Book Review – Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick

The Power of Zero #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 279
Characters: Jack/Garet
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Action,Series

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?

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I found the author’s writing style very easy to read and I got caught up in the story immediately. I love the vibe between Jack and Gareth. Their mutual attraction is obvious, plus I like how they get each other, and the trust between them on a subconscious level. I like how the title of the book works on two levels, and also the UK setting and feel of the narrative.

The plot is detailed and clever, and kept me turning pages, with a few shocking surprises along the way. The characters drew me in, and worked alongside the plot to keep me reading.

Jack has had a hell of a life, and he’s a very layered complex character. His quirks subtly show how he’s been damaged, especially with his tendency towards being a workaholic who runs on coffee fumes. I liked how he’s direct with the boys and straight up with them too. He’s been there, and so can connect with them on their level.

I love Gareth. He’s strong, capable, and caring. Exactly who Jack needs and vice versa.

I like how Gareth and Jack have to learn each other’s boundaries, and discover who they are now as well as who they were. The supporting cast feel very real, and I like that there are a number of strong women amongst them.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series, and they’re all true. I’m hooked.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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