Working It is the first book in Christine d’Abo’s Ringside Romance and the first book I’ve read by this author. The first 50% of this book was a solid four star read for me. It was engaging and I really enjoyed both the characters but somewhere around the 50% mark it started to fall a little flat and didn’t pick back up again until the very end.
This book centers around Nolan who was in a horrible car accident that left him with not only physical scars but anxiety attacks. He’s managed to start putting his life back together but he hasn’t reached the point yet where he feels like he’s able to stand on his own. He takes the next step by applying for a job as an executive assistant. He’s hired by Zack who is the CTO for a company and has zero people skills. Zack is smart, aggressive and very successful but he hasn’t been able to hang on to a executive assistant for more than two weeks. He struggles with anger management but underneath it all he actually has a good side that comes out when you see him talk about helping other people and when he sees Nolan struggling with his anxiety.
Zack see’s Nolan’s courage and the strength it’s taken to get through his accident but he also sees his vulnerability and that brings out the best in Zack. I loved the way that the two men bonded and really brought out the best in each other. Zack helped Nolan with his courage and his self confidence and Nolan brought out Zack’s softer side. Right up until the point where they had sex and then thing fell apart for me. I expected to see some more growth especially from Zack and to learn why he had such anger management issues. Instead the book delved into the office politics and the relationship aspects were lost. I didn’t buy the “plot device” at the end since I think the CTO would have more sway then apparently Zack did and I didn’t like the way Nolan reacted. However, I did like that both characters were flawed and they owned up to their mistakes and flaws. The HEA was a little lacking but maybe we will see more of them in the next book.
Overall and enjoyable book but I wish the second half was as strong as the first half of the book. I give this book 3 charms.