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    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.
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    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 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*

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