Working It

Working It

by Christine d'Abo

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ISBN-13: 9781626495227
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 02/04/2017
Series: Ringside Romance , #1
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Working It 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HEABookNerd 7 days ago
I had really high hopes for Working It and I did end up enjoying the read, especially Nolan's character, but considering the trauma the characters have gone through I felt like I was experiencing this story through a lens that kept me separate from the emotion. While I didn't connect with the story I did feel that Christine D'Abo wrote a wonderful portrayal of anxiety and how it can affect every part of your life. Nolan was once a confident, dedicated corporate trainer but with one snowy road that all changed. Going through ups and downs, Nolan grows a lot through this story and he was my favorite part. Nolan is so incredibly strong to work through his anxiety and not let the complete collapse of his life keep him down. While I loved Nolan and his story I struggled to really like Zack as a character. Zack's presented as an obsessive executive, demanding, brash, and angry but with Nolan he learns to find his passion in life again. While we the reader see a new side to Zack, every other character (except his friend Max) hates him or talks about how unlikable he is. This made it hard for me to fully believe in who he was with Nolan. Granted he's not perfect with Nolan either and he has anger management issues that he's worked through since he was a teenager. I liked that Zack was real and genuine and he had huge flaws; I can appreciate that characterization but it's part of why I could never really connect with him as a person. The balance that Zack and Nolan bring to each other was nice but I was so-so on their chemistry. Overall, it was an easy read but I doubt it will make a lasting impression on me. That being said, I do plan to read the next one, because I loved Max for always calling Zack on his bullsh*t.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There can be no true equity or honesty in such a relationship no matter how they rationalize continuing the unbalanced dynamic. Zack knew the ethical move was to arrange a lateral transfer before starting anything with Nolan. But he went ahead anyway. I never warmed to his selfish character. The story was well written but watching a big corporate machine chew people up and spit them out regardless of ability was too much like real life to be enjoyable. That they scraped together some kind of happy ending anyway was only lukewarm compensation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters that you want to know. One of my new favorite authors in the m/m genre.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start, a new career, new company, and a new life. But he had liked his old life until an accident robbed him of his health, job, self confidence, and ability to go out in public without having a anxiety attack more like with PTSD. Zack had scared off his last four assistants either he fired them or they had quit. Nolan hated mirrors but needed them for his daily routine. His sister Tina said nothing was different about Nolan but he knew the truth. There was a scar just below Nolan’s hairline but was covered by the long fringe of his hair. This scar was one of the least horrific of the injuries Nolan had. Nolan was interviewing for a job at compass technologies. Nolan hated interviews even before the accident he sucked at them. Nolan’s life had been challenging over the last two years. He got through physiotherapy and got his broken body working again. Nolan was staying with Tina and this was his first interview since his accident and since the mental meltdown at work when Nolan had tried to go back to his previous job. Nolan had three older brothers and they had learned to look out for each other. Tina had spent at least part of every day with Nolan after the accident. Without Tina Nolan Nolan's recovery would have taken a lot longer. Nolan was gay and came out to his family and friends early in life. The man Nolan had been staring at in the mirror in the bathroom came into the interview room looked at Nolan’s resume - Mr. Zach Anderson- Mr. Anderson asked Nolan some questions then told him he had an evaluation period of three months and he could fire Nolan at any time in those three months for any reason in that time. Then he told Nolan to be at his office Monday morning at 7:00 AM. Zach was the senior Management Team of Compass. Zach was the CTO of the company in charge of all the technology decisions .Zach was the third most powerful man in the company and the most difficult to work with. Max was Zach’s friend and business partner of a bar- frantic that had been Max’s dream. Zach wanted to reopen Ringside Boxing and he was determined for it to happen. Ale, Zach, and Max had spent the better part of their HS years as part of a LGBTQ teen outreach program at Ringside Boxing as a way to develop self confidence and to learn how to defend themselves. Within the next year or two Zach wanted to walk away from Compass and help people like he had been helped by Russell at Ringside. Nolan knew he was gay from about eight years old on. The car