Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Work-Love Balance
Author: Allison Temple
Series: Out & About #1
Heroes: Brady & Nash
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 9, 2020
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The customer always comes first, but IT consultant Brady Jansen loves to hate Nash O’Hara. Except the fine line between hate and attraction means sometimes Brady can’t help it when he crosses the boundary between professional and personal.
Recently divorced, workaholic Nash knows he’s hard to please. When the smart-mouthed IT consultant he depends on to keep his office running offers a no-commitment hookup, it seems like exactly what he and Brady both need to get through a busy summer at work. No one has to know about their arrangement.
But the more time they spend together, the more secrets they have to keep from the people around them—and from each other. The lies are piling up, until it’s hard to tell who’s fooling whom. If Brady and Nash want to find the balance between work and love, a little honesty will go a long way.
Work-Love Balance is a 70k contemporary MM office romance. It’s hot enough you’ll want to make sure the air conditioning is on in your cubicle, and heartfelt enough you’ll want to smack both characters before the end. HEA guaranteed
Wow, this story packs a punch! I’ve always loved co-worker stories and this one is a tad different because while Nash and Brady work together, Nash contracts Brady’s IT service as a third-party vendor. I loved the tension between Nash and Brady and the slight animosity between them. What a thin line it is between love and hate and while Nash doesn’t hate Brady, he does hate the fact he’s attracted to him. And that moment when they cross that line, was such a sweet moment and I loved the confusion afterward. Nash and Brady had such chemistry and I loved seeing them together but I also loved them as individuals. I loved that Brady was so sarcastic and I loved that Nash was such a workaholic.
I really, really liked this one but it was way too smutty for me. I felt like instead of talking, they just had more sex. Just when I thought they would communicate, they just fell back into bed. Which, at first, I understood because they were only fuck buddies but when things got more intense between them, I wanted to experience them getting to know each other on screen instead of being told about them getting closer. I also wanted to see that moment when Brady met Nash’s kids.
All in all, this was still a great story. I loved Brady and Nash and the chemistry between them. I loved the heat between them but wished we had gotten more of them getting to know each other instead of being told they grew closer. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them, though!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*