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Work-Love Balance

(Out & About #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The customer always comes first, but IT consultant Brady Jansen loves to hate Nash OHara. Except the fine line between hate and attraction means sometimes Brady cant help it when he crosses the boundary from professional and personal.

Recently divorced, workaholic Nash knows hes hard to please. When the smart-mouthed IT consultant he depends on to keep his office running
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 244 pages
Published March 9th 2020
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very definitely my favourite book from Allison so far.

Everything about this one just worked for me.

Two different but compelling characters who worked out that they were pretty good for each other, a set of cute twins, a bit of angst and steamy moments of emotional vulnerability.

Loved it. Bring on Doug's story next!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Truuss / Loveislovereview
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2020
I was swooned by this story and adored it. It had all the feelings a good balanced, emotional romance must have.
This story is told by both men's different views and I loved them hard.
Snarky comments, rude, witty, funny, sweet, you name it and its here.

Brady Jansen has an IT company and one of his clients is Nash OHara of the company Out & About. There is always something going on there with their network, laptops, mobiles.

Nash yells and is demanding of Brady and Brady serves it up with a
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, age-gap
Fun banter ✔

Sexy times ✔

Angst ✔

Dual POVs ✔

Age gap ✔

Feels ✔

Work romance ✔

Family ✔

Work-Love Balance is my third book by Allison Temple, and it's my favorite. I had such a delightful time reading it.

I did think the over the top ex drama could've been toned down a bit, but otherwise, it was nearly perfect.

If you love a good steamy office romance, definitely give this a go!

4.5 Stars

This was good. I liked that it had the office romance feel but was so much more. I dont think I expected that so much more but it was welcome. The feels werent too overwhelming though, and it still had that fun office romance, age difference romance feel.

It was a little hard reading about the separation from the kids and how little time Nash got with them. The divorce and the kids read so real to me. Ive lived this and this is how it was at times and it sucks for all involved. I loved, loved,
Rachel Reid
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very sexy and very funny. I really liked this and I think it's going to be a great series.
michaela ⚘
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc, 2020
A slip of tongue when you think your client is no longer on the line could end badly but Nash really cant regret it too much when it puts things in motion for him to land in bed with Brady -- a hot, newly divorced older man who relies heavily on his IT consultant.

Nash and Brady were extremely hot together even from the first pages when its nothing more than a work/client relationship. Brady is completely clueless in such an adorable way when it comes to technology and I really enjoyed watching
Amy Dufera
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Allison Temple's Work-Love Balance is cute from the start. And from there it just gets better, as emotions become involved.

This is a delightful boss/employee romance between IT guy Brady and the extremely IT challenged Nash. When we meet Brady, we get to see his likable and funny side. As for Nash, we soon learn about his divorce, as well as his struggle to balance work and time with his kids.

Nash has always been a micro-manager, never able to devote time to his family. And Brady has always
Jules Lovestoread
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I ended up loving Brady and Nash's story so much. <3333 Another sweet romance from Allison Temple. Full review coming to
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
I loved it!

While I admit to having several books by Allison Temple in my overflowing digital library, Work-Love Balance is the first one I've read and I loved it.

This is an age-gap story that doesn't beat you over the head with the 14-year age difference. The story is told in first-person, alternating between Brady and Nash. This is pretty much my favorite type of first-person POV story as I enjoy getting both sides of a relationship.

The blurb for the book is great so take a look at it. Brady
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Work-Love Balance manages to be a fun and sexy story despite some of the more sombre issues encountered in the book such as parenting post-divorce and mental health.

Nash and Brady, our two main characters, fit the opposites attract trope on the surface, but it soon becomes apparent that they are both on the same life trajectory - risking burnout from overwork / no life outside of 'the office'. They're just at different stages. Nash, as the older of the two can see where Brady is heading because
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author and publisher via A Novel Take for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Brady and Nash are that special kind of character that are both adorable and real. Both workaholics and sometimes at odds with each other - especially when Brady in his IT role has to remind Nash to plug in his computer. And of course animosity leads to attraction.