accident Nolan had been in he had been driving. Nancy agreed to be Nolan’s office wife.and told he told her about his accident and the anxiety attacks so she knew what to do to help him if an attack occurred. Nolan doesn’t bend to Zach’s will and Zach becomes nicer and more humane. Nolan offers to help Zach get the gym up and running. I liked this book quite a bit even though when I requested I didn't realize it was about two gay men but got by that. But i did have mixed feelings about different things. Lately the stories aren’t being labeled LGBTQ and I don’t think that is really fair but anyway Zach had a big heart for others he just didn’t show it at the job that paid the bills and he obviously didn’t really want to be there but running Ringside Boxing and helping people.I didn’t like how Zach treated Nolan toward the end. Then Nolan just took it and still came back. Zach liked Nolan in the beginning because he stood up to him now he wasn't just made no sense
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Working It,  Christine d'Abo Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:   Romance, LGBTQIA My first Christine d’Abo read – and I’m going to take a look at more of her books as I now know I enjoy her writing style. I really liked the sound of this, a fairly straightforward romance, no suspense dramas, no deep dark relatives, no hidden motives, just two people that fall in love, but where each have their own issues. I enjoy all those other types of read but sometimes you just want an easy read, uncomplicated where its the two leads that are the main focus and thats what I was in the mood for when I picked out this one to read yesterday. I loved Nolan, understood so well his issues, its hard picking up life after an accident like his which left him with life changing injuries. We can heal the body, though that takes time and Nolan is still healing even two years later, but the mind – well, that's harder. Nolan has learned coping strategies but its tough, and he still struggles sometimes. I have to mention one thing though that irritated me. Nolan is musing “Phantom pain was no myth. the moment he started to thing about...” Well, that true BUT – Nolan Does Not Have phantom pain. That’s the pain amputees get, where the missing limb still feels pain, and as someone with no left leg, but who often gets severe pain from it 21 years later I can say wholeheartedly Nolan is right, it isn’t a myth but he’s not an amputee, he has severe pain, probably serve nerve pain from damage there, but he does not have phantom pain. Right, got that off my chest * blush *. sorry, but some things just yank my chain and that’s one. I really understood Nolan's difficulties trying to get his life back on track, trying to be independent, having faced them myself after my amputation and that part was so well written that I found myself nodding with his thoughts and experiences. When he worried about Zack seeing his scars – such a familiar feeling, when he didn’t want pity or sympathy – been there done that, and he felt so real for me. I just wanted everything to go perfectly for him. Then there’s Zack, a real pain in the ar se boss. Yet as we get to know him we can see much of that comes from him wanting things done properly, without having to chase up assistants who should be able to deal with his requests. Some people are good at that, some are not and Zack just wants to delegate and get on with his own work, he’s got a lot of it to do. Underneath all that tough guy, bluff and bluster is a geniune caring man. The gym, what a great idea and goodreads had this book sub-titled (Ringside Romance #1)  so I hope we get to see more of the characters involved, and maybe catch up with Zack and Nolan. Kids need places like this and its great when those who’ve benefitted in the past come forward to make it available to kids now who need it, as Zack and his friends do. Those teen years are make or break time for many, get a record then and it stays with you for life, shaping what jobs you get, what direction your life can take, so its important to do everything possible to make them good years for those who are struggling. And lets face it, many teens do struggle, and if they’re Different in some way, race, religion, sexuality, disability etc then they feel all the more marginalised. Provides a great background to this series of novels though ;-) Its a fun romance, fairly low on drama, and when things do go wrong its soon over. I liked the proportion of
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Sweet, passionate and emotional! This is a contemporary romance story full of commitments, responsibilities, stress, pressure, sexual tension, steamy chemistry and love. The writing is clear and precise. The characters are a mix of an arrogant, angry, handsome alpha and a charming, efficient, troubled cutie. And the plot, narrated from alternate points of view, starts off nicely with strong character development, gets a little bogged down half way through, but then finishes pleasingly with an engaging, satisfying ending. I have to say that overall this is an easy, enjoyable read that will definitely have you believing that opposites attract. This is the first novel in the new “Ringside Romance” series and I look forward to reading the next novel in the series when it is published.