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Working It

(Ringside Romance #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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 administrative assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a
ebook, 247 pages
Published February 6th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

The first 60 percent of Working It was a solid 4 star read. I liked the light enemies-to-lovers trope, the insta lust, the hurt/comfort theme, and the forbidden office romance.

Zack is unapproachable and not known for his people skills. He hires Nolan to be his personal assistant (one of many who've either quit or been fired) on a whim. Nolan is still recovering from a horrific car accident that left him shattered two years prior. He's a shell of the man he used to be, but somehow he and Za
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.75 Stars***

Two men, a bit lonely, a bit broken...

This was my first Christine d'Abo book and it certainly won't be my last.

There's an ease to her writing that I really liked. And the flow and pacing of the story felt the same way....easy.

Unfortunately, I liked the first half more than the second half.

The first half really tugged at the heartstrings with Nolan's anxiety and insecurity regarding his scars and injuries after his accident.

Zach took a little bit longer to warm up
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first book by Christine d'Abo was a very pleasant surprise. Office romance, right amount of steam, nice dose of angst and solid writing. What's not to like?
"Mr. Anderson is the CTO. [...]

And he's your new boss. She held out her hand, "Welcome to Compass, Nolan. God help you."

Not the words Nolan Carmichael wanted to hear when he got hired as Zack Anderson's administrative assistant.

Zack is grumpy and hard to work with. He expects his assistants to fail, and lashes out pretty often.
3.5 stars

I'm rounding up half a star because the first 60-70% of this book was so good.

A couple of years ago Nolan Carmichael was in a horrible car accident that left him physically and psychologically damaged. But he's a strong man, and with the help of doctors, therapists and his loving sister, he's finally at a point where he wants to take back charge of his life.

Nolan applies, interviews and lands a job as a personal assistant.

Zack Anderson hasn't kept a personal assistant on the payroll for
True Loveislovereview
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, 2017
Zack and Nolan.
Nolan still recovering from an accident has anxiety attacks. When he tries to gets his nerves together in the bathroom of the company where he has an application appointment he sees a man he can't gets his eyes of. After explaining to him what is wrong with him he leaves him behind to his appointment. While he is at this conversation the man from the bathroom storms in and tells he has the job.
Zack, the CTO of the company, can't get his mind straight why he hired the man as his PA
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
This is my first time reading something by this author and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this. I liked both of the main MC's. I'm a HUGE sucker for a grumpypants MC with a heart of gold and Zach fit the bill perfectly. Nolan was sweet but so very strong. They were lovely together. I would've liked maybe a little more desk sex cuz HOT and Zach is a dirty talker. Love! My only real complaint was with the's only a few weeks/months later and it didn't quite finish the s ...more
What a bummer. The first half of this book was a solid workplace romance that was also delightfully enemies-to-lovers adjacent. And then, around the 60% mark, things just sorta... fell apart. Unlike some reviewers, I can't really put my finger on what changed and why I didn't like it, but from one page to the next, I lost all connection to the characters and their relationship to one another. As I said... Bummer. ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
3.5 stars

Dude!!! What happened???? The first half of the story was going extremely well, and then it declined rapidly. Hmm no. That's not how it was suppose to happen at all. Working it was going well as enemies to lovers story. I recall stating in previous reviews that I don't like clingy, needy, or PUSHOVERS as characters. I know realistically they are out there, but I really hate it. Nolan was going well as a character, but then at some point, he decided to be a pushover. It's nothing wrong w
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc
This book had me at the blurb because of my huge weakness for grumpy alpha males with a permanent chip on their shoulder.

Zack was pretty much exactly as I expected, a man with anger issues, lacking social behavior, someone who's feared and hated rather than loved, but also someone with a huge heart and a marshmallow core. Zack's job as a CTO is not something he's ever planned on and it's definitely not something he enjoys, but it allows him to secretly continue his plans to restore and re-open
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance

I’ll make this a quick and dirty review. Well, not dirty really, for that you’ll have to read the book since it had a couple of steamy scenes.

I liked this book, at times I enjoyed it and was able to connect with the anxiety and PTSD issues Nolan was working through. I still felt, however, that I didn’t know him well enough to feel fully invested in him. Same goes to the other MC, a master ar*eholian.

Their histories were hastily sketched, so it was hard to see what really motivated the
***3.75 Stars***
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ang
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Nolan Carmichael is restarting his life with a new career after two years struggling to come back physically and emotionally from a horrific car wreck. Nolan suffers from anxiety, at times, as well as panic attacks.

Zack Anderson has had trouble with anger management issues since childhood, though they were mitigated once he found Ringside Gym as a surly teenager, and it quickly became his retreat with his two best friends.

Zack is an uber-demanding boss, who's gone through several assist
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

4.5* of hot and meaningful

This is the first book in a new series, and I will be definitely on the look out for the next installment.

