a miss. I'm SO upset that this book didn't rock like book one in the series, Cop Out. I love the narrator, Tristan James, but even that deep, sultry voice couldn't make this story interesting... or make sense. The biggest problem with this book is that the concept is so far removed from reality that it was almost painful to read. I honestly have no idea why Ivan agreed to the undercover op in the first place. Who would ever think that going undercover to investigate a suspected POT de A swing and a miss. I'm SO upset that this book didn't rock like book one in the series, Cop Out. I love the narrator, Tristan James, but even that deep, sultry voice couldn't make this story interesting... or make sense. The biggest problem with this book is that the concept is so far removed from reality that it was almost painful to read. I honestly have no idea why Ivan agreed to the undercover op in the first place. Who would ever think that going undercover to investigate a suspected POT dealer in COLLEGE would be a good idea?? And with no proof, no evidence. And pot dealers in college are SO rare, right? *snorts* The entire set up for the book made no sense. And, honestly Ivan, you should consider going into a different line of work because you SUCK as a cop. I almost felt bad for the guy. He got caught all the time! He was caught snooping, did a crappy job searching Parker's room (left everything in different places, you idiot!), followed Parker to class with just a baseball hat (like no one is going to spot the old guy in the crowd of 18 year olds??)... the list goes on and on. I know Ivan was suffering from emotional trauma after being involved in a shooting but it didn't make watching him bumble through a nonsensical investigation any more enjoyable. Ugh, and the miscommunications?!!? *Groan* How much time would have been saved by just a simple conversation between Parker and Ivan? SO MUCH. This book dragged and dragged and even though I liked the chemistry between Parker and Ivan, this story got on my last nerve. Parker was adorable as the androgynous twink, but he was seriously TSTL. However, I understood him a bit. Having once been the chubby friend myself and then losing some weight, I know what it's like to be totally clueless when someone finds you attractive. However, he was do-goody and innocent to an almost comical degree. Though this was a slow-burn romance (my favorite kind!), it just didn't deliver the goods. Combine a plot that didn't make sense with a story that dragged and you get a underwhelming result. **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Simsala

    DNF Is there a storyboard hanging over the m/m genre that most m/m authors meticulously follow these days? A cop-goes-undercover crime story that gets beaten to death by endlessly mulled over mutual sexual attraction - without any tangible sparks. I`ve read that countless times before so no need to continue... DNF Is there a storyboard hanging over the m/m genre that most m/m authors meticulously follow these days? A cop-goes-undercover crime story that gets beaten to death by endlessly mulled over mutual sexual attraction - without any tangible sparks. I`ve read that countless times before so no need to continue...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heller

    There was a lot of non/miscommunication in this one. While I can forgive that for Parker because of his nativity and relative youth it was a lot harder to give Ivan a pass. Ivan has been shoved undercover after an extremely intense and disturbing drug bust. I don't know if he was thrown off his game because of those events but his undercover op was riddled with issues. I did enjoy the chemistry between the MC's but I found I was more frustrated with how they just didn't clear things up with a si There was a lot of non/miscommunication in this one. While I can forgive that for Parker because of his nativity and relative youth it was a lot harder to give Ivan a pass. Ivan has been shoved undercover after an extremely intense and disturbing drug bust. I don't know if he was thrown off his game because of those events but his undercover op was riddled with issues. I did enjoy the chemistry between the MC's but I found I was more frustrated with how they just didn't clear things up with a simple conversation. The bad guy here is pretty obvious as soon as he hits the page so that took a bit of the fun out of this one as I just waited for the cop to catch up. Still it was nice to see Kurt and Davy as well as Rick from the previous book. Nice read but a bit unrealistic both in terms of storyline and characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R.B.

