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- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: Nixon House (September 3, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07VMB9ZK4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Shane East has acted on stage, television, and film and began dabbling in voiceover work when he was just a kid. After falling in love with narrating, he began specializing in contemporary-romance audiobooks. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Chance Thoreau is an in-demand narrator with a background in film and stage acting. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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This read started slow for me - for a chapter or two I wasn’t sure if I was going to get into it - but it just blossoms beautifully once the two men are in close proximity and by the end I pretty much had tears streaming from my eyes. I’ve seen the plot described as enemies-to-lovers, but I’d characterize it more as a slow burn with initial fighting of lust. Both Griff and Olu have good people in their corner, but nonetheless feel completely alone in the world in a way that felt very real and familiar to me. Olu uses a slick, social exterior to protect himself, while Griff walls himself off behind his bulk and his silence, but ultimately their cores vibe very well together - making the romance believable and touching.
I especially loved that in this “small town romance” the small town was, uh, not ideal. There were a few nice people there, but there was also gossip and grudges and mean ostracizing and it was not a great place for either Olu or Griff in the end. Often in romance novels small towns are a place of healing, family, and welcome for MCs—painted as superior in every way to the soulless city. That is not necessarily a true experience for many queer people and I loved that this book lived in that experience.
Overall, a wonderful, tender read about two prickly, difficult men finding each other. I loved it and highly recommend!
Content notes for characters dealing with depression and anxiety (with some minor on-page panic attacks) and references to suicide.
This is a book I picked up at the recommendation of favorite author (Kennedy Ryan) and after finishing it in one day, I will definitely be seeking out Ms Hibbert's back list.
Work for It is the 4th book in a series, but reads very well on it's own. Olu and Griffin are two characters whom at first glance seem to be so different that they would never work as a couple. Watching them spend time together was like watching a flower bloom. Ms Hibbert did an excellent job of creating situations that allowed them to get to know each other and discover that under the very different exteriors were to people incredibly well matched.
One of my favorite things about Work for It was how Olu and Griff were catalysts for change in each other. Both characters seemed to have been in a state of inertia prior to meeting. Seeing them interact and the introspection that created was refreshing. I enjoyed the sense that even if there had not been romantic interest, these were 2 people who would have been good for each other.
Ms Hibbert addresses a couple of difficult issues in Work for It; particularly depression and bullying. These are handled gently and we see support offered where it's needed, but it's something to be aware of for readers.
After reading Work For It, I am looking forward to reading the books that come before it in the series and getting to know the couples appearing here in secondary roles.
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I worried at the beginning, watching Olu spiral into a truly self destructive depression that Griff was going to be magical fix-it-all dick.
I've seen these before and I find them extremely dangerous. It tells people with mental health issues, that all they need in dick and it tells SOs that if they were truly loved by the person with mental health issues, they should be able to "fix" them. And there is no fix. Because those people are not broken. They have a disease, and if it was a ear infection, you wouldn't be saying that they just need to hear harder, you'd be telling them to get ear drops.
This, as I was saying, is not that book. Olu and Griff are awesome for each-other. At a glance, complete opposites in the way they handle themselves, where they come from, what they look like, but not in the core of their beliefs and morals, of what they consider right and wrong. And when that base is solid, the rest is decoration.
One that, granted, has shaped the way the face the world, as it has most definitely shaped the way the world treats them, but still, superficial differences.
Hibbert also effortlessly develops Griff world, where most of the action happens, in a way that at no point at all seems forced or stretching the truth. Class, privilege, prejudice and isolation are all present in the English countryside and used expertly to show again, the differences, but far more than that, the similarities between Olu and Griff.
Now onto the other very important part. The sex IS HOT. LIKE HOT DAMN. LIKE WOW. Like it's going to keep me warm through the winter hot.
And it's funny, and slow and enjoyable, and filled with excellent side characters.
An entirely delightful book that I can do nothing else but recommend.
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 dismissed and overlooked and to be seen by someone like Olu, albeit briefly, opens him up to the idea of love and being loved.
WORK FOR IT was much more than what was eluded to in the blurb, and as much as I am a sucker for a grumpy hero, I was humbled by the challenges faced by both protagonists. Testament to the author’s story telling it was realistic, poignant and heartbreaking at times. I was completely overwhelmed by my adoration Olu & Griff and my need to champion their happiness. A story of hope and self discovery, it’s not one I will forget anytime soon.
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 just gonna make a list of some of the aspects that made this such a winner for me.
- The best depiction of mental illness I have ever read - Olu’s depression is so well explained and explored, and most importantly is not cured by love.
- Griff is one of the purest characters ever and his development in realising that he deserves more than the way people treat him was so wonderful.
- Griff is not the typical MC of a romance in that he is not conventionally attractive, in fact Olu thinks he’s ugly at the beginning. Olu’s realisation over time that actually he thinks Griff is beautiful was wonderful to read but even better was Griff’s slow realisation of his own beauty.
- Talia Hibbert really had me swooning over two grown men touching hands?! I’ve read a lot of romance which include a lot of seriously steamy scenes but she seriously wrote a scene where just their hands touch and my heart nearly exploded, like damn!!
- Talia’s humour totally shines through in a couple of lines during this book and I loved that.
- The writing. Ugh this was so beautifully written, I always love Talia’s writing but here it’s just on another level.
This is a beautiful story. A true romance, stumbling and faltering, between two difficult, prickly and damaged people. The writing is just gorgeous, the dialogue was witty and sharp, the characters were believable and it was a joy to see these two tightly wound up souls unravel. A book like this is all about the connection - with the characters - and with the story, and I definitely felt that with this book. If a fiction book can teach you something about yourself that is a great thing.
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 development wasn't entirely clear to me - I couldn't really connect the way his character developed over the chapters.
There were several moments where this novel hurt. The way Griff has been treated by his community his entire life, and the way Olu has been treated in his past were horrible and hard to bear.
The main relationship between Griff and Olu had some wonderful moments, but I have to admit I couldn't always get a grasp on how their dynamic worked - how they knew the other way joking when at other times they were truly vicious towards each other.
Overall a great book that I couldn't get into quite as fully as I had anticipated.
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.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I am very impressed. The prose is lovely and so well suited to each character's voice; Griff and Olu are perfect for each other and that really comes across as you watch their relationship develop.
I love how the author shows character change through love, not FOR the other person but because the love and support of Griff for Olu, and vv, allows each man to experience growth and change and believe in themselves as individuals.
Their issues felt very real, and the romance was just delicious and tender and sweet.
Recommended for Romance-Lovers who like character development, emotional growth, and a bit of nicely resolved angst!