There are many facets to this book, which elevate it from the standard office romance and give it a lot of reader appeal. Firstly the boss and assistant are both male, so the issues of sexism take on another slant. The assistant, Nolan is still recovering from a life changing injury, which
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars ✨

I loved this one, but would've loved it more if the ending was a bit more . . . Dragged out? Idk, more closure for us readers before leaving the beloved Zack and Nolan? But still, it was a very good read, thanks Ms. D'Abo
Morgan  Skye
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an eclectic story that has me scratching my head a bit. At first it looked like it was going to be a mix between a hurt/comfort and nerd/jock type romance. To a certain extent it is. Nolan is recovering from a severe car accident that has left him with PTSD like symptoms and Zach does help him with those. Nolan is also more brain than brawn and Zach is a big, muscled hot-head. Nolan’s previous life had him training in the work place for things like sensitivity and stress management, and ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun and romantic story. I’m not sure I got the whole letdown that some readers mention in their reviews. The book itself was not amazing but it wasn’t bad either, I would say it was a bit above average. There were a few things that didn’t quite make sense and had me wondering (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
Working It is a wonderful mlm romance, set in work environment. I adore the main characters, they are so well-crafted and real. The dynamics between them has been fascinating to read. I love that their relationship based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. It doesn't hurt at all that they always checked up on each other if both of them are comfortable (open verbal consent is so important).

The story is told from 3rd person pov. Nolan, the newly hired assistant, and Zack, nightmare of a bo
♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
I really enjoyed the feel of this book, it just felt to short I wanted more!!!
Mari  Cardenas
5 Stars!!!

Nolan is ready—or about as ready as he’s going to be—to tackle working again. After a very bad accident that left him with physical sequels and anxiety attacks that forced him to leave his previous job, he is determined to get back into the saddle, even if he has to take a position for which he is overqualified. His interview is hijacked by the company’s CTO, Zack Anderson, and soon he finds himself as Zack’s new executive assistant and slowly regaining some of his confidence back as N
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This started out really great for me. Nolan suffers from severe anxiety due to a horrible car accident and he's not been able to go back to his job as a result. He's decided to try something new and ends up interviewing for an assistant position at Zack's company.

Zack is the horrible boss that no one can work with and he was truly an asshat in the beginning of the book. I was loving this part of the book. It had a enemies to lovers vibe and the two men had a bunch of UST and some hate
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cassandra by: Wax
I'd give 5 stars for the initial premise; I love enemies-to-lovers and I love scarred MCs and I love boss/employee affairs.

But unfortunately 2 stars for the actual execution. The start was good, but then around the halfway mark, when they actually kissed, it all went downhill.

Nolan is clingy as hell (not in a good way) and Zack just comes across as an asshole. Ringside Gym is supposed to show his soft side probably? I think it just seemed like the author needed a little more plot and threw that
This might have been a 5 star for me if it had a little more meat to it. However, there were tons of warm and fuzzies that I really enjoyed!
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars Complete honesty: I've been so distracted by family illness that I've had to read this in bits and pieces. I'm in no mental condition to do a proper review. I liked most of it, some was tedious, it's low steam, if that's important to you. I'll likely read the next one. ...more
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley.

This book isn't really a 4 star for me, but since GR doesn't do half ratings, I decided to bump it up because of the beginning of the book. This feels more like a 3.5 star for me because I felt the story didn't keep its momentum going as it had in the beginning.

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 physica
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle, m-m
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

Nolan fights with anxiety after a accident but is finally finding a job as Zack's assistant. Will they manage to work together when Zack struggles with his anger issues and Nolan his anxieties?

This story was lovely and I couldn't find anything that I didn't like about it. I think one of the main reasons I liked it so much was because Nolan's struggles with anxiety struck so close to home, I c
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is only the second Christine D'Abo book I've ever read but I've enjoyed them both. That being said, I think I enjoyed this one even more than the last one I read. I will definitely be reading more from this author. Working It is the first book in D'Abo's new series "A Ringside Romance".

I absolutely LOVED Nolan. Maybe it's because I could connect to him a little more because of his anxiety (more like PTSD in his case) issues. I thought D'Abo did a really great job showing how a real anxiety
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I'm gonna like this series. Anyone surprised?

The only other book I've read by Christine d'abo was a holiday novella, Rebound Remedy, which I really enjoyed. I almost passed this one up, but then a couple of trusted reviewers/readers read it and liked it so much I decided to pick it up. Needless to say, I'm glad that I did.

I loved Nolan from the start... Zack, not so much. The description should clue you in to the reasons why. On the surface, pairing these two should equal disaster. The m
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

"Somehow they'd clicked - the broken man and the angry one..."

Nolan was in a terrible accident that left him broken and not just physically. He was having anxiety attacks that completely shut his body down. He had to work, even if it was something he was over qualified for. Being an executive assistant wasn't his dream but he needed to get back to the real world. His boss, Zack, was anything but easy to work for. He was
Himani Singh
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over forty 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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