    (view spoiler)[ Can I get my money back?! (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ Can I get my money back?! (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I liked this one more than I was expecting too, but I could have done with a little more romance in my romance novel. Also, Ivan's a pretty terrible cop. Just sayin'. I liked this one more than I was expecting too, but I could have done with a little more romance in my romance novel. Also, Ivan's a pretty terrible cop. Just sayin'.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Rebecca ♥

    I didn't like this quite as much as book 1, but it is more like a 3.5/5. Parker was adorable, I loved him. But his and Ivan's relationship was a bit insane. With all the lies and betrayal and confusion, I was surprised how easily they got through it at the end. I did not expect Parker to take Ivan back so quickly. I wish we could have seen a bit more of them together afterwards. Maybe an epilogue. I didn't like this quite as much as book 1, but it is more like a 3.5/5. Parker was adorable, I loved him. But his and Ivan's relationship was a bit insane. With all the lies and betrayal and confusion, I was surprised how easily they got through it at the end. I did not expect Parker to take Ivan back so quickly. I wish we could have seen a bit more of them together afterwards. Maybe an epilogue.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was ok. Pretty farfetched plot but nothing a little skimming can't fix. I didn't really like Ivan, Parker was sweet if a little naive. Police procedure here is laughable. Surprisingly I look forward to Rick and Ian's story. Rate maybe 2.5 stars. This was ok. Pretty farfetched plot but nothing a little skimming can't fix. I didn't really like Ivan, Parker was sweet if a little naive. Police procedure here is laughable. Surprisingly I look forward to Rick and Ian's story. Rate maybe 2.5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars Since this is the second in the series, I will compare it to the first book Cop Out and say it certainly didn't have the emotional component that the first one did, but nonetheless I did enjoy Ivan and Parker, and catching up with the characters from the first book. This one overlaps the end of the first book and starts with the shoot out where Kurt is shot. When Ivan returns to work immediately from the shooting, he is immediately sent out on an off the radar undercover operation by hi 3.5 stars Since this is the second in the series, I will compare it to the first book Cop Out and say it certainly didn't have the emotional component that the first one did, but nonetheless I did enjoy Ivan and Parker, and catching up with the characters from the first book. This one overlaps the end of the first book and starts with the shoot out where Kurt is shot. When Ivan returns to work immediately from the shooting, he is immediately sent out on an off the radar undercover operation by his immediate supervisor. While the whole situation, does not sit well with Ivan, he nonetheless complies. He is installed as the housemate of Parker, a young gay man believed to be an up and comer in a Russian drug operation and Ivan is to get the evidence that will lead to his arrest. While getting to know Parker, Ivan starts to believe that there is no way Parker can be the man his boss believes he is, all the while falling for him. The investigation plot is a bit outlandish, but serves to connect the characters from Cop Out with Ivan and Parker, and to reaffirm relationships for the next book in the series. Parker and Ivan are a good couple, and while the undercover aspect of Ivan's work required him to lie and be evasive, there still was the stumbling block of failure to communicate about the most basic issues. There is also Ivan's PTSD from the shooting, that allowed me to somewhat forgive the crappy police work and complete failure to see what was right in front of him. Overall I enjoyed the relationship between Ivan and Parker, but if you are looking for an intriguing mystery, you won't get it here since the bad guy is obvious from the beginning and the wrap up was a bit of stretch on several fronts. I am, however, looking forward to reading Rick and Ian's book next.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SueM

    2.5 stars. Unfortunately, I didn't find this novel as good as the first in the series. For me, the whole premise of the investigation was obviously suspicious, while the bad guy was immediately apparent. Throw in a too-trusting policeman, Ivan, a too-innocent yet supposed bad guy, Parker, as well as a sprinkle of insta-love, and the whole story seemed rather implausible to me. That said though, I did enjoy catching up with Davy and Kurt again, and it's why I rounded up to 3 stars. 2.5 stars. Unfortunately, I didn't find this novel as good as the first in the series. For me, the whole premise of the investigation was obviously suspicious, while the bad guy was immediately apparent. Throw in a too-trusting policeman, Ivan, a too-innocent yet supposed bad guy, Parker, as well as a sprinkle of insta-love, and the whole story seemed rather implausible to me. That said though, I did enjoy catching up with Davy and Kurt again, and it's why I rounded up to 3 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    V

