Sometimes the truth hurts …
When journalist Tess Johnson takes a job at Helix pharmaceuticals, she has a very specific motive. Tess has reason to believe the company are knowingly producing a potentially harmful drug and, if her suspicions are confirmed, she will stop at nothing to make sure the truth comes out.
Jim Knight is the president of research and development at Helix and is a force to be reckoned with. After a disastrous office affair he’s determined that nothing else will distract him from his vision for the company. Failure is simply not an option.
As Tess and Jim start working together, both have their reasons for wanting to ignore the sexual chemistry that fires between them. But chemistry, like most things in the world of science, isn’t always easy to control.
Tess’s heart had been thumping loudly from the moment she’d started this topic of conversation. At Jim’s quiet but deadly question, it threatened to explode. Looking hastily away from his piercing gaze, she clasped her hands together, as if in prayer, though she doubted divine intervention was going to save her. The evening had always been destined to arrive at this point, no matter how hard she’d tried to engineer a less confrontational approach. Jim was simply too smart to hoodwink.
Searching for the Truth in some instances can be very dangerous, but most always—it is hardly ever what you prepare yourself for…it is always a far stretch from your imagination, whether positive or negative. Freeman takes her readers into the pharmaceutical company and all of the slander and hatred that is bred from fear of the unknown. At first, what seems like a cut and dry case for Tess, becomes much more complicated and hard to walk away from. She quickly learns that not everything can always be black or white—in this case, right or wrong.
Tessa just lost her mother from a heart attack. After battling cancer for a while, the death had completely blindsided her family. At the funeral home, a woman stops in to pay her respects and informs Tessa of a possible drug affiliation that led to her mother’s untimely death as well—heart attack being the cause of both. For Tess, journalism is in her blood, these reports of a breast cancer drug being administered days or merely weeks before fatal heart attacks, have her blood boiling. She decides to take a job in the pharmaceutical company that created and researched the drug—her mission to find out the truth seems easy, but quickly becomes a battle of morality after meeting the research and development manager, Jim. He is smart, handsome and has a fierce loyalty that Tess finds impossibly hard to escape from. When he lands his sights on her, his new communications manager, there is nothing that will stop him from getting what he wants—except maybe, learning the real reason behind her sudden interest in wanting to join the company which is to expose him and his employees for wrong-doing and hiding safety issues from the public.
Freeman has a superb story-line with fantastic character development and original content. The information is very credible and sheds light on pharmaceutical companies, some of the nitty-gritty things that most people don’t know about when they think of these companies. This book does appear to need a bit more editing because there are definite struggles throughout the read, but by no means is it uninteresting or lacking in creativity. If you are a reader of romance, you may want to pick this up.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
About the Author
I’ve two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in my life is all in my head. Then again, my husband’s unstinting support of my career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises