Title ~ Job Hunting
Author ~ Jackie Keswick
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 13th May 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery, Suspense
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.
Jack Horwood is out job hunting. A man who has spent since his teenage years working for the government in some form or another, he was looking for something new.
Something to pay the bills, if someone was asking. Another crusade to fight, if he was honest.
Jack's interview with Nancarrow Mining has an unexpected twist. Gareth Flynn, a man he hasn't seen or served under for eight years. Jack's not sure if the fact that the imposing man had been looking for him was a good or a bad thing. Regardless, he turns down the job offer and when Gareth decides to seek the man out and ask why - he's confronted with the sight of Jack as a rent boy.
It seems Jack has a second job, or more like a calling. He works with the Metropolitan police snaring pimps who like under-aged bait. Jack has the knack of looking like that bait, and when Gareth realizes what Jack is doing, he volunteers to help. In the course of the evening Jack meets Ricky and then loses him, and it's not pretty. The pimp got away and Jack didn't take it too well. He also wasn't dealing to good with Gareth's reappearance in his life. After all he'd been attracted to the man since he was seventeen. Seems the attraction isn't all one sided.
"I'll tell you what I want, brat. Rip every piece of fabric off you. Taste every inch of you. Screw you into the nearest available surface until you scream my name. And then do it again."
Potent stuff. There is a lot of detail in this book. It's as though the author wants you to experience every aspect of the places, and feelings being described. Every part of Jack and Gareth's relationship is described, at least on Jack's part. There were times I wanted to skip through it - get to the action and dialogue side of things. But the author does it so well.
There are also a lot of people and agencies in this book and for most of the story it is difficult to know who is tied to who and why. There’s the pimp to contend with, problems at Nancarrow and the case of the missing boys. There's leaks and misdirection’s - so much it can make your head spin. This is not a leisurely Sunday afternoon read - this is a true who-dunnit. Unfortunately by the end of the book the author lets us know the story is far from over - at least for Jack. I did love the idea of The Ten Deadly Sins though, they sounded good.