Book & Author Details:
Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly
Publication date: 12th February 2019
Genres: Sports Romance
After two years of taking care of her heartbroken father, Evie needs a new start. Leaving the States and following her sister to Australia to work as the personal assistant of rugby star Xavier – The Beast – Stevens seems like the right kind of distraction.
Tall, muscled and devilishly handsome, Xavier is the lov’ em and leav’ em kind of guy. He never forgets a girl’s name because he never bothers to remember it in the first place.
Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself.
As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed.
But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job, and seeing him walk around his apartment half naked all the time isn’t helping either. Evie knows that giving in to her attraction will lead to heartbreak, but when Xavier starts treating her as more than just his assistant, resisting his charms seems like an impossible task.
OK. Where to start.
From the synopsis, you know what to expect from this story. And you know what? I actually really enjoyed the characters. From the start, they were fully fleshed out and very present.
Xavier is funny, a complete pig and just genuinely entertaining to read. Evie feels grounded and a weird dichotomy of strength and insecurity. Together, even when not intimate, their relationship dynamic just flows.
And I guess that’s why the drama, when it happens, feels so jarring. I can’t say more, because … spoilers. But the incident and Evie’s ultimate response seem a little unexpected. I’m all for being swept away by romance, but some things just should have consequences.
That said, I read this in one go, and enjoyed the back and forth immensely.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature.
Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.
Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.
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