Damage Control

Damage Control

by Kate McMurray

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ISBN-13: 9781488099519
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/18/2018
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 185,574
File size: 724 KB

About the Author

Kate McMurray writes smart romantic fiction. She advocates for romance stories by and for everyone. When she's not writing, she edits textbooks, watches baseball, plays violin, crafts things out of yarn, and wears a lot of cute dresses. She's active in Romance Writers of America, serving on the boards of Rainbow Romance Writers and RWANYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with two cats and too many books. 

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Damage Control 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
HEABookNerd 6 months ago
DNF @ 40% Sadly this one just didn't work for me. I was losing interest fast as I read up to the half way point and then I had to put it down and read something else. That was almost 3 weeks ago and I still have no interest in picking it back up, so I have to move on. In terms of writing and story, I didn't really have problems but I did struggle to connect with the characters and the events they were going through. I can't point to a single thing that caused this so it's probably just me. There's a lot of politics in this one and that's not a personal interest of mine, however if that is your cup of tea, then you'll like it. My only real complaint is over how naive Parker is being regarding his history with Jackson. Parker and Jackson broke up 5 years ago from what doesn't appear to be a secret relationship. They mention going to parties together, spending time with college friends, Parker is out to his family, and he and Jackson even lived together while they dated and that includes having both names on the lease. I just don't see how Parker expects to keep his sexual preference secret while he runs for Senator. And considering politics is the whole basis on which they originally broke up it didn't seem like a strong enough leg to stand on.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
intelligent, passionate, reflective DAMAGE CONTROL is the first instalment in Kate McMurray’s contemporary, adult LAWS OF ATTRACTIONS erotic, M/M romance series. This is attorneys Jackson Kane, and senate candidate Parker Livingston’s story line. NOTE: DAMAGE CONTROL is a M/M romance story line and contains sexual situations that may not be suitable for all readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jackson and Parker) DAMAGE CONTROL follows the rekindling romance between college sweethearts and attorneys Jackson Kane, and senate candidate Parker Livingston. A young woman was found murdered in Parker Livington’s apartment, and our hero is the prime suspect for all of the apparent reasons. Believing himself targeted for his run for the state Senate, Parker knows of only one attorney he can trust with his life, and his heart. Enter former lover and ex-boyfriend Jackson Kane. What ensues is the focus on the investigation into the woman’s murder, as Jackson and Parker struggle with their on-going attraction and unwavering love for one another. Five years earlier Parker destroyed Jackson’s life when an opportunity to enter politics meant keeping secret their love and their affair. Eight years together as partner and lovers meant nothing when politics beckoned, and the potential fall-out of their relationship could have damaged Parker’s hopes of a seat in the Senate. Destroyed by the man he loved, Jackson walked away only to be pulled back into the life he had pushed out of his mind. The relationship between Jackson and Parker is one of broken hearts, and desperate attempts to avoid the elephant in the room. Jackson isn’t willing to place his heart back into the line of fire knowing their attraction to one another continues to burn with the fiercest of needs. Well-to-do, Republican and gay, Parker’s desperate attempts to beg forgiveness is clouded by his race for the state Senate, a race that, once again, threatens the relationship with the man that he loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Jackson’s law partner Michael Reed, as well as police detective Gavin Shaw. There may be an understated attraction between Reed and Shaw, an attraction that is hampered by Reed’s marital status to his wife Julie. DAMAGE CONTROL is a story of regret, broken hearts, friendship, forgiveness and love. The premise is spicy, edgy and riveting but the main focus of the story line remained on the couple in question pushing the murder investigation into the background. The romance is one of second chances; provocative and dramatic; the characters are spirited, realistic and brilliant. Kate McMurray addresses the current wave of political divisiveness including the battle lines drawn for same sex relationships, health care and the faltering economy. DAMAGE CONTROL is an intelligent, passionate and reflective story line.
amatate More than 1 year ago
3.5-4 stars- Damage Control is an interesting book. Right away I was pulled into this story. The characters and plot intrigued me, the pace was up-tempo, and the writing smooth and inviting. I loved the idea of a second chance romance between college sweethearts Parker and Jackson. The idea that Parker was closeted due to his political pursuits and affiliations made things all the more interesting, albeit frustrating to a certain degree. I had never read this author before, but I especially loved how well-developed the chemistry between Jack and Park was from the get go. This wasn’t one of those cases where you struggle to see that connection or the long-held residual feelings. There was a palpable draw between the men and it definitely made their romance believable and easy to root for. I also liked the mystery element to the story, at least at the beginning. Unfortunately, despite an excellent start, some of my excitement for Damage Control fizzled as the book continued. There was so much good to Damage Control that it’s hard to tease out exactly when it became too much. While I appreciated the characters talking about their issues with the past and present and acknowledging how they could move forward, the rehashing got repetitive real quick and I just wanted to see Park and Jack move forward. Eventually that did happen, but the multiple takes on the same conversation considerably slowed the pace in the middle of the book. I also was a bit disappointed in the mystery subplot. There was a lot of build-up and the ending was fairly intense, but it just wasn’t what I expected. It felt sensationalized or overblown, and in comparison to the second-chance romance, it didn’t measure up. And finally, I struggled a bit with Parker. His decision to leave Jackson was always a bit convenient to me. The fact that he was able to keep a long-term relationship that was pretty well in the open out of the public eye was far-fetched. It may have been back in college and maybe I’ve seen too many smear campaigns play out in real life, but I just didn’t wholly buy it. Overall, Damage Control was a book that drew me in quickly and completely. Even when I didn’t fully jive with the characters, I was rooting for them and was invested in their story. I think if you’re a fan of second-chance romances and the political aspects of Damage Control catch your interest, this is certainly a title worth picking up. As far as I understand this is the first in a series, and I definitely plan to stick around to see what and who is up next. *eARC received via Netgalley. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic M/M second chance romance. Jackson and Parker are both strong passionate characters and I just wanted them to find a way to make things work. Unfortunately a few years ago Parker made a decision that put his political aspirations above their relationship. Now he finds himself in trouble and he's certain no one will defend him the way Jackson will. Being around each other is difficult though. They didn't break up because they didn't love each other and it's clear they still care regardless of what they say. Now dealing with the past seems to be the easy part. The future is not as clear. I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it.