    What a shame that this book wasn't as good as book one. It was a little bit annoying to keep reading about.... you are old, I'm too old, I feel old. The author made it sound that the poor guy was right over the hill, trust me 33 years old is not old. What a shame that this book wasn't as good as book one. It was a little bit annoying to keep reading about.... you are old, I'm too old, I feel old. The author made it sound that the poor guy was right over the hill, trust me 33 years old is not old.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Needless to say I moved on to book 2 and while I did enjoy it more than when I originally read the book this one's still just getting 4 stars because just like the first time around books 1 & 3 were the ones that I enjoyed the most but I'm still glad I took the time to enjoy this one and Tristan James as always did a superb job with the narration. Needless to say I moved on to book 2 and while I did enjoy it more than when I originally read the book this one's still just getting 4 stars because just like the first time around books 1 & 3 were the ones that I enjoyed the most but I'm still glad I took the time to enjoy this one and Tristan James as always did a superb job with the narration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I liked that this second installment in the 'Toronto Tales' series picked up basically where the first book ended. The fact that the whole situation smelled rotten right from the beginning made me empathize with Ivan immediately and I was hyperalert for cops gone bad. Heh. That sounds like a bad reality TV show. *grins* I had watched Ivan and Kurt become friends in Kurt's story and I was definitely interested in reading more about Ivan because it takes a lot of guts to be an out and proud cop. Wh I liked that this second installment in the 'Toronto Tales' series picked up basically where the first book ended. The fact that the whole situation smelled rotten right from the beginning made me empathize with Ivan immediately and I was hyperalert for cops gone bad. Heh. That sounds like a bad reality TV show. *grins* I had watched Ivan and Kurt become friends in Kurt's story and I was definitely interested in reading more about Ivan because it takes a lot of guts to be an out and proud cop. When Ivan's bust goes to hell in a handbasket, there's no question that there must be a leak in the police department. So when Ivan is put on paid suspension while Internal Affairs reviews the shootings, Ivan's boss sends him into a completely unsanctioned undercover operation. Uh, no. That's sort of illegal and against all department policies. But, it gives Ivan an opportunity to look into the Russian mafia he's been watching for awhile and possibly discover the traitor in the department. Oh, okay, then. There are a few problems with this assignment, however. Ivan is supposed to play a divorced, straight guy who becomes the roommate of Parker, an up-and-coming drug dealer within the mafia. Problem number one: Parker is straight-up gorgeous and Ivan is massively attracted to him. Problem number two: the more Ivan gets to know Parker, the more he's convinced that there's no way this sweet, naive guy could ever be a drug dealer. And problem number three: Ivan is seriously thinking of a different career because this constant undercover work is really killing him. So, what to do, hmm? Hands down, Parker's "friend" since middle school, Neil, is straight-up scuzz. He may have stuck by Parker through his fat, socially awkward years, but I guess love is blind, even just friendship love, because it was glaringly obvious to me that Neil was completely using Parker. After some serious miscommunication between Ivan and Parker, which was totally understandable considering the circumstances, Ivan comes clean about the undercover job and they try to figure out what's going on. Of course, they've also fallen into bed and some serious lust/love by this time. This was a pretty exciting book, in a different way than Kurt and Davy's story, and there were some twists and turns I hadn't been expecting. I totally fell in love with Parker. He is adorable, sweet, naive, gentle, with a spine of steel, and a heart of gold. Exactly what Ivan needed with his lackluster life and general loneliness and despondency. It was great to get another glimpse at Rick and I'm looking forward to his story. I adored this book and I thank KC for writing such a fun book. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Macky

    Another enjoyable book in a series that has been really good up to now. In this story Ivan who was mentioned slightly in book one, gets his story. The book starts with him having just shot a young Russian guy in the same bust that Kurt from book 1 got shot in. Feeling bad about the shooting, he has practically just arrived back at the station when his boss ' Sarge ' pulls him in and asks him to go undercover in an operation involving a young man, suspected of being involved with the Russians in Another enjoyable book in a series that has been really good up to now. In this story Ivan who was mentioned slightly in book one, gets his story. The book starts with him having just shot a young Russian guy in the same bust that Kurt from book 1 got shot in. Feeling bad about the shooting, he has practically just arrived back at the station when his boss ' Sarge ' pulls him in and asks him to go undercover in an operation involving a young man, suspected of being involved with the Russians in a drugs deal ( marijuana ). The problems are that this is an undercover op that has to be under the radar because there is a suspected mole at the station, Ivan's involvement could result in him losing his job if found out, he is thrown in without any back up and he has to lie to the police psychiatrist ( who he is seeing about the shooting ) so he's not getting over his trauma properly.......... Then to add insult to injury, when he meets Parker, the suspect , he finds himself becoming more attracted to him every time they are in contact, and that's a lot because his cover is to become Parkers flatmate. There are a lot of misunderstandings between them because of secrets and Parkers insecurities about himself but their chemistry is palpable and because of the situation, there is some good ST added to the mix. It was also better in this book, as you get both Ivan's and Parkers perspectives as the book goes along. Again dropped a star because I felt there were a few too many coincidences throughout the story that seemed a little bit contrived and a wee bit far fetched, especially at the end. As if KC Burn had to suddenly think up reasons that would make sure the next characters would link in with the series, which I'm guessing will be Ian's and Ricks tale. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable m/m romance that didn't have to rely on copious amounts of sex to still be sexy and sensual. Liked it a lot!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Awilk -never sleeps-

