Working It: A Love by Design Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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

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.”
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.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476764610
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Series: Love by Design Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 6,867
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Forced

    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 $.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    Emmy and Ben did not have the greatest start to their relationsh

    Emmy and Ben did not have the greatest start to their relationship.  Emmy is out of her element after her move to New York from Tenesee.   Ben is a model and she works for his boss, Fiona. Emmy tries to remain true to her values but finds herself falling for Ben.  I did not understand her encounter with Ben and Bray since she said she had values and was just a "simple" girl.  Overall a decent read with somewhat of a cliffhanger as we have to wait to see what happens with Fiona. 

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog WOR

    ~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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Anonymous

    Good read, a little racy but enjoyed the characters. I was disappointed with the second book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Cliff hanger

    Great storie untill the end not cool!

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

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    Emmy is a sweet southern girl trying to not be overwhelmed by Ne

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Kevin

    Walks in bis at fzp res 2

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    This book is a great read. Emmy and Ben's story is an emotional

    This book is a great read. Emmy and Ben's story is an emotional roller coaster, ups and downs, betrayal, and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Marc

    Lights incense, take off my clothes. Lay down my mat and start sun salutation.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Crystal

    Um, are you still here? If you are, say so. 'Lights an incense'

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

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    Working It to a great read!

    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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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    3.5 stars First impression: I was definitely excited to get into

    3.5 stars
    First impression:
    I was definitely excited to get into this story. It sounded a bit different than anything out there. I liked that Ben was the model and was anxious to see that world from a male perspective. 




    The story:
    Emmy is living in New York City and she's gotten her first big job as an assistant to the owner of a prestigious modeling agency. The agency focuses on male models and they have a rising star in Ben Shaw. So when Ben is set to head to France for Fashion Week, Emmy gets to go. Ben is intrigued by Emmy. She seems so out of his world and he glimpses something in her that he finds comforting. Not to mention that she's real. He wants more real in his life. 




    As they spend more time together, they give in to their attraction. Emmy can't believe that this famous and wanted man of the world wants to be with her. Then there's her evil boss, Fiona, who is jealous of the connection she sees between Emmy and Ben. Ben's relationship with Fiona is complicated and as the story unfolds, more is revealed and causes major conflict between Emmy and Ben. 




    The characters:
    I really liked Emmy in the Prologue. Starting the story off with Emmy was promising. I think it helped me get a sense of how Emmy saw her relationship with Ben for what is really was. Once the timeline moved back to re-tell their story, I still thought she was sweet, but a little too sugary and naive. Overall, I did like her. 




    Ben was interesting to me. There were times I felt like he played the cocky player, but I did like how he really wanted to try to have a relationship with Emmy. Of course, their relationship was anything but normal, but considering the fact that he didn't know what normal was...I appreciated his yearning to try with Emmy. 




    What I liked about them as a couple was their chemistry. I did feel like they developed a good connection. They had great banter and I loved their flirting. The steamy scenes were good. I especially liked the threesome scene. For me, the limo scene with Ben, Bray and Emmy was the hottest scene in the book! I loved...loved Braydon. 




    What didn't work for me:
    I felt like there were a few inconsistencies with Ben's character. I felt like I had to go back a few times to clarify a few details. It didn't ruin the story, but it was a bit annoying. I also got tired of Emmy feeling like she wasn't worthy of Ben. I'm tend to appreciate girls who have a bit more confidence, which was what I thought I saw in Emmy in the beginning. Although, I will say that she did stand up for herself in the end. 




    Overall: 
    I enjoyed it. It's weird because I could easily put it down, but I also found myself thinking about where the story was headed when I wasn't reading it. The ending left me curious about what's going to happen next. And, I am looking forward to learning more about Ben's past. I think he has some scars and I feel like Emmy can be a good person for him to lean on. Let's just hope she can muster up some confidence. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. It was different and I'm fascinated by Ben's world. Give it try. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    If you're looking for a steamy, fresh, love story with the 'oh n

    If you're looking for a steamy, fresh, love story with the 'oh no she didn't' twist then I suggest you read Working It.




    I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to others. Especially if they loved the movie The Devil Wears Prada, Working It has a similar storyline to it but it is still so very, very different. I loved that movie so of course I loved this book.




    Emmy is a quiet, southern girl that works as a personal assistant in a modeling agency. Lucky girl gets to look at pictures of male models all day. Best job ever, right? Wrong- her boss, Fiona, is the most horrible boss ever, she makes Miranda Priestly look like a saint. Emmy, however, stays quiet and does the work she is given and then goes home to her BFF and roommate Ellie and vents about her day; which is how she keeps her sanity and doesn't b**ch slap her boss. Anyways, she's a hard worker and does as she's told and witch with a b boss lets her go to Paris with her, for 3 months, to help her with fashion week and some other work they have going over there. To me that almost redeems witch boss, ALMOST. While in Paris she meets superstar, mega super hot model Ben Shaw. Ben Shaw is the 'slap yo momma' good, panty dropping everywhere he goes, mouth watering good looking model ever. Every female notices him and Emmy is no exception. What surprises her is that he notices her to and when she flirts with him, he flirts back. He brings out the daring, adventurous side out of Emmy.




    Things happen, oh boy do things happen and they end up in a relationship that both are happy with. Even though Ben has never had nor wanted a relationship Emmy makes him want to try and try his best at it. Not surprisingly, he is a top notch boyfriend to Emmy. He has a past that had him steer clear of relationships and has a string of blow jobs, a few one night stands and a few threesomes. He's worked hard to be where he's at in his career, with the help of Fiona- his agent. He has to be the buffer between Fiona and Emmy and with that made him just a smidgen shy of the perfect boyfriend. Because of his relationship with Fiona he screws up his relationship with Emmy, which is the 'oh no she didn't', 'hold my earrings while I beat her' twist part. This part that I did not see coming and couldn't even blink because I was afraid I would miss some words.




