Damage Control by Eva King

Recovering from a broken relationship, Emma Mitchell moves in with her best friend. Her life is quiet and uneventful, just how she likes it. Little does she know that the events of the following months will change her life forever.

Famous Hollywood actor James McNair is a renowned womanizer with a penchant for partying and hitting the tabloids for all the wrong reasons. When a night of partying a little too hard means he finally has to take stock and reevaluate his lifestyle, a week away from the flashing lights of Hollywood is just what he needs. What better place to hide than in his childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland?

When the old friends are reunited, feelings resurface and sparks fly. But James must keep the pretence of his new persona until the premier of his biggest film in his career. He just has no idea if he’ll be able to keep his feelings for Emma under wraps until then.

Sometimes it takes more than damage control to find a happily ever after.

Author: Eva King
Title: Damage Control
Release Date: May 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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I could feel my head spin with the amount of information and with everything that was expected of me. It was a bit too much. I needed time off.

Without hesitation, I said, “I need a break. One week, that’s all I’m asking. I promise I’ll behave.”

Neither of them agreed, but they didn’t disagree either. After looking at each other, Michael was the first one to speak.

“James, you have a week to get your bearings. Please, do not fuck this up,” Michael advised.

“Scout’s honour,” I said, lifting my hands in surrender.

Jack and Michael left the room, leaving me seated on the sofa where I was slouching minutes before.

“I’m going to get something to eat. Do you want anything?” Ralph asked, standing at the door, ready to leave.

“No, I’m okay. Thanks, man.”

I sat, planning what to do for a week. Maybe a nice spa to recharge the batteries? Should I stay in the UK or head back to the US?

That was when I remembered the interview mentioning my first kiss.

Emma.

My childhood friend, my neighbour, and my first crush.

It made me wonder if she watched it. I wondered if she still lived in the same place and what she was doing at that exact moment.

Looking for my mobile phone, I googled her name, and a picture of our class in high school showed up.

Tracing her face with my thumb, my chest constricted. She was so beautiful. With my gaze firmly focussed on her image, I knew exactly what to do for my week. I just needed to call the only person who would know how to find her.

My mum.

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James is in need of some damage control. Being on of the newest “hot” stars on the scene, he’s taken full advantage of the perks to being a celebrity, but his team thinks he’s taken it just a little too far. So James decides to take a step back before going into full on “Mr. Charming” in the public eye… charity events, a fake girlfriend to make everyone think he’s settled down. He never expected when looking up his old childhood friend, that he would still have the same feeling for the pretty redhead who lived next door, that he had a terrible crush on as a teen and was juts as beautiful now as she was then.

The last person Emma thought she would see when visiting her parents was James McNair. What was he doing here? Wasn’t he a world famous actor now? What could he possible want to do with a girl who’s biggest aspirations was being a cashier at the local supermarket. Although she’s still mad at him for moving off to America and never trying to reach her again, she was happy to see her childhood friend.

As they spend the week together, James realizes that the feelings he had for Emma are still there. He needs to tell her that he tried to keep in touch, that he thinks he still has feelings for her, but he also knows that she doesn’t deserve the scrutiny of living in the limelight. But he’s not leaving this time without having a way of getting a hold of her.

I loved James. Once he straightened up and saw Emma again, he was sweet and funny and I loved the chemistry between him and Emma. The two were meant to be and I loved the prologue and the flashbacks to when they were kids. I am a sucker for second-chance romance and this one is sweet without a lot of drama, which I loved.

This is the first book I’ve read by Eva King and I definitely will be adding more of her books to my TBR,

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Eva King was born in Spain. During her teenage years, she moved with her mother to Scotland, where she fell in love with the culture and one of its men.
She now lives in Barcelona with her husband, two children and a cat called Hamish.

 

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