Title: Trusting Jack
Author: Ruby Moone
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 10th 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 181 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
With only a few days to go until Christmas, Michael Cross has to admit there is something amiss about his latest employee, Jack Whelan. Quiet, jumpy, thin… he never seems to eat. He is also incredibly gorgeous with dark spiky hair that Michael aches to touch. But as his boss, Jack is off limits. And when it comes to relationships, he…well, he sucks.
Jack Whelan is at the end of his tether. He’s living rough in the middle of winter, and paying off a massive debt, so getting a job with MC Securities is a lifeline. His new boss is also the hottest guy ever. Geeky, broody, and scarily clever.
When Michael stumbles upon the reality of Jack’s life, he offers to help. But as Michael’s feelings deepen, and Jack’s terrible past catches up with him, Michael has to decide between believing in the awful truth that is staring him in the face, or trusting Jack.
Okay, can I just say WOW! I loved this book.
Jack is 25 and living rough, considerably below his means, due to a debt that his dead brother owes. He finds himself taking an admin job where he works for Michael.
Michael is 30 and lonely. His only relationship ended when his boyfriend stole his ideas and ran, leaving him and his company in jeopardy. But now, his business life is under control. His security company is doing well and his partner handles the people-ing, so he’s got it made. Or so he thought…until his secretary announces that Jack stinks and it’s up to him to deal with confronting him.
This is where it gets really good. He follows Jack to his ‘house’ in a derelict building with no doors, then fights off a brute of a man who’s the muscle collecting on a $10K note that he owes.
So, I’m trying not to give the story away, but it’s obvious that this is more than just a sweet romance. There are so many barriers and issues and boundaries and bad guys. It’s got some action and it’s got some love and it’s totally endearing.
As for the main characters, Jack and Michael. Awesome. Jack was so guarded and skittish but when pressed, he said what he meant and he meant what he said, post haste. Michael had the upper hand being confident and monetarily secure, but he was crap with words. He said all of the wrong things, but he knew it and he fixed it. Right away he fixed it and it was just so real.
Throughout the story was the theme of ‘Two’s Company’ and it was very fun to see that woven in their relationship and how they saw each other.
This was just a very sweet, charming, honest story of two different lives making space for love and jumping in with eyes wide open. Loved it.