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Does Fate offer second chances? When Jack Horwood visits Nancarrow Mining to discuss a network security job, he doesn’t expect to run into his former CO or for Gareth Flynn to tag along when Jack goes after a pimp. Because Jack doesn’t hunt pimps because he enjoys it. And Gareth has never been told of Jack’s past. Jack has carried a torch for Gareth Flynn since he was seven Does Fate offer second chances? When Jack Horwood visits Nancarrow Mining to discuss a network security job, he doesn’t expect to run into his former CO or for Gareth Flynn to tag along when Jack goes after a pimp. Because Jack doesn’t hunt pimps because he enjoys it. And Gareth has never been told of Jack’s past. Jack has carried a torch for Gareth Flynn since he was seventeen, never expecting the man to notice. Can he deal with suddenly having Gareth in his life, while secrets, lies, and the consequences of a daring rescue test their forming bond? Jack fights best alone, but he can’t walk away now. Not from his new job. Not from the boys they’ve rescued. And not from Gareth Flynn. Jack has wanted a second chance like people in hell want ice cream. But is it real? Will it work? And most of all... does someone like Jack even deserve to be happy? *** This is a previously published work. The publisher has changed.


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Does Fate offer second chances? When Jack Horwood visits Nancarrow Mining to discuss a network security job, he doesn’t expect to run into his former CO or for Gareth Flynn to tag along when Jack goes after a pimp. Because Jack doesn’t hunt pimps because he enjoys it. And Gareth has never been told of Jack’s past. Jack has carried a torch for Gareth Flynn since he was seven Does Fate offer second chances? When Jack Horwood visits Nancarrow Mining to discuss a network security job, he doesn’t expect to run into his former CO or for Gareth Flynn to tag along when Jack goes after a pimp. Because Jack doesn’t hunt pimps because he enjoys it. And Gareth has never been told of Jack’s past. Jack has carried a torch for Gareth Flynn since he was seventeen, never expecting the man to notice. Can he deal with suddenly having Gareth in his life, while secrets, lies, and the consequences of a daring rescue test their forming bond? Jack fights best alone, but he can’t walk away now. Not from his new job. Not from the boys they’ve rescued. And not from Gareth Flynn. Jack has wanted a second chance like people in hell want ice cream. But is it real? Will it work? And most of all... does someone like Jack even deserve to be happy? *** This is a previously published work. The publisher has changed.

30 review for Job Hunt

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Perfectly paced romantic suspense This is the first full length story which features Jack Horwood and his merry band of spies, police officers, ex-military bods and hackers and it's a doozy. Jack's after a pimp who's offering up underage boys and he's skirting a fine line in dealing with the fall out of his own youthful experiences. Him and Gareth are muddling along and trying to find a way of being together without all the baggage that comes along with it and Jack's having to learn how to deal wit Perfectly paced romantic suspense This is the first full length story which features Jack Horwood and his merry band of spies, police officers, ex-military bods and hackers and it's a doozy. Jack's after a pimp who's offering up underage boys and he's skirting a fine line in dealing with the fall out of his own youthful experiences. Him and Gareth are muddling along and trying to find a way of being together without all the baggage that comes along with it and Jack's having to learn how to deal with having people he might just be able to trust and rely on. I love these books, the setting perfectly captures London in all her seedy underbelly, the Met provides a backdrop along with Jack's new place of employment and there's dodgy doings going on all over the place. The intrigue and mystery elements are perfectly handled and the romance between Jack and Gareth sits comfortably on top. More please!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    Job Hunt – Jackie Keswick 4.5 stars M/M Mystery, Romance, Power-Control I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Jack and Flynn… where do I start? I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so deeply at times. I really enjoyed the technology aspect and the back story of Jack. I thought that everything that was included was both necessary and integral to the story. I was glad, because often times, there is fluff, but this story did not really have that. The mystery in this s Job Hunt – Jackie Keswick 4.5 stars M/M Mystery, Romance, Power-Control I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Jack and Flynn… where do I start? I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so deeply at times. I really enjoyed the technology aspect and the back story of Jack. I thought that everything that was included was both necessary and integral to the story. I was glad, because often times, there is fluff, but this story did not really have that. The mystery in this story was well planned, intriguing, not easily guessed and I can’t wait for the story to continue. In the end, even though Jack is crazy, he is controlled and I know that makes him all that much more dangerous. This was a story where I never knew what was going to happen and I really enjoyed that. I am someone who loves to tease out the mystery in a story and this one kept me guessing. Readers should be warned that while this does not end in a true cliff hanger, it does lead the reader to know that more of the story is to come. So, I will wait patiently for the next installment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    ‘Job Hunt’ is a remarkable novel on many levels, and I am having a very hard time organizing my thoughts into something that comes close to doing it justice. From the spine-tingling tension around more than one subplot to the emotionally superintense romance between Jack and Gareth, this story is realistic, held me in its clutches from beginning to end, and still left me wanting more. There are a few aspects that stood out for me. The setting is London, so a lot of the locations, behaviors, and ‘Job Hunt’ is a remarkable novel on many levels, and I am having a very hard time organizing my thoughts into something that comes close to doing it justice. From the spine-tingling tension around more than one subplot to the emotionally superintense romance between Jack and Gareth, this story is realistic, held me in its clutches from beginning to end, and still left me wanting more. There are a few aspects that stood out for me. The setting is London, so a lot of the locations, behaviors, and language were very familiar to me; Jackie Keswick did an excellent job dusting everything with a slightly British flavor. The characters, from Jack and Gareth to the supporting cast, were complicated, multi-layered, and well motivated. Each of the three primary levels of the plot alone would be enough to fill a novel each: there is corporate espionage, a criminal investigation into child trafficking, and cloak-and-dagger spy stuff that I do not believe this first installment has even come close to uncovering. But above all this is Jack’s story. His journey from a past too awful to contemplate to who he is today and how he deals with his anger, need to help others, and debilitating flashbacks is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking to watch him deal with everything life has thrown (and still throws) at him. Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Feliz

