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 notoriously 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.
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Emmly Clarke is living a beautiful nightmare. Finally moving to New York City, she is working at a top modelling agency with one hell of a boss, who is intent on making her life a challenge. It is a minor mistake that leads this sweet, southern girl to bump into the gorgeous Ben. A top model for the agency, Ben is a man used to the opulence and the endless stream of women that come with his lifestyle. And he is all too happy to lead a highly hedonistic life – or so it seems. When Ben first meets Emmy, her endearing southern charms catch his attention and slowly begin to infatuate him. What starts out as a strictly sex only way for these two to quench the strong connection that sparks between them, shifts into a deeper and unexpected connection. A connection that reveals the vulnerabilities they both hide, and one that takes them on quite a journey.
I loved these characters, as always Kendall Ryan knows how to create an infectious hero, who steals your heart, but also has great depth and vulnerability imbued perfectly within him. Ben is such a beautiful guy. Insanely sexy, intelligent, sweet and most of all he is humble and genuine. He is a young man suffering with some serious issues and wears the burden of his past on his shoulders. I loved that Emmy was a sort of balm for him. She soothed and healed him and in return he taught her the art of love, passion and showed her the intensity that occurs when two very compatible people connect. While their relationship is initially ‘strictly sex’, Ben displays such apparent tenderness in his feelings for Emmy.
Emmy was simply adorable. A young southern girl living her dreams with wide eyes and a genuine and endearing heart, her personality shone beautifully throughout the novel. I loved how Emmy instantly recognised the vulnerability that lurks deep within Ben, she saw through his facade and inside the heart of a very lonely and somewhat damaged man.
“There was a certain depth to this man, one that his beauty kept hidden. I doubted most people dug below the surface. Yet strangely, I wanted to know him.”
The only thing I could possibly say, is that I wish her resolve was a little stronger with Ben. I enjoy it when the heroine truly makes the male protagonist work harder to win her heart back – and that is the exact precedence the amazing Kendall Ryan has set up at the end of this book, with the ever so slight cliff-hanger.
The prologue – I feel like this deserves a mention because it played such a crucial role in how I ultimately enjoyed this novel. The prologue was a little too extensive. It revealed the conflict right at the very beginning and answered too many questions that I would have absolutely LOVED to have been divulged slowly throughout the course of Working It. Because of this, it almost created this strong sense of the impending throughout the entire book for me – as though at every turn I knew what already lay ahead for these characters. I do not mind this, if the journey is an incredibly tough and tumultuous one, but Ben and Emmy’s was not. It was packed full of a semi realistic portrayal of a new relationship, where these two lovers are slowly learning one another inside and out. When the complications within Ben and Emmy’s relationship arose, it did not as shock me with the same impact it would have, had the prologue been cut or a written in a more ambiguous fashion. I really wanted to give this book 5 Stars so much, but for me it is the prologue that causes the book to fall that tiny bit short.
Despite this, I cannot wait to see what is next for these characters. Working It is a fantastic amalgamation of an endearing love story with the perfect blend of sex, passion and a touch of angst. It also has two gorgeous, yet vulnerable characters who you will no doubt enjoy exploring and off the charts love scenes.
4 shiny STARS
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels HARD TO LOVE, UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS, RESISTING HER and THE IMPACT OF YOU. She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest books news.
Kendall is giving away:
Ebook copy of Working It
Signed copy of Hard to Love
$25 Amazon Gift Card