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.
Back in November, I was delighted to share with you how very much I enjoyed Search For The Truth by Kathryn Freeman – you’ll find my review here. Jim Knight really did make quite an impression on me! This fab book was released in paperback by Choc Lit on 7th July, so now everyone can read and enjoy it.
You might remember Tess’ other passion. I’m delighted to welcome Kathryn to Being Anne with a guest post about… shoes!
A girl can’t have too many…
Are you like me and have an item of clothing or accessory that you’re ever so slightly obsessive about? With me it used to be jackets. At one time, when office wear was formal, I had a whole wardrobe in my spare room devoted to jackets. All bought in the sale, none with matching skirts, but oh, so pretty. Or classic, or snazzy, or professional, depending on how the mood took me. But then the office went smart casual, and the opportunity to wear the jackets started to dwindle so I really, really couldn’t justify buying anymore.
Instead I turned my obsession to my feet and started buying up boots. English summers are so short. From October through to May boots are what I live in, so I need a lot of pairs. The flat pairs, the high heels, the in-betweens. The thigh length, the knee length, the ankle length. The warm and cosy, the smart and dressy. Different colours to match my different coats. My husband does give me the look when I pounce on yet another pair in the shops, my eyes filling with lust. But I haven’t got a flat, ankle high dark grey pair – yet.
I think if he was married to Tess, my heroine in Search for Truth, he’d blow a gasket. Her obsession is for sky-high designer shoes. She has them in every conceivable colour and design. My personal favourites are the polka dots with a black pompom. She wears them because she adores the look and feel of them, and because they give her confidence. And she’s far better at walking in them than I would be.
What she isn’t conscious of is how the shoes make her legs look even longer. It’s something Jim Knight, president of research and development at Helix pharmaceuticals (and her boss) is far too aware of. Tess finds his compelling dark good looks equally distracting, mind you. So much so that she has to remind herself why she’s working for him. It isn’t because she wants a career in the pharmaceutical industry, but because she believes the company is knowingly producing a potentially harmful drug. Her mission is to ferret out the truth. Not to ogle at the man who may be responsible for the drug’s development.
The more she works for Helix though, the harder it becomes for her to keep her objectivity. Especially when Jim turns his smouldering dark gaze away from her shoes, and onto her.
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog – I’ve loved talking about some of my passions, boots, shoes, writing and romance ☺
Thank YOU Kathryn – delighted to have you as my guest on Being Anne… and thanks to Lusana Taylor at Choc Lit for arranging the guest post.
Kathryn was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications.
In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
With 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) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
Kathryn has an excellent website, and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.