    A quick read, that was fun enough, but didn't have a great deal of substance. I liked both of the MC enough, although Parker was a bit annoying at times. I also worry if Ivan is one of the best detectives, as the truth of what was going on was so obvious at times, it was hard to believe he couldn't see what was going on. I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from the first book, Cop Out. This was not a book I regret reading, as it was a pleasant way to fill up an afternoon, but it wont be going A quick read, that was fun enough, but didn't have a great deal of substance. I liked both of the MC enough, although Parker was a bit annoying at times. I also worry if Ivan is one of the best detectives, as the truth of what was going on was so obvious at times, it was hard to believe he couldn't see what was going on. I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from the first book, Cop Out. This was not a book I regret reading, as it was a pleasant way to fill up an afternoon, but it wont be going on my favourites shelf. I save that for books with an important message, or lots of emotion, and this one didn't have either.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    HOW DOES A BOOK THAT HASN'T BEEN PUBLISHED OR REVIEWED GET A 3-STAR REVIEW? There are no reviews posted for this book, yet it has a rating. ??? UPDATE 5/19/2014 I bought the audiobook when it was released and attempted to read it. OMG it was awful. DNFd it at 20%. Too many flaws to enumerate. HOW DOES A BOOK THAT HASN'T BEEN PUBLISHED OR REVIEWED GET A 3-STAR REVIEW? There are no reviews posted for this book, yet it has a rating. ??? UPDATE 5/19/2014 I bought the audiobook when it was released and attempted to read it. OMG it was awful. DNFd it at 20%. Too many flaws to enumerate.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review. Ivan Becker is just coming off a botched up operation where he killed someone during a raid and his good friend, Kurt, was injured as well, when his captain pulls him into his office and informs him that he’s to start on an unsanctioned undercover op to nab a suspected marijuana dealer with possible ties to the Russian mob. It’s off the books because the department has a Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review. Ivan Becker is just coming off a botched up operation where he killed someone during a raid and his good friend, Kurt, was injured as well, when his captain pulls him into his office and informs him that he’s to start on an unsanctioned undercover op to nab a suspected marijuana dealer with possible ties to the Russian mob. It’s off the books because the department has a mole, a mole who likely is responsible for that night’s messed up sting. Though he’s officially on administrative leave due to the shooting, he’s soon on his way to become the roommate of college student, Parker, the young man suspected of running a huge marijuana operation while trying to get in deeper with the Russian mob. From the moment Ivan sees Parker, he’s taken with the guy’s gorgeous looks and quickly hates his undercover role of recently divorced and broke straight guy. Heads butt, though, when Ivan and Neal, the guy Ivan assumes is Parker’s boyfriend, meet for the first time. The animosity coming from both men is palpable, though Parker remains somewhat clueless to the situation. Misunderstandings abound between Ivan and Parker, throughout most of the first half of the book. Ivan’s “ASS”umptions and behaviors almost felt comical, they were so off the wall and not what I would have thought for an experienced detective. And it only gets worse, truly, most of what he did on this case was so amateurish that I found myself chuckling at scenes which should have been serious. Then, when he reveals his identity to Parker, it was almost as if this story should be used as a training exercise in what NOT to do as an undercover cop. Supposedly, all of his screw-ups occur due to the need for this quick and furtive undercover operation and his developing PTSD from the shooting he had been involved in. He couldn’t really be honest with the department shrink because of the possible mole, so that made his dishonesty and deception that much harder to handle. In theory, I understand the excuses the author was trying to use, but I hope to high heaven that no law enforcement officer or agency ever behaves this way. The only redeeming feature of the book for me was the quick glimpse back to the MCs from “Cop Out”, Kurt and Davy, and Parker. Parker was adorable, but way too nice for Ivan and for his own friend, Evan. He was quite the doormat in that friendship, but he’s the kind of guy I’d love to have as a friend myself. How he manages to constantly forgive Ivan is a mystery to me, at least, it would be if this was real life. If you enjoy suspending belief, you might enjoy this, but honestly, even the ending was just not satisfying at all. The narrator, Tristan James, did a good job with this, but to be honest, I wished I was reading it so that I could skim the pages and skip ahead, but that just can’t be done with an audiobook, so I stayed to the painful end. This isn’t going to be a story I revisit and I can’t really recommend it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna D.