I loved the banter and how these characters support each other. Even though Brady was younger than Nash, it felt like he had
Lillian Francis
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've not yet read a book by this author that I didn't love and this one is no exception. Starts off with snarky banter and a sizzling hot sexual chemistry. Both Nash and Brady are workaholics and don't have time for anything other than meeting for steamy hook ups. These intimate scenes are used to great effect to show the development of the relationship and how quickly it moves from a matter of convenience to something more like a relationship. Nash and Brady are both sweethearts and I loved ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of this book Brady and Nash were not just uncorrectable workaholics, but two men slowly losing control of their lives. There've been moments they seemed close to crawling out of their skins, battling anxiety. It was saddening to witness, but thankfully, at some point, when they needed an escape from their problems, they started running toward one another. Just for a few hours of sweating away all their concerns, *wink*, and losing themselves in each other. I liked the way they ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, romance, arc, m-m, 2020
Rating: 4,5

It's official! I will read everything Allison Temple has to offer.

I loved her Seacroft series but >Work-Love Balance is something else. I completely fell for Brady and Nash and their story. The best the '0posites attract' trope can offer.

It had everything I enjoy: likable MCs, scorching chemistry, angst, heat, age gap, twins!!!. I couldn't put my kindle down.

I can't wait for Doug's story and hoping Patrick the intern gets one too.

ARC provided by the author through A Novel Take PR
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Huge Stars 
I was thrilled to read the latest book by Ms. Temple and she did not disappoint as she has a talent for pulling you in and keeping you completely invested in her stories. She is an excellent author and her characters are always fleshed-out and have enough gentle imperfections, they are not only human but incredibly likable.
Brady Jansen is an IT consultant that is working around the clock to make his own start-up succeed and he is damn good at his job. One of his star clients is Nash
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always liked Allison Temple's books in the past and Work-Love Balance is no exception! This story is about IT company owner, Brady and one of his clients Nash. Nash runs a huge LGBTQIA film festival in Toronto and Brady provides IT support for them.

At the beginning of the novel, Brady is intrigued and amused by gruff Nash... and then a momentary slip of protocol has him accidentally revealing his attraction to Nash. These two men collide with each, rather than meeting. There are a few
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so much better than I expected, although the blurb is a little misleading.

"But the more time they spend together, the more secrets they have to keep from the people around them, and from each other. The lies are piling up, until its hard to tell whos fooling who."

I didn't really think there were any lies involved, except the both of them hiding their relationship from their co-workers. That's really the only secret/lie, and I wouldn't even call it a lie. I expected certain roles
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found Work-Love Balance a great read. Enemies to lovers, an age gap, and office romance, you cant ask for more.
Brady and Nash are compelling characters, on the surface very different, but in reality not so much. Brady is working around the clock to keep his IT company running and has no time for relationships. Nash has been there, done that, and it cost him his marriage. He only Brady for the smallest IT-related things. And I must say hes not the nicest and most patient man about it. Brady,
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written romance.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are realistic and likeable, and its written at a good pace, with a good plot. The main themes are of relationships, learning to love again and fighting for what you want.

I like stories where characters show how much they've grown over the course of the story, and this book is a good example of that. Both MCs have a lot to learn about one another and themselves. I loved how both their characters and relationship developed
Independent reviewer for Gay Romance Reviews, I was gifted my copy of this book.

I liked this book, I liked it a lot, but I can't quite bring myself to love it, I'm afraid!

I did love how Brady manages to push all of Nash's buttons, and then some, and that was BEFORE Nash heard what Brady said! But I also loved that Nash was pushing all Brady's buttons too.

Their attraction has been bubbling under the surface for months, and it carries right through the book. It's powerful, that attraction and
Smut Librarian
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
If hot and steamy office romances with an age gap are your trope, then Work-Love Balance by Allison Temple is for you! The IT consultant gets passionately involved with the business manager and sets your Kindle on fire!

