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Damage Control

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Senate candidate Parker Livingston chose his political dreams over a future with the man he loved. He lives with constant regret about not having Jackson Kane in his life. Or his bed. And when a strange woman is found murdered in Parker’s apartment, Jackson is the only person Parker trusts to help clear his name.

Jackson never forgave Parker for the way their relationship e
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Published June 18th 2018 by Carina Press
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~Mindy Lynn~
3.5 Stars!

I went in blind with this book and requested it by the cover and title alone. I know! I need to stop doing that. I also need to follow through on stopping. LOL But I don't regret getting this one. I really enjoyed the majority of the book. The romance really worked for me. The mystery, not so much.
Parker and Jackson haven't been together for five years after Parker decided his political career was more important to proceed than his 8 year relationship he had with Jackson. These men me
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Me molesta darle esta puntuación porque no está mal escrito, pero... No me han gustado ellos, no me ha gustado la subtrama de misterio y creo que hay muchas incorrecciones en torno a como desempeñan ellos sus trabajos, por último, debo decir que Park o Perk, no recuerdo bien, ha hecho que me sienta físicamente mal leyéndolo, es el retrato más verídico de un político que he leido: cobarde, ruin, interesado y egoísta. 😭

... I'm putting on my CrabbyPatty crabby kitty hat for this review, because while I like so darn many things about this title, there is one huge, major, massive, gigantic (okay, you get the idea) issue I have with the story. I hope this review provides a balanced view of the book, and I leave you to make your own determination.

Jackson and Parker met in college and were together for eight years - years where they deeply loved one another, went from inexperienced boys to men who knew how to draw
I'm a big fan of the second chances trope and that was done really well here. Jackson and Parker were first loves and college sweethearts but as they get older Parker decides to go into politics and stay in the closet which breaks the two up.

It's now years later and they know of each other's successes. When a strange women shows up dead in Parker's apartment he seeks Jackson out to be his attorney. Even though they haven't talked in years Parker knows he can trust Jackson.

These is a ton of UST a
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars for this one

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
Joyfully Jay
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

For some reason, I had a hell of a time keeping Park/Parker and Jack/Jackson straight. I spent the first few chapters constantly reminding myself Jack is the lawyer and Parker is the politician (I even had to correct a few typos in my synopsis!). I think part of the cause is how loosely defined the main characters felt at first. As the story progresses, I felt like we got an in-depth look at Parker. He was most interesting when he was trying to explain how an out
The plot was incredibly stupid and I didn't like either of the MCs. They spent so much time having the same conversations, agonizing over what to do, and arguing with one another that the book turned into an endless slog through the world of ultra-wealthy white guys and their problems instead of a compelling mystery or effective romance.

Jackson, the "elite" lawyer, committed so many ethics violations he should have been disbarred yesterday, but it was Parker who I detested. He was a whiny coward
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Euhhhh i found this annoying ^^ I was hoping for so much anger in this. I mean Park deserved it for these lost years! They came back together too easily for me. I wanted to see a fight! Something. I just don’t understand how they did to live apart for all those years 🙄 one second in the same room=> Re-start. The mystery was...bof bof. All that for this ? Really. Bref it wasn’t my favorite^^
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-netgalley, dnf
DNF @ 40% (06.08.18)

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
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review***
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
To cut right at the core of this sleekly written and very well proof-read book, it was a satisfactory romance messily wrapped up in inadequate, token-smelling political and murder intrigue. Parker and Jackson are not exciting characters, due to the wide chasm between their stated profession and psychological portrayal and the actual depiction of their behavior throughout the story. For an assistant District Attorney who reinvented himself as a financial lawyer, a career trajectory quite unbeliev ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Senate candidate Parker Livingston chose his political dreams over a future with the man he loved. He lives with constant regret about not having Jackson Kane in his life. Or in his bed. And when a strange woman is found dead in Parker’s apartment, Jackson is the only person Parker trusts to help clear his name.

Jackson never forgave Parker for the way their relationship ended. He moved on, built a name for himself as a criminal defense attorney, and swore he’d never let heartbreak back in. But w
Kate McMurray
Sep 06, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-made-this
I just wanted to give a heads up that Damage Control was printed with a statement at the end saying the sequel is due out in January, but Laws of Attraction Book 2 has been postponed for now. (Instead, my book coming out in January is a standalone unrelated to Damage Control, although there's a related easter egg in the new book.) I'll update this post when Book 2 is back on the schedule.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've given this a C- at AAR, so that's 2.5 stars.

