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We’re getting closer to the release of House Hunt, the third book in the Power of Zero series, on March 30th.
For me, that means major jitters and second-guessing everything! (If anyone has a cure for that, please, please share!) Since I’m also writing both a PoZ side story and book #4, Swings and Roundabouts, Jack and Gareth are never far from my thoughts.
So for the next few weekends I’m going to stick with Jack & Gareth snippets from House Hunt to help me beat those jitters. Here we are at the beginning of House Hunt, when Jack decides to treat Gareth to a day out and some wonderful food – and Gareth learns that there’s actually something that Jack won’t eat.
Their drinks arrived in due course along with a huge platter of oysters for Gareth and a plate of freshly smoked mackerel, a pint of griddled prawns in garlic and parsley butter, scallops Mornay, fresh bread, and smoked-salmon-and-asparagus flan for Jack.
“You’re not even gonna try one?” Gareth teased once he’d tested the supply and found it worth the early start to their morning.
“Not unless I’m starving and there’s nothing else around,” Jack said with conviction. “I prefer my food dead.” He waved at the selection of smoked and griddled fish on his plate. “And sort of cooked.”
Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.
Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.
Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….