Working Out – ARC Book Review

Working It Out: The most unforgettable and funny romance of the year by [Jo Platt]

Title:- Working Out

Author:- Jo Platt

No. of pages:- 339 pages

Date published:- will be published on 3rd February 2022

Publisher:- Canelo

Genre:- Romance

Rating:- 2.5/5 stars

Her new colleague is about to shake things up…

When her love life crashed down around her, Edie found solace in work.  But her job rapidly goes from uplifting to unbearable, with the departure of her work wife, Ruby, and the arrival in the office of new guy, Cameron – a chauvinist, a womaniser, and the very opposite of a team player.  

And just as things start to go downhill at work, Edie’s personal life takes a downturn too, when her ex, Jason, decides that right now would be the perfect moment to get back in touch and deliver some devastating news.

Edie’s increasingly miserable work life and her complicated personal life are suddenly on a collision course.  The big question is, will she be able to salvage anything from the wreckage?  

A tender uplit novel of one woman’s accidental rediscovery of the perfect work-life balance. Ideal for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Kinsella and Beth O’Leary.

I really wanted to like this book but all I was left with was confusion.

This is more like a workplace drama between Edie and Cameron. Edie has recently come out of a relationship and finds solace at work. Cameron is the new guy at the work, who is good looking and a womanizer. The story is told mainly from the perspectives of Edie as a first person.

I wasn’t into the story much that I almost DNF the book. But I simply finished the book off and didn’t really find any funny parts. It was just a simple, OK romance books to me.

Worth only 2.5 stars

Many thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Jo Platt was born in Liverpool and, via the extremely winding route of rural Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, now finds herself nicely settled, with a husband and two children, in Bristol.

Jo studied English at King’s College London and, upon graduation, her first paid employment (other than her student occupation of cleaning in a psychiatric hospital), was as a besuited office worker in a large City institution. She was held happily captive by the City for ten years, before finally escaping into motherhood and part-time employment, first as an assistant teacher in Seattle, and then as a Bristol-based secretary to her husband.

After many years of writing purely for the entertainment of family and friends, Jo took a deep breath and decided to see whether anybody else might find what she had to say entertaining. “Reading Upside Down”, published in 2013, was the result; a debut which has since sold to publishers internationally.

To find out more about Jo, both past and present, visit her website or catch up with her daily ramblings on Twitter @JoPlattTweets

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