An Ali Release Day Review: Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d’Abo

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
workingit_500x750-1Nolan 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 started out really great for me. Nolan suffers from severe anxiety due to a horrible car accident and he’s not been able to go back to his job as a result. He’s decided to try something new and ends up interviewing for an assistant position at Zack’s company.

Zack is the horrible boss that no one can work with and he was truly an asshat in the beginning of the book. I was loving this part of the book. It had a enemies to lovers vibe and the two men had a bunch of UST and some hate kissing and it all looked very promising. Then around the middle mark the vibe changed and it became almost a sweet story. I found Zack’s total 180 hard to believe. I’m not sure why or how this all happened. It was a super fast turn around and no reason was given.

I think my biggest issue with the book though was much of the romance and them falling in love took place off page. We see things that are happening at their work and at the gym Zack owns but we didn’t see a lot of their on page romance time and I felt cheated. I would have been fine with what we saw if the book would have been longer and had contained more of them together. By the end they’re all in love and I wasn’t really sure why. It didn’t feel believable.

Overall this was pretty good but had the ability to be great and I’m kind of bummed that it tapered off like it did. But…..I had never read this author before and I will definitely read the next book in this series and I will take a look at her other work.
Cover art by L.C. Chase:  I like the cover.  It is not one that really stands out but it is nice.
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Book Details:
ebook, 247 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN 1626495211 (ISBN13: 9781626495210)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesRingside Romance #1

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