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(The Power of Zero #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  32 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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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,
Serena Yates
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2016
‘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
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
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
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
Christina Marie
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.
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
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
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
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
Diane Dannenfeldt
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-200_pgs, m-m
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.

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
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
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
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
*** 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
Lila Hunter
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zz-2016-arc-strw
Ghosts is a novella that zooms into the lives of Daniel and Nico and how it affects Jack and Gareth. This installment is more of an extension than a story on its own, especially after reading Job Hunt’s epilogue. We get to see and hear from most of the characters, again. Plus, we found out about Goran’s trial and sentencing.

But the majority of the book revolves around Jack and the boys trying to deal with their “Ghosts” and how to move forward with their lives. It’s a limited view into buildi
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, dreamspinner
I guess these are difficult books for some people to relate to. You had to have read, and enjoyed, book one to really grasp what's going on in this sequel. Jack and Gareth have a rather different kind of relationship. Gareth can seem quite parental with Jack much of the time. It's more that he knows what Jack has been through and overcomes. Gareth is also the type of man that needs to be needed. He's with Jack because he's captivated by his brilliant mind, his focus on doing what is right in his ...more
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

This is book two, and you really MUST read book one, Job Hunt before you read this one. And its more of a half than a full book, significantly shorter than books one and three.

Its a good follow up, with just enough of book one falling over into this one to keep you on your toes, with just enough Jack and Gareth, of Daniel and Nico, of everyone else too.

Its not as a painful a read/listen as book one, but the underlying re
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Ghosts is the sequel to Job Hunt and should not be read as a stand-alone.
And if you're right about endings being new beginnings, then I need to lay a few ghosts before I miss out on another one.

Jack is a man with a lot of ghosts haunting him, and a lot of issues that came up in Job Hunt. He helped to rescue two young boys from abuse, and he overcame his guilt and fell in love with his former Army CO.

So with Christmas around the corner, Jack realizes that he needs to lay
Avid Reader
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ghosts (The Power of Zero #2) by Jackie Keswick
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: Abuse
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

This was really a sweet story. My main complaint is that there were unanswered questions for me throughout the story and they were not really resolved.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jack and Gareth. Jack is super lucky to have a partner who knows his moods and triggers as well as Gareth does. I really enjoyed their banter and I liked the second
Morgan  Skye
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Jack and Gareth became lovers in book one, Job Hunt. They’re now established and taking care of Nico and Daniel, two teen-aged boys rescued from a pimp in book one.

The bulk of this book is dealing with Nico and Daniel and getting them stable, once and for all, now that they’ve been rescued. They have a lot to work through and some ugliness to face doing it.

Jack has his own “ghosts” haunting him – feelings surrounding Christmas as well as some lingering issues surrounding him and being tied up. F
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The story picks up at Christmas time and we get to see how Jack and Gareth's relationship is progressing and how Nico and Daniel are recovering.

For Jack Horwood Christmas has always been about change and hard choices while for Gareth it signifies happiness and new beginnings. Gareth can feel Jack pulling away, but can he convince him that a family not of blood but of his own choosing can make him feel whole and grounded? After learning Daniel's parents have been found Jack realizes he will do an
Mar 17, 2016 marked it as rainy-day-review-queue
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Love is something enduring that lets you deal with your past, live in the present, and look towards a future.”

This a beautifully crafted book but not appreciated unless the first book in the series has been read.
Jack and Gareth are learning how to be around one another but give each other space and respect limits.
At the same time fighting demons for Nico and Daniel who they rescued in book one.
The running thread is about family being the one you choose for yourself.
Not as much action as the pre
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Not as good as the first, but more Jack and Gareth and *happy sighs*.
I like the progress of the characters. These books are all about the characters and the relationships. They're great.

I could have done without the zillion uses of the word "ghost(s)". Too much beating over the head of the word and concept.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! Cannot wait for book three
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Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She's worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a ...more

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The Power of Zero (5 books)
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  • Job Hunt (The Power of Zero, #1)
  • House Hunt (The Power of Zero, #3)
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