    4.5 stars. I truly don't get why so many didn't like this book but liked the first one. This one was equally enjoyable to me! Full review: I may be in the minority here based on the reviews I see, but I had such a great time reading this book. Ivan and Parker both had issues that made them think the other was not interested when (as usual in a romance) the truth was that they each had almost fallen in love at first sight. This was an easy, sweet read with just enough insecurity and angst to get t 4.5 stars. I truly don't get why so many didn't like this book but liked the first one. This one was equally enjoyable to me! Full review: I may be in the minority here based on the reviews I see, but I had such a great time reading this book. Ivan and Parker both had issues that made them think the other was not interested when (as usual in a romance) the truth was that they each had almost fallen in love at first sight. This was an easy, sweet read with just enough insecurity and angst to get to you without it being overly emotional. The undercover assignment premise was not great. It felt contrived and kind of amateur and Ivan as a top detective was hard to believe considering his careless actions and slow on the uptake when gathering evidence against Parker or solving the “drug dealer” mystery. I guess if I’m being honest, everything relating to the case wasn’t well done. The MCs really should have figured it all out before they did and the fact that they didn’t did make the MCs look dumb and naïve. All that being said, I didn’t care because I was so drawn to the MCs every time they were together. I could also relate to Parker’s weight issues (a reason why I enjoy BBW romance) which made his character more appealing. The best part really was the fact that these two good looking men didn’t think they were good enough for the other (Ivan because he thought he was too old for Parker and Parker because he was inexperienced, wasn’t as physically fit, and had to sleep with a machine for his sleep apnea) – and then when they finally got that first kiss out of the way, the chemistry was just like fireworks, at least to me. I also loved how domestic they were and how they just enjoyed each other’s company and simple things like having dinner and watching TV together. I also appreciate that Parker, who no longer has a family since his mom’s death, will have one in Ivan’s family. Lastly, I loved the cameo of the characters we saw in Cop Out – I’m really loving this series and a little sad that I only have one more book to read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vero

    It had some ok moments, but overall it was too often annoying. The cute, young, beautifull, puppy MC was so insecure and so "adorable" and sadly TSTL, that I only wanted him gone for most of the second part of the book. The older Cop-guy was an ok MC, but nothing really stood out. So the whole book had this "meeeh"-feeling about it. The "crime/suspense" part was so obvious that it bordered on ridiculous. The romance was ok at best, had a insta-love feel to it, altough it wasn't exactly, and there It had some ok moments, but overall it was too often annoying. The cute, young, beautifull, puppy MC was so insecure and so "adorable" and sadly TSTL, that I only wanted him gone for most of the second part of the book. The older Cop-guy was an ok MC, but nothing really stood out. So the whole book had this "meeeh"-feeling about it. The "crime/suspense" part was so obvious that it bordered on ridiculous. The romance was ok at best, had a insta-love feel to it, altough it wasn't exactly, and there was no heat whatsoever. I appreciate the (view spoiler)[ sleep apnoe, as this was unusual and a good plot device to make the insecurity of the young MC more believable, but unfortunately it was also very unsexy. Sorry, mate, but that's how it is. (hide spoiler)] Overall it was disappointing as I rather liked the first installment. Therefore I am waiting to give the next one a chance - I have a feeling it will be Rick and Ian...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelby P

