REVIEW: Craving Him by Kendall Ryan @kendallryan

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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.

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5star

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***received this arc for exchange for my honest review**

 

Wow! I have been anxiously awaiting this book. And let me just say, this was a wonderful emotional roller coaster ride.

Emmy struggles with her decision to continue a relationship with Ben. Not because she doesn’t love him with all that she has, but because she struggles with feeling that she will never be enough to fit into his world. Ben has never known anything but the glorious life of travel and luxury. Always surrounded by beautiful women, whom Emmy feels she will never measure up to, she wonders if love is really enough.

Ben has never needed another person the way that he needs Emmy. Not only does she see Ben as a person and not some famous model, but Emmy loves him for who he is, baggage and all. There is no doubt in his mind that Emmy is the one for him, and he will do everything in his power to keep her.

What I love so much about this book was that the relationship between Emmy and Ben is real. They have their troubles and they have to really work to get through them. Ben has a past, a very real one, and Emmy struggles with being a simple girl constantly having to deal with his past that feels like she will never beat.

Ben has never wanted to be tied down. He’s enjoyed the lifestyle he has, traveling and never keeping to just one woman. But  Emmy has completely turned his world upside down, and now Ben struggles with trying to prove to Emmy that she is all he will ever need.

In Working It, we got little bits of what Ben was thinking and feeling, and I loved that in Craving Him, we get so much more from him. You are really able to understand and feel the struggles that both these characters go through. This was such a beautiful end for Ben and Emmy. 

You can find my review for Working It, the first book in the Love by Design series here: http://bcwbookscoffeeandwine.com/2013/11/11/working-it-a-love-by-design-novel-kendall-ryan-kendallryan1/

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