    Short version: Explosions! Flash! Bang! (and bang-bang ;-) )Superheroes! Great action-thriller. Read it. Period. Longer version: If Sherlock Holmes and Lethal Weapon’s Riggs ever had a child together, he might be something like Jack Horwood. Insane computer skills, a brilliant mind, photographic memory, chameleon-like versatility, single-minded determination, damn near clairvoyant savvy, relentless perseverance, incomparable fighting prowess, stunning beauty—Jack Horwood is a superhuman in skinti Short version: Explosions! Flash! Bang! (and bang-bang ;-) )Superheroes! Great action-thriller. Read it. Period. Longer version: If Sherlock Holmes and Lethal Weapon’s Riggs ever had a child together, he might be something like Jack Horwood. Insane computer skills, a brilliant mind, photographic memory, chameleon-like versatility, single-minded determination, damn near clairvoyant savvy, relentless perseverance, incomparable fighting prowess, stunning beauty—Jack Horwood is a superhuman in skintight leathers, a tattooed demigod, a capeless superhero. The entire plot, the whole story of this book revolves solely around its main character, Jack, with anybody else mere props for his awesomeness. Yes, even Gareth, Jack’s supposed co-star, love interest and boss cuts a rather lackadaisical figure next to Jack. If there weren’t anything more to this book, it would be a rather flat, trivial ode to one so-perfect-he’s-boring man. Fortunately, there is. For one, Jack has depths and flaws; he can be ruthless, cruel and brutal to the point of bestiality once he decides a particular end justifies any means, and he’s a deeply tortured hero, a driven man, always hunted and haunted by the horrors of his past. For another, there’s a powerful, gorgeous and steaming hot love story running parallel to and balancing the star cult around Jack. Gareth and Jack together are a thing of beauty; for these few instances, Jack isn’t the divine warrior, but a vulnerable, almost real almost human being, and I loved Gareth for making this possible. Despite any misgivings with regard to its over-the-top-perfect main character, Job Hunt is a very well-written, fast-paced, action-packed, thrilling piece of entertainment that kept me glued to the pages. Highly recommended to action-movie fans as well as thriller aficionados who don’t mind some blood and gore onpage.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    First and foremost, TRIGGERS. There's not one in the blurb, but I don't know if I missed it in the book or not. This deals a lot with abused, kidnapped, beaten children. Taken by a pimp, sold out to people. It deals with violence, flashbacks, that kind of stuff. If any of it is a trigger for you, PLEASE be careful. For anyone else, holy shitballs. This is one HELL of a book. Damn. I'm still reeling from it. So so good. For Jack, it's time for a new job. He's had enough of some of the crap he done First and foremost, TRIGGERS. There's not one in the blurb, but I don't know if I missed it in the book or not. This deals a lot with abused, kidnapped, beaten children. Taken by a pimp, sold out to people. It deals with violence, flashbacks, that kind of stuff. If any of it is a trigger for you, PLEASE be careful. For anyone else, holy shitballs. This is one HELL of a book. Damn. I'm still reeling from it. So so good. For Jack, it's time for a new job. He's had enough of some of the crap he done in his careers and time time for a new start. But not without checking their security, of course. Being an IT whiz, Jack is able to work in and out of things before people blink sometimes. Also with being in several government agencies, unknown to him, people are trying to get him back. And not always for the best of intentions. He's worked through a ton of information and decided he wants to give Nancarrow Mining a go. When he gets there, he's in for a surprise. His old military boss and major crush, is a head there. Gareth Flynn. Jack had decided to turn the job down, but Gareth is determined to have Jack work for him. What Jack also finds out, is there's quite a few working there that are working for the government as well. And he's not exactly happy. Gareth isn't happy because Jack keeps putting himself out there when people ask for help and it's wearing him down and pushing him into places he doesn't want to remember. Especially with this latest one where Jack is trying to catch a pimp who is kidnapping and caging kids, while beating them so bad. But Jack refuses not to help, determined to get these kids to safety. He has a chance to rescue three. Unfortunately, one doesn't make it and the other two are so terrified they won't speak to anyone but Jack. Now Jack is in a race against time to stop this sicko and many more from abusing these boys still held while trying to stop some shady stuff at the company. The stuff in Jack’s past is still kind of a mystery. You get hints of stuff here and there, especially when he's speaking and consoling two boys he rescued and is protecting. And that past is not a pretty picture. And seeing how he runs himself ragged for things makes so much sense. I hate it because he does with so little sleep or eating, but he's determined to make things right. And I admire that so much. And I just adore him. He's worked hard to try to overcome his past. He's still not completely over it. He has flashbacks, nightmares, but he does all he can to compartmentalize so he can survive, for one, but also so we can help the next person in trouble. Usually asshole pimps and such hurting kids. He's so good at what he does. He can blend so well, you don't remember he's been there. And his computer talents lol. Damn. And after seeing stuff he's done with those computers for the good? Some is very damn funny. What makes Jack even better though, to me anyway, is Gareth. Not in a bad way. But Gareth is that strong silent support Jack didn't even know he needed. He makes such he eats and tries to sleep. He tries to give him what he needs, even in the bedroom, to calm his mind amd chase the shadows away. Gareth is formidable is his own right. Being Jack’s boss in the military, he's no stranger to Jack and his quirks. He used to Jack's moods, even though it's been seven years. He still gets Jack. What amazes me, though, through this whole book, is how everyone doesn't really quite know what there is to know about Jack and what his capabilities are. Gareth knows a lot, but even his closest 'friends’, if you can call them that, have no clue. That's how good Jack is. The worst part is knowing every time Jack saves a child or goes after someone like that pimp, he has to relive his own childhood. It's heartbreaking. But because of his past, he's able to reach these kids in a way no one else can. The story isn't just about the kids, but it is a lot of it. It also deals with corporate underhandedness and some shady things going on with employees and greedy family members. It's all a mystery to find out who and why. And as they dig, more shady people are coming out of the woodwork. Seeking Jack. And the motives are either not clear, or bad. So damn good! http://lovebytesreviews.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yoshi

    It's more like a 2.5* I don't know what to say about this story. It's an okay read, some parts were great but… I have the feeling that I got lost somewhere. There were two story lines happening at the same time. I don't feel the chemistry between the MCs, not much development of their relationship, maybe they were too busy going to work and save the world. And the ending, what was that? Not sure if I will read book 2.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    wow this book was great. I am so happy I started it ... although it took me awhile to even put it on my TBR. don't know why and now I am really sorry that I waited that long. there are so many great characters in it, I don't know where to start ... the MCs were really interesting and I loved their dynamics. I would have loved to see more of Gareth because there is a lot of open questions ... but maybe there will be more background information in the next book. also there are a lot of secondary cha wow this book was great. I am so happy I started it ... although it took me awhile to even put it on my TBR. don't know why and now I am really sorry that I waited that long. there are so many great characters in it, I don't know where to start ... the MCs were really interesting and I loved their dynamics. I would have loved to see more of Gareth because there is a lot of open questions ... but maybe there will be more background information in the next book. also there are a lot of secondary characters I want to read books on ... Raf and Skylar the most important. another think, I absolutely adored is that it is situated in London. I love London and to read a book again, which plays in Europe is just great. Loved it! can't wait to read the next book

