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Work for It

(Just for Him #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,636 ratings  ·  420 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 me
Kindle Edition, 284 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
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

When I decided to do a week of reading and spotlighting only Black authors, I knew I needed to include a Talia Hibbert book. I'm a huge Talia Hibbert fan and read her stuff all the time, but I've been saving Work for It for a special occasion.

Work for It is Talia Hibbert's only M/M romance (that I know of), and since I'm such a huge fan of the genre and of the author, my expectations were sky high. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Talia Hibbert delivered with an intense,
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!
3.5 stars
Doesn’t he know no-one’s ever made me feel so many things at once in my whole life?
Work for It is a beautiful story about two very different men finding love at an unlikely time.

Griffin and Keynes meet at Griffin’s work place. They seem so different, but the more they get to know each other the more they realize they have in common. I love broody guys and both of these men were broody in their own way. As much as I loved Keynes, Griffin stole my heart. I rooted for him t
h o l l i s
Goodness. I.. goodness.

So I treated myself to this book after a disappointing read, which felt good because I love supporting delightful authors, and then I ended up sorta impulsively buddy reading it with friends who also deserved a treat (also hahaha sorry guys, as always, I am the worst buddy reader), so generally everything about this read was heading towards a good time. And then I started getting sucked into this book and things got even better.

"I may not be built like a lorry, like some p
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio .... 5 A.M.A.Z.I.N.G STARS! Both narrators were perfectly cast for their role. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that one of the narrators, Shane East, is also one of my favorite drool-worthy narrators, Steve West! 🤤😍♥️

Story.... Sadly 2.75 Stars 😥

Simply put the writing was excellent, the MCs well developed and complex, but the story, overall, was slow and dull. There was definitely some telling instead of showing. Also, for me, it wasn't emotionally charged enough woul
Sep 07, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish-dnf
Updated 30/9


I've tried to read this story in the first week it came out but I couldn't finish.
I wrote nothing about it. Soon, a friend asked me "Why didn't you like it?" which I answered in the comment space. And then another friend asked too. Therefore, as quietly as GR allows me, *yes, I am looking at you GR App 😤 pressing furiously to untick that box "Add to my update feed"* I am updating this with why I DNF.

My problem was the storyline. I found it boring and I ended up skimming a bit, t
Moony Eliver
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, m-m, 2019
3.5 stars. Sigh. I swear I really did mean it when I wrote RTC on this one, but too much time has passed for me to be terribly insightful, beyond the highs and lows that stick out in my memory. (Yes, I realize it's only been 11 days, but my old brain is a sieve.)

I enjoyed Work for It. One of the early things that impressed the hell out of me was that the author wasn't afraid to make one of her MCs act like a complete asshole, and then work his way out of that via some very decent characterizatio
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Hibber
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-read, 2-star
It is quite a nice book, but I considered dnf'ing it at some point. Thank goddess I didn't, because I found a few lines that squeezed my heart.

I know I'm probably alone with this, but 2020 is the best year of my life. I feel like I finally know who I am for the first time and I try to find out how to look forward instead of back. And every book has that one deep, heart-clenching line/thought that makes me think and realize and be able to move forward from the past.

"Almost two hours later,
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay poc mc with depression & anxiety, mlm mc

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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an early copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review

CW: Pictures sold with no consent, mention of parental death by suicide, depression, anxiety, panic attacks.

You know how I knew that Work for It was one of the best romances I’ve ever read in my life as romance trash who’s been reading the genre since she was 11? (yeah, let’s not talk about that). It’s the fact that I am also that person who’s been taking notes while reading religiously the past four year and it
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
DNF 68%

I think this is "it's not the book, it's me" situation. This started out really great. I loved Olu's arrogance and Griffin's plant loving soul. The farm setting was different and fun, but around 45% I started to get bored. No much had happened and the characters hadn't really developed. While I admit, Talia is a fairly good writer the story wasn't really holding my attention. I debated on DNFing but decided to push through, but once I realized I was skimming the sex scenes I knew it was t
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Every time, he looks at me like he knows me. Every time, I wonder if maybe he does—if maybe he snuck in, under my armour, past every icy defence, and embedded himself into some vital part of me. I don’t know if the idea is blissful or terrifying, but I do know every time those dark eyes caress me, and that fine mouth shapes my name, I shiver. And I remember how it felt, to want somebody for the first time in forever.”

There’s something so euphoric about stumbling upon a book by chanc
fra ☆
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this was such a beautiful love story! these characters will forever hold a special place in my heart and i miss them already
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.

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
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
brb gotta go reread this (x3)

Rep: Black gay mc with anxiety and depression, bi mc, bi side character, Black side characters
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
A very raw read.

Content warnings include: anxiety and depression, small village treating one of their own absolutely horrible over years, ableism, sex on-page; mentions of parental death, suicide, forced outing, homophobic parents disowning child for being gay, sharing of intimate photos without consent, blackmail, murder, abusive parents.

I'm not 100% sure what my thoughts were about this book. I had some trouble following what was going on in the beginning, and Olu's character develo
Carole Bell
Work For It is peak Hibbert and right now that's one of my favorite things. The story revolves around Olu, a beautiful, sophisticated biracial man struggling with anxiety and depression in the wake of trauma. Olu retreats to the cozy countryside to recover with manual labor and long walks. He's definitely not looking for love. And yet he quickly finds himself drawn to and eventually truly madly and deeply in love with a big, prickly sweet bear of a man named Griff:

"My heart is pounding against m
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i love them so freaking much!!
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Wasn't sure what to expect but after reading the author's alternative blurb in her review space I had to give it a look, and I really enjoyed it.

From the opening Keynes isn't likeable, he doesn't like himself, distant and brittle yet he knows how to charm. Griff is both similar and polar opposite; a gentle clever man who people look down on, solid but gruff never having chance to charm.

Both broken, lonely and able to see the other. With a good dose of contrary thrown in to mix things up. That so
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I was bored reading this story. I just wasn’t able to connect with the hero or the actual story. This is my third book by this author and I don’t seem to mesh with her writing style.
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
This book ya'll.
This book was soo much. It was everything.

The wording made me so H'd I didnt know what to do with myself.
I was flustered, horny, happy, sad and in awe OF THE WAY THE WORDS IN THIS BOOK FLOWED!!!

"His voice is rich and deep and smooth. Last night, it stroked its way down my spine like a promise, but today it does nothing for me."

" His gaze is burning me from the outside while my own feelings burn me from within. When I turn to ash, I hope he smears me all over himself.
Steph's Romance Book Talk
5 Stars / 4 Steam Fans

This book, this story, these characters left me speechless! Olu and Griff are two ships that happen to meet at the perfect time in both of their lives. One needs help dealing with the forced changes within their life and the other has to deal with being the outcast. Though their journey you will find two souls that are begging to be heard, loved, and cherished. This is a very special story that even if you don't have firsthand experience with what the characters are going
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
Fani *loves angst*
Update Dec 2020
All kinds of awesome!!! I can't stress how much I love this story or the writing. From the slightly humorous altercations of the first half, to the angsty and tender nuances of the tentative relationship between Olu and Griffin in the second part, this is one of my favorite ever stories. I can see myself rereading it again and again in the future.

Original review
An incredibly beautiful story, about two men from completely opposite backgrounds, falling in love with each other. Griff
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Talia Hibbert is a USA Today bestselliing 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. She also

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