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Monday, September 2, 2013

Working It Out by Rachael Anderson (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

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Book Review

Working It Out by Rachael Anderson
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback - 262 pages / Kindle - 823 KB
ISBN: 1490986375
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance

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Book Description:

A chance encounter . . .

Grace Warren's life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.

A chance for love . . .

Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace's rehab clinic post surgery, he's every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there's something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he's everything she's sure she doesn't want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she's willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.  

Book Excerpt:

Her eyes continued to search his face—well, more like probe—as though she could see into his mind and thoughts. She held up the brochure she carried, showing Seth the face of the bachelor he’d just bid twenty grand for. He took it from her to get a closer look.

“What do you plan to do about the incredibly expensive date you won?” she asked.

Seth scanned through Cameron’s bio, a smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. He returned the brochure back to her and tapped the page. “Experience an unforgettable day of high adventure, apparently. Sorry if I, uh, took that away from you.”

She looked completely unfazed, as though this strange situation happened all the time. “You know he’s not gay, right?”

“I made that assumption, yes,” Seth said, wondering what was going through that pretty head of hers. “Why? Are you hoping I’ll hand the date off to you since I’m clearly not gay either?”

“Aren’t you?”

The way she said it made Seth’s jaw work back and forth. She looked so confident, so unshakable, reminding him of someone who got under his skin on a regular basis—Lanna. Except the two women looked nothing alike. Lanna was petite and fair, whereas this woman was taller, with darker hair and a darker complexion. But that expression—that impassivity—exactly the same. Maybe Lanna had given her lessons.

Yet for whatever reason, it bothered Seth that this woman might think he preferred men to women. “No, I’m not.”

“Then you won’t mind if I do borrow that date from you. I’m sure Cameron would prefer me over you anyway.”

If she didn’t look so sure of herself, Seth would have said, “Have it, it’s yours.” But something in the way she said it made Seth bristle. “Yes, I would mind, actually. I happen to like ziplining, parasailing, and . . . romantic horseback rides.” “And Cameron, apparently.”

Seth took a step forward, leaning close so his eyes were only inches from hers. “Like I told you, I’m not gay.”

“Oh yeah? Prove it. Give me the da—”

Seth immediately dipped his head slightly and covered her mouth with his. Her lips were warm and soft, and she smelled faintly of citrus. For a second, it seemed like she responded, but then she planted her palms against his chest and shoved him away.

My Book Review:

What happens when a chance meeting between opposites occurs and sparks of attraction ensues?

Grace Warren is one of Seattle's top physical therapists. She's a strong independent woman who plays it safe and follows the rules.

Seth Tuttle is a wealthy website consultant for start-up internet companies. He is outgoing and lives life to the fullest, he enjoys taking risks and participating in extreme sport adventures.

When a chance meeting at a charity bachelor auction ends with an expected kiss between strangers, what are the chances that their paths would cross again? Flash forward a few weeks later, their paths cross a second time when Seth is recuperating from a knee operation after a heli-skiing accident in Alaska and Grace becomes his physical therapist. With humorous banter, drama, sizzling chemistry and mutual attraction, can opposites work it out and take a chance on love?

Working It Out is a thoroughly enjoyable and clean romance story that made me smile from start to finish. Author Rachael Anderson weaves a fun romantic tale that has a great mixture of humor and drama, an engaging cast of characters, witty dialogue, and a positive upbeat storyline that has a lot of depth to it.

I love stories that features when two opposite people attract, and this story did not disappoint me. From their awkward beginning filled with humorous banter, to a growing attraction that develops into a sizzling chemistry, I enjoyed following the progression of Grace and Seth's relationship. I loved the humor, wit and flirting that occurs between these two lovable characters, their growing friendship brought out the best in each other, and their ability to compromise and take a chance on love was realistic and believable. And if that wasn't enough to keep me captivated, the author weaves in a dramatic subplot filled with emotional ties between Grace and her brother Alec, and Seth and his dead best friend's wife Lanna that simply tugged at my heartstrings.

Working It Out is a sweet romance story about family, friendship and love that is filled with drama, passion, emotion and humor, it is an entertaining story that will leave the reader smiling.


About The Author

Rachael Anderson is the author of five novels (Working It Out, The Reluctant Bachelorette, Minor Adjustments, Luck of the Draw, and Divinely Designed) and two novellas (Twist of Fate, from the All I Want anthology and The Meltdown Match from The Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection).

She's the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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1 comment:

  1. I have found another exceptional author that I can't wait to read more from. Rachel Anderson's book are well written, original, fun, and wholesome. Thank you!

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