    I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time and even though I really enjoyed Cop Out there was something about this second book that had me subconsciously waiting and now I know why. This book sucked! I got to about 8% before I lost interest. It's like the book was written solely so Ivan and Parker could hook up. I knew immediately that Parker wasn't a drug dealer. This book was written five years ago and I can clearly see that the writing is not very good. Maybe if I'd read this years ago w I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time and even though I really enjoyed Cop Out there was something about this second book that had me subconsciously waiting and now I know why. This book sucked! I got to about 8% before I lost interest. It's like the book was written solely so Ivan and Parker could hook up. I knew immediately that Parker wasn't a drug dealer. This book was written five years ago and I can clearly see that the writing is not very good. Maybe if I'd read this years ago when I first discovered M/M it would have been a different experience, but I doubt it. I skimmed the entire book so this doesn't even warrant two stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anke

    More like 2.5 stars At some point I just started skimming - it was just too paint-by-numbers for me. Sorry, book! And I still have the follow-up on my TBR :( hopefully it will be better. Oh - and just a little anecdote on the side: regarding the CPAP device, I really didn't understand why this was pushed to be such a big issue. My husband also has to use that, because of his apnea and since he uses this - no snoring anymore. Great solution, really. But when I told the kids about this development (d More like 2.5 stars At some point I just started skimming - it was just too paint-by-numbers for me. Sorry, book! And I still have the follow-up on my TBR :( hopefully it will be better. Oh - and just a little anecdote on the side: regarding the CPAP device, I really didn't understand why this was pushed to be such a big issue. My husband also has to use that, because of his apnea and since he uses this - no snoring anymore. Great solution, really. But when I told the kids about this development (dad got this device, no snoring anymore, peaceful sleep) my oldest told me: well, mom, I bet that wasn't what you imagined - Darth Vader sleeping besides you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    JustJen "Miss Conduct"

    3.5 stars. This doesn't have quite the same umph that Cop Out had for me, and it was extremely predictible. But, I still enjoyed the characters and seeing how the story would play out. Parker is very sweet. There is a 12 year age difference, which in this instance, didn't really work that well for me. When I forgot about that though, I liked these two together. 3.5 stars. This doesn't have quite the same umph that Cop Out had for me, and it was extremely predictible. But, I still enjoyed the characters and seeing how the story would play out. Parker is very sweet. There is a 12 year age difference, which in this instance, didn't really work that well for me. When I forgot about that though, I liked these two together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan65

    Liked the storyline but was a little too predictable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda Parente

