The Official Description: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.
Just the facts: M/M romance, smoldering sex, age-gap, one partner has children
This is a lovely romance with all the best things. I cried some happy heart-hurty tears, I laughed, and I cheered at the end. – Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit: I have always liked Allison Temple’s books in the past and Work-Love Balance is no exception! This story is about IT company owner, Brady and one of his clients Nash. Nash runs a huge LGBTQIA film festival in Toronto and Brady provides IT support for them.
At the beginning of the novel, Brady is intrigued and amused by gruff Nash… and then a momentary slip of protocol has him accidentally revealing his attraction to Nash. These two men collide with each, rather than meeting. There are a few pretty epic scenes between them as they give in to the physical attraction that they have both harbored for a long time.
Nash’s life is complicated. Once upon a time, he was married with adopted twins…but his commitment to work took him away from his partner too much and they divorced. Nash adores his kids but hasn’t found much time in his life for sex let alone dating…until he finally kisses Brady.
Brady is a workaholic. He struggled a bit with learning when he was a kid but has gone on to be a successful entrepreneur. But, he works his ass off and doesn’t have time for friends other than his assistant… he can’t even remember the last time he saw his father.
When Nash and Brady begin seeing each other, they very slowly begin to become friends and more. But life is always complicated, isn’t it? As Nash begins to try and wind down his work involvement for more time with family and Brady… Brady seems to be getting busier and busier.
I loved the characters in this book. Nash was a dedicated father… but he wasn’t perfect which I loved. Even with 7-year-old twins, he was still learning new things… learning more about his sons and I really enjoyed that. There are some amazingly sweet moments between Nash and his sons after it becomes clear that Jacob has a learning disorder of some kind. One moment between Karter and Nash had me in tears, sometimes, children give us the answers we are looking for – and this lovely 7-year-old character is full of wisdom at just the right moments.
This is a lovely romance and with the guarantee of a happy-ever-after, this is about as perfect as a romance can get.
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Allison Temple has been a writer since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’s never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Allison took that as a challenge and has gone on to try to break her previous record in all her subsequent works.
Allison lives in Toronto with her very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. She splits her free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean her house.
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