Leap of Faith (PIU’s Review)

Leap of Faith.Title: Leap of Faith (FireWorks Security #1)
Author: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 5th Apr, 2017
Genre(s): Action, Romance
Page Count : 125
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

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’ by Jackie Keswick is the first book in the ‘FireWorks Security’ series and thus provides the necessary introduction to the various characters who are involved in the security firm. Our MCs here are Joel Weston, son of the security firm’s CEO and Kieran Ross, Joel’s long-time partner and best friend.

The story starts off with a bang as Joel and Kieran unknowingly gets involved in a crime. Next thing they know, there are explosions and hitmen dogging their heels as Kieran tries to keep them safe and alive, while also solving the crime that started everything. In midst of the danger, action and adrenaline, Kieran and Joel finally act on their attraction between each other which was cooking for four long years.

For a novella, the plot moved very slowly IMO. Till 50% of the mark, one of the MCs is out of commission as he recovers from injury. Then the story awkwardly stumbles upon the romance as the friends become lovers. There was a lot of stuff happening without proper focus on any one particular thing.

The romance was not the highlight of the story, much to my disappointment. After Joel and Kieran’s kinky romps in bed, the plot plunges into the crime completely. But then the story abruptly ended and left me hanging with a whole bunch of questions.

I think that more balance between the action and the romance was required. There was a little bit of everything without a proper conclusion so I was disappointed a lot.

It’s a start of a series so hopefully we will get more of the MCs as well as the others in the next books as well as a proper conclusion to the ongoing crime. Though this book had great promise, I didn’t enjoy it enough to give it a higher rating. I am going with ‘2.5’.

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