Working It (Love by Design Series #1)

Working It (Love by Design Series #1)

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by Kendall Ryan
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

Molly McAdams
Devil Wears Prada with a steamy twist! Grab a fan ladies, Kendall Ryan delivers a hot read that will have you begging for more.”
Samantha Young
“I was instantly immersed in the glamorous and not so glamorous world of modeling through the narration of Emerson, a heroine [who is] real and down-to-earth and completely relatable. The chemistry between Emmy and the intense but charming Ben is palpable...and did I mention HOT? Speaking of Ben…wow! Ryan does a fantastic job of bringing a male supermodel to life—Ben’s the ultimate book boyfriend! Fabulous! Working It is a romantic and incredibly sexy read.”
New York Times bestselling author K.A. Robinson
“Kendall Ryan’s writing style is flawless. Working It is fast-paced and full of emotion. I couldn’t put it down. Five Stars all around!”
Lauren Blakely
“Glamorous and romantic, Working It is the full package—a gorgeous setting, a beautiful hero, and a heroine you both root for and long to be, especially in those oh-so-sexy scenes.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476764610
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
11/11/2013
Series:
Love by Design Series , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
24,028
File size:
3 MB

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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.

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Working It 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many scenes were drawn out. This book could have been 100 or less pages and it would have been, alright. As it stands, too repetitive and scenes seem forced. But, if this book is $0.99 - then it's worth it in time and $.
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Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
A 4.5 star gem for me! Minor spoilers alert!!! This was only my 2nd novel by Author Kendall Ryan, and I enjoyed it immensely. I did a dual audiobook and e-book read of it which has become one of my favorite methods of reading. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed some of the more explicit elements of Emmy & Ben's glamorous romance. Author Kendall Ryan put her unique creative stamp on a common romance trope, and in the process managed to impress me with how well she balanced the crazy yet plausible plot with lots of steam. That p-word email scene was fantastic and all of the sexting exchanges were fun and sexy. Their sexting just got better and better. Below is one of my favorite text conversation between them: ‘I was nowhere near asleep when my phone chimed with a new message. Ben: Are you awake? Wasn’t there some rule about texting a man back after midnight? I glanced at the clock. It was 12:20. I didn’t care. Ii would break the rules for Ben. Me: Yes. Hi. Ben: You sure it’s wise to text me back when you’re in bed, Miss Clarke? Now that I’ve got that visual in my head… Me: Yes. Ben: He misses you. There was a dimly lit picture of Ben lying in bed. Just his chest, abs, and black boxer briefs which were nicely filled out in front. I smiled to myself and shook my head. My exhaustion took a backseat if it meant flirting with Ben was an option. I liked that he’d texted me just moments after leaving. I liked the idea that he was still thinking of me. My brain refused to focus on anything else.' ~Emmy I also wanted to girl slap the perfectly made up British Fiona many times though, grr! And there was a certain sexual practice explored in Working It that blew me away with how well it was done. I'm normally not a fan of that particular practice, so kudos to Author Kendall Ryan for convincing me of its appeal even if it holds none for me in real life. Up next for me is Craving Him (Love by Design #2).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is nothing but sex scenes, there is no real relationship between the two, and the characters are boring and theres nothing to them. This book was awful. I would give it no stars if i could. Spend your money reading something that has real raw emotion, not some overdrawn boring sex,sex,sex book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So hot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He tilted his head at her, his smile coming more easily. "Okey dokey. Whadda you wanna do?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hunting. I saw a huge rat near Thrushclan." She smiled. Thrushclan is "rita mae brown" res. Four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blink in the shadows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yep.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog WORKING IT, the first book in the Love by Design series by Kendall Ryan features a model hero, Ben Shaw and a modeling agency assistant named Emmy Clarke. Emmy is out of her element as she lives in New York, trying her best to excel in the fast-paced city world. In this time, she comes face-to-face with one of the most highly sought-after male models from the agency. Ben Shaw is much like what you think a male model would be. He is devastatingly good-looking and he knows it. His charm oozes from his and can come off as slightly too cocky in some situations. While the story starts out of chick lit in tone at the beginning, it soon morphs into an erotic romance that gets hotter by the minute. Though not particularly deep, Ryan does create good chemistry between the hero and heroine. I wished that Emmy came out of her skin more because her character was often overshadowed by Ben who could come on too strong in some situations. I hoped for more of a balance in personalities to show that they complemented one another more. Ryan’s writing style is very free-flowing and easy to read. There aren’t much complications in terms of plot or conflict so if you’re looking for a fun and sexy read then this is for you. I would recommend this book to fans of Alice Clayton’s Redhead series. A lot of the same chick lit elements appear in both series, so there is a lot to love there if you are interested in that. While WORKING IT didn’t entirely work for me, I still enjoyed the saucy moments between Ben and Emmy. