Monday, March 13, 2017

Working It by Christine D'Abo + Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon

Working It by Christine D'Abo 

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine . . . until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.

Zack Anderson has scared away his last four administrative assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life . . . and libido.

But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.

Review: Oh, I really loved this one! I really loved Nolan and Zack. They both have issues they are working through -Nolan has extreme anxiety attacks and Zack has a definite attitude/anger issue - but these aren't things they are willing to let hold them back. When Nolan gets the job as Zack's assistant, he's determined to do the best he can and show his sister that he can make it on his own. As for Zack, his surly demeanor has obviously started to change after working with Nolan.

Working It is essentially a story of moving forward after tragedy, finding a reason to change your life, and going after one's dreams. Since Zack is essentially Nolan's boss, he knows that he shouldn't start anything with him, but he can't help but be drawn to him. I'm a big fan of drama in books and relationships as long as it's not drawn out by not talking or is something completely unrealistic. I thought the drama was done really well in this book and it just made me root harder for Zack and Nolan to be with each other, and to have their future be what they always imagined. I do recommend, and I'm curious to read the second book in this series!

Want to read? Check it out on Amazon, where I'm an affiliate and get a small percent of any sale.

Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryAs an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.
Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.

Review: Guarding Mr. Fine is the third book in the Tough Love series, and while I've loved them all, I think this might be my favorite. I just loved the relationship between Rick and Seth. There is a big secret that involves both of them - which only Rick is aware of - but it's a secret that makes sense to be kept, at least while the mission is happening. It adds drama to the end of the book, but nothing unwarranted or too over the top.

As for the rest of the book, this is essentially a mystery novel, and I loved that. Sure, it has plenty of romance, but it also has suspense and intrigue. Rick is sure that the former ambassador to Germany was involved in something shady and that his death is more than a suicide. He has to keep this theory mostly a secret though, so that if something is going on, they aren't spooked and hide away. It soon becomes clear that Rick is correct as someone tries to take Rick out. They don't know Seth though. He's been in the CIA for years and he's an excellent "body guard." He may have feelings for Rick, but that doesn't distract Seth. It might just make him more determined to bring down whoever would dare kill Rick.

Definitely a great read! I'll include links to the other books in the series below in case you want to read in order!

Check out the Tough Love series on Amazon - I'm an affiliate; I get a small percent of any sale.

Mr. and Mr. Smith - check it out
The Talented Mr. Rivers - check it out
Guarding Mr. Fine - check it out 


Christy LoveOfBooks said...

Both look great. Sounds like the first one might get a little emotional too.

Alyssa Susanna said...

Both of these are new to me, though I think I've seen the Dimon book before. I LOVE HelenKay Dimon's romance novels. I think her book "Mine" was my favorite of hers - so, so good. I may check out this one, since I have had success with the two or three of her books that I've read in the past.

I'm glad you enjoyed both of these books! Wonderful reviews. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Cleo Bannister said...

Good to hear that the drama in this one hit the right balance of interesting without being too unrealistic.

Melliane said...

I think I heard about the author of the first one but I didn't know the second. some great finds

Erika Sorocco said...

Working It sounds intriguing - I love the characters!


Tanya Atkinson said...

I love the sound of Working It. Nolan especially sounds like a great character that is struggling. Glad this one was such a hit for you!

cleemckenzie said...

I like the suspense and intrigue angle.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I am so the opposite of you.I can't stand a lot of drama in relationships and it is a turn off for me. I am glad thought that this isn't too dramatic and that you enjoyed it so much.

Carrie said...

Interesting book, especially since he isn't sure if he should see if he can start a relationship being the boss and all. Sounds like it is worth checking out!


Suzanne at The Bookish Libra said...

Working It sounds like a pretty great read and I like how the drama that takes place in their lives sounds realistic and not too soap opera-ish. Great reviews for both books!

Karen Alderman said...

I didn't love the first Dimon book in the series but mostly because I was expecting something totally different. I do want to give it another try and this one looked good to me.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I do think I'd like Guarding Mr. Fine but you have me curious about Working It even though I don't think it is as good of a fit for me. Ah more books to want to read! Good problem to have. :D

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad these were winners for you.

Joyous Reads said...

I loved Guarding Mr. Fine! Seth is hilarious. :)

Need to read Working It! I love opposites, and Nick and Zach seems to have a great chemistry. Yes, please!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

I love the name Nolan. <3

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

These both sound great - I will have to check them out! Great reviews!

Farrah Fong said...

I haven't heard of either of these but I like the premise for the first one! I like stories where people are able to work through their troubles and find someone that works well with em'!