Blurb: In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes me like dirt beneath his designer boot.
When the prettiest man I’ve ever hated shows up at my job the next day, I’m not sure if I want to strangle him or drag him into bed. Actually—I think I want both. But Keynes isn’t here for the likes of me: he makes that painfully clear. With everyone else at work, he’s all gorgeous, glittering charm—but when I get too close, he turns vicious.
And yet, I can’t stay away. Because there’s something about this ice king that sets me on fire, a secret vulnerability that makes my chest ache. I’ll do whatever it takes to sneak past his walls and see the real man again.
The last thing I expect is for that man to ruin me.
Review: I was first introduced to Talia Hibbert when she reached out and requested that I read and review her novel That Kind of Guy. I adored her story-telling ability and the way she creates characters that you want to befriend. So, when she posted about her new male/male romance I was like, "Uh, yeah. Sign me up" and one-clicked that shit.
Work For It was, all said and done, a masterpiece. Hibbert's intellectual and emotional word choices make it seem, at times, as though you're reading poetry. The way she sinks you into the character's minds is beyond where most authors take you, making you feel as though, however briefly, you have become the characters themselves.
Anyone who follows my reviews should know that I love grumpy heroes who don't fit into the gorgeous, flawless hero mold. Griffin isn't handsome. And he, admittedly, isn't all that smart. But he's talented at working in the fields and coming up with brilliant wine flavors that dazzle the sense of all those who flock to the tiny village for the annual Elderflower Harvest. And what is sexier than a tall, severe man tending to flower. Honestly? What?
Olu tested my patience a couple times with his haughty attitude and constant flipping back and forth on his opinion of sleeping with Griffin, but it only made it all the sweeter when the two finally gave in to those delicious urges. He was a smart, sexy, clever hero with an understandable chip on his shoulder regarding trusting others. I wanted to shove myself into the center of their relationship and just suck up all the adoration and warmth.
Worth it for those who like: sarcasm, constant witty banter, and men falling madly, madly in love with one another.
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