Author ~ Christine D’Abo
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 6th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
Freya’s Book Brief
Mmm – office romance – Sexy. And because one can walk into work, look around and imagine the real life situation; reading about one, already puts the bookworm in the world of – I believe.
The star rating gives away the fact that – I loved it. One minute I was nose deep in the opening chapter, several hours later, and not knowing where the time went, I read the epilogue.
The main characters are Zack and Nolan. An accident left Nolan with mental and physical scars which made it impossible for him to return to his chosen profession. He took his experience to Compass and their CTO Zack – hardass extraordinaire, who goes through assistants like executives go through coffee. Nolan finds relief from his anxieties by sinking into his work. His ethic, focus and skills enable him to beat the office pool to become invaluable to Zack. As the blurb says, their relationship develops.
I found so much to like about this story. Not only are the technical aspects impeccable, but I loved the characters, too. They ranged from the caring sister, the bitch CEO, and sarcastic, grounding, best friend. There wasn’t a redundant role.
As for Zack and Nolan, for me, their interactions were flawless. Although both had issues, they complemented each other. Zack certainly found his stubborn match in Nolan. He’d finally found a man who was prepared to tell him when he was being an asshole. Both were loveable in their own ways and soon wormed their way into my heart.
Exchanges were at times controlling, occasionally confrontational, deliciously explosive and heart-meltingly caring. The delightful balance between dialogue and text built in some superb imagery to the point where, I didn’t even mind when my least favourite phrase was used, “Come for me.”
The author took a simple concept and turned it into a drama-filled, (with the right amount of angst) totally entertaining, story. My heart was in my mouth more than once. The ‘we’re doing this, but we shouldn’t be’, romance between Zack and Nolan kept me turning the pages. The ending didn’t peter out or disappoint either.
Working It – worked for me, in more than administration or book title.
Meet Christine D’Abo
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.