Working It Out by Rachael Renee Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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, 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.
My thoughts: I knew before I started reading this book that I would enjoy it. I have read a few of Rachael Renee Anderson's books in the past and have enjoyed every one.
Rachael does a wonderful job of creating characters that are easy to like. They seem like real people that you could find living down the street from you.
Grace is roped into helping out her partner by attending an auction to raise money for underprivileged children. The auction is for available bachelors, the women are bidding for a date. He has a girlfriend and doesn't want to go out with anyone else, even for a good cause. Grace is there to ensure that money goes to charity, and he stays in the good graces of his girlfriend. While there, a handsome man bids on her partner and then kisses her.
It doesn't take long for her to meet Seth. He is a daredevil who loves to enjoy life. They meet when he tears his ACL in a skiing trip. Seth comes to see Grace as his physical therapist. This leads to many funny situations. I smiled in many places and chuckled from time to time.
My favorite character wasn't one of the main two. Her name is Lanna, she is the young lady who runs the center for underprivileged children. At first I hoped she and Seth would find a happily ever after together, even thought they have feelings for each other of brother and sister. I changed my mind and love the part of the story that Lanna plays.
This book is cute and clean.
Read and 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 tookit 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?”
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 itmade 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.
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