Series: Love by Design #1
Published by Atria Books on 11th November 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Fiction, Mature New Adult, Romance
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A story of heart-stopping, toe-curling passion by the beloved bestselling author of Hard to Love, Resisting Her, and The Impact of You.
Straight-laced and well-mannered southerner 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 tyrannical 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.
REVIEWED BY KELLY
*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I have been waiting for Working It ever since I did the cover reveal for the original (self published) cover earlier this year The blurb just drew me in. A hot romance between a naive girl and a confident, gorgeous male model, set against the world of high fashion? YES PLEASE! I’m happy to report that Working It was worth the wait. I loved how it was hot but it also had a great storyline, all too often the story can be lost when the author tries to hard to sell it on its sex scenes. I loved the development. I loved how I connected with Emmy. I loved all the mentions of the fashion world. I loved how I loved to hate Fiona. I just LOVED a lot of things about it!
Right from the start Working It reminded me a little of the whole 50 Shades thing. A naive country girl who’s out of her depth in New York City. A confident guy who likes playing with the fairer sex. An older woman who’s hovering in the background and seems hung up on the guy. That’s not to say that I thought this was a 50 Shades rip off though because I didn’t. I just saw the similarities, and to be quite honest I liked them. There’s something hot about an experienced man who can show a not-so-experienced girl a good time!
I liked Emmy. She may not have been used to the fast life in New York, or the even faster life in the modelling and fashion industry, but that didn’t stop her from following her dream and giving it a damn good try. I admired her for that. I also liked that when Fiona, her boss, spoke to her like crap she didn’t just give up.
Now on to what I thought of Ben … Hot, absolutely effing HOT! That’s really the best way I can describe him because my brain starts to melt if I try any harder!
And Fiona? What a complete and utter bitch! You’ll have to read Working It to get the full idea of just how awful she is. Who does what she did?! I just can’t even begin to imagine how screwed up she must be! Or ruthless? Or just downright evil? I did love that she was British, though. Isn’t that like the nationality that is given to all the best bad guys?! Isn’t Cruella de Vil British?
One thing I ALWAYS love and look out for in my books is a sassy best friend and I got it with Ellie! I laughed so hard when she was in a scene with Emmy and giving her dating/relationship advice. I mean, who wouldn’t laugh if they heard someone saying these liittle gems … “Babe. His dong rivals a Subway foot long. Enjoy it. What the fuck is there to think about?” or “Hit it and quit it. Think like a man, Emmy. Think with your dick.”
I just have one more thing that I have to get out … HOLY. HELL. THE. LIMO. SCENE. WAS. HOT! Oh my word! I was feeling kinda flushed after reading that, let me tell you! And then the hotel scene just after? Yikes! Reading Working It would’ve been worth it just for those two scenes alone!
Unfortunately, as much as I liked Working It, it was also guilty of including my two pet hates … the guy cleaning the girl up after they’ve had sex and actually using the word “sex” to describe a female’s genital area. Both of those things are really weird for me to read. The first one because I would just find it pretty disgusting, offensive maybe, if that was ever done to me! And the second one because it’s almost like the character is too young or embarrassed to use a different word!
Anyway, this book is highly recommended. It does end on a cliffhanger in my mind. Not all things are clear cut by the end. If you are able to wait patiently until March 2104 for the second book in this series then go get Working It now and work on getting it read ASAP. I think you’ll like it 🙂