Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Working it Out by Rachel Anderson - Review, Giveaway

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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.

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. 

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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 Thoughts:  Working it Out is the first book I have read by Rachel Anderson and it was absolutely delightful.  Grace is a physical therapist who is hard working and known to be one of the best around.  She agrees to go to a fund raiser as a favor to her coworker and friend, and it is here she meets Seth Tuttle, who completely catches her off guard, taking her by surprise not only with his good looks, but with his somewhat cocky attitude, not to mention the fact that his is bidding on a guy.  When she accuses him of being gay, he kisses her to prove he is not, which leaves the usually totally calm, cool, and in control Grace completely flustered.  She walks out, never expecting to see him again, but she can't quite get that kiss out of her mind. Seth Tuttle is outgoing, good looking, wealthy, and he loves to have fun, being somewhat of a an adrenalin junky and is involved and unafraid to participate in about any extreme sport out there.  When he is injured heli-skiing, he finds himself in rehab with none other that Grace Warren, and he likes her, a lot.  

Grace soon finds that Seth isn't the annoying jerk she thought he was, and in fact, despite his teasing and flirting, he really is a giving and caring guy underneath, something Seth wasn't even aware of until he met Grace.  Despite his attempts to woo her, Grace is determined to keep the relationship professional, denying the feelings that she is quickly developing for this man, especially when he accomplishes something that she has been trying to accomplish for years, further crumbling her resolve.  What Seth doesn't know is that past circumstances have caused Grace to put a wall up around her heart, because past hurts have made her afraid to let anyone else in.  Seth has his own hurtful past, yet has chosen a completely different way to deal with it.  When Grace finally realizes that she wants to be with this man, will she be too late, and will she be able to handle his lifestyle if she isn't?

Working it Out is a fun, clean, and heartwarming romance that I totally enjoyed everything about.  It read like a Hallmark movie and there wasn't anything about it that I didn't love.  The characters were well written and easy to connect with, and the story itself was one that was both interesting and entertaining.  The secondary characters were also well integrated into the story and fun to get to know.  I enjoyed seeing the romance between Grace and Seth develop, and watching them as they dealt with and overcame obstacles and issues they both faced, both past and present.  Working it Out is a fun, clean, and sweet romance that will leave you leave feeling good and with a smile on your face.     

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  1. This was such a cute read, I am so glad you really liked it too! Great review Ellen!

  2. This does seem like a really sweet, fun story. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much, Ellen. Great review!

  3. This sounds like such a cute story!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Ellen. Great review! I may have to give this one a read. :)


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