Monday, June 16, 2014

Release Day Blitz & Review: Craving Him (Love by Design #2) by Kendall Ryan

Craving Him

Love By Design #2
By:  Kendall Ryan
Published: March 24, 2014  
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher
Mature Content
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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. 

Love by Design Series:

My Thoughts:

Craving Him, by Kendall Ryan, was an outstanding conclusion to Ben and Emmy's story.  In Working It, we got to meet these two very distinct characters that came from extremely different backgrounds.  Emmy was from Tennessee, was a down to earth Southern girl, with a tight-knit family, home cooked meals, and lived in a trailer most of her life.  Ben, on the other hand was raised by a single mother, who was a famous model.  They traveled the world, lived in extreme extravagance, but he lacked love and affection growing up.  He inherited his mother's beautiful looks, and at the age of 23 was a well established, and successful model, well-traveled, wealthy, and use to beautiful women throwing themselves at him.  He met Emmy because she was the assistant to his agent, Fiona.  These two had a whirlwind romance in Paris, the city of love, but were brought back to reality when Fiona's underhanded scheming created a situation, in which, Ben may be the father to her unborn child.

In Craving Him, the story continues right where it left off from both Emmy and Ben's point of views.  These two have been miserable separated from one other, and after they finally have a talk, Ben gets Emmy to take him back, and try to make their relationship work.  These two get hotter and heavier, as their affair is one filled with endless passion, the content fulfillment of ravenous desires, nurturing, romance, and living the dream.  However, reality once again rears it's ugly head, and these two have to deal with surprises that threaten their relationship, and a surprise that puts in jeopardy all that they have created together.

I loved Craving Him!  This story was an addictive whirlwind ride, and I didn't want to stop reading Emmy and Ben's story.  As they traveled to different places, Fiji being the most beautiful, they were living the dream.  Emmy brought stability, love, nurturing, and a sense of home in to Ben's life.  It was something he had  never experienced in his life before, and didn't even realize what he had been missing out on, until he finally got to experience it for himself.  Once Ben realized what he had, he wasn't willing to ever let it go.  Ben brought Emmy passion, adventure, excitement, a deep connection, and eventually a deep love.  These two were great together!  Their chemistry sizzled through the pages!

I enjoyed the secondary characters.  My favorite's were Ellie, Emmy's best friend and Breydon, Ben's best friend.  Ellie was feisty, stood up for her best friend, and was a firecracker!  I loved this sassy character!  Breyden oozed sex-appeal, confidence, manliness, and was a bad boy through and through.  I'm hoping these two get the next story, because they have a lot of chemistry and passion.  They fight like cats and dogs, but it works for them!  

My Rating:

The Love by Design Series has been great!  Craving Him had various beautiful settings, three-dimensional authentic main characters, with a strong connection, and passionate romance!  The plot was full of surprises, excitement, and kept the story interesting!  The pacing was fast, and the ending was beautiful!  I give, Craving Him, by Kendall Ryan, 4.5 Adventurous, Worldly, Smoldering, Passionate, Fairytale Ending Filled Stars!  Add this series to your TBR!!!    

My Favorite Quote:

"She isn't my equal.  She's better than I ever hope to be.  Her family, her positive outlook on life, her simple beauty.  I wanted whatever she was willing to give me.  I'd take it.  Gladly.  In an industry filled with vanity and looks-are-everything, Emmy never let the fame go to my head.  She'd always treated me like a regular guy.  Like a man who was meant to be cherished for the actual person I was inside and not some idol to be worshipped and gazed at from afar.  It was the only real thing in my life." (eARC, Loc. 2348)


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About Kendall Ryan:

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels Unravel Me, Make Me Yours, Hard to Love, Resisting Her, The Impact of You, and Working It. She's a sassy yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books and a slight addiction to lip gloss.


  1. I haven't read this series but it looks interesting.

  2. WOW, Lindy! Both Working it and Craving Him sound awesome! I love it when one of the characters is from a completely different world from another, but this doesn't stop the attraction between the two of them :)
    Great review, girl!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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