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

Melissa reviews Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d’Abo Expected publication: February 6th 2017 by Riptide Publishing, 247 pages.

working-itNolan 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.





A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: It’s a classic trope: secretary falling for the boss.  I couldn’t resist!!!


The story starts off strong with Nolan struggling to work thru his anxiety as he prepares for a job interview. Nolan was in a terrible car accident and suffers from physical ailments, as well as psychological ones. He has panic attacks and finds public outings frightening. He’s worked hard for the last 2 years to be “normal.” With the help of his sister, he feels he’s ready to work again.

Zack is known as a demanding boss, uncaring and a slave-driver. He’s been through too many assistants to count and he and HR have thrown in the towel. But fate had other plans when Zack runs into Nolan in the bathroom as Nolan works to calm himself as he prepares for his interview. Zack – liking what he sees and hears – impulsively hires Nolan as his assistant. Zack is shocked at his own behavior but doesn’t contact HR to stop Nolan’s hire.

While Nolan had a surprising flair of attraction to Zach, they both are all business. It’s not until Nolan has a panic attack at a gay nightclub that things between them blur from employee/boss, to…friends?

Everything between them isn’t hunky-dory from that moment on, but it’s the start of something.  The beginning of the book really worked, but it started to slide after Zach’s boss piles more and more work on Zach’s shoulders. I didn’t buy into the unrealistic pressure being put on him, the unprofessional manner with which his boss treated him; it’s complicated to explain without giving too much away. There was just a lot going on that I didn’t buy into.

Despite how the book eventually worked out, I did enjoy Nolan and Zach’s relationship. Nolan helped calm Zach down, and Zach was there to help Nolan thru his anxiety (but he doesn’t hover).

I do recommend this story because it is a good one. 8 pots because I didn’t feel the ending matched the wonderfulness of the beginning.

Pot Of Gold 8

Where to buy:  This title is available for pre-order through Riptide Publishing, and qualifies you for a chance to win free ebooks for a year!  Check out the details here: Riptide Publishing



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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