Working It by Kendall Ryan
Also by this author: Craving Him, All or Nothing
Series: Love by Design #1
Also in this series: Craving Him, All or Nothing
Published by Atria Books
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Read in: December 2014
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Emmy Clarke is out of her depth in New York City’s fashion world, but when she lands a job as an assistant at a modeling agency it seems like the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Working under the notorious Fiona Stone is a nightmare, but there’s one distinct perk: ogling the ridiculously hot male models who parade through the office—particularly rising star Ben Shaw.
Ben is everything Emmy’s not: exquisitely gorgeous, highly paid, and well-traveled. He’s also got more issues than Vogue. Emmy looks after Ben on photo shoots, but she refuses to become another one of his lusting groupies. Ben finds Emmy’s refreshingly real attitude to be surprisingly attractive.
Against a backdrop of the most fashionable cities in the world, casual flirting turns into an illicit affair, but when Ben’s twisted past is revealed, and the bitter Fiona catches wind of their relationship, their careers and hearts are threatened.
I have to say this book came at the right time. I had been reading a lot of urban fantasy and fantasy stories so I was all wrapped up with complex worlds and so many characters to follow. I needed a good contemporary romance novel that was going to tone down all of that and this was a perfect fit.
At the beginning of this one I liked it because it felt like a sexy version of Devil Wears Prada, which is a movie I enjoy. I know it is a book as well but I love the movie so I’ve never read the book. I thought this was interesting that it was a sexed up version of that but also I was hoping the whole story wasn’t going to feel like a repeat of a different storyline. I’m happy to say that as the book progresses the story starts to stand out and divert from being a retelling of Devil Wears Prada.
I have to say what I found interesting in this storyline was the male character’s profession. I have never read a book where the leading man is a model. I have to say I found it refreshing to see something from a male perspective where the male isn’t really in a job of a typical alpha male. I found Ben to be refreshing and dominant which was a great combination. I also really liked the female lead, Emmy. I felt she was strong and yet she knew she could be a little submissive during sex and it wasn’t going against her character. Now don’t worry if you don’t like women being submissive because while this book did have many sexual scenes, it was never over the top or crossed any boundaries. I will say that it did include one of my favorite romance tropes though which is a three-some between two men and the leading lady. Plus when you see who the other man is you will want to play with him as well.
Overall, this story was just a good New Adult contemporary romance. If you are looking for a quick read with a romance plot line then this is the one for you. The characters were good and so was the romance. While this isn’t really making and new leaps and bounds for romance books it was what I needed at the time so I really enjoyed it.