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 executive 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.
(This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as part of the Ringside Romance series.)
In this warm office romance, d'Abo (30 Days) hits all the expected notes. Nolan Carmichael is struggling to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident. Zach Anderson is an accidental executive with a profound lack of people skills. When Zach bullies Nolan into becoming his assistant, both are acting on impulse and desperation. With office politics and personal weaknesses to overcome, they soon come to trust and depend on each other. In the end they unite to create a better future that they can share with those in need. D'Abo tightly controls the narrative, using the friction of the office setting to lend heat to the development of the relationship. Treading a comfortably familiar path, d'Abo creates distinctive characters to take on the traditional forbidden romance across class lines. The pleasure is in the anticipation rather than the resolution; each story beat is delivered deliberately, building expertly to a satisfying conclusion.