  8. 4 out of 5

    liz

    This book was much more than I expected. It’s the author’s first novel, and I sincerely hope it’s not the last. While the blurb describes Jack’s former jobs and current plans gone awry, I wasn’t prepared for the depth to his character. The blurb feels like Jack the Superhero. And that’s true. He’s an amazing guy who uses all of his wicked computer skills to take on the underworld of pimps, but he’s also a man needing taking care of. Enter Gareth Flynn. Or better yet, re-enter. Gareth is the man This book was much more than I expected. It’s the author’s first novel, and I sincerely hope it’s not the last. While the blurb describes Jack’s former jobs and current plans gone awry, I wasn’t prepared for the depth to his character. The blurb feels like Jack the Superhero. And that’s true. He’s an amazing guy who uses all of his wicked computer skills to take on the underworld of pimps, but he’s also a man needing taking care of. Enter Gareth Flynn. Or better yet, re-enter. Gareth is the man Jack fell for at the age of 17 when Gareth was his commanding officer in the military. That was many years ago, though that’s a bit unclear. This is one of my quibbles with the book: timelines. It took me some math to figure out how old Jack is, and that occurred around halfway through the book. I still don’t know how old Gareth is. This isn’t critical information, but it would be nice to know. Beyond that, there’s some confusion about how long ago Jack left the military, how long Gareth has been out, and why for both of them. Second quibble: WHY did they each leave the military? We find out the bare bones for Jack’s departure, and we know a little about the motivation for it. For as long as this book is, there’s a lot of missing information about this as well as Gareth’s history. Most of the book in in third person from either Jack or Gareth’s POV, and that’s a good thing. It would be hard to judge either of them through just the other’s eyes. Jack struggles with his past and his ability to share any part of himself with another. He spends so much time wrapped in his mind that it would be difficult to understand him or empathize without his POV. His feelings for Gareth are a constant struggle. Gareth would seem way too much the caretaker and overbearing bossy guy without the in-his-head times. While he clearly respects Jack’s professional skills, he spends a lot of brain power worrying about Jack and making sure he eats and sleeps. For Jack, who has been independent since the age of 11, it feels less cared for and more smothered. Watching these two figure out how to be with the other is fun. Even better, there’s no angst. These are adult men who communicate (to the best of their abilities) with each other. Jack isn’t a talker, but he’s involved with guy determined to give them a chance. I also enjoyed the alternate POVs in this book. It was nice to see how Jack and Gareth are perceived by others, and it made me want the stories for some of the secondary characters. I’d like a whole series set in this world. One thing the book didn’t address was the sexuality of the characters. I found this a relief, to be honest. Jack has a lot of struggles with his past and flashbacks, but he doesn’t sit around wondering about being attracted to men. Gareth is attracted to men and women. There’s no deep discussion of this, and the author doesn’t explicitly tell the reader. Instead, we find out through reference to previous relationships and fantasy attractions. There wasn’t manufactured angst or conflict over sexuality. While that is an important part of some LGBTQ stories, it doesn’t need to be in every book. I appreciate the author leaving it out of this book, because the book already has a lot of moving parts. My quibbles over timeline and missing information make sense for a multi-book story arc, but it’s a little frustrating for a free-standing novel. The author responded to a question on Goodreads saying there will be more books planned for these two characters. I’m looking forward to seeing the continuing story of Jack and Gareth, because this is much more of a Happy for Now kind of ending as far as the romance goes. There’s also quite a bit left hanging with the secondary characters. There’s no information currently available about sequels, but I’ll be checking back for sure. This review was first posted on Romance Novel News. UPDATE: Since I wrote this review, I learned the next book about Jack and Gareth will be coming out in January. Can. Not. Wait. UPDATE 2/10/16: I reread in anticipation of GHOSTS, and it's EVEN BETTER. I read GHOSTS and now begins the countdown to HOUSE HUNT in March. Wheeeee.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    Jack Horwood has some unique job searching skills, and he uses his expertise to land an interview at Nancarrow Mining with Donald Frazer. Jack is a system security specialist, first and foremost, but he has other talents too. He joined the army at the young age of seventeen, became an MI6 agent after leaving the army, and now has his own personal crusade. As a young child he faced the worst type of desertion by his mother, and faced sexual abuse. Gareth Flynn was once a CO for the military. He’s Jack Horwood has some unique job searching skills, and he uses his expertise to land an interview at Nancarrow Mining with Donald Frazer. Jack is a system security specialist, first and foremost, but he has other talents too. He joined the army at the young age of seventeen, became an MI6 agent after leaving the army, and now has his own personal crusade. As a young child he faced the worst type of desertion by his mother, and faced sexual abuse. Gareth Flynn was once a CO for the military. He’s now working for Nancarrow Mining. Jack is totally shocked when Gareth walks in on his interview. It’s been eight years since he served under Gareth, and it brings back a lot of memories and mixed emotions seeing Gareth again. Little does Jack know Gareth has been searching for him. Besides Jack using his hacking expertise to try and find the person stealing data from Nancarrow Mining, he’s on an undercover mission for the Met to try and find the pimp who is selling young boys. Jack has to face the loss of a young teen, Ricky, but Gareth has his back and helps save two more young boys, Nico and Daniel. Nico and Daniel survive their rescue, but it doesn’t give Jack the peace that he needs. In Job Hunt, Jackie Keswick brings us a well written, double suspense thriller, with child trafficking and corporate security leaks to be solved. It’s very heavy in the technology area, but it has some fast, action packed moments too. Most of the story is about Jack and Gareth’s growing familiarity, and second chances. We find many unanswered questions between Jack and Gareth, and little by little the answers get revealed. Jack is a multifaceted character, and we get to see him make his own family with the understanding of Nico’s and Daniel’s needs. He helps Nico and Daniel realize that they are not worthless and that they can stand up for themselves. I related this to Gareth too, as he strives to show Jack that he needs someone to take care of him and not do it all himself. There’s an abundance of characters that aren’t skimmed over. They each add to the story with their own personal lives. As I found myself getting deeper into the mystery and Jack’s undercover assignments, I wasn’t sure who to trust. One of my favorite side characters is Aidan Conrad, legal counsel for Nancarrow Mining. He seems to always be there to dispense relationship tidbits to Jack and Gareth in one way or another. Fox Ballard did a really nice job bringing different emotions to this reading. I liked his British and Scottish accents, and I liked the light, smooth tone to Jack’s voice, which really makes him sound younger than he is. The deep gravel tone to Gareth’s voice fits that ex-military persona. And again, there’s Aidan Conrad and just an interesting tone to his voice, almost mischievous. This was a first read/audio listen for me from Jackie Keswick and Fox Ballard, and I was not disappointed at all. I highly recommend Job Hunt if you want an excellent double thriller with a budding romance entwined. Reviewed by Maryann for The Novel Approach Reviews http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    ‘Job Hunt’ is a remarkable novel on many levels, and I am having a very hard time organizing my thoughts into something that comes close to doing it justice. From the spine-tingling tension around more than one subplot to the emotionally superintense romance between Jack and Gareth, this story is realistic, held me in its clutches from beginning to end, and still left me wanting more. There are a few aspects that stood out for me. The setting is London, so a lot of the locations, behaviors, and ‘Job Hunt’ is a remarkable novel on many levels, and I am having a very hard time organizing my thoughts into something that comes close to doing it justice. From the spine-tingling tension around more than one subplot to the emotionally superintense romance between Jack and Gareth, this story is realistic, held me in its clutches from beginning to end, and still left me wanting more. There are a few aspects that stood out for me. The setting is London, so a lot of the locations, behaviors, and language were very familiar to me; Jackie Keswick did an excellent job dusting everything with a slightly British flavor. The characters, from Jack and Gareth to the supporting cast, were complicated, multi-layered, and well motivated. Each of the three primary levels of the plot alone would be enough to fill a novel each: there is corporate espionage, a criminal investigation into child trafficking, and cloak-and-dagger spy stuff that I do not believe this first installment has even come close to uncovering. But above all this is Jack’s story. His journey from a past too awful to contemplate to who he is today and how he deals with his anger, need to help others, and debilitating flashbacks is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking to watch him deal with everything life has thrown (and still throws) at him. Please find my full review of the second edition on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne -kocham czytać-