    I loved Parker, really, really loved him

  24. 5 out of 5

    dbbks3

    I wanted to give this book more stars because I loved Parker so very much, but I could not. Parker is a very sympathetic character. He is a giving human being, but with flaws. Ivan is an emotional wreck from the violent ending of his last case. Without a day off he is put into this new undercover assignment. He is a good cop but he is a mess. The problem is the lack of communication skills by either of these MCs. Parker still sees himself as a fat kid who does not have a chance at a relationship I wanted to give this book more stars because I loved Parker so very much, but I could not. Parker is a very sympathetic character. He is a giving human being, but with flaws. Ivan is an emotional wreck from the violent ending of his last case. Without a day off he is put into this new undercover assignment. He is a good cop but he is a mess. The problem is the lack of communication skills by either of these MCs. Parker still sees himself as a fat kid who does not have a chance at a relationship with Ivan. Ivan is so enamored with Parker that he cannot see what is right in front of him. Ivan thinks Parker is "taken" so runs. It was so frustrating seeing if they would finally get together. The bad guy is obvious from the start, but neither of the 2 MCs can see it. I enjoyed the story and seeing the guys from the previous book. I will read the next book in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    A good solid follow-up to Cop Out. I'm enjoying these stories. I like the fact that characters from the previous books continue the story arc, and that they get involved in this latest story revolving around Ivan (shame about the name) and Parker (who can seem like a bit of a dimwit sometimes). Kurt, in particular, really comes through for Ivan when things could have gone disastrously wrong for them both. Rick also helps in a small way (he's a great character, like him a lot) and towards the end A good solid follow-up to Cop Out. I'm enjoying these stories. I like the fact that characters from the previous books continue the story arc, and that they get involved in this latest story revolving around Ivan (shame about the name) and Parker (who can seem like a bit of a dimwit sometimes). Kurt, in particular, really comes through for Ivan when things could have gone disastrously wrong for them both. Rick also helps in a small way (he's a great character, like him a lot) and towards the end of the book, Davy and Ian (Kurt's gay brother) also make an appearance. Will not be a keeper on my Kindle, but I will keep a look out for future releases.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    Good follow up to Cop Out. Ivan heads undercover after a traumatic case is closed. He is investigating suspected drug dealer Parker so moves in as his room mate. The plot was a little formulaic, Ivan's undercover sleuthing skills leave a lot to be desired and I picked the bad guy early on. However, there is something very likable about Parker and how his feelings for Ivan develop. 3.5 stars. Good follow up to Cop Out. Ivan heads undercover after a traumatic case is closed. He is investigating suspected drug dealer Parker so moves in as his room mate. The plot was a little formulaic, Ivan's undercover sleuthing skills leave a lot to be desired and I picked the bad guy early on. However, there is something very likable about Parker and how his feelings for Ivan develop. 3.5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Second book in K.C. Burn's Toronto Tales series. Occurs concurrently with Cop Out. Cop Out was a much better book, while Cover Up is barely held together with a paper-thin, highly improbable plot. Second book in K.C. Burn's Toronto Tales series. Occurs concurrently with Cop Out. Cop Out was a much better book, while Cover Up is barely held together with a paper-thin, highly improbable plot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nikyta

    This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site. Just off a recent drug bust gone wrong and forced into administrative leave, Ivan is thrust into undercover work of an unorthodox investigation of a possible drug dealer. A simple assignment that’s just supposed to be about gathering evidence becomes difficult when Ivan’s suspect, Parker, is exactly the kind of guy Ivan wants as a life partner and Ivan has no one to back him up if things go wrong. With trying to navigate around his attrac This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site. Just off a recent drug bust gone wrong and forced into administrative leave, Ivan is thrust into undercover work of an unorthodox investigation of a possible drug dealer. A simple assignment that’s just supposed to be about gathering evidence becomes difficult when Ivan’s suspect, Parker, is exactly the kind of guy Ivan wants as a life partner and Ivan has no one to back him up if things go wrong. With trying to navigate around his attraction to Parker and still dealing with the after affects of the drug bust, Ivan’s fears that Parker really is a criminal becomes overwhelming and puts Ivan in a position to either save himself or save Parker. I must say, I absolutely ADORED Parker. For some reason, I just love it when characters who are sexy don’t realize that they turn heads at every corner. Parker is just that type of character. Once an overweight kid, he’s lost weight but still has low self-esteem that makes him think people are staring at him for all the wrong reasons. His obliviousness when it came to someone finding him attractive was just so cute and slightly funny. I also loved that his sleep apnea made him very self-conscious. One of my favorite lines in the book is when Ivan finally realizes what Parker is hiding and says, “Come on. Let’s get some sleep, Darth.” I cracked up so much but also had a little ‘awwww’ moment. At first, I wasn’t sure about Ivan but as the story progressed, I felt sorrier and sorrier for him. He’s been put into a situation that really sucks. He’s attracted to him roommate/suspect but he’s also trying to deal with his first killing. At the same time, I loved that Ivan and Parker connected so well from the beginning and really liked the unexpected jealousy they both had. The two together are hot but also sweet in that they want the same things, even if they won’t come out and admit they want the same things. There’s a big issue of miscommunication but, honestly, considering that Ivan is an undercover cop, it’s not as if he could have come right out and addressed what he wanted without blowing his cover completely. My only little niggles with this is that it was easy to figure out who the villain was very early on so it made the story just a bit predictable, although I still enjoyed watching Ivan finally catch up to who was at the center of it all. Granted, the predictability on that was offset but the little twist towards the end. Beyond that, I wished we had seen a little more of Ivan and Parker after they reconciled. I feel like there wasn’t enough of them working out the issue. In the end, this was still a great book. I enjoyed it and really got into the story. I felt bad for Parker and his loneliness and wanted to give Ivan a hug for all that he was being put through. It had a good pace where I felt like the characters actually became ‘friends’ before any intimacy happened between them. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series but hope there may be more to come of Parker and Ivan in the future!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I think I gave this book 3.5 stars (on BL, rounded down here) just because I'm just not sure what to think and I don't remember the last time a book stumped me like this. The first part of this book frustrated the hell out of me because it just seemed like there was a lot of whining going on by both of the MC's granted Ivan had reason given his circumstances. I felt bad for the guy and Parker it turned out had more reasons than he knew. But for me it was getting to the point where they were losi I think I gave this book 3.5 stars (on BL, rounded down here) just because I'm just not sure what to think and I don't remember the last time a book stumped me like this. The first part of this book frustrated the hell out of me because it just seemed like there was a lot of whining going on by both of the MC's granted Ivan had reason given his circumstances. I felt bad for the guy and Parker it turned out had more reasons than he knew. But for me it was getting to the point where they were losing any empathy I had for them. Once the plot started to move again I was able to get back on board with the story. What didn't change from start to finish was the level of naivety that was exhibited by Parker, at times it was cute but at other times it was just excruciatingly painful and if he had been standing beside me I would have smacked him and told him to give his head a shake. Ivan for most of the book was a bit of a hot mess but by the end the reasons for this were clear and his behaviour made sense...so to speak. Then there was Neil, Parker's so called best friend if Ivan was a hot mess Neil was just a train wreck, start to finish I disliked him intensely. It was clear from almost the beginning of this book who the bad guy was, however (and this is a good thing), at the end when all the puzzle pieces were in place it was also clear that there was more than one bad guy with motives that totally surprised me. Now the rest of the good stuff well for one thing I love the covers on these books not the naked male torsos...although they are nice, no the part I really like is the Toronto skyline. Hey! I'm Canadian I know the CN tower when I see it and I've been to Toronto a few times so it's just cool to see it on a book cover and be able to think "I've been there." And of course there was the chance to have a peek at Kurt and Davy...oh and let us not forget about Ricky. I liked him in book #1 and it was fun to see a little more of him here but I'm really looking forward to book #3 and finding out even more about him and Kurt's brother Ian. So when all is said and done, while I admittedly had some frustrations with this book at the end of it. I guess I liked it. Not an epic '"OhmygodthisisthebestbookI'veeverread!!!" but I did like it and I'm not sorry I read it. To be honest I'me hoping Ivan and Parker turn up in the next book so that we can see where they're at in their fledgling relationship, I've got my fingers crossed for them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    E.

