Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Craving Him by Kendall Ryan

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 can 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.

Elle says…

Craving Him by Kendall Ryan is the perfect conclusion to Ben and Emmy’s story. These characters were introduced in Working It, the first Love by Design Series novel. I have been dying for this story and will say my high expectations were exceeded.

Emmy Clarke is a saint. This girl has been dealt blow after blow and manages to adapt to the pressures and maintain her composure and poise. Despite being constantly bombarded by drama, she’s no pushover. She knows which battles are worth fighting and which to let rest. I love this gal and wanted nothing more for her than a happily ever after.

Ben Shaw has made it his mission to win Emmy back. She’s the only girl for him, and he’s determined to prove they can make it work as a couple even if the odds are stacked against them. Swoon, right? Any book boyfriend willing to romance his dream girl and fight for her love is a total catch. As much as I love Ben and wanted him to be with Emmy, I was at war with myself over their relationship. Part of me wanted Emmy to cut ties with everyone and everything in the fashion world and just start fresh. This environment has been nothing but trouble since she was introduced into it, and I wondered if a clean slate would be the best course for her. At the same time, he’s Ben freaking Shaw. They are perfect for one another if she can overlook his obvious baggage.

The story captivated me from the start. I was immersed in each twist and loose end (from Working It) that was tied. As to be expected, Kendall Ryan delivers plenty of steamy scenes between Emmy and Ben that are sure to make you blush. I was also pleased to see more from the secondary characters in Ben and Emmy’s lives. I would love to see their background and stories play out in the pages of a Love by Design novel.

Fans of Working It are going to love its follow-up, Craving Him. Kendall Ryan delivers another rollercoaster read that will rip you up, piece you back together, and leave you immensely satisfied. Introduce yourself to Ben Shaw and Emmy Clarke in Working It and continue their journey to happily ever after with Craving Him. 

Sarah says…

5 Star Review

I absolutely loved the conclusion to Ben and Emmy's story. This story picks where Working It left off. Emmy returned to New York after spending some time with her parents after she learns the news about Fiona. When she gets to the airport she runs into Ben and he convinces her to go to his apartment so they can talk. Even thought she is devastated by the pregnancy news she still loves Ben and wants to try work things out. She makes Ben promise that they will take things slow this time. Bens constant traveling and always having beautiful women around is a huge struggle for Emmy and she must learn to trust that she is all that Ben wants in his life.

Ben struggled when Emmy left after she heard the news about Fiona's pregnancy. He will do anything to get Emmy to trust him again. His working relationship with Fiona continues to get in the way as she is still claiming that Ben is the father. In an attempt to keep Emmy close to him he offers her a job as his assistant. She struggles with accepting his offer as she wants doesn't want to be dependent on Ben. She agrees to work for him but refuses his offer to move in with him.

Fiona is not happy about the situation and continues to try and scare Emmy away by telling her that Ben only wants her. Ben finally gets tired of Fiona and ends his business relationship with her and cuts all ties with her. She leaks a video that Ben made a few years ago and Emmy sees it before Ben can explain. When he comes to explain himself she tells him its over and tells him to leave. He continues to do whatever he can to prove his love for Emmy. They go through many ups and downs throughout their relationship but their love for one another is so strong. They know that if they can learn to trust one another and continue to stand by one another they can make it through anything.
"She isn't my equal. She's better than I ever hope to be."

"Because...the future with's everything I've ever wanted."

"I know you do. You make me feel like I can do anything, be anything. Like I'm whole. Thank you for loving me despite the million reasons not to."

"I've always loved you. Right from the very beginning even when I knew I shouldn't."

I love the connection between these characters and their determination to make their relationship work.I also love Ellie and Braydon and how they are always there when their friends need them. I am sad that this is the end of Ben and Emmy's story but am very excited to see where Ellie and Braydon's relationship goes.

Romance author. Shamelessly addicted to bad boys, kissing and steamy romance novels brimming with dark, angsty tension.

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