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Cover Up (Toronto Tales #2) by K.C. Burn

For fans of Romantic Mysteries:


cover up - coverStory blurb: 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.

About the author: “I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and I’m a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for the hubby to take a dream job, I discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled my own dream — getting published. By day, I edit web content and at night I neglect my supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat to write stories about men loving men in the past, present and future. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about my guys is the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too.


Review by Gerry Burnie

Toronto CN towerEver on the lookout for gay Canadian content, when I saw the Toronto connection in K.C. Burn’s latest novel, Cover Up (Toronto Tales #2) [Dreamspinner Press, December 2012], I was immediately interested. Unfortunately the Toronto connection was merely a generic setting, and so there was very little by way of landmarks, etc., I could actually relate to. Not a big deal, but it would have been so much more meaningful to me, as an ex-Torontonian, to see a few more reference points.

Cover Up is the second in the “Toronto Tales series, and although it is the first I have read, I do believe it would have been best to read them in order.

Gay Detective Ivan Bekker has just wrapped up a messy take down of some Russian Mafia drug dealers, during which his partner (and friend) was critically wounded, when his boss hauls him into his office to assign him to an undercover case—so undercover it isn’t even on the books. An alleged young up-and-comer in the Russian organization has advertised for a room mate, and Bekker is to take advantage of it to find out what he can about the kid and his involvement with the mob.

Inevitably the two meet and connect, but because of the secrets they individually harbour there is an invisible barrier between them. Nonetheless, Bekker finds himself becoming emotionally involved with his suspect, and more intent on saving him from the criminal element he is drifting toward than making an arrest. The angst, therefore, is the tension created by double lives they are each living.

There is a bad guy too, but since he is rather transparent from the beginning, he doesn’t really add to the tension.

Some of the things I liked about this story are its adherence to plot, rather than eroticism, and the technically solid writing. It reads very smoothly, and there are some very nice descriptive passages. The dialogue is also quite effective in giving a personality to the minor characters, “Sarge,” especially.

Otherwise, I fear the plot devices sometimes stretched the boundaries of credibility to the limit—beginning with Parker conveniently advertising for a room mate at the right time to involve Bekker. I’m not saying it couldn’t have happened that way, mind you, but the odds don’t favour it.

Still, if you are a fan of romantic mysteries, there is much in this novel to like. Three bees.


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March 4, 2013 - Posted by | Canadian content, Fiction, Gay fiction | ,


  1. Gerry, nice review. I looked at the “Old Line” publishing site and noticed this: “eBookSocial Will Soon Go LIVE!

    AND YOUR INVITED!” Not to be indelicate, but “your” instead of “you’re” grates as fingernails across a blackboard. I saw no opportunity on the site to comment there, but thought you might be able to point out to them their, um, error.

    Comment by George Seaton | March 4, 2013 | Reply

    • Ulp! How embarrassing for a publisher, but I’ve made the mistake myself. “Your” and “You’re,” as well as “Their” and “there” seem to be the common mistakes.

      I’ll point it out to Craig by email.

      Thanks for visiting Gerry B’s Book Reviews. It’s much appreciated.

      Gerry B.

      Comment by Gerry B. | March 4, 2013 | Reply

  2. Gerry, you’ve made me want to read this book as well as the first one. Excellent review. I really enjoy your reviews. Thanks. Rock BTW, do you have some formula that you use in your reviews. If so, would you consider passing it along? I have every intention of reviewing both your books on Amazon, but am reluctant to do so.

    Comment by Rock Hunter | March 4, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Rock

      Thanks for the feedback, and the kind words. You really a a doll.

      No formula. I just write my impressions as they come to me. When all is said and done, the fact that I’ve mentioned the book is probably more relevant than what I’ve said about it.

      Warm regards,


      Comment by Gerry B. | March 4, 2013 | Reply

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