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Ghosts

(The Power of Zero #2)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inf ...more
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Published February 10th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Cadiva
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More brilliant romantic suspense from Jackie

Jack and Gareth's relationship continues to grow stronger while they carry out an emotionally draining investigation into the pimp who had Nico and Daniel.

These books are perfectly paced to mix the romance with the suspense without one suffering for the other. There's a lot of hard reading as the events taking place are not for the faint hearted.

But, as always, the strength of Jack and his new found relationships with both Gareth and his newer friends,
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Serena Yates
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, gay
‘Ghosts’ continues the story of Jack’s journey from an uncertain and brutal past to a more or less settled life with Gareth, who is not just his new boss at Nancarrow Mining, but also his lover. It is set right after the breathtakingly intense and suspenseful events of ‘Job Hunt’, the first book in this series and one you have to read before this one. So much so, that I have to issue a spoiler alert for this review for anyone who has not yet read ‘Job Hunt’. The focus in this installment is on s ...more
Shelby
4.5 Stars I really loved this story. Being back with these two guys was fantastic. This would have been a 5 star read for me if not for one little niggling dangling thought. There was one little storyline that didn't get wrapped up and it's eating at my brain. Since it's a storyline that doesn't seem to be something that would be wrapped up in the next book I can't just let it go. So that little niggle takes this down a half notch for me.

I love the holiday push with this story. It really makes
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere
It’s holiday time and 30 year old Jack Horwood is having a sort of post-traumatic stress disorder. Christmas time is full of bad memories for him, so this year, his partner Gareth Flynn tried to life Jack’s spirits by reminding him of the good things he has in his life now. Gareth has known Jack since Jack was 17 years old and Gareth used to be his Commanding Officer. So while they have known each other for a long time, but Gareth had hard time trying to decipher Jack’s moods. Adding to Jack’s o ...more
Serena Yates
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2020
‘Ghosts’ continues the story of Jack’s journey from an uncertain and brutal past to a more or less settled life with Gareth, who is not just his new boss at Nancarrow Mining, but also his lover. It is set right after the breathtakingly intense and suspenseful events of ‘Job Hunt’, the first book in this series and one you have to read before this one. So much so, that I have to issue a spoiler alert for this review for anyone who has not yet read ‘Job Hunt’. The focus in this installment is on s ...more
Reflection
A much more spiky read than expected.
I was anticipating a story with a dash of season's cheer sprinkled with some angst, and instead I got a mellower, slightly introspective read with a beauty all of its own. The crisp writing style worked well to highlight an intensity of emotion with much being left unsaid.

Actions speak louder than words, as Jack and Gareth set in place the foundations for a future together and consider who else is important in their lives. Gareth helps Jack to understand tha
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Christina
RATING: 2.5 stars

This just isn't a series for me, so I won't be continuing after the book (if there's more). I'm not going to review this one.
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Cheryl
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review.
The holidays is ruff for Jack but with Gareth there maybe this year's festival want be so bad on dragging him down to his dark place. Nico and Daniel trying to survive in this new world, Jake may see that a lot is possible given just the right tools to live with. Can ghost of the past be left behind or will they resurface to swallow him whole?
Sometimes ghost just can't delayed for long with events unfolding for two teens
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s the holiday season and Gareth Flynn’s favorite time of year: family, friends, food and celebrations, and especially cooking. Gareth has awesome culinary skills. But Jack Horwood is not totally comfortable with all the things that comprise family. The holidays just don’t bring good memories for Jack, and we find him taking a serious look at his ghosts from the past.

Jack is also facing the issues ahead, in Nico still having to identify people associated with the pimp who’d enslaved him and Da
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Shelley
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Becca
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Geez. Louise. I just don't even. Wow.
Ok. First. Business. TRIGGERS! If by any chance you have read my review of book 1, Job Hunt, or hopefully read the book (you’re missing out if you haven't), this is an ongoing series with the same characters. Nico and Daniel are back. With Jack and Gareth. If you haven't read either, Nico, Daniel and Jack are all survivors of child trafficking (selling of children), abuse, rape, beatings and much more. If ANY of this triggers you in any way, please take care
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Katherine
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was great, in a way more of a continuation of the previous books events than a new story. Sure, last time Garrett and Jack got the man that had been hurting the kids they saved, and they decided to make a go of a relationship, but what now? How will it go actually being at the trial when they know the boys involved? And what does being in a relationship really mean? This book takes the time to explore these two things in an excellent way.