    Golden. Deep, involved, fast-paced, dark, and disturbing. Brilliant. Very highly recommended. Distinct, wonderfully developed characters--whom I loved, a very strong story, and harsh subject matter. The only down part was that I thought it was going to be a lot more slow-burn on the romance (because of the blurb), so that was a bit disappointing at first, but then I understood why, and it all worked well. An extremely good read overall. Will probably haunt my thoughts for a while to come. P.S. What Golden. Deep, involved, fast-paced, dark, and disturbing. Brilliant. Very highly recommended. Distinct, wonderfully developed characters--whom I loved, a very strong story, and harsh subject matter. The only down part was that I thought it was going to be a lot more slow-burn on the romance (because of the blurb), so that was a bit disappointing at first, but then I understood why, and it all worked well. An extremely good read overall. Will probably haunt my thoughts for a while to come. P.S. What was that epilogue about? Is there going to be a sequel? o.o

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kade Boehme

    The DNF isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think I wasn't in the headspace so mystery novels with their wordy explanations feel tedious right now. I think I liked this. I definitely like Jack. I don't get Gareth. Tho I feel like it's a GFY but it's not clarified... Like, at all. We spend apt of time getting to know Jack but at 60% I know only that Gareth's favorite sex fantasy is Scarlett Johanssen as Black Widow, he served s Jack, and he's bossy. Will come back to this one day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    Audiobook review I love being thrown into the thick of things, hitting the ground running so to speak. I think Jackie Keswick tried to do that with the beginning for this book, but didn’t quite get there, it also wasn’t in the beginning of a story. It was a strange mix of both, a mix that didn’t work for me all the way. I felt lost for a long time, wondering if I had missed a few chapters in the beginning, wondering about just about everything. That’s not a pleasant feeling. I don’t mind questio Audiobook review I love being thrown into the thick of things, hitting the ground running so to speak. I think Jackie Keswick tried to do that with the beginning for this book, but didn’t quite get there, it also wasn’t in the beginning of a story. It was a strange mix of both, a mix that didn’t work for me all the way. I felt lost for a long time, wondering if I had missed a few chapters in the beginning, wondering about just about everything. That’s not a pleasant feeling. I don’t mind questioning, and trying to figure stuff out, but I don’t enjoy questioning if I missed part of the story as nothing really made sense. That feeling kind of stayed with me throughout. I couldn’t quite get a grip on the characters or the plot, how it all tied together. Jack was an interesting and colourful character for sure, but who was he, and what did he really do? And who did he work for, himself, a company, law-enforcement all three and then some? I fully admit I couldn’t keep up all the way, heck I got lost right in the beginning and couldn’t find myself back on track and that might all be on me. The boys broke my heart, more than anything I wanted them to find safety and happiness, to heal. And with Jack’s help they have a chance. And maybe the boys can help Jack heal as well. When it comes to Jack and Gareth we were told there was a connection between them from way back when, but I couldn’t really feel it, but maybe that becomes apparent later on in the series when they spend more time together, as it was they were too busy to save everyone to get much alone time together. I felt like production-wise this book had a couple of issues that coloured the experience. The flow of a book is really important and how we experience it is highly individual. Fortunately, the listener can adjust the speed to fit their particular need, so in general I rarely have an issue with the speed of the narration. And that part worked well, he had a good pacing. But what didn’t work quite as well was what felt like eon long pauses between scenes and chapters. They were loong. More often than not I was thrown out of the story and more than once I had my phone up making sure the book was still on and the battery hadn’t died. Added to that was the drums. Yes, drums. Between every chapter there was a few seconds of drumming. Now I’m all for some added sound effects where it fits – a phone ringing in the background or a slightly distorted voice when talking on the phone. It enhances the moment. But any kind of music between every chapter isn’t for me. It’s too much and pulls the listener even more from the story. Now to the good parts. I liked listening to Fox Ballard. He lived in the moment and he was the characters. I loved that he had so many different accents he switched between; it gave it an edge. As did the slightly distorted voices for the phone calls. That worked really well for me, and I would have been a happy camper if the long pauses and the drums had been removed, but you can’t win them all. In the end I think this book ends up on a solid three hearts for me. A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aviva

