Leap of Faith (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Leap of Faith (FireWorks Security #1)
Author: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Genre(s): Suspense Thriller, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 125
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is after them and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Can they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?


Leap of Faith is the first book in Jackie Keswick’s new FireWorks Security series and as such, a lot of the book is spent providing details about FireWorks Security, its home base in Lissand, Connecticut, its mission of dealing with kidnappings, extortion, and hostage situations all over the country and its operatives Rob Sutter, Aaron Rigby, Tom Hartnett, Cass Gallagher, Joseph and Dale Weston, Dr. Marius Leven, Joel Weston and Kiernan Ross.

Joel and Kiernan, partners for four years, had chemistry from the moment they met and once they finally connect (around 66%), the sex is combustible. Turns out Kiernan has a thing for mirrors:

He [Joel] pushed back against what was now a sizeable erection and grumbled, “Just fuck me already, Ross. Like this. I wanna watch.” Because now he wanted to see what they looked like together. Wanted to see what he looked like when Kieran had his ass. Heaven knew he’d fantasized about it often enough.

However, with all the background information and a kitchen sink of crises

Spoiler
exploding yachts, the Coelho crime cartel, a DEA rogue team, drug smuggling and drug mules, kidnapped children, assassins, cars blown up, safe houses and more
packed into a 125 page novella, personally I felt there was just too much going on and the romance element was very minimal. While Joel and Kiernan get their HFN, the story abruptly ends; however, the next book in the series will continue with the underlying mystery / suspense / criminal investigation element.

My rating for Leap of Faith is 3 stars, but since is the first book in a series, I will definitely read the next book to see if the flow of the story is less cluttered.

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Galley copy of Leap of Faith (FireWorks Security #1) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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