Release Blitz + Review: Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly

Genre: Sports Romance

After two years of taking care of her heartbroken father, Evie needs a new start. Leaving the States and following her sister to Australia to work as the personal assistant of rugby star Xavier – The Beast – Stevens seems like the right kind of distraction.

Tall, muscled and devilishly handsome, Xavier is the lov’ em and leav’ em kind of guy. He never forgets a girl’s name because he never bothers to remember it in the first place.

Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself.

As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed.

But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job, and seeing him walk around his apartment half naked all the time isn’t helping either. Evie knows that giving in to her attraction will lead to heartbreak, but when Xavier starts treating her as more than just his assistant, resisting his charms seems like an impossible task.

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Only Work, No Play is contemporary sports romance about a rugby player and his new personal assistant. Evie leaves the US and travels to Australia after her twin sister offers her an opportunity to work as a personal assistant to the playboy Xavier. It is more of a babysitting job, because Xavier definitely hasn't got his shit together even though he is an adult. This was a turn-off for me right from the start, he can't even set his alarm to be get up on time to make it to practice each day. In my opinion if you are an athlete you are at least disciplined enough to do that. I did enjoy the banter between the characters and I liked how their friendship/relationship developed in a slow and steady pace.

Another thing that bothered me after a while was Evie's insecurities, she really put herself down a lot. I was totally fine with it in the beginning because I totally got where she was coming from, but after a while it just got old. She needed to be reassured the whole life, which made me feel like she was not ready to be in a relationship and needed to work on herself first. Of course a boyfriend can help you, but you need to love yourself first before someone else can love you as well. Furthermore, I thought the ending was rushed, because I didn't feel like Evie and Xavier grew enough as a couple. I would've wanted them to work more on their personal issues. So I wasn't satisfied with the ending. Overall this was a light and fun romance, and it did keep me entertained until the end.

About Cora Reilly:

Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature. Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn't spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world. Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.    

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