Series: Love by Design #2
Published by Atria Books on 24th March
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
Reviewed by Kelly
*I received a paperback ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
**Contains spoilers for Working It (Love by Design #1)
Do NOT read further if you haven’t read Working It yet**
It pains me to write this review because I had HUGE hopes for Craving Him after reading Working It, but it was just OK, not bad but not great, either.
Emmy, who was naïve in Working It ,was suddenly annoying and sending a million mixed signals in Craving Him. After the events in Working It, and the devastating news that she had to deal with, she agreed to give Ben a second chance and to try and work through things. She wanted to do things at her own pace though, including resuming their sex life. This is where she first started to annoy me. She asked Ben to take it slow. Then she tried to seduce him because she wanted him. Then when he was worked up she said she wasn’t sure. She was such a tease! Then he asked her to go on a modelling assignment to Fiji with him. She said she’d think about it. Then 10 minutes later she said that if she knew she’d be in a bikini (in Fiji) four days later she wouldn’t have chosen such a high calorie dinner date option. Then when he mentioned it again she said she still needed time to think. Gah, Ben’s head must have been about to explode in frustration because mine was. And those weren’t the only two instances, either.
Ben needed to man up and tell Fiona (his modelling agent who was possibly pregnant with his baby – the bombshell news from the end of Working It) to F*** OFF! Seriously. If he was so intent on making things work with Emmy then she should have been his only focus. Yes, he could care about Fiona’s welfare until he had paternity results, but he didn’t have any need to protect her feelings when it came to telling her to back off and stop her scheming. Plus, he kept things from Emmy that he could have been more open about, which in turn would have stopped Emmy from making a HUGE drama out of the tiniest of issues!
As with Working It, the sex was HOT (although not AS hot – HELLO threesome scene in the limo!) but it felt like filler material. I hate to say this but there was just too much of it! The story would have been way shorter, like novella short, without the sex scenes, or at least so many. I get that it wouldn’t have the Kendall Ryan stamp on it without the sex scenes but still, given that Emmy and Ben had a million hurdles to jump over in this book, it almost felt unnecessary to have so many.
The idea of starting a charity seemed a little half arsed too. “Ooh, I want to start a charity – what should we pick?” I felt like it should have been based on something that Ben was already passionate about, not just choosing the cause as an afterthought.
And just WHY did Emmy go to the hospital and not Ben? I really did not get that! I understand that the conversation that took place at the hospital needed to happen, but her going and not him was just strange, really strange.
So, by now, you might be wondering if I actually did like anything about Craving Him! I did like some things…
I liked the way that Ben and Emmy’s story was wrapped up. I think I would’ve been mad at investing myself in two books if I hadn’t liked the ending.
I LOVED the way Ben signed off his email to Emmy, even if the whole email thing was a little reminiscent of 50 Shades.
I liked that it was a quick read, especially since I wasn’t so enamoured with parts of it, and I liked the writing style – easy to read and not unnecessarily overly descriptive.
If read and liked Working It you’re going to want to read Craving Him if only to see how Emmy and Ben’s story ends. Just be prepared to be frustrated by these two. They definitely don’t believe in making things easy for themselves.