    I suppose I should start by saying I was one of the beta-readers for this book and the author is a friend, but if you have read some of my reviews, you know I’m honest about my books so the fact that I read and reread parts of this book and enjoyed it every time should be a proof of quality ;) Other people have probably already given the main points of the story so I won’t go there. I’m just going to write about what I love about this story, because for a mystery intertwined with a love story, it I suppose I should start by saying I was one of the beta-readers for this book and the author is a friend, but if you have read some of my reviews, you know I’m honest about my books so the fact that I read and reread parts of this book and enjoyed it every time should be a proof of quality ;) Other people have probably already given the main points of the story so I won’t go there. I’m just going to write about what I love about this story, because for a mystery intertwined with a love story, it touches so many topics and it is done with elegance and respect. First, I love Jack. I love him like I love a few precious characters, this love that lasts years, that makes me smile stupidly and get all the warm and excited feels when I read about him. He is competent but he fucks up sometimes, he has a lot of skills but isn’t one of these perfect bland characters who can do no wrong, and he never refuses to face the consequences of his acts. Then I love Gareth, not in the same way I love Jack but as a character who grow on me, who is patient and strong (not in the physical sense of course-though he is that too- but in the way you know he will be there not matter the maelstrom you have to face), a figure of calm competence (yes competence is one of my major criteria), who has Jack’s back without trying to take charge (as he could have been tempted to as his old CO but that’s not who Gareth is) and how Gareth has as much respect for Jack than Jack has for him. Oh and it’s a detail in all the things that would need to be said about these characters but for once we have a real bisexual character that doesn’t go from straight to gay but keeps his identity and no one is making a fuss about it. And I love the dynamics of their relationship : how the chemistry is there and you can feel it through the pages but what is really interesting is the fact it is not the usual (and often disappointing, at least for me) formula of they met, they fell in love after overcoming obstacles thrown their way and then bye bye, you want to know more? Well too bad, the story is over. No, they have history, they knew each other in the past and neither of them made a move and now they are trying to have something but like for all relationships, things don’t work all the time, they have issues but they take time to talk about it, to listen to what the other doesn’t appreciate and look for solutions and that’s what is interesting. This dynamic is also reflected in the way Jack’s past is handled, with a writing that shows you the horror without needing too many details and the way Gareth understands him, never shows pity but gives him space when he needs it, always asking him if things are alright and never taking anything as a yes until there has been an actual yes. They set up boundaries, without needing to spend lengthy chapters talking about it either but with a few essential conversations, because Jack trusts him and doesn’t expect him to guess everything. The focus is not simply about how they fall in love but how they want to have an actual relationship and build something lasting in time and this takes efforts and time to be realistic. But this story is not primarily a romance; it’s a story with suspense, with investigations and action. It’s a tale of knives that have the power to help children feel safe in the dark and a little boy who became an adult determined to help innocents. But it’s also a story about how, sometimes, you have to sacrifice a part of yourself to help for something bigger and more important than you and not lose yourself in the process, and how to find people believing in a cause and learning to trust them to let them help you. And talking about “people”, it’s not a story only about two characters, there is a lot of characters breathing and living here, each with their skills and perfectly fleshed out and who don’t “exist” only when Jack and Gareth are around them. And that’s something t great because not only it keeps the story always interesting and dynamic but you’ll want to know more about each of these characters. Ultimately I think, it’s a book showing you that you don’t have to be powerless, that you’ll meet people ready to help you and they will show you how to help yourself. Even if you have been repeated many many times that you’re worthless, that’s not true because not only you are not but you have the power to stand for yourself. I think that’s the strength of the characters and the strength of the book, it teaches you to learn to trust (with discernment of course) the help offered to you but in the end, you’re strong enough to save yourself, your worth doesn’t depend on anyone and I’m thinking about Jack of course and how Rio helped him when he was a kid – and you should seriously read this story in the Kickass anthology, it’s called the Power of Zero (and you have another Jack’s story there if you’re in need of more Jack’s awesomeness. Plus this anthology is for a good cause ) - but also about Nico and Daniel who learnt this from Jack and didn’t wait helplessly for saviors who couldn’t help or didn’t know the danger was here when they were about to be kidnapped in the hospital. They acted because Jack taught them one of the most important things in life: you’re the only one able to help yourself in the end, you just need people sometimes to help you getting there.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Love Bytes Reviews

