Leap of Faith (Steph’s Review)

Title: Leap of Faith (FireWorks Security #1)
Authors: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 125
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.38 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?

OMG, there is soooooooooooooo much going on in this 127pg book I am still left reeling. The horrible thing is the reader is given a few crumbs here and there and that is it. Then the author is off to the next topic. At times I felt like I was jumping from thought to thought feeling scattered at times. This lead me to going back and rereading certain sections thinking I missed something when in fact that was not the case. Overall, I think this is has more to do with the writer’s style than anything. Nonetheless, it still left me confused.

Case in point is around the 67% mark when Kieran states that,

“There was one explanation that fit all the facts. One explanation he’d not considered in five years. One explanation he wasn’t going to consider now. Not until they’d discounted everything else.”

Well, I waited for some sort of clue to this which I think I got some semblance of it near the 85% mark. Then around the 92% mark Joel tells Kieran that it is time for him to stop keeping things to himself which I assume he does (thought it is never clearly stated) because at the 95% mark Kieran finally tells Joseph Weston, Joel’s dad and they all seem to be on the same page. Again, it’s a bit confusing how the author goes about giving us the information, but I think it’s her style. The only other instance that left me a bit confused was when the went on a mission to extract possible hostages around the 84% mark.

While there is obvious chemistry between Joel and Kieran, they are still uncertain of the what the other one really wants. Of course this slow burn eventually combusts at “The Cottage”. Given that both our MC’s have been celibate a bit over four years, one would think that there would be some pretty hot scenes especially when mirrors and food is involved. Sadly no. However, for the most part I was okay with this given everything else happening in the story.

In the end Joel and Kieran are left with a HFN, yet I was still left with a lot of unanswered questions.

  • What exactly happened to Kieran and his partner Matteo when he worked for the DEA?
  • Will the Marius’s sisters children will be found?
  • Is Marius’s situation connected to Kieran’s and therefore to the case they have now stumbled upon?

Even with all of this, the story was entertaining and a pretty quick read. I will definitely give the next book a go since I need to know the answers to the above questions.

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


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.