Book Reviews

House Hunt (The Power of Zero 3) by Jackie Keswick

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-February-2020

Book Blurb

Drugs. Bullies. Kidnappers. And Jack's second chance at happiness is under threat.


Jack wants to enjoy his new life, but he can't catch a break.


A perfect day out turns into three months undercover. A bully threatens Nico and Daniel. And returning a favour leads him into a trap.


Jack has never refused his help, but he never had anything that mattered to him, either. Now he must change his priorities, or the family he's making for himself and his growing relationship with Gareth will fall to the demands made on him.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, March 2016.


Book Review

In the first book of this series, all Jack wanted was a job. Nice, quiet, maybe technically challenging, but no politics and no undercover stuff. And look where that got him! So when I saw the title for this book, and figured all he wants now is a house – I went "uh-oh" immediately. With his and Gareth’s track record (and yes, I strongly suggest you read the other two books in the series first so you understand fully what their history is) this third book was going to be as explosive as the first. And I was right. With counterfeit money, drugs, yet another undercover assignment, corporate espionage worse than before, and e lot more to lose, emotionally, than ever before, Jack and Gareth had their work cut out for them in this installment.

Jack used to quite enjoy a bit of a reckless adventure, now all he wants is time with his family. Not that he is getting it, and it broke my heart to see him so torn between what he still sees as his duty –taking down criminals - and Gareth, the man he loves. Not to mention rescued teenagers Daniel and Nico, who are becoming more and more important in both their lives. But Jack goes undercover anyway, suffers for three months, and comes out of it exhausted, starving, and ready for a break. Not that he gets one - in fact things get worse with a corporate espionage case that somehow involves MI6 and secrets on top of secrets that almost cost Jack his life.

Gareth can’t believe it when an innocent weekend getaway lands him and Jack in yet another criminal investigation. But he is supportive when Jack has to leave, even though he hates the “no contact” policy. And when Jack gets back he is skittish, Gareth overlooks a few hints, and it is almost as if they have to start from scratch. But Gareth is ready to take it to the next level anyway, and rather than get all mushy he suggests they buy a house together. It is the right signal for Jack to see how serious Gareth is, except when Gareth finds a house they both think is interesting, the viewing doesn’t quite turn out the way anyone would expect.

This next part of Jack’s journey to finding a man to love and a real home remains thriller-level exciting, emotionally engaging, and has more twists and turns than I thought possible. The secondary characters I have grown to love almost as much as Jack and Gareth were around as well: Daniel and Nico making great strides to healing from their ordeal, corporate lawyer Aiden being the perfect supporter, Dan the IT guy who holds the fort when Jack can’t be there, and so many others. What a great supporting cast!

If you think you can deal with another emotion-filled, suspenseful installment in Jack and Gareth’s lives, if you want to find out who is behind trying to destroy Nancarrow Mining this time around, and if you’re looking for a read that is as intense and emotionally satisfying as the first two books in this series, then you will probably like this novel. I loved it despite the fact that Jack and Gareth seem to have to walk through hell on a regular basis – and look forward to the next book with great anticipation.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 300 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-February-2020
Price $4.99 ebook
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