Author: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/13/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, Thriller
You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he’s too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?
When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining’s corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn’t include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.
Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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