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Working It (Ringside Romance) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Both Nolan and Zack fight a daily battle with personal traits that make it hard for them to navigate in society. Nolan, who struggles with anxiety caused by a traumatic accident, is trying to regain his independence and sense of self, while Zack struggles with anger issues and a general lack of empathy that make him a trial to work with. At its core, the story is about two men who see admirable qualities in the other that they use to draw strength from to become happier with themselves. Unfortunately, while Nolan’s journey is fully realized, Zack felt a bit underdeveloped. There are glimpses of him learning to be more empathetic and caring, but I felt like his progress was shortchanged, especially towards the end of the book when the story just sort of dropped their romantic and Zack’s personal development. For most of the book, they're getting to know one another with a couple of frantic interludes thrown in, but when they finally have an emotional and engaged sexual encounter, suddenly office politics ensue and the book basically ends, with their relationship getting wrapped up in the epilogue. It just seemed a bit abrupt, and came across as a quick and easy way to redirect the series from the office to the eponymous Ringside Gym. Overall, though, I liked the story and look forward to the rest of the series.
The two MCs were broken; one physically/mentally and the other had severe anger issues, but each one had what the other one lacked. Two pieces of a perfect puzzle. I admittedly had a tough time liking Zack in the beginning, but the author had this amazing way of showing you why he acted the way he did. You could see and feel him change through the course of the book. Nolan was an adorable and relatable character. He was dealing with anxiety/panic attacks from PTSD and it was extremely well written. You could tell the author really put effort and care into writing Zack and Nolan. I felt that I knew them by the end of the book.
There were some hot, sexy times in the book and they flowed with the story. I loved the slow burn of the romance. It is what made it seem more real. Pick up this book! I promise you won't be disappointed.
Because of their personal baggage, they recognized in each other a kindred spirit. Someone who realized each others inner strengths and weaknesses. In coming together, they healed their broken parts and became whole.
This was an engrossing thoroughly enjoyable story. Excellent characterization which flowed smoothly from first page to last page. I definitely recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
As far as I'm concerned a book 2 of Nolan and Zach is imperative, I know they will be deliriously happy and I want to read it.
Now quicker than Superman I'm of to authors page.