Craving Him by Kendall Ryan
Also by this author: Working It, All or Nothing
Series: Love by Design #2
Also in this series: Working It, All or Nothing
Published by Atria Books
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Read in: December 2014
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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.
After really enjoying the first novel in this series I wanted to dive right into this one. I also really wanted to read it right away because the first book ends in such a way that you want to see what is going to happen next for Emmy and Ben.
In the first book I thought the romance was great and I really enjoyed watching Ben and Emmy together. I did feel like their romance was a little easy though because they didn’t have much conflict to their relationship in the first book. I wanted to see some conflict and how it was going to be handled.
I’m happy to say that this book certainly provided the conflict. I really enjoyed the fact that while Emmy wanted to be with Ben and she knew she was still in love with him she did have her doubts and she wanted to take things slower than she did in the first book. I highly enjoyed that she didn’t just jump back into bed with Ben, even if he is sexy and delicious. I like that she stood up for what she wanted and there was even one time in this story where she controlled what happened sexually which I thought was amazing and a big turn around from her character in the first book.
While this book did provide the conflict I started to feel like it was too much towards the end. I mean every little thing that Ben did Emmy would take it to heart and she would get ready to run away from the problem time and time again. I really felt that Ben deserved more credit than what Emmy gave him and I did miss a little of that strong and passionate love connection that was there in the first book.
Overall, this was did have a touch too much drama but I was happy to see where they were headed as a couple and that they did have some issues to work through.