Thank you for having me here today. I’m so happy to be able to talk to you about my new book, WORKING IT, which is book one in my new Ringside Romance series. Don’t let the series title fool you, this is low on the boxing and high on sexual tension.
As an avid reader of all things romance, I personally love it when authors take chances and play around with what we consider typical romance tropes. Those situations that for whatever reason, really work for us as lovers of romance. One of my personal favorite tropes is the whole boss-assistant dynamic. There’s something wonderful about the tension that can be created when two people are working together, under pressure and in close quarters, that appeals to me.
I wanted to take this trope and do something a little fun with it. What would happen if both the characters were gay? What if they were so vastly different that under any other circumstance they probably never meet, let alone fall in love? What if they worked day in and day out in an office together?
In WORKING IT, Nolan Carmichael is working through the trauma of a serious car accident. He gets a job as Zack Anderson’s executive assistant, a position that no one at the company wants. Somehow the two of them work through their differences and fall in love.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
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About Working It
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 executive 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.
Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/working-it
I am a sucker for a broken man, and Nolan fit that perfectly. Several years ago he was in a horrible accident that not only left him physically broken, but also mentally broken. In an attempt to get his life back together, he sets out to find a new job. He knows he isn't as qualified for this job, but he knows he has to start somewhere.
Zack is an a**hole with anger issues. He has gone through assistants like water and now is in the process of hiring a new one, knowing that this one won't last long either.
As Nolan is in the bathroom trying to calm himself down from having an anxiety attack, he is caught staring at a very handsome man. Little did he know this man would soon be his boss.
Working for Zack is no piece of cake, but Nolan actually enjoys his job and is handling all the tasks thrown at him well. At the end of a very long first week, Nolan’s sister drags him out to a club which triggers so many things that he ends up having a full blown attack. And of course this all just so happens to take place in front of his new boss. Nolan never wanted for Zack to see him like this and felt that his job would be very short lived because of it.
As time passes, Zack and Nolan have developed a wonderful working relationship. However the a**hole comes out in full force one day and it sends Nolan into another attack. Surprisingly Zack notices and calms Nolan down quickly and at that moment finds it the perfect time to also kiss Nolan.
The attraction between these two is off the charts, and once the first kiss is out of the way they find it hard to not take it further. Let me tell you, the scene in Zack’s gym….HOT!!!! I will tell you that this book you get more story than sexy times and I for one found that very refreshing.
Oh and speaking of Zack’s gym. When he was a younger, he and a few of his friends found themselves involved in a local boxing gym, Ringside, that was a great escape for several LGBT youth. When the owner passed away, Zack did everything he could to buy the rundown gym in hopes of one day reopening it and continue to give back to the LGBT youth. When he told Nolan of his plan, Nolan was ready to jump in head first to help.
As in all books, it's not roses and sunshine for these two, they definitely have some serious hurdles they must jump, but luckily they are able to overcome them quickly to give us all a very happy ending.
This is the first book I have read of this author and I have to say I am now a fan! I can’t wait to see where this story goes and see more of these guys.
I give this book 4 solid sweet stars.
About Christine d’Abo
A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.
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To celebrate the release of Working It, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 11, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!