    3.5 Heart Review by Amber Jackie Keswick is a new author to me and I’m actually really glad I picked up this book. She is without a doubt and without question an amazing writer, talented and I look forward to more stories. One thing that needs to be mentioned is this is a crime, suspense-thriller investigative story first, the romance comes way second. Obviously, I would have loved Gareth and Jack’s attraction to be the forefront because the potential there was unbelievably explosive. They had sev 3.5 Heart Review by Amber Jackie Keswick is a new author to me and I’m actually really glad I picked up this book. She is without a doubt and without question an amazing writer, talented and I look forward to more stories. One thing that needs to be mentioned is this is a crime, suspense-thriller investigative story first, the romance comes way second. Obviously, I would have loved Gareth and Jack’s attraction to be the forefront because the potential there was unbelievably explosive. They had several heated moments, where they are in bed, kissing, rubbing ready to take it to the next level we all want and then there’s an interruption and they stop. I get this tact, I really do, but with these specific men, and their history and attraction going back as far as it did the start/stop was frustrating, like punishment and I didn’t feel it completely necessary. Jack Horwood is a man on a mission. He lives his life serving and saving others. Having come from a rocky past he knows he has the ability to help and help he does. Having entered in the British Army at a young age he discovered his talents very early on. Not only can he use his body effectively as a weapon his mind is an even greater one as he discovers hacking comes easy to him. While in the service he harbors a passionate secret crush on his CO, Gareth Flynn. Knowing the superior officer/underling thing and the age difference deters him from ever mentioning his feelings to Gareth. Circumstances arise that compel Jack to leave the service and start a new life. Silver fox Gareth has secrets of his own. He’s also harbored an insane attraction to his subordinate Jack. He’s been attracted to him for years but when Jack up and leaves the Army all Gareth’s left with is questions. Years later Gareth finds out Jack is a genius hacker and Gareth knows he could use him in the civilian company he works for, so he’s recruited. The reunion between these two was pretty nice. The attraction is steaming under the surface and like I said earlier when they realize its mutual you want them to lose control. You want them to rip clothes off, forget sleep, forget rest, and lose themselves in each other but that doesn’t happen. And it doesn’t happen for awhile into the book and that really annoyed me. I needed that “I NEED YOU NOW! I DON’T CARE IF WE HAVEN’T EATEN IN DAYS! I DON’T CARE IF WE HAVEN’T SLEPT IN DAYS! I NEED TO LOSE MYSELF IN YOU AND THAT IS ALL THERE IS!!!” This passion never happened and I was disappointed. The sexual relationship was almost an afterthought and while they were hot together and the chemistry was there, it was lacking something for me. Like I mentioned earlier this is more an investigative thriller book. There are man hunts, secrets, corruption, child abuse, prostitution, and death. I enjoyed where this book took me. I really was hooked and wanted to see what was going to happen next. Overall, I enjoyed this story and anyone who really likes super suspenseful storylines will enjoy this one as well. A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®**** 4.25 Stars - Story Review: Job Hunt was an action packed, suspense filled ride with great characters and a worthy cause. It played out like a great movie, but without the inevitable plot holes. We had a sexy yet troubled main character in Jack who was highly skilled both in the field and behind a computer. We had Gareth who kept a close watch on Jack’s back and made sure he had what he needed both in the field and in bed, plus a huge cast of supporting char ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®**** 4.25 Stars - Story Review: Job Hunt was an action packed, suspense filled ride with great characters and a worthy cause. It played out like a great movie, but without the inevitable plot holes. We had a sexy yet troubled main character in Jack who was highly skilled both in the field and behind a computer. We had Gareth who kept a close watch on Jack’s back and made sure he had what he needed both in the field and in bed, plus a huge cast of supporting characters each with their own stories, that rounded out the story. Jack is the center of the story, but we get to see things from many different perspectives which added another layer of dimension to the tale. Seeing Jack from other’s points of view really helped paint a picture of the complicated man as was seeing him vulnerable in Gareth’s arms. We get lots of intrigue and mystery searching out the bad guys. We get lots of action taking them down. There is some violence and blood and mentions of abuse, but the abuse is not in great detail. However the way it is cleverly put out there leaves so much to the imagination that it is almost worse. I found myself aching for the abused boys and for Jack. I found the ending a bit abrupt and the romance a little lacking, but I don’t think romance was the focus of this book, Jack and the story was. The epilogue definitely leads into the next book of the series of which I want to read! Fans of action should definitely read this book. Narration Review: I wasn’t sure I would like the narration at first, but as I got into it I really enjoyed Fox Ballard’s voice and his ability to do the accents. Every character had an appropriate voice and it really added to the experience. I could picture ages and well as nationalities and gender for all the players. I will definitely seek out this narrator again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Job Hunt from start to finish. Jack and Gareth are wonderful creations and the multi-layered plot kept me hooked. Job Hunt has everything from political intrigue and financial corruption, to a desperate, intense chase to save the young victims of a prostitution ring. And while the varying narrative threads occasionally get a bit tangled, the author’s strong voice and the well developed characters make almost every facet of this book work in th A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Job Hunt from start to finish. Jack and Gareth are wonderful creations and the multi-layered plot kept me hooked. Job Hunt has everything from political intrigue and financial corruption, to a desperate, intense chase to save the young victims of a prostitution ring. And while the varying narrative threads occasionally get a bit tangled, the author’s strong voice and the well developed characters make almost every facet of this book work in the end. There were only a few times when the pacing was a bit slow and this usually seemed to occur when the action strayed away from the main characters. Job Hunt never lagged for long though and as a whole the novel really flew by and definitely left me wanting more. Occasionally it gets a little heavy on the tech jargon but the author does a decent job of breaking everything down for the reader without actually dumbing it down, something I really appreciated. Jack and Gareth are really the beating heart of this novel and Jack especially. He is a systems security whiz (read hacker) and has been used by just about everyone for his skills. This, in addition to his ongoing, off the book, work for the police, has left him weary, cynical, and desperate for something he cannot quite bring himself to want. And then Gareth walks back into his life. Gareth who never used him and always provided the quiet, commanding support he craved. They fit together naturally and while their course is hardly smooth, the author does an excellent job of demonstrating how well they complement one another. They simply fit and while years have separated them and despite how quickly they are thrown back together, their relationship never feels forced. Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ReadingAllNite

    1sr read 9/1/15 Awesome This was so incredibly detailed yet so subtle in adding pieces to each character. Loved Jack. Incredibly complex, genius, troubled man, using his past to forge his present. Gareth was everything he needed. Complex and empathetic, loving Jack as the man he knew before and learning who he really is now. And they meshed so well together. They never spoke of love but you could see it building and influencing them in the best ways. Excellent secondary characters. Gripping and s 1sr read 9/1/15 Awesome This was so incredibly detailed yet so subtle in adding pieces to each character. Loved Jack. Incredibly complex, genius, troubled man, using his past to forge his present. Gareth was everything he needed. Complex and empathetic, loving Jack as the man he knew before and learning who he really is now. And they meshed so well together. They never spoke of love but you could see it building and influencing them in the best ways. Excellent secondary characters. Gripping and suspenseful plot that drew me in with the tension. Can't wait for more. 2nd read 3/5/16 still loved this. It's a very complex read and you really have to pay attention to every detail, thread and character right through the epilogue. The seemingly disparate parts of the plot line make more sense, the more you read. I also loved the way Gareth's bisexuality, or at least being involved with someone of both sexes, was handled. It's just something you learn over the course of the book. It not discussed or made into a focal point. It also isn't used to create some conflict or issue between the MC's. It just IS. In fact, you can't actually determine Jack's sexuality either. You just know that the bond they forged in the Army and the attraction they never pursued, becomes two men who mesh well, both in and out of the bedroom. It is evident that neither is a stranger to sex with men. I knew when I read this the first time, that there would be a sequel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    I really enjoyed my reading of this book. Solid 4.5 star read. The story leaves you wanting to know more about Jack. Not all of his past gets explained and I feel like I've gotten just the peak into the awesomeness that is Jack Horwood. He's kicking butt and taking names and being on his watch list is a really bad idea. Heck with his computer skills he could wipe you out completely. :D I liked the mix of venues with this story. MI-6 is involved, Scotland Yard is involved, and heck civilian compan I really enjoyed my reading of this book. Solid 4.5 star read. The story leaves you wanting to know more about Jack. Not all of his past gets explained and I feel like I've gotten just the peak into the awesomeness that is Jack Horwood. He's kicking butt and taking names and being on his watch list is a really bad idea. Heck with his computer skills he could wipe you out completely. :D I liked the mix of venues with this story. MI-6 is involved, Scotland Yard is involved, and heck civilian companies as well. It's a playground of people. And Gareth and Jack are finding each other again and it's lovely. Of course all the child sex ring backdrop is super serious and death to the bad guys, but this story has a lot of layers of intel going on and keeping all the players straight can be a little confusing. But Jack and Gareth work. I liked them together and I like there supporting staff. Everyone was entertaining and fleshed out. I felt for Jack and his past. Being such a loner has left him very isolated and it was interesting to see him being forced to allow other people into his bubble. I really want to see where this series will go.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆

