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Work for It

(Just for Him #4)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  137 reviews
For men like us, trust doesn't come easy.

In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes m
Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Nixon House
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Talia Hibbert
Jul 30, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am reading this right now (because it's literally my book and unfortunately I have to edit it) and wow, it bangs. Well done me. Cracking effort. Take a gander if you are into:

- cynics struggling with their depression and learning to love themselves
- enormous and intimidating but ultimately soft-hearted grumps
- pastel suits
- men who climb trees and look at flowers as stress-relief
- opposites violently attracting
- prickly characters who hate each other until they don't
- Imposter Syndrome Everywh
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is how he wins, how he makes me all dizzy and soft: he smiles, for real, and for me.

Talia has yet again scripted a stunning slow-burn romance, this time between two very soft fire-and-ice queer men. Featuring past traumas and current mental illnesses, Work for It is a tough read at times but is crafted with the utmost of care and promises a sweet and satisfying ending.

Check out my full review here!
K.J. Charles
Talia Hibbert's first m/m is a barnstormer of angst, UST, and enemies-to-lovers where the enmity is expressed in real hurt, not smirks and snark. Olu is a profoundly damaged guy, hiding depression, rejection, serious betrayal and a lot of unaddressed issues under a polished exterior. Griff is a huge weird-looking countryman, deeply hurt by his isolation in a tiny village but lacking the drive to leave. They're both painfully sensitive to slights, which makes for a really difficult relationship b ...more
⚔ Silvia ⚓
I was sent this book as an advance copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Talia Hibbert quickly became one of my go-to romance authors for M/F romance last year, so I was very curious to see her write her first M/M romance. I had this feeling of calm about it that only comes with trusting an author without fear that your expectations will be disappointed, and in fact they weren't.

The first thing that I noticed is how unique each main character is. Talia Hibbert
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I ADORE THIIIIIIIIS!!!! My heart has been broken, put back together again and effectivly turned into mush!!!!

anna (readingpeaches)
an adult lit m/m book that's an honest to god slowburn ??? maybe the world won't end after all

personally i think it might use some more angst, but i'm a masochist who reads crush every month so u don't have to listen to me

rep: gay poc mc with depression & anxiety, mlm mc
mina reads™️
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Thank you very much to Talia Hibbert for providing an advance reading copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review.

Talia Hibbert's first m/m novel is a stunning, angsty enemies to lovers romance with the UST turned up. I've read a couple of Hibbert's books in the past and have always had a good time, so my expectations for this book were sky high ... and she didn't disappoint. How is it possible that I laughed, cried and swooned, all at the same time from one scene? Well, it probably has s
Elley Murray
CW: mentions of depression, anxiety, parental death by suicide, past sexual trauma, forced outing, and intimate photographs being shared without consent

THIS REVIEW talks about some of these items in the content warning, so if they're triggering for you maybe skip this review. Thanks!

Review to come when I find some tape or glue or something to put my heart back together.

OK, I'm back. I don't even have words for how much I love this book. I already knew Talia Hibbert is a goddess after reading Get
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, aug-2019


It was clear from the outset that the story would be an emotional one, and I was surprised at how quickly I had formed bonds with Olu & Griff. For the most part they are plagued with self doubt that manifested itself differently in both of them.

Olu has hurt deeply by a breach of trust and as a result he finds himself crippled by the notion of intimacy. His visceral reaction to Griff catches him unawares and his immediate reaction is to harshly reject him. For years Griff has been
Reading Work for It sent me down a rabbit hole trying to figure out what Elderflower cordial tastes like because after a particular scene involving the creation of it I kind of need to know. Really bad.

Work for it is absolutely delicious, angsty, and so hot I can't even give justice to a description beyond that. Olu and Griff's chemistry and antagonism is so very palpable my eReader was heavy in my hands. I loved the details of Griff's place in the elderflower business, his recipes, and how abs
Em Wittmann
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS YEAR. I gave Work for It an A at All About Romance.

Talia Hibbert’s A Girl Like Her was one of my favorite books in 2018. I initially doubted the story could or would appeal to me – as I mentioned in my review, it featured a heroine alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news. But I was completely won over by Ruth Kabbah, and blown away by the talent of this new-to-me author. Romantic and clever and heartbreaking and challengi
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review – thanks so much to Talia for sending this to me! Work For It was my first Talia Hibbert book, and I can say for certain that I’ll be reading many more of them because I LOVED this.

Work For It follows Olu – a sharp-tongued sweetheart who is suffering from depression, anxiety, and the aftermath of a horrible relationship that has left him with more walls than Fort Knox – and Griff, the larger-than-life pariah of the
I received an e-ARC of this book from the author. This is an honest review.

OMG, can a book review just be one big sigh of happiness? This book was so good. I’m going to struggle to explain how good this book was. It’s the story of Olu and Griff. Olu is struggling with depression after a forced outing and Griff is the outcast of his small town. Olu goes to the small town for the elderflower harvest and meets Griff. They meet and become fast enemies. But they keep crossing paths because Griff runs
Hannah Hearts Romance
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(I originally forgot to include: Thank you to the author for sending me a free eARC of this book!)

