Sunday, March 12, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Working It by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack

Authors: Riley Hart & Devon McCormack
Cover Photography for Working It: Wander Aguiar
Cover Design: Jay Aheer


After his boyfriend dumps him, Hayden is in need of a place to live. Thanks to his buddies, he has a great lead to room with a guy named Cody in Metropolis, the hottest condominium in town. But things get a little uncomfortable when Hayden shows up for the interview and discovers he and Cody share an awkward up close and personal experience from their past.
Cody doesn’t have a problem living with Hayden. He’s had his share of help when he was down and out, and he wants to do the same for this guy. It’s not long until Cody realizes how great it is having someone around. Sometimes, they watch movies together…and other times, they help get each other off—one of the perks of living with a guy who’s as laid back about sex as he is. They hit off so well Cody even decides to act as wingman for Hayden while he gets used to hitting the town again.
Before they know it, they’re spending more time with each other than with anyone else. But Hayden just got out of a relationship and should be spending his nights having fun and working it around town, not jumping into something serious again. Cody’s always just gone with the flow, believing if it’s meant to happen, it will. But life doesn’t always work that way, and if they don’t fight for what’s right in front of them, Hayden and Cody might be over before they have the chance to even get started.

*Copy provided by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Working It is Book 2 of the Metropolis series by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack.  This book could probably be read on its own, but the first book has many, even most, of the same characters so I think the book would be more enjoyable if you had Hayden and Cody's history from the first one.  

After Hayden is dumped by his long-term boyfriend, he finds himself living with his mom and trying to find some place affordable to live on what he makes as a waiter.  His friend Gary tells him about Cody looking for a roommate in Metropolis.  Cody is Gary's boyfriend Travis' best friend, and his neighbor.  When Hayden meets Cody, they realize that they superficially knew each other from a threesome gone wrong with Hayden's ex.  Even though things are a little awkward between them, they both decide to give being roommates a chance.  Roommates with benefits happens quickly, though Cody is quick to let Hayden know that he's not interested in a relationship, and he thinks Hayden needs to date around and avoid a relationship for a while.  The two men become good friends, and their lives seem to merge seamlessly together.

Hayden was raised by a single mother who is very, very involved in his life.  Though Hayden didn't always have a lot growing up, he learned that he had more than most.  Hayden loved numbers and took care of the books and finances for many people, but worked as a waiter because he didn't have a degree.  Cody was homeless and did what he needed to survive.  He was lucky to have been found by a caring person who moved him into his home and became a father figure to him.  Doc provided for him, and gave him an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist, something Cody loves.  

I liked both of these characters, and their friends and family seemed like a fun group to hang out with.  I definitely got the friendship feel from them.  For most of the book, the men were not in a relationship with each other, and Hayden was trying to get back into the dating world.  When they finally did decide to date, the dating time on paper was very short, so I didn't really feel the relationship before things changed for them.  Towards the end, when Hayden dropped everything to support Cody, that was the first time I really felt the connection between the two men.  I enjoyed their story, and seeing all the other characters again, but I wish I had some more time of Cody and Hayden being a couple.  

Rating:  4 stars

Book One: Faking It

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