Title: Cast Off
Author: KC Burn
My Rating: B
Narrator: Tristan James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Toronto Tales #3
Main Characters: Rick and Ian
Release Date: June 2014 (audiobook)
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This was an interesting story. There were things about it that I really enjoyed, although there were a few things that didn't quite work for me.
What was great...
*the whole story line of Ian and how he dealt with his brother's coming out really worked for me. I felt for the poor guy who's been hiding in the closet for so long. But I also really liked how when he decided to come out that he was fully committed to doing that...and in turn to Rick.
*the backstory of why Rick is so commitment phobic worked for me
*I liked Rick and Ian together and how Ian decides to use stealth to sway Rick into getting into a relationship.
What didn't work for me...
*Rick as the aging party boy got kind of old. If he was that worried about it, all he had to do was stop with the act.
*The stalker story line was a little weak. There were possibilities where it could have gone a different way and been really good, but then the author didn't take the story there, instead choosing the easier route.
Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook. There were a few ups and downs and I wasn't a fan of when the narrator took Rick into his over the top flamboyant style...but that was Rick's character. I just think I would have enjoyed that aspect more if I'd read the book on my own rather than listening to it.