Title: Trusting Jack
Author: Ruby Moone
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 10th 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 181 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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.
I haven’t had much luck with my ARCs lately. For some reason I’m liking all my other books and then I read an ARC and it’s a letdown again. Now this book wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t great for me either.
Michael is the head of the company he owns with his business partner. He is quite happy that he hired Jack, a young man of 25 who seems to be a bit different, but still highly capable.
When one of his employees asks Michael to have a chat with Jack, Michael is wondering why. It appears his colleagues are worried about Jack. Something about him not eating and smelling a bit bad.
Michael want to know more about Jack before he talks to him, so he tries to figure out where he lives. When Michael sees Jack is basically homeless and struggling, he offers him a place to stay.
Jack doesn’t know what to do with his boss’ offer. Does Michael want sex in return? He can do that, since his boss is hot. But when he offers, Michael turns him down.
With Christmas almost there, the two are spending a lot of time together in Michael’s apartment and are trying to ignore their attraction to each other. Michael because he doesn’t want Jack to want him because he’s grateful, and Jack because he doesn’t want to push Michael into something he doesn’t want….
I really wanted to like this book. It had all the ingredients of a wonderful hurt/comfort Christmas story. And while I did like the plot, I had a hard time liking the characters. So I can totally see people who do click with these guys enjoying themselves with this book.
I mostly had a hard time with Michael. He was so stiff and anti-social. Like how he was 30, but hadn’t ever had penetrative sex because he thought that was just too intimate. Now I’m all for ‘older’ virgins, but this was supposed to be the head of his own company, the guy who was rescuing his employee Jack from a life on the streets. I wanted him to just be a bit more alpha I guess. Like how he also didn’t really want to offer Jack a place to stay at first, because then Jack would be in his home. I wanted Michael to be this caretaking person, but he wasn’t quite that.
I know these issues are mostly because I love the stereotype alpha taking care of the younger twink and that it was a bit different here, but as you guys all know, if you don’t like the characters, there’s not much that can save a book.
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