    This is just the tip of the iceberg of Jack. We get that he's a BAMF. Besides being a great hacker, he also had a personal crusade going on. Helping kids that are in the same situation he lived through in his youth. But his past isn't fully spelled out. If this was a stand alone, it would bug me. It's not a stand alone though, so it's perfect. Now I have more incentive to read the next book. I want to know more about what makes Jack tick. There is a lot going on in this book. Jack is in the cente This is just the tip of the iceberg of Jack. We get that he's a BAMF. Besides being a great hacker, he also had a personal crusade going on. Helping kids that are in the same situation he lived through in his youth. But his past isn't fully spelled out. If this was a stand alone, it would bug me. It's not a stand alone though, so it's perfect. Now I have more incentive to read the next book. I want to know more about what makes Jack tick. There is a lot going on in this book. Jack is in the center of it all. One moment he's using his computer skills, the next he's undercover. Kept me turning the pages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Job Hunt had me dazed and a bit confused with loads of questions floating around my old lady brain distracting me. Questions like what did some of the secondary characters look like because I couldn't picture them at all. Why was a Dr. running a Metropolitan police operation? What was her doctorate in? Would Jack, in MI6 for a year be doing undercover work? All things considered this seemed a bit quick to me, even for someone ex army. Is it? Going purely by conjecture I would have thought traini Job Hunt had me dazed and a bit confused with loads of questions floating around my old lady brain distracting me. Questions like what did some of the secondary characters look like because I couldn't picture them at all. Why was a Dr. running a Metropolitan police operation? What was her doctorate in? Would Jack, in MI6 for a year be doing undercover work? All things considered this seemed a bit quick to me, even for someone ex army. Is it? Going purely by conjecture I would have thought training etc. would have accounted for much of that time, wouldn't it? Then again I'm not a spy so what would I know? And who exactly was Jack meant to be working for? So the questions kept coming and my who cares attitude kept building. Character wise I found myself oddly disconnected from the MCs which is never a good thing. This genre -military/spy romance- is usually right up my street. However, the reality was disappointingly different, my expectations went unfulfilled. For me personally there wasn't enough build up in the MC s relationship and alas not much chemistry either. Both Jack and Gareth felt like cardboard cutouts. One dimensional if you like. Romantically speaking it felt like they were going through the motions without really achieving much. Then there was cock blocking *sigh*. This was so frustrating (please authors everywhere Stop it!) and I couldn't help feeling that maybe if the author had slowed down the relationship build-up to begin with the "blocking" wouldn't have been needed to try to add some sexual tension to proceedings. It certainly would have stopped me grinding my molars to powder. Using it as a plot device, done to add sexual tension it did not work for me at all. I think the characters had to be a bit more dynamic for it to work successfully. In this case I think Jack and Gareth were too underdeveloped. I felt that the author would have been better showing both character's personalities first so that a connection could be established. As it was everything Jack & Gareth felt forced and formulaic. I was left feeling that they would be better off concentrating on solving the cases (confusingly there is more than one) and should forget everything else. Again not a good thing from the romance perspective. Add to the muddle one of my biggest peeves "isms" (in this case Americanisms by Brits in a book set in London) and I knew things probably weren't going to go well. The odd "ism" I can overlook, language is fluid and there is usually an overlap somewhere regardless of an author or character's nationality. However, we Brits do not have suit coats, or dressers in the bedroom, or refer to each other's asses, nor do we typically call each other jackass, go to the ER etc. Little things like this might appear petty but they pulled me out of the story so often it got annoying. I would like to say I don't like it the other way around either (Britishisms in a book set in the US) I think it's a bit insulting to us (readers) to assume we can't work out language differences for ourselves, sometimes that's half the fun... Mini rant over now... All in all the various issues I had were too much for my little brain to process. I needed to make a decision. The writing as far as I got is pretty good and for a first book it's not bad. I gave it *3 Stars* to the point I stopped reading. As I didn't finish Job Hunt I didn't think it would be fair of me to give it an official rating. Of course everything I've mentioned is purely subjective. Putting all of my niggles and questions aside when I asked myself, "would I read this author again?" The answer was yes, it wouldn't be this series though. So all things considered at 36 percent I'm putting on a parachute and bailing... Red light on... green light on... go... DNF 36%

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jax

    Jack is one of those walk-on-water heroes who doesn’t quite feel like a real person in a real world. He’s hot, uniquely talented, and on a crusade to save trafficked boys. You’re repeatedly hit over the head with the idea that Jack is just awesome. He’s also emotionally wounded and exceptionally driven due to his own abuse so there’s lots of fuss over his lack of self care. Everything is piled on too thick. I prefer more subtlety and realism than this writing is providing. DNF @56%.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ay

    Dnf All the elements of this recipe did not work for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TT