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the first book I ever read by this author was The Impact of You. I loved it so much I instantly purchased everything else she had written and consumed it over the following days. Working It is the story of Emmy, the beautiful assistant to the meanest bitch since Miranda Priestley in The Devil Wears Prada, who has the fortunate luck (or unfortunate depending on your outlook) of working at a modeling agency. Naturally she falls for the star of the agency Ben. What I loved about this book was that it didn't force this relationship. The author showed us the slow progression of this relationship. It never felt forced or contrite because you understood why and how these two grew to have feelings for one another. Too often with this genre of books the author TELLS us that these people were meant to be together, but Kendall Ryan builds this relationship throughout the beginning and SHOWS us why they should be together. I loved Emmy. She's like your best friend or your sister. You want to meet and know here because she just seems like she's an all around great human being. My one complaint, and why it was a 4 star and not a 5, was I some times found Ben to be a giant asshole. With that said, it was never enough to make me flat out hate him, which I have had in prior books. You the reader learn to forgive him just as Emmy does. If you've never read a book from Kendall Ryan then this is the perfect one to start with. I would recommend this awesome and fun read to anyone.
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Good read, a little racy but enjoyed the characters. I was disappointed with the second book in this series.
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Great storie untill the end not cool!
Marianna-ALustForReading More than 1 year ago
Emmy is a sweet southern girl trying to not be overwhelmed by New York City and all the beautiful people she is surrounded by at the modeling agency where she works. Supermodel Ben Stone is the most beautiful of them all and she can't help but be a little smitten with him. Ben doesn't do dating or relationships but once he sets his sights on Emmy, he is determined to have her. He tries to convince them both that a 3 month Paris fling would be perfect, but neither can deny the feeling that start to develop the more time they spend together. I have read a few of Kendall Ryan's books before and this is definitely my favorite so far. You've got a sweet and naive heroine, a devastatingly handsome and sexy hero and of course a crazy ex who also happens to be Emmy's witch of a boss. All of this makes for a hot and angsty read. Some of the plot was a little predictable, especially in relation to Devil boss Fiona, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. And Ben's dirty mouth was probably what I enjoyed the most. I had not realized this was the first in a trilogy so I was a little bummed that their story didn't wrap up at the end. While there are plenty of questions waiting to be answered in book two, there wasn't any super major cliffhanger. So at least that makes waiting a little more tolerable. I will absolutely be checking out Craving Him to see what happens next for Emmy and Ben.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Emmy and Ben's story is an emotional roller coaster, ups and downs, betrayal, and love.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
Contemporary Erotic Romance Release: November 2013 4 Stars ABOUT THE BOOK: 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 notorious 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. Note: This book is intended for mature audiences. It contains sexual encounters and graphic language, including a m/f/m encounter. MY REVIEW: I have to admit, going into this one I didn’t know what to expect. Two seconds after starting it, I couldn’t put it down. In case I don’t mention it enough, this was a great read! Emmy has this shift and play type of confidence, but she accepts it, and she could care less what anyone thinks about her. She tries her damnest to make a good impression on her biotch of a boss, which of course fails. Bring in the smexy Ben, a love triangle, and a m/m/f encounter later and oh my goodness the book really pops the chart off. I was glued to the pages throughout and ended up reading this in hours. I found it easy to read, gripping, sexy, and the drama was great. The only thing I didn’t like about this was Ben’s lack of the ability to stand up for himself, and I’m not just talking about what was going on throughout the book, but something that happened toward the end. I don’t want to give it away, but that’s the only piece I didn’t feel was a great turning point. However, I do think this is a great read and it’s one you won’t be disappointed in. And I’ll officially announce that Ms. Ryan just acquired a new reader-stalker. ;)
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