Leap of Faith (Fireworks Security #1)
By Jackie Keswick
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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 coming after them, and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Should they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?
This book is very fast-paced and action-filled, and the underlying suspense and intrigue painfully teases the reader, with answers always just out of reach, throughout the book.
Joel and Kieran are the perfect opposites, but they’ve resisted succumbing to their true emotions and attraction for one another – no, they’ve wasted – four long years spent as “just friends and partners”. These two are connected on such a deep level. The reader doesn’t experience the explicit side to their relationship, but it’s still there, another element of the book that author Jackie Keswick teases shamelessly along. There’s no doubt, though, what these two men mean to one another, and their characterization has been thoroughly scripted.
Marius is an extremely intriguing sort of character, and undoubtedly there’s quite a story tied to him – definitely a future read to look forward to, I’m sure. The flirty attraction between him and Kieran may have been only been, in Kieran’s words, “window shopping,” but it raised my eyebrows a bit at its potentially powerful charge.
Several other prime characters are introduced in this first book of the series, but at times, I was a bit flustered connecting who fit where and how, and was left curious about Kieran’s earlier years.
The writing was very good. The style was a bit more abrupt (less languid and smooth) than what I typically read, but it proved to be a pleasant change of pace and fit the story. The ending took me a bit by surprise, but was set up to lead the reader to want more, wondering what comes next. (It was a HFN so, rest assured, no cliff-hanger.)
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Leap of Faith.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on April 18, 2017.