All of this takes place around the time of the holida
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Kitt
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love these stories of Jack and Gareth, Daniel and Nico. and their family and friends! Jack is such a strange, quirky, lovable character. After surviving trauma and abuse at a young age, and for all his knowledge and abilities, he still suffers from fear, insecurities, and social anxiety. Gareth is a strong, self-assured, and commanding presence, but even he suffers from angst and concern that he may not be able to hold on to Jack or keep those he loves safe. As readers, we know they are t ...more
Angela
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This installment of the Jack and Gareth adventures is less action and more introspection, particularly on Jack’s part, but it’s no less intense than Job Hunt. They’ve been together several months now, and Gareth is starting to worry that Jack might fold under pressure and do a runner. It’s clear they are in love and, even better, very good together. Yet they have divergent views of where they are in their relationship due to their vastly different histories. I love that it’s not just Jack’s stru ...more
Shannon
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This second book definitely needs to be read with the first, Job Hunt but as with all Jackie books, it takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Jack and Gareth are settling into their relationship as well as the one with the two boys, Daniel and Nico. There are tons of bumps in the road but the four men are finding their way into a cohesive unit.

I love the way that Jackie writes. You can feel the emotion, you taste the food Gareth makes. You’re there in the room. I love reading this. I l
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Calila
So helpful tip. A book is less confusing when you remember what series it's a part of, and don't expect the wrong setting when you start it LOL.

Really enjoyed all the focus on letting go of the past, not forgetting but moving on and not letting it control you. I liked to MCs. This was a holiday read so lots of Christmas talk. I'm not a big Christmas person, but this had a nice balance. The food prep scenes made me hungry. I loved to focus on Nico and Daniel. And so glad the step taken at the en
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Diane Dannenfeldt
I loved watch them stumble to make a family. Jack & Gareth both wanting to be guardians to Daniel & Nico. I just wish they were just a little closer to being together as a couple. I would have liked if they would have gotten maybe a home together before they started the process with the boys. Off to the next one.
Joscelyn Smith
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant addition to Jack's story. Jack, Gareth, Daniel, and Nico continue be amazing characters. I loved seeing Jack navigate his relationship with Gareth and Daniel and Nico take one more step towards healing. I love this series and I cannot wait to read House Hunt.

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book*
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Beth
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
A short but worthwhile read. Jack is putting away the past and reaching for the future with the ever patient Gareth at his back. Seeing Daniel and Nico is a balm to the soul after the horrors they endured from when we were first introduced. I love the way the relationships are coming together from all angles and the family being built. I'm looking forward to reading the books to come! ...more
CB
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE Jack and Gareth. I held onto these books because it was a new author and the blurbs sounded interesting but didn't put the books to the top of my list - well, the blurbs didn't do them justice. I loved them more than I thought I would. ...more
Claudia
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was a real great second book and although it was very short it was perfect. contrary to the first book it did not have a suspense part but concentrated on the feelings and emotional developments of Jack, Nico and Daniel but also Gareth

I adore this series.
Alexis Woods
A sort of in between book, but needed to move the story along. Only a little adventure/mystery in this one that is quickly sorted. Relationships are cemented and family dynamics explored.
Zane Kage
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-75
3.75 stars
J
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, age-gap
See reviews for "The Power of Zero #1 and #4. ...more
Chris
4 out of 5 stars

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Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

B
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Feliz
Ghosts is the sequel to Job Hunt, one of the best action thrillers I’ve read lately – not only in the m/m genre – and I’d strongly advise against reading it as a standalone. It would be too hard to keep up with the numerous characters some of who are only mentioned in passing here – and besides, you’d miss out on crucial aspects of the main characters’ backstories and personalities.

This applies especially to Jack Horwood, computer genius extraordinaire. In Job Hunt, he’s a ruthless avenger, a wa
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ItsAboutTheBook
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Holidays are awkward for new couples and can be stressful for people who had unpleasant childhoods. Jack Horwood knows his boyfriend Gareth Flynn loves Christmas. They both want to start their own traditions and make a happy life for themselves, but we are the summation of our past experiences. The past doesn’t just go away because we want it to. Jack pours a lot of his time into helping Daniel and Nico recover from their time in captivity. Finding pe
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Joyfully Jay
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


Ghosts is a direct sequel to Jackie Keswick’s excellent book, Job Hunt. This book picks up after Jack’s heroic rescue of two teenagers sold into the slave trade. Jack has formed a close bond with the boys and they have become a regular part of his new life with Gareth. Unlike Job Hunt, the plot to Ghosts felt pretty thin. There isn’t much rising action and altogether the story has a much slower, almost sedate pacing. Despite lacking the meat of the first book, Gh
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Mari  Cardenas
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Jack and Gareth have been living together for nearly three months, while trying to navigate the change in their relationship, helping Nico and Daniel heal and dealing with Jack's ghosts.

I love Gareth. He's such a strong, supportive and patient character. Always knowing what Jack needs before Jack realizes that he needs it and nudging him towards the path he wanted to take. Jack was also strong, but in a differen
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Jackie Keswick writes a mix of suspense, action adventure, fantasy and magical realism. She loves stories with layers, plots with twists and characters with hidden depths. She adores friends to lovers stories, tales of unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who write their own rules. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up ...more

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