TREADMILL Week 171 & What I #AmReading – Work-Love Balance by Allison Temple

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book. I’m officially modifying my original rule of not reading the book-of-the-week off-treadmill. I’m usually going to look at length and try to divide it up somewhat evenly per day, even if that means either closing that book early (if it’s short) or continuing after (if it’s long).

Week 171: March 1, 2020 – March 7, 2020

Sunday 30 min/mile 30:17 min:sec 1 mile
Monday 30 min/mile 30:53 min:sec 1 mile
Tuesday 30 min/mile 32:52 min:sec 1 mile
Wednesday 30 min/mile 31:30 min:sec 1 mile
Thursday 30 min/mile 30:20 min:sec 1 mile
Friday 30 min/mile 30:15 min:sec 1 mile
Saturday 30 min/mile 30:04 min:sec 1 mile

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading: Work-Love Balance by Allison Temple

The customer always comes first, but IT consultant Brady Jansen loves to hate Nash O’Hara. Except the fine line between hate and attraction means sometimes Brady can’t help it when he crosses the boundary between professional and personal.

Recently divorced, workaholic Nash knows he’s hard to please. When the smart-mouthed IT consultant he depends on to keep his office running offers a no-commitment hookup, it seems like exactly what he and Brady both need to get through a busy summer at work. No one has to know about their arrangement.

But the more time they spend together, the more secrets they have to keep from the people around them—and from each other. The lies are piling up, until it’s hard to tell who’s fooling whom. If Brady and Nash want to find the balance between work and love, a little honesty will go a long way.

Work-Love Balance is a 70k contemporary MM office romance. It’s hot enough you’ll want to make sure the air conditioning is on in your cubicle, and heartfelt enough you’ll want to smack both characters before the end. HEA guaranteed.

My favorite lines this week…

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿ Nash’s POV

I browse my phone for new movies. My secret guilty pleasure is anything with Jason Statham. I told Doug once, and he looked like I announced I’d laced the office coffee maker with cyanide. When you work at a film festival, people have a lot of opinions. And while most of Jason’s work is hardly a masterpiece for the ages, you can’t knock a shaved head and that jaw.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿ Nash’s POV

As I say, “Thanks for coming over,” Brady says, “I should go.” Except we stand there for a few minutes longer. Somewhere along the way, it stopped raining, and the apartment is incredibly quiet. It will get quieter when he leaves. But he needs to leave.

✿✿ TUESDAY ✿✿ Brady’s POV

As far as booty calls go, this one has to be the most meticulously planned one I’ve ever been a part of. Of course, it’s Nash, so I’m not surprised. Also, I haven’t been this nervous to have a guy to my place in the whole time I’ve had a place to have guys over to. Again, that it’s Nash probably plays into my anxiety.

✿✿ WEDNESDAY ✿✿ Nash’s POV

“You ready?” Brady says, sitting up as well.

“Yeah.” I say, but before I can get to the edge of the bed, he’s crawling onto his hands and knees and straddling my lap. His kiss is hungry, and he pulls my palm down to the erection swelling in his briefs.

“Good. I wasn’t sure you’d be able to do another round.”

“What?” I can’t help the way I squawk.

He pouts like the smug bastard he is. “Well…someone your age. If you were—”

I grab his lip between my teeth. “Don’t be a know-it-all, Brady.”

He swallows my growl in a laugh.

✿✿ THURSDAY ✿✿ Nash’s POV (but Brady talking)

“Sex first. Conversation after. I’m going to bang you like a screen door in a hurricane. Neither one of us will be able to walk when I’m done. Lots of time to talk while we recover.”

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿ Nash’s POV

Dating is a funny thing. You meet someone, you go on dates. Eventually, you stop, even though you’re still together. The relationship hasn’t necessarily solidified into something long-term, but you no longer need the guise of a formal event and money spent to see each other.

All this to say, I don’t remember when Dominic and I stopped dating and started being just a couple.

But I know it’s been a very long time since I stared at myself in the mirror and tried to envision how dinner with a man I’m excited to know better will go.

✿✿ SATURDAY ✿✿ Nash’s POV

The whole office goes quiet. Even the air conditioner rumbles to a halt. Slowly, every set of eyes in the place turns toward where Patrick is hunched at his table. He shrugs down even lower. “Did I say that out loud?”

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