Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Working it Out (Blog Tour)

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Working It Out 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, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, 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.



Review

For someone who believes a name can tell you just about anything you need to know about a person, Grace thinks she has Seth pegged after their run-in at a charity event. God of Chaos sounds about right after he disrupts the event, kisses Grace without warning, and takes off amid a trail of upset women.

After an accident lands Seth in Grace's rehab program, she curses her luck. Seth, on the other hand, is more than happy to continue teasing and flirting with Grace as he tries to get his knee back in shape. They both think they know what the other person is all about, but as rehab turns into friendship, both will realize they don't know as much as they think they do.

This is a very sweet romance. It's not sappy or gushy, and it's not graphic. This is a story that focuses more on the characters and their personal development throughout the story than steamy scenes. That doesn't mean that there isn't passion between Seth and Grace. Readers will definitely get pulled in by the depth of Seth's emotions and the struggle Grace feels as she tries to balance her guilt and fear with her growing desire to be with Seth.

Grace and Seth are both very well developed main characters. Seth may be a little harder to relate to for some because his attitude in the beginning is so carefree and his life has very little responsibilities he has to deal with on a day to day basis, but his feelings for Grace and his struggle to figure out how to approach her without scaring her away is definitely something readers can connect with. Grace is a bit easier to relate to right off the bat because she is dealing with guilt, fear, and uncertainty in her life. She thinks she has things figured out and that keeping everything the same is what she wants, but Seth limps into her life and challenges all of that.

The main conflict in the book at first appears to be whether or not Seth and Rachel will end up together. As readers delve deeper into the lives of these two characters, they'll see that it isn't that simple. The added depth to this romance was something I really enjoyed. It wasn't just about the chase. Their happily ever after isn't as simple as finally getting that date or kiss. It was more realistic, and I found it very refreshing. This was a pretty quick read for me, but I enjoyed it all the way through and would recommend it those looking for a clean, heartfelt romance.

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Author Rachael Renee Anderson 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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