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Work-Love Balance

(Out & About #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  109 reviews
The customer always comes first, but IT consultant Brady Jansen loves to hate Nash O’Hara. Except the fine line between hate and attraction means sometimes Brady can’t help it when he crosses the boundary from professional and personal.

Recently divorced, workaholic Nash knows he’s 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.
True Loveislovereview
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 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 it’s here.

Brady Jansen has an IT company and one of his clients is Nash O’Hara 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 snark
This was good. I liked that it had the office romance feel but was so much more. I don’t think I expected that so much more but it was welcome. The feels weren’t 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. I’ve lived this and this is how it was at times and it sucks for all involved. I loved, loved,
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

May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really liked this one. We need more office romances.
This was cute. Not insta-love but definitely fast love. The conflict at the end felt a bit silly. I can’t say I feel very strongly one way or the other but no super major complaints. This is the first I’ve read by this author and I would try more. I enjoyed her writing. That’s the only review you’ll get out of me at the moment. 🤷🏻‍♀️😄
Jun 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tbr
So look. In this case it's totally me. Not the book.
I really enjoyed the first maybe 30% of the book. I'm always in the mood for a little office romance even if this one ain't strictly an office romance. I really liked both of the MC's and most of the secondary characters.
Then stuff happened. And I couldn't handle it. The last 70% of the book stressed me out. Like crazy. The way Brady was working himself to the ground made me stressed and I was just a spectator off it all. Seriously, I need a
Javi reads and reads and reads
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbt, read-2020
Ahhh. I loved this book. It was certainly not what I was expecting.

I thought it was going to be a light and fun romance between two coworkers and it turned out it was SO MUCH MORE than that.

Nash is in his 40s and recently divorced. His ex is what I would call a manipulative bastard, using the kids (a pair of 7 year old twins) to his advantage, but sadly, this sounds way too familiar in this society. ANYWAYS. Nash’s problem and the reason his ex gave him for the divorce was his lack of time and a
Joyfully Jay
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Work-Love Balance by Allison Temple takes a hard look at getting the priorities in life straight and making sure that love, not guilt, guides your motives. Poor Nash really messed up his first marriage. He worked way too hard on a project he felt very strongly about and while he tried his best to be there for his husband and their twins, he definitely failed spectacularly. Now, divorced and still not really over the entire thing, he is not looking for another relati
michaela ⚘
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc, m-m
A slip of tongue when you think your client is no longer on the line could end badly but Nash really can’t 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 it’s 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
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. ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
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 be
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 ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog
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
Shelves: filed
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 the ...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 f ...more
Really digging this author's voice! Very relatable, breezy and engaging. Brady and Nash are two lovely MCs with clearly distinguished voices. Brady is young, confident with a swagger you don't often see. Loved that he went for what he wanted. I truly wanted to jump into the book and throttle Nash and was so upset that I put the book aside for a bit. But loved dynamics between the all the secondary characters, particularly Harpreet. Good representation of women at work. Maybe an F/F with her??? A ...more
Ed Davis
Feb 10, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF. I made it till they actually went to bed together. About 38%. I was loving this book, but I just wasn’t up for the younger guy bossing the older guy. I know there are younger more feminine guys who are tops to tougher older men, but it just doesn’t work for me. I didn’t rate the book because it was well written and I was enjoying the story. If this doesn’t bother you I recommend it. The funny thing is I was checking all the reviews to make sure this wasn’t a Daddy book. I don’t usually like ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Work-love Balance - it was light but had depth and the main characters were likeable, usually I will prefer one character over another but with this book I loved them both. The banter was good, the chemistry was terrific and the sex was HOT. There was some light angst but it realistic and really fit the story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Definitely recommend!
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, free-ebook, lgbtq
2.5 stars rounded up

This was my first book by this author, and I admit, I only tried it because it was free on amazon. This was definitely a good story, and I liked the leads. I only felt the "I love you" came a bit soon and suddenly (it's not insta-lust, but still...). It's a nice opposites-attract, frenemies-to-lovers romance. Definitely will read more by the author!
Rafa Brewster
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first time reading this author. Pretty good read, would likely consider her other books.
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maybe 3.75 stars. I liked it a lot but didn’t love it. There was a bit of repetition which bothered me a little but on the whole a really good read.
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 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I LOVED Nash and Brady’s story! It’s 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 didn’t even realize it. In turn, Nash was s
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). He’s a control freak who overthinks every decision and tries to balance his
Lena Grey
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices." ~ Betsy Jacobson

Brady Jansen runs his own consulting business. It’s a lot of work, sometimes too much, but it’s gratifying. Most of his customers are happy with his service and appreciate his help. However, one client in particular, Nash O’Hara, is almost impossible to please, trying Brady’s patience to the point of exasperation. Nash is technically challenged but won
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 pre
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