    Ack, I hate trying to remember my thoughts on a book weeks after I’ve finished it, but real life intervened. I tend to like the trope of mentor/mentee relationships so I quite enjoyed this one! I did, unfortunately read the blurb and put together some assumptions on my own so it didn’t quite unveil the way I anticipated it but man did I love it. For some reason I pictured Jack as younger, and kind of a slacker but Jack is anything but. He looks young but he’s actually close to 30 and a kick ass Ack, I hate trying to remember my thoughts on a book weeks after I’ve finished it, but real life intervened. I tend to like the trope of mentor/mentee relationships so I quite enjoyed this one! I did, unfortunately read the blurb and put together some assumptions on my own so it didn’t quite unveil the way I anticipated it but man did I love it. For some reason I pictured Jack as younger, and kind of a slacker but Jack is anything but. He looks young but he’s actually close to 30 and a kick ass agent with a hard past. He’s reunited with his old crush Gareth and the feeling is apparently mutual. Gareth is reunited with the young man who used to serve under him, and now after searching he’s finally found him and he’s ready to offer him a job, and maybe more. Too bad the job seems to keep getting in the way! There was lots of espionage and enough players in the game that it was a little tough keeping up with everyone (not excessively though), and my heart just broke for the two boys. An intriguing plot and some hot sex really compliment the story. I was a little taken aback that the two men decide after they have been sleeping together for a bit to ‘see where the relationship goes’ when I assumed that had been the idea all along. The two were planning to work together and sleep together with all this history between them without making a commitment? How would that have worked? But I get the feeling we may get more, I’m hoping we’ll get a series, because there is a secondary couple I’m already intrigued about, and at the end, there is a curious development and someone gets ‘sold out’ so I’d like to see where that goes. Great story, hoping for more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    Jack used to be under Gareth when they both served in the military. Jack got out of the military because he couldn’t hide his attraction to his officer any more. Now Gareth is out as well and went searching for and found Jack on the outside. Gareth wants Jack both as his work partner and hopefully more. The couple quickly moves from heated attraction to attempts at consummation that get interrupted time and again until finally they are able to make their connection. The rest of the story is the s Jack used to be under Gareth when they both served in the military. Jack got out of the military because he couldn’t hide his attraction to his officer any more. Now Gareth is out as well and went searching for and found Jack on the outside. Gareth wants Jack both as his work partner and hopefully more. The couple quickly moves from heated attraction to attempts at consummation that get interrupted time and again until finally they are able to make their connection. The rest of the story is the spy/mystery stuff and I will tell you that I honestly skimmed it and wasn’t that interested in it. I like romance and read romances. There is nothing wrong with this book – per se. But it is mostly a suspense/spy/thriller with some romantic elements thrown in. Not my cup of tea. I thought having their sex interrupted time and again was frustrating and unnecessary – the sexual tension had been broken early on in the story and it was only “penetrative sex” that they lacked at this point. There wasn’t a lot of emotional attachment gained when they do finally get around to “doing it” and I was disappointed. Jack tells Gareth he loves him early on in the story and then emotions and feelings are never really discussed again. Again, this is great if you are in the mood for a spy novel – it’s like a gay James Bond! – but that wasn’t what I was looking for when I read the blurb. The writing was excellent and the characters interesting. If you are looking for a spy novel – pick this one! If you are looking for romance – keep looking. Overall 2.75 of 5 hearts

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lila Hunter

    Job Hunt is a complex thriller with multi-dimensional characters, and complicated twists and turns. There are enough questions and mysteries to keep the reader into the story and guessing its outcome. Following both investigations, it’s not complicated, but the Nancarrow Mining’s cyber attacks plotline was not as well thought as the one involving Jack’s undercover work. I’m glad I listen to this story because all the distinct voices helped with the POV changes. Also, the narrator gave it an authe Job Hunt is a complex thriller with multi-dimensional characters, and complicated twists and turns. There are enough questions and mysteries to keep the reader into the story and guessing its outcome. Following both investigations, it’s not complicated, but the Nancarrow Mining’s cyber attacks plotline was not as well thought as the one involving Jack’s undercover work. I’m glad I listen to this story because all the distinct voices helped with the POV changes. Also, the narrator gave it an authenticity feel. Each character becomes an individual with their own quirks and traits. Even when a romantic plot is present in this book, the story is all about the cases the MCs are working. Jack is the real man character in Job Hunt. Gareth is there as a protector or sidekick more than someone that we get invested on. The rest of the ensemble can be considered as supporting characters instead of secondary because they were there in order for Jack to accomplish his goals. The author did an excellent job, though, making them memorable instead of simple fill-ins. Complete review available at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ~nikki the recovering book addict

    I loved the complexities of the characters, especially Jack. I think Gareth was a little underexplored here - he played second fiddle to Jack a lot and he just wasn't as developed as Jack as a character. I really loved "watching" Jack think and work through stuff but, I have to say the author skipped through that a bit as well. Like, the part where Jack and Don unraveled the IP address. It was just Jack asking Don to pick one colour and bam, they had the IP address. While I suspect movies do thi I loved the complexities of the characters, especially Jack. I think Gareth was a little underexplored here - he played second fiddle to Jack a lot and he just wasn't as developed as Jack as a character. I really loved "watching" Jack think and work through stuff but, I have to say the author skipped through that a bit as well. Like, the part where Jack and Don unraveled the IP address. It was just Jack asking Don to pick one colour and bam, they had the IP address. While I suspect movies do this a lot, I expected more from books, especially one that's a suspense book. I'm in a bit of a quandary because while I like the book, the storyline, the difficult topics, the complex character that is Jack, the very ugly truth of child prostitution and abduction, the central romance between Jack and Gareth seemed... lackluster. I'll have to ponder if I will read the next two books... Hmm.....

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Disclaimer: I beta'd this book and the author is a friend. This being said, I've beta'd books that made me cringe, and this one wasn't one of them. Jack Hornwood is a smooth, capable, tortured soul kind of guy who never gives up. Not on himself, not on others, and not on his chance at his big love. Gareth is more like a rock compared to Jack's occasional mercurial quests for justice. Gareth has got his back no matter what and regardless of the situation. I see many a good story with these two gu Disclaimer: I beta'd this book and the author is a friend. This being said, I've beta'd books that made me cringe, and this one wasn't one of them. Jack Hornwood is a smooth, capable, tortured soul kind of guy who never gives up. Not on himself, not on others, and not on his chance at his big love. Gareth is more like a rock compared to Jack's occasional mercurial quests for justice. Gareth has got his back no matter what and regardless of the situation. I see many a good story with these two guys. They are so hot. They are so worthy of each other - in the best possible way. And, they kick the bad guys' ass.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars for me. Not sure if this passed the line into "horror" or not. I didn't mark it as such. Well... I liked Jack's character. Gareth, on the other hand, just seemed like an a**hole. I was put off completely by the first sex scene and with most of the ones that followed because it seemed incredibly cruel for Gareth to be so dominating with a person with the past that Jack has. I wish we could have experienced the saving of the boys. That was a let down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    I liked this one a lot. It was a good mix of industrial spy novel, police/detective story, espionage and romance. I have a weakness for damaged characters and Jack hit all my buttons, I loved how he and Gareth were able to work together and how Gareth learned to be who and what Jack needed. Based on the epilogue, this looks like that star of series, if so I look forward to the next book.

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