Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Job Hunt
Author: Jackie Keswick
Narrator: Fox Ballard
Series: The Power of Zero #1
Heroes: Jack Horwood/Gareth Flynn
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 9 Hours, 38 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review – Book: Jack left the army when he couldn’t keep the love he had for his superior officer – Gareth – a secret anymore. Now both men are out of the military and Gareth seeks Jack out to work with him and hopefully more.
The bulk of this story is devoted to the spy/mystery portion of the plot with some struggling by the two MCs to find a time and place to make a connection. The main hurdle for them is that they get interrupted over and over every time they try to get intimate.
I’d place this book in the romantic thriller rather than romance category – if that’s what you’re looking for, this is a great book for you. If you want a book focusing on the relationship, I think you’ll be disappointed.
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.
Book – 3 of 5 stars
Review – Audio Book: Fox Ballard does a GREAT job with lots of nice accents, some special effects when there’s a phone call, a fair job with women’s voices, good emotion – overall a fantastic way to experience the story. I can’t judge the relative “accuracy” of his various British accents, but to my untrained ear, they sound authentic (enough) for the sake of enjoyment.
The editing of my audible version is off in that the chapters in the book number to 24 and an epilogue, but in the audiobook there are 113 – so the story is a bit more disjointed than I think it’s meant to be.
From listening to this story (after having had read it), I’d say the audio version adds to the overall enjoyment tremendously (minus the technical issues), and I’d definitely listen to it rather than read it, as the narrator adds so much character and flavor to the story.
Narration 5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*