The Toronto Tales series:
- Cop Out (book # 1) – rated 4 stars
- Cover Up (book # 2) – rated 3.5 stars
- Cast Off (book # 3) – in this review
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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.
So what did I think?
Cast Off is the third book in the Toronto Tales series, and I still think that number one Cop Out is my favourite. Although this one is still a nice addition to the series.
The story is about characters we have met in the previous books. Ian is finally following in his brother’s foot steps and coming out. He falls for Rick but Rick is totally adverse to commitment.
The story follows Ian as he comes to terms with his sexuality and breaks the news to his family. And we see the relationship face its challenges due to Rick’s fears. But Rick finally accepts that being in love with Ian and being part of a couple is worth it.
I liked both characters but interestingly found them to appear younger than the ages given in the book. Rick particularly doesn’t behave like a 35 year old speech pathologist, he seems much younger. I am not sure why I felt that but really it doesn’t even matter.
There is a good blend of sexy moments and romantic drama with some more lighthearted parts.
Rated a 3 standalone but 3.5 stars for those enjoying the series.
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