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?”
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.
Okay, first let me say that you should be aware ahead of time the that story is about Seth and GRACE. I was so thrown off with this!
The book starts off with a big scene between Seth and his friend Lanna. Seth had promised Lanna’s brother, while on his death bed, that Seth would take care of Lanna. I was so intrigued after the first chapter, and I really thought Seth and Lanna were completely in love with each other and just didn’t know it. Even after Grace comes in, I really thought that there were little hints being dropped that Seth and Lanna were meant to be. That is not the case!
So, on that end, I was thoroughly disappointed. BUT…, aside from me feeling that Seth belonged to Lanna, I really enjoyed the story. I think if the opening scene between Lanna and Seth didn’t exist, I would have been all about Seth and Grace. The story had some really great elements to it, and I enjoyed the style. I also enjoyed watching Seth pull Grace’s brother out of the funk he was in.
I also would be remiss to not let you know that there are some HILARIOUS parts to the story. There are also plenty of heart-warming scenes. I was especially pleased to see that the relationship between Seth and Grace had substance. There wasn’t a big rush to the physical side of their relationship, and that was nice.
Overall, it was a really nice story. I just fell in love with Seth and Lanna, so that ruined it for me. I’d also be among the first in line to buy the book if she ever chose to rewrite it with Seth and Lanna falling in love – HINT! HINT! Seriously, it was a sweet read and I look forward to reading more from Rachael Anderson!!
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