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Working It (Ringside Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition
Publishers Weekly -- "Treading a comfortably familiar path, d'Abo creates distinctive characters to take on the traditional forbidden romance across class lines."
RT Book Reviews -- "This book has everything one looks for in a romance."--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01N7YN65D
- Publisher : Riptide Publishing (6 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2715 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 218 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 369,303 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nolan was extremely likeable even with his PTSD anxiety disorder, because he came across as a survivor without being a victim, real, approachable and just a bit fragile. Zack was perfect, demanding and tough but not cruel, even with his legendary explosive temper, there was lots to really like about him. I especially liked him when he wa loving on Nolan hard, because it softened his edges.
One criticism regarding Zack, I would have loved to know exactly why he had such a legendary temper, what was his home life like? Was it crap enough so that it caused him to spend his teenage years at Ringside with Max and Eli? A little bit more information would have been on point here, and set up the background just that bit better. Overall a good read and the best of the series I felt.
Since the accident, Nolan’s anxiety attacks had held him back from entering back into the workforce, the pain of both internal and external scars a constant reminder of all that he had endured. Nolan was a sensitive and caring man, loved and respected by his family and peers, his independence and inner strength making him an easy character to connect with. Anxiety attacks are crippling, eroding the person’s confidence, and I thought the way these scenes were written realistically with compassion and an understanding of just how debilitating this can be. Recountings of Nolan’s childhood and teenage years gave us an insight into the man Nolan had become. The accident flashbacks were heartbreaking and showed just how much courage and fortitude he had. I liked his character and the way he approached Zach and their relationship.
Zach was the opposite temperament to Nolan. He portrayed a commanding figure, his hair-trigger temper and intense anger simmering below the surface, he was impatient, demanding and somewhat of an enigma to those apart from his closest friends. When he feels more than a passing fancy in Nolan, someone who isn’t his usual type, he feels uncomfortable with the feelings Nolan elicits. As Zach examines his growing feelings for Nolan, he gradually allows Nolan to see his vulnerable side, opening up and letting him into his carefully guarded private life and heart. In essence, Nolan becomes the balm to soothe Zach’s troubled soul and I did enjoy seeing Zach more relaxed and playful side. While we did get a good backstory on Nolan, his emotional and physical state, the toll the last few years had taken on his psyche, I did feel that my connection to Zach suffered initially due to lack of information. I felt a need for more of an insight into why this anger ran so deep. Where did the huge chip on his shoulder come from that he barely controlled? We were given snippets of his childhood and teenage years but I would have liked an emotional connection earlier in the book.
As for the connection between these two characters, I did feel it from the beginning. I felt the awareness of each other from their first meeting, the foreplay as they ‘grew’ on each other, turning into urgent lust and need. As their desire for each other grows in intensity, you could feel the spark between them and their love scenes were passionate and expressive. I liked the way they interacted, the push and pull nature of it, and how it became the catalyst for character growth, particularly Zach. They both were flawed, opposite in nature, and complimented each other beautifully. I only had a small issue with this and even thought I felt the chemistry, I thought Zach’s 180 turn from an angry man to really sweet was a teensy bit rushed and needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I understood his feelings for Nolan, it was just his initial voice expressing them that felt a bit uncharacteristic.
Along with their love story, there was a great side story, Zach’s private interests in his gym, serving a pivotal role in Nolan’s rehabilitation and their relationship. It was the vehicle that allowed their relationship to bloom and become secure, as well as opening us up to further books in this series, and I can’t wait to read Max’s story. Overall, this was a great start to the series.
Copy kindly provided by Netgalley for an honest review
Zack Anderson hates having an assistant. He hates being micromanaged and he especially hates having someone involved in his business all the time. After he hires his new assistant Nolan Carmichael, Zack isn’t sure what exactly came over him when he said he was hired. But, he did so he decides to let him either prove himself or he’ll be gone within the next several weeks.
To Nolans surprise he settles into his job and feels like he’s actually accomplishing something with his life now. The longer they work together, the more time they spend together the closer Nolan and Zack become. Zack doesn’t realise how much he’s come to depend on Nolan until it’s too late. When Zack thought about it he realise’s how easily Nolan has situated himself into Zack’s life both at work and outside. This is when Zack decides to take a chance and cofide in Nolan about his childhood, he even takes Nolan to the gym Ringside,which he practically grew up in. As Nolan listens to Zack talk about Ringside the fact that he and friends have bought it and thye’re currently trying to get investers to fund the rebuilding of it he realises that this is a project he can sink his teeth into and comes on board as project manager.
Things go from busy but enjoyable in their lives to hectic and strange when Zack gets some news he’s been hoping not to hear, he has to fire people from his team. This throws Zack into turmoil because to him his team are practically his family. I can’t urge you enough to get your copy of Working It, you won’t be disappointed! Now that I’ve read the first installment in the Ringside Romance series I can’t wait for the next book.
Christine d’Abo has definfintly got a winning series in A Ringside Romance!!
Top reviews from other countries
In the office m/m space, my benchmark is Return on Investment, by Aleksandr Voinov.