Goddammitt, Talia Hibbert, why you gotta make me feel these feelings?

Because I felt a lot of feelings reading this book. Hibbert has a gift for making you empathize with the characters. She basically doesn’t give you a choice. You WILL feel things about these guys, #sorrynotsorry.

The book opens with Olu, one of our MCs, dealing with THINGS. This is how you know you don’t have a choice about empathiz
August 20, 2019: I got an arc of this from the author 😭😭 I’m so happy and excited to read this!!

*happy sighs*

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Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my second Hibbert book in about as many weeks. One thing has become abundantly clear to me. She has a way with characters that I react so positively to.

Griff and Olu are both uniquely flawed, both vulnerably tender yet with some highlighted strengths as well. They balanced each other in a great way.

Work for It deals with some heavier topics. Olu is depressed and trying to find his path after a failed relationship, a huge betrayal and some major family drama. While Griff has some deep
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Work For It is a slow-burn, enemies to lovers that deals with darker themes, it's not a dark romance mind you but both characters have issues they're dealing with. I love that it wasn't sugarcoated, that you get a very real sense of Olu and Griffin's struggles but what I loved most is the way the saw each other. I enjoyed this story and definitely recommend it.

Copy provided by author
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
M/M romance with characters dealing with a host of issues. I liked how totally different both H were. I wasn't sure I would like one of the heroes but I did start liking him and his abrasiveness.
Review also posted to my blog.


content warnings: mentions of depression, anxiety, parental death by suicide, past sexual trauma, forced outing, and intimate photographs being shared without consent (taken from the content note in the book)
representation: black gay protagonist with anxiety, queer protagonist, interracial m/m relationship, black side characters, sapphic side character

“But he’s smiling again, that faint curve. I want to reach out and trace it with my fingers, which is such an un
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rose by: anna (readingpeaches)
TW: loss of a parent to suicide, imposter syndrome, anxiety, depression, class difference, bullying, consent, past sexual trauma, forced outing.

Genuinely don't know why I started this series on book 4, but I did and it was so good that I'm going to go back and read the first three even knowing full well that they're het romances.

Talia Hibbert is a new author for me - I've never read any of their work before and I actually got the rec from Anna who has amazing LGBTQIA+ recs and a kickass blog wi
Jessica (the naptime writer)
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author but all opinions provided are my own.)

Um, hello, amazing book.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began Talia Hibbert’s Work for It. Maybe this review can help prepare you.

Here’s the plot: Olu never told anyone he was gay—until his former lover shared photos of them without Olu’s consent. Now, one year later, he’s depressed, though he wouldn’t use that word to describe his condition, and he prefers to use his prodigi
Talia Hibbert is becoming one of those authors whose books I buy, no matter what the blurb says. Although this blurb is right up my alley. Enemies to lovers (although the enmity isn't very strong and doesn't last very long) with a lot of UST.

Olu is grappling with a lot of anxiety after being betrayed by a former lover, and has built a strong shell around himself. People often don't see past his good looks and expensive clothes, and he plays into that to keep his distance. He struggles with depre
I'm in a bit of a reading binge at the moment, but I think I'll have to take a breather, because this book won't let go of me.

I'm still buzzing with emotion.

It's so. fucking. good.

Hot damn.

I'm not sure if I want to give a detailed review of this and pick it apart. Mostly because I don't know where to even start. The whole story flows so naturally, every part hooking into the next one seamlessly, building the romance delicious bite by delicious bite. Analysing it too much would feel like recount
This book is easily one of my favourite reads of the year. This was quite honestly just the perfect romance and I couldn't get enough of it. Talia Hibbert is definitely one of the best romance authors there is and this is my favourite of the books i've read by her so far.

I've tried writing a review for this one a couple of times but honestly, this book felt very personal to me and because of that I really struggle with writing anything about it as I tend to get a little emotional so instead i'm
Katie Robinson
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Straight up, I will read anything Talia Hibbert writes - she always incorporates humour and steam into her stories in a way that I absolutely can’t resist. I’m so glad that she decided to venture into M/M romance and tell Olu and Griff’s stories. I don’t typically love angst but I left my heart in Talia’s hands and she didn’t disappoint.

A depressed character isn’t your typical “hero” in a romance novel, and I like t
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This booooook. So lovely and heart wrenching. I adored both guys but Olu stole my heart. Truly.

This book was equal parts sweet and funny and made me want to cry and just wrap Olu and Griff in a blanket.

I am also grateful that Griff's love is never presented as curing Olu. Olu has issues to work out still and at no time does it feel like Griff is fixing anything about Olu. Being with Griff does make Olu open up, feel things but he still struggles with not feeling enough for anyone.

I could read
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gotta love the grumpy softies

Loved this story! Grumpy softies are my favorite character type. The way that these two work to understand each other and find joy in what others consider faults is lovely. Thank you for the content warnings! I hope this becomes a common practice.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
that was actually lovely i adore how when olu first saw griff he thought he was ugly but then he fell in love and thought he was the most beautiful man on earth....
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Talia Hibbert is an award-winning, Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. S

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