Nash runs the Film Festival office and is technologically challenged. His divorce six months ago has left him grumpy and a complete workaholic (although that was a big part of the reason for the divorce). Hes a control freak who overthinks every decision and tries to balance his
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Note: An ARC was provided by the author.

Allison Temple's latest novel had me in stitches! I'm talking moments wherein I full-on snort-laughed. Thank goodness I read at home or else I'd have gotten looks, not that I would have cared all that much considering my attention was solely on Work-Love Balance, the first in Temple's new Out & About series. This had a kind of work-place romance feel to it meshed with a bit of enemies-to-lovers and age-gap romance as well. I've read all of Temple's
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I believe those of us in relationships always try to find that balance between love and work, and that is just what this author weaves her tale around. Brady is an IT tech who owns his own successful company and Nash is a client who is the director of an LGBTQIA film festival. Nash is also older, divorced and co-parenting a set of twin boys with his ex. Both men are workaholics who dont know how to say no. But, once they say yes to each other they begin to explore a relationship based solely on ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I LOVED Nash and Bradys story! Its been forever since a book has grabbed my attention so much! I was totally on board with forgoing an extra two hours of sleep so I could finish! But this was so worth it! I really loved the chemistry they had together and how they each unknowingly supported each other through their life stressors. I loved how Brady was able to get Nash to dial back his involvement in his day to day work operations, and Nash didnt even realize it. In turn, Nash was such
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful age gap story about learning from past mistakes and reaching for what you want.

Nash is developing a queer festival (totally inclusive of every type of art form). It totally engulfs his life. It was one of the reasons he is now divorced and shares custody of his twin boys. His ex, Dominic, can be overbearing, manipulative, and is a drama queen. However, Nash doesnt see this until he almost loses the current love of his life.

Brady is a driven entrepreneur. His business is IT
Emily  Muddle
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nash and Brady were smoking hot! There is an age-gap, and a boss/employee type relationship that just made them so steamy together. Struggling with his life after his divorce, Nash is snippy, arrogant, and harsh in the way he deals with Brady most of the time. The younger IT guy lives for the banter between them though, and pretty soon they find it hard to keep their hands off of each other. I also loved their banter, and almost died of laughter when Brady had to make a late-night visit to fix ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun and real situations, plus oodles of sizzle😋💻

This Canadian couple really worked for me and I am SO glad that Dominic maneuvered himself out of the way (eventually)! The problems with work-life balance and dealing with a splintered family and young kids were handled very true-to-life. Brady is much younger but displays a maturity, both in business and in his relationship with Nash, that had me on his side. And the wry humor of dealing with Nash's laptop "disaster" before a big
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book but it is currently live!

I believe that this book is one of this authors best to date! I really liked the evolution from a working relationship to a friends with benefits relationship. I felt like it evolved organically and made sense. What I wasn't feeling was the minor feeling of enemies to lovers bit at the beginning. I think that felt forced and the story naturally shifted away from that kind of storyline.

Overall, I would say this is
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this age gap romance. While seemingly as opposite as can be, Nash and Brady are more alike than either realizes. Both are caught up in the work rules their lives pattern. This has cost Nash his marriage and Brady any kind of personal life.
When sparks fly between these two they decide to have a benefits only relationship. As you can imagine, this does not last long before feelings get involved.
I loved the banter between these two and also the fact that Brady was the take charge
Audrey Pott
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this storyline by Allison, well written, had humour, some angst and wonderful characters. Brady is an IT specialist and Nash is one of his clients. Nash is divorced from Dominic and has his twins once a fortnight, they are delightfully incorrigible. The chemistry between them sizzles and decide on no commitment hookups. There are some interesting challenges along the way, so no spoilers buy the book to see how it ends.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for my honest opinions of
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