Damage Control is the first book in the author’s Laws of Attraction series, and it opens when top defence attorney Jackson Kane is approached by senatorial candidate Parker Livingston to represent him when, as looks likely to happen, Livingston is arrested for the murder of a woman found dead in his apartment.  The book is a reasonably well written and engaging tale, but there were a number of issues that kept pulling me out of the story, and th
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tingle-tangle
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3.5 Stars - that place between like and love
Happily Ever Chapter
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FIVE-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Greyscale composition with accents in my favorite blue. Both men are smartly and sharply dressed in suits. Synopsis pulled me in and intrigued me. This will be the first time reading this author. Can't wait to give her a try!

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third person

Former college sweethearts and eight-year lovers reunite after five years apart when now-politician Park returns home from a fundr
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, m-m, netgalley
This was a pleasant surprise - I found it on Netgalley in the general romance section rather in m/m, so despite the description I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it.

When Jackson, a successful lawyer, learns senate candidate Parker Livingston is suspected of having murdered a young woman in his appartment, his first thought is that Parker is innocent. Because Jackson once knew Parker better than anyone - and when Parker comes to him to ask for his help with the case, Ja
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, romance

4 stars.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read, m-m
This book is hot garbage and I honestly can't believe there aren't more reviewers calling it out. Maybe everyone else can separate their politics from their literature but as a queer person I don't feel like I could.

Parker is a gay white man who breaks up with his boyfriend of 8 years and goes back into the closet in order to run for office AS A REPUBLICAN, even though he "doesn't agree with them on social issues" because he "agrees with them on economic ones." This is honestly just another stor
RS Dino (The Book Swain)
This one’s fancy.

I can’t imagine how much time the author, Kate Murray has spent researching about electioneering. The discussions are intense and this book saved me from having to research about political campaigns. It’s not that I am interested in doing so, but I appreciate the knowledge I have gathered from the story.

It gave me what I hoped for: a second chance romance. I honestly struggled at first but after reading a few chapters about Parker and Jack, I was able to connect with them and fi
Cee Brown
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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(.★*..•`★¤Politics and Love.¤★*..*ˑ★

Was I so in love with this book that I could not live without it? Nope. But there was something that seemed to draw me to it when I saw the premise. I don't know if it was because I was familiar with Ms. McMurray's work, or the whole setting of political drama just sets me on edge when coupled with LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) and I need to know that HEA can exs
Ruthie Taylor
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I really enjoyed this book which combines a second chance romance with a political murder mystery. I loved the legal issues raised, and the twist which brought the criminal to justice.

Jack and Park spent eight years together until Park left as he wanted a republican political career - which would not happen with a boyfriend in the picture. So for the last five years he has been living a lie. When he needs a criminal law
Roberta Blablanski
It could be I picked the wrong time to read this one, given the current political climate. I didn't care for Park, a gay Republican politician. There's a lot of spewing of Park's platform and the change he wants to effect from within the GOP. Unfortunately, all that elephant talk left a sour taste in my mouth. Pair that with Park's political aspirations being the reason he dumped Jackson years ago, and the story lost me.

I wasn't rooting for the MCs to get together. I liked Jackson somewhat but
Kate McMurray is a new-to-me author, and I couldn't wait to pick up Damage Control. I'm a big lover of m/m suspense, and it's mash of politics and second-chance romance with an additional murder mystery side plot intrigued me. It just didn't keep my attention as much as I had hoped.

Parker Livingston is running for State Senate and can't afford any scandals. Lo and behold, however, he finds a dead woman in his apartment. After everything he has already given up for his political career, is it too
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Damage Control was on okay read for me, but only just. To be perfectly honest, I was bored a lot of the time. Maybe not even so much bored, but this story had a hard time keeping my interest. I'm not suer if it was the political nature of the story, a gay republican running for office, or the second chance love that was wrapped up in it.

For the second chance love, I had a difficult time really seeing the attraction. Partially because they both have very different political views. But also becau
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Jun 15, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press/Harlequin in exchange for an unbiased review.
Brown Eyed Girl ~Suzanne~
3.5 stars

This book was pretty good. It had its ups and downs. I really hope the next book is Gavin & Reed!
Heather Martin
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love mysteries and was excited to read this story. I should have paid more attention to the fact that it was political because that certainly affected my opinion. And it’s definitely only my opinion.

You have a gay man who has gone back in the closet to run as a Republican. For some reason he thinks that’s a good thing. That always turns out well in politics 🙄The hypocrisy of a gay man defending the Republican party while hiding he’s gay from that party. Save me from stupid. I skipped the poli
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love it when I'm reading a book and see all kinds of potential for another book because I think it's a stand alone, only to find out when I finish that it is going to continue as a series. :) Damage Control was the perfect start to the Laws of Attraction series.

Obviously, I really loved Damage Control. I loved Jackson from the start... Parker grew on me. I understood Jackson's reluctance to trust him. Nothing about how Parker handled their past was good. You're not supposed to treat people you
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Kate McMurray writes smart romantic fiction. She likes creating stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities. 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 Amer ...more
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