About the Story: Andrew Jackson “Jack” Kent’s on the hunt for white-collar criminals, and as a private investigator he always gets his man. Except in this case it’s a woman, the brilliant cellular kineticist Dr. Morgan Mackenzie, whose next thrilling discovery is—him.
On the run from her employers with the formula for a priceless but deadly diet drug, Morgan agrees to a night of pleasure with the outrageously sexy stranger. But when she leaves the next morning, Jack won’t let her get far, and that’s when she realizes the horrible truth. Her cowboy on a white horse isn’t a hero after all. He’s part of the posse.
Yet when Jack goes to turn Morgan in, he learns who the real criminals are, and suddenly, it’s a race against time to find a murderer before they’re killed themselves. To do that Jack needs to convince Morgan he’s on her side. Even though she doesn’t trust him, Jack is a drug she can’t resist, leading her to find out that more often than not you’re Damned If You Don’t fall in love.
My Review: Morgan Mackenzie was a strong woman who found herself in an impossible situation being accused of murder when all she wanted to do was good. The diet drug would help millions of women who couldn’t lose weight any other way. But when she experimented in the lab she found that the process of burning calories at a very fast pace couldn’t be reversed. The women would die skeleton and bones.
She was looking at some files at her desk and ran into some horrible data. Is it possible someone used what she was experimenting with and actually tried it on a person? Morgan was horrified. She couldn’t think of anything except run. She took her two years of data plus some and just ran. She didn’t know who killed the young woman, but she needed to find out who and keep the data from whoever wanted to do this terrible thing.
What I liked about Morgan was she was methodical. She tried to reason everything out. But when Jack, caught up with her, he could no more tell her who he was than resist her. Morgan was a research doctor and extremely smart. Jack had his own talents, but they weren’t school smarts, more like street smarts. The interplay between the two was fascinating and made a good story above and beyond the story of trying to find the actual murderer.
When Jack kept lying to her making his lies sound like truths, only to apologize and tell her the real truth, only to find out it wasn’t true either, drove Morgan away from Jack. Her head told her he couldn’t be trusted and she needed someone to trust. But her body told her something else. They were more than good together–instant chemistry between the two with a deeper understanding that went beyond truth. It was difficult for Morgan to give her heart to Jack after feeling she was bodily used and his job was to bring her in to the authorities.
This fast-paced, hot, spicy romance coupled with a thriller-type suspense kept me riveted to the page. There were scenes in the story that were neigh impossible to stop reading. The author did her job scaring the dickens out of me at times.
Readers who enjoy reading hot sex scenes will definitely enjoy how Linda Parisi’s writes them. They were well written and tastefully done, however long and numerous. The story could have easily moved forward without so many sex scenes. It was clear, however, the author wanted the reader to understand that Morgan and Jack were insatiably drawn together, whether they wanted to be or not. It was an attraction that they couldn’t ignore.
About the Author: Let multi-published author Linda J. Parisi take you through the darker, spicier side of Romance with her Paranormal, Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Suspense tales. Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble Blood, and winner of the 4th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest for her novel, The Joining: Bound by Blood, Linda is a long-time member of the RWA and the current secretary of Liberty States Fiction Writers. Linda has seen the publishing industry turn upside down yet stay the same because everyone loves a well-written Romance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, John, and a family which includes Audi, a Cocker Spaniel mix who had her at woof!
Official website: http://lindajparisi.com/
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21422192-damned-if-you-don-t