Monday, March 24, 2014

~ Release Day Review ~
Craving Him
(Love By Design #2)
Kendall Ryan
eBook Release Date: March 24, 2014 Atria Books
Paperback Release Date: June 17, 2014  Atria Books

~ Synopsis ~
In  Working It, New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan delivered a sexy and addictive contemporary romance about Emmy Clarke, a sweet southern girl out of her depth in New York City's cutthroat fashion industry and Ben Shaw, the hot male model who introduced her to a world of pleasure.  But their story is far from complete......

Emmy Clarke is no quitter. Toughened by her experience working for fashion heavyweight Fiona Stone, Emmy has come a long way from her country girl roots, embracing her fast-paced and unpredictable life in New York City.
Though that life comes with  more than a few complications.

First there's the mystery of Fiona's pregnancy, which may or may not involve Emmy's boyfriend, superstar male model Ben Shaw.  Emmy has always known that Ben comes with more baggage than she could handle and not the Louis Vuitton kind.  Yet Ben is the only man who has ever loved Emmy for who she is, and she wants nothing more than to do the same for him, even if it means forgiving his past and overlooking their wildly different lifestyles.  

But when a shocking secret from Ben’s past comes to light, unraveling all of their progress, Emmy must decide if their relationship is worth the fight, or if it’s time to ignore her passion for him and let go. 
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~ Excerpt ~
“I’ll give you a head-start.” My eyes flicked to the bedroom then back to hers, mischievously. Emmy took off running. Her ass looked so fucking cute, filling out the boxers in a way mine never would.

Sprinting to the bedroom, I found her perched on the bed resting on her knees, pillow in hand like she was ready for battle. I liked seeing her playful side. As soon as I got close enough, whump, she hit me square in the chest with the pillow.

“Someone’s being a naughty girl.” I reached out to remove the weapon from her hand. “Let’s just place this over here.” I dropped the pillow to the floor beside the bed and climbed towards her like a cheetah stalking a gazelle. A sexy fucking gazelle. That I wanted to nail. Badly.

Her teeth sunk into her bottom lip again and she watched me approach.
In a single quick maneuver, I had her on her back. I pinned her wrists above her head, my body holding hers hostage with my weight on top of her.

Emmy, now restrained against the bed, only had the use of her legs. She wrapped those around my hips, tugging against me. “You think that’s going to help you get away?” I whispered.
She pulled in a shuddering breath, growing quiet. Her eyes were huge, watching mine, waiting to see what I’d do.

The feel of her body struggling against mine, her soft breath tickling my neck, her hips bucking underneath me….shit. I was hard. And the thin athletic shorts provided very little in the way of a barrier. Her body froze mid-struggle as awareness hit her. The entire mood of our playful wrestling match changed in an instant.

My erection nudged at her center
Emmy whimpered.

Fuck, so this little thing liked being restrained. That information was not helping. I needed to keep my mind out of the damn gutter.

Emmy pressed her hips up, grinding against my dick. Fuck, that felt good. I needed to explain to him that he couldn’t go in there. In that warm, tight channel… yeah, thinking about it was so not helping. I held my breath, waiting for the sensation to pass. I counted backwards from ten. I thought about sports, math equations, world hunger…yeah, nothing was going to help this monster of an erection. I wanted her. Bad.

I imagined ripping off her shorts then pushing down my own and sinking into her. Right here, right now. I’d fuck her slowly, holding her wrists above her head. I’d fuck her until she was moaning out my name. My cock twitched in my shorts. Shit. It was either fuck her senseless or walk away. I couldn’t take this torture.  

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~ Review ~

Ben Shaw.....Yes I was definitely craving more of him by the time I had finished Working It and Kendall satisfied my cravings for now but I honestly don't think I will ever get enough of Ben.  

The story picks up where Working It left off.  A chance encounter at the airport has returned Emmy to Ben's arms but he is afraid that the baggage this comes with his life may just be more than Emmy can stand.

Emmy has decided that they need to slow down the runaway train that is their relationship and so she has set limits with Ben....limits that she is finding hard to maintain.

I could totally understand Emmy's reluctance to jump right back into things with Ben but it's hard to say no to the one thing your body craves as much as air.  Their chemistry has never been an issue but how much pain and torture can a girl put herself through for  man.

We get more of Fiona's dramatics and her not so subtle innuendo's that Emmy is on borrowed time with Ben.  I know it's not right to want to inflict pain on a pregnant woman but OMGEEE I really disliked her more than in Working It.  She is evil to the core and karma should definitely pay her a visit.

While trying to find solid ground for their relationship they are faced with their differences and more of Ben's past ....will it be more that Emmy's heart can take or will Ben and Emmy find their way to a happy ever after?

I really enjoyed getting more Ellie time and the reappearance of Brayden was a welcomed treat.  What does fate have in store for these to firecrackers I am not sure but I have a feeling it will set my kindle on fire.

So if you fell in love with Emmy and Ben in Working It, go grab your copy of Craving Him and see where their story goes. I know it was a journey worth taking for me.  Looking forward to see what Kendall Ryan has up her sleeve next as I am sure it will include another Book Boyfriend.

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See where it all began…….

Working It
(Love By Design #1)
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~ About the Author ~
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels HARD TO LOVE, UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS, RESISTING HER and THE IMPACT OF YOU.  She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. Visit her at: for the latest books news.

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