Monday, February 6, 2017

Working It by Christine d'Abo

Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine... until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.

Zack Anderson has scared away his last four executive assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life... and libido.

But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.

The Ringside Romance stories can be read on their own or enjoyed in series order.

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of hot and meaningful

This is the first book in a new series, and I will be definitely on the lookout for the next installment.

There are many facets to this book, which elevate it from the standard office romance and give it a lot of reader appeal. Firstly, the boss and assistant are both male, so the issues of sexism take on another slant. The assistant, Nolan, is still recovering from a life changing injury, which gives him both vulnerability and interest. Zack is a man who finds it difficult to control his temper and even less easy to give over control of any part of his life, including his work. But we see the two of them develop a friendship and more, giving healing and passion a chance. Wonderful mix of hot, cute, sad, and uplifting.

There were some really good side characters who hopefully we will get to see more of, including Max, Nancy, and Nolan's sister, Tina. I can see this series moving forward in a very interesting way – hope you are busy writing us RR2, Ms. d'Abo!

The book was nice and moved along at a steady pace, however, I felt nothing really exciting happened. There were no ups and downs, it was just one pace the whole way through.

I also felt that we didn't get to know the main characters. Yes, Nolan had a bad accident that was spoke about briefly, but we never got to find out any of Zack’s backstory; there is clearly a reason he is the way he is.

I felt the ending was a little rushed and I would have liked to have seen a little more of their relationship.

This was a 2.5 star read for me.

"Somehow they'd clicked – the broken man and the angry one..."

Nolan was in a terrible accident that left him broken and not just physically. He was having anxiety attacks that completely shut his body down. He had to work, even if it was something he was overqualified for. Being an executive assistant wasn't his dream, but he needed to get back to the real world. His boss, Zack, was anything but easy to work for. He was demanding, easy to anger, and never treated Nolan with the kid gloves he'd become used to after the accident.

They were complete opposites. but could it work between them when so much was against them?

Working It is an easy book to fall into. I found myself speed reading through each page having to know what was going to happen. There was buildup with this one which definitely worked. It was sexy and combustible with minimal conflict. I am intrigued to see what's next.

I do love a workplace romance and the chemistry between Nolan, a vulnerable new hire, and Zack, his miserable, exacting boss, is brilliant. The story is redemptive for both men and I loved the way their relationship enables both of them to grow into better versions of themselves.

There is angst as Nolan gets to grip with his past and attempts to restart his life after a horrific accident. There is even more angst as Zack wrestles with the demands of his corporate job and his dreams of an independent future. It takes time for these men to feel like equals and partners, but I loved them both and I loved them better together.

I expected a boxing story from the blurb and cover but this is almost entirely a corporate workplace romance. Zack and Nolan’s complicated histories and their awkward, bumbling connection makes it an interesting story. I’m hoping the boxing will build more in the next book in the series.

With an interesting set of supporting characters and an intriguing setting nearly ready at the end of this book, I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.

A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d'Abo to read and review.

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