Review: Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d’Abo

February 7, 2017 Review 8

Review: Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d’Abo

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.

Title: Working It
Author: Christine d'Abo
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Dom Around the Corner, 30 Days, Rebound Remedy, Submissive Seductions
Series: Ringside Romance
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Faking It
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: February 6, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 247
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
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Christine d’Abo had me hooked on Nolan within the first few pages of the first chapter. He’s such a sweetheart and it’s obvious that he has been though some sort of hell. He’s come out of the other side of that hell as a different man. This new man is someone Nolan doesn’t recognize. He doesn’t really like the new him all that much either. It is none the less time for him to get back into a semi normal routine and that includes becoming gainfully employed.

To say that Zack Alexander has some anger issues would be a slight understatement. Most of the time he is a grade A jerk. His employer hiring him another administrative assistant is solid proof of that. The difference this time around is that Zack brazenly marches into the conference room, hijacks the interview, grills Nolan on his abilities, and hires the man on the spot. This is the beginning of some much needed changes in Zack’s life. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Everything about Working It really worked for me. At one point Nolan was a confidant man who didn’t have any anxiety problems. One tragic event changed everything for Nolan in an instant. He sees himself as a flawed restoration project, a broken man. Zack’s job is stressful. He only knows how to do things in the most efficient way possible no matter what obstacle is in his way. Failure is not an option and he will do anything to succeed. Unlike the previous administrative assistants Nolan and Zack work well together. Nolan enjoys working for Zack because he is the first one since the accident that doesn’t handle him with kid gloves. Considering how well these two work together and how they interact with each other it only makes since for their relationship to progress from employee employer, coworkers friends, then of course to lovers.

As a series I have no clue where the Ringside Romance books are going. Zack has fond memories of Ringside, the gym he currently owns. In his angsty teen years he meets his two best friends there. They all ended up there because it was a sort of refuge for LGBTQ teens. Zach goal is to get the gym back up and running so that he came provide the solace that was once provided to him.

Favorite quote, Zack to Nolan: “I don’t want to break you any more than you are.”

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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 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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8 Responses to “Review: Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d’Abo”

  1. Tanja

    Congratulations on your new release Christine. Tension guaranteed when romance begins on the workfloor. I love your books.
    tankie44 at gmail dot com

  2. Trix

    Kind of cool that you can’t predict the series arc…


  3. H.B.

    Thank you for the review! It sounds like it’ll be a book that can keep readers on their toes.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Jen F

    Thanks for the review! Sounds like a great story and a series that might not be predictable.


  5. James Escol

    *happy sigh* The review is nothing but absolutely apt for the book. <3

    I love how they fit for each other regardless of their issues & differences. I loved them tho I admit that Zack gets to my nerves sometimes. *chuckles* not

    Thanks for creating this beautiful book, Christine! This is such a good start for a series. ^_^


  6. Ree Dee

    I enjoyed the post and thank you for it. I’m looking forward to reading Working It soon. ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Lisa

    Congrats on the release & thanks for the review