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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2013 KC Burn (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-08-16

Best of the series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cast Off to be better than the print version?

Haven't read it, but I absolutely loved the Audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast Off?

Ian calmly listening to Rick tell his story, then refusing to walk away.

Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

Ian. I loved how he was always so cool, calm and collect. But when he does finally lose it Rick doesn't know what to do without his always calm and in control Ian.

If you could take any character from Cast Off out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ian, he was such a doll setting up all those "dates" with Rick.

Any additional comments?

Rick Haviland doesn't do attachments. He does one night stands and occasionally, finds a friend that is willing to share the benefits of a hook-up only kind of relationship. But as soon as a guy starts acting like a "keeper", their name is scratched off the list. Meeting Ian O'Donnell changes everything. Rick keeps his past tucked away, never revealing his whole self to anyone, not even his best friends. That shadow that looms over Rick is what has kept him from getting to close to anyone, but Ian slowly breaks down all Rick's barriers and he finds himself wanting more with someone for the first time ever.

Ian is no stranger to keeping secrets, he hid his sexuality from everyone he knew until recently. When his brother, Curt, who is also Ian's best friend, came out to their family Ian was pissed. Not at Curt mind you, but at himself for not having the courage at the time to do the same. From the start, Ian wants more than just a casual hook-up kind of relationship with Rick, but he recognizes the look of sheer terror in Rick's eyes at just the mention of anything to do with any type of commitment. So Ian works the friends angle instead. The man is actually courting Rick, and Rick doesn't even realize it. But darkness in your past is never forgotten and not easily washed away. When Rick's past invades his present, it could destroy them both.

This is probably my favorite book of this series. Ian was definitely the stronger of the two men, both physically and emotionally. That being said, I liked that he was the one that kind of had blinders on when usually, it would have been the other way around. Ian is so focused on Rick that he doesn't see when another guy is blatantly flirting. And then Rick decides to ignore what he sees when someone is slashing his tires, keying his car and setting his porch on fire. Both men are forced to pay attention when Rick receives an envelope of very revealing images. While the images could destroy both men's careers as well as Rick's entire world, they force Rick to be completely open and honest with Ian about his past. Again, I really liked the way this played out. Rick is convinced that Ian will duck and run, cast him off just like everyone always does when they learn the truth. But Ian is already completely committed, he digs his heels in a stays.

Opposites definitely attract in this book, narrated by Tristan James, and he really brought the characters to life. He nails the Irish brogue perfectly any time he speaks it, and he has these subtle shifts in his voice that alert the listener to a change in the characters attitude or mood. You also don't have to wonder who is speaking as James clearly changes tone and inflection from one character to another. The series as a whole is very well written, the various characters are all part of the same family and close knit circle of friends. So I would not only recommend you giving this one a read or a listen, I would recommend doing so in order so you can fully appreciate the books as the Author intended.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 08-04-14

Not nearly as good as the first in the series.

I'm beginning to think Cop Out was a fluke. I loved that book and was SO excited to read all the others in the series. Sadly, neither of the two other books lived up to the first.

I'll start with the positives. I have a thing for the audiobook narrator for this series, Tristan James, and his wide range of voices. Though he was slightly off his game in this book (kind of lacking emotion), I still enjoyed his take on this story. I also liked re-visiting the Toronto Tales world, seeing the MCs from the first in the series, and seeing Ian's big family again. It felt sweet to me, like coming home.

I think that the story was pleasant enough, with lots of potential, but it had some missteps that made my rating go way down.

First of all, I hated the whole "mystery" element. It was dumb and, in the end, really made light of a serious series of criminal acts. It also came out of left field, and I was left with more than a few questions about logistics and motivations. I won't say much more because I don't want to give away spoilers, but it just didn't work for me.

Aside from that, I wasn't feeling Rick and Ian together. I'm all for slow burn romances (they are my favorite) but this book dragged on and on for me. It took forever for anything real to happen between the two MCs, and I was a bit bored, to be honest. I thought that all of Rick's hangups were irritating, and I know he was supposed to be a sympathetic character but I didn't really "get" him. In reality, I really felt bad for Ian for having to maneuver through all of Rick's crap.

Though it wasn't a bad story, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I was expecting to. Rick was too immature and Ian was too "blah" for me to get emotionally connected.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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