Title: Working it (Ringside Romance #1)
Author: Christine D’abo
Series: Ringside Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 02-06-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 247
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 administrative 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.
This book starts with Nolan finally landing his first interview after his accident – his first attempt at re-entering the world as an independent man, but he still has some emotional and physical scars. During his interview, something unexpected happens – he gets hired for a job… just not the job anyone wants: the admin assistant for the CTO, ahem, biggest jerk of all time, Zack.
I mean, how could this story go wrong? Insecure sexy admin and his super hot and domineering boss… right? And it delivered – but not for the reasons above. Instead, the book was much more than the usual trope.
Both Nolan and Zack were great characters to read – they were not perfect, struggled with their own demons, made mistakes, and felt like real people. They grew throughout the story – and even more so, when they got together. This was not a superficial love story, but instead two people coming together after fighting for each other (pun intended).
There were a few times that I felt like each character broke character – but it was never enough to get me out of the story. The ending was a bit… odd? Maybe longer to get to the HEA than I expected – but when it got there, it was sweet.
This is a great read for anyone who likes the typical assistant/boss trope, but is also looking for a sweet romance with deep people. I can’t wait to read the next one!