Author: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/30/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Thriller
Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.
Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.
Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….
First of all, this book is part of a series and I think it should be read as such. Even though House Hunt gives some backstory, the overall plot is so complex that in-depth knowledge of preliminary events is instrumental to full enjoyment.
The same applies to the characters—even more so, in my opinion—since I don’t think it possible to a) fully appreciate Jack’s character growth without knowing exactly where he came from, and to b) keep track of the many side characters without having met them previously.
Jack is the undisputed hero of this series, even though for part of the story his partner and lover Gareth takes on a bigger role than he did before. (which I appreciated, incidentally, since I’m a big Gareth fan)
As the blurb says, Jack goes undercover in this book, and the thriller part is as good as it was in book one, Job Hunt. Full of suspense and paced exactly right to keep me glued to the pages. Sure, this book had its oh-so-convenient coincidences and at more than one occasion it felt like some kind of fairy godfather or –mother waved their magic wand to even some seemingly impossible odds, but so what. It was a great tale.
But what really did it for me in this book is the romance part, since for the first time, both Jack and Gareth opened up to each other and thus for me, as the reader, about their real feelings and insecurities. Instead of turning this into an angst-fest, they went about it in the most beautiful way: with patience, love, understanding and honesty. I love it when that happens in a book, adult men being adults even in the face of the terrifying miracle that is love. Makes for breathtaking erotic tension even with the sex scenes mostly fade-to-black.
And to top it all, this book ended just like a good mid-serial should for me: with somewhat satisfying closure for the issues at hand and yet with enough loose threads floating around to pique my curiosity as to how the story is going to continue.
I can only highly recommend this book, along with the series as a whole. Eagerly awaiting the next part of Jack and Gareth’s story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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