Working it Out is my first title by Rachael Anderson. The story opens at a bachelor auction where the straight-laced and slightly uptight Grace receives a spontaneous kiss from a stranger. (What’s not to like, right?) Fast forward a few weeks, and Seth Tuttle is in a skiing accident that requires physical therapy after knee surgery. You can guess where this is going, right? Grace is the physical therapist, and her patient, Seth, is mystery bachelor number one. A lot of fun, innuendos, and a completely flustered Grace ensues.
Grace is suffering from guilt over her brother Alec’s skiing accident from high school. It’s why she works so hard as a physical therapist, and why she denies herself pleasures and any activity that might include risk. Seth is all about risk taking. He’s into extreme sports of all kinds—and Grace is quickly becoming his favorite new challenge.
The chemistry between Grace and Seth sizzles. There’s a lot of humor in the story. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this. There are some serious and dramatic times as well, creating a nice mix of drama and humor. The secondary storyline with Alec and Lanna was welcome and uplifting. The characters in this story, even the bit players, are very real, and the writing was descriptive enough to pull me in without being overbearing.
My one disappointment was the complete gloss-over of a few of Seth and Grace’s major relationship milestones. I realize this is a clean romance, but the complete absence of any reference to the consummation of their relationship left a big hole in an otherwise awesome story. I was also disappointed that the wedding was skipped.
I really enjoyed this story and would definitely read more from this author.