    Cover Up by KC Burn is the second story in the m/m ‘Toronto’ series and details the travails of Detective Ivan Bekker who is reeling from the complications ensuing after a raid when he is abruptly sent on a covert undercover mission by his boss, Inspector Sergio Martelli. Parker Wakefield is suspected of being a rising star with the local Russian mafia head and Ivan is tasked with getting proof therefore he applies to be a roommate while pretending to be a divorced heterosexual man. Unfortunatel Cover Up by KC Burn is the second story in the m/m ‘Toronto’ series and details the travails of Detective Ivan Bekker who is reeling from the complications ensuing after a raid when he is abruptly sent on a covert undercover mission by his boss, Inspector Sergio Martelli. Parker Wakefield is suspected of being a rising star with the local Russian mafia head and Ivan is tasked with getting proof therefore he applies to be a roommate while pretending to be a divorced heterosexual man. Unfortunately, there are plenty of conflicts for Ivan to deal with, not least of which is his attraction to his suspect, and there may be no way to avoid choosing between his duty and his heart. This story combines a bit of romantic suspense with a m/m erotic romance and provides an entertaining light read. I was a little disappointed in the meek personality of Parker, who has been treated poorly and has had a poor self-image due to his past and I thought it was a little hard to believe that he was so naive about quite a few things. The awkward position that Ivan finds himself in and the conflicts that he must grapple with while coping with the traumatic experience that he has undergone seem a little difficult to believe, especially when he goes under the radar without explaining his assignment to his partner at the very least. I enjoyed the cameos by some of those characters from the first novella in the series and look forward to reading more adventures of these dedicated police officers and the men who capture their hearts. © Night Owl Reviews I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.

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