    Working It has an amazing storyline which is only enhanced by Kendall Ryan's writing, she is truly gifted. I have read all of the books she has written and they get better every time. I was so excited for her when she signed with Atria for this Love by Design series because everyone should meet be able to meet Ben Shaw.




    I also want to note that there is a threesome scene in the story with Emmy and two males but you'll have to read to find out who the males are. I'm just noting it because it may or may not have affected some reviews or made readers not like the book or even finish it and honestly I was kinda nervous about this scene myself. But I put my trust in K Ry (shes that cool her name get abbreviated like J. Law, LiLo, or J. Lo) and I found that this scene isn't done in bad taste and isn't majorly explicit. This was the first threesome scene that I have read but know that it could have been more than how it was but this was a new experience for Emmy and a learning experience for her as well.




    I would recommend this book and will probably reread it before the next book in the Love by Design series comes out.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    Where to start¿.how about I LOVED this book!!  Holy hotness¿pagi

    Where to start….how about I LOVED this book!!  Holy hotness…paging Ben Shaw!!  I am a huge fan of Kendall’s work and this book did not disappoint.  I read this book in less than a day, as I could not put it down.




    Emmy Clarke, a young woman trying to make it in the vicious world of fashion as the assistant to the one and only (thank goodness) Fiona Stone.  Let’s just get it out there that I was NOT as fan of Fiona and her controlling, belittling, meddling and underhanded ways.  Emmy is more of a simple southern girl with family roots.  Fiona misses no opportunity to point it out either.




    Ben Shaw is the feature model of Status Model Management.  He is panty dropping gorgeous and oozing with charm and seduction. 




    Emmy notices Ben just like every other living and breathing woman but she sees beneath the glitz and glamour to the man himself.  She actually gives without expecting something in return.  She cares and that is something that Ben is not used to.  




    The story spans a few months but what a ride.  They hook up in the City of Love but Ben took a liking to Emmy from the start. You could tell right away that there may be more to Fiona and Ben’s relationship than just mentoring. As the relationship grows they decide to keep it a secret to avoid further conflict with Fiona.




    Relationship….touchy subject, as Ben doesn’t do relationships.   I loved their little “text” sessions.  It seemed as Emmy could be bolder with Ben from a distance.




    I loved that the story was told through both Emmy and Ben’s POV.  It was nice to get his take on the events as they were transpiring.  I could understand Emmy’s insecurities about being with Ben, I mean he’s a model and she was just an ordinary girl with curves and all. 




    Now you may or may have heard that there is a M/F/M interaction in the story.  Not a usual in Kendall’s books but in this case I thought it was used to reflect Ben’s deflection of commitment.  This was also a turning point for Ben in the story.  Both Emmy and Ben appeared to go with it because they believed that it was what the other wanted, but remained focused on each other throughout the act.




    Ben and Emmy’s ride is anything but smooth but I really was pulling for them to find a way to work it out in spite of their obstacles.  There were a few instances when I wanted Emmy to be a little stronger.  I wanted her to stand up for what she wanted and not be so naïve.  I also wanted to shake some sense into Ben on more than one occasion.  There comes a time when you just have to say enough is enough and put a stop to past behaviors that are no longer acceptable.








    So with all that being said, I finished the book and was already looking for more Ben.  Lucky for me there will be more Ben coming our way in 2014 in Craving It.   Already on my TBR!
    ** Received an ARC from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

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    How could I resist a book about a gorgeous and sexy male model w

    How could I resist a book about a gorgeous and sexy male model with a side of alpha and a bit of disillusionment mixed in? Well, I couldn't!! May I present one of my new book boyfriends, Ben Shaw...He's been gracing the runway for at least 5 years but grew up around it with a mother who was a model. There's a bit of messed-up that comes with that but you'll need to read to find that out.

    Then we have Emmy, who's fresh out of college and in her first job as the assistant to the head of the model management company (Fiona, that b$%^#@!) that represents Ben. Emmy is fairly innocent with a sweet Southern personality and a down-to-earth quality to her. Ben introduces her to some new things that were frankly hot! Some of them seemed very out of character for her, though, but I liked seeing her grow in her experiences.

    I love Kendall Ryan's books and I thoroughly enjoyed the world that Kendall created in Working It. There were sensual, sexy, swoonworthy moments and sweet, fun, erotic moments too. I was dreading what would happen based upon the Prologue as it sets you up fairly early but I didn't expect it to go down the way it did. With the secondary characters of Fiona, Braydon, and Ellie, I felt they were very well-characterized and I have some very strong emotions about a few of them *cough, Fiona, cough*.

    In the end, I found myself consumed in Ben and Emmy's story. It had almost a dream-like quality to me. I felt there was so much still left undone and unresolved so I'm going to be snapping up the second one in the series as soon as it's out!

    Copy provided for honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Best Ever

    Loved this book. Ben and Emmy were amazing!! I just was shocked at the ending. There was so much letft unanswered. I would love to read a story about Ellie and Bray. If only I could leave the south and run off to Paris with a hottie hmm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Ending?

    I loved this story on Ben and Emmy until it left me hanging at the end with no promise of a sequal. ?? Too many lose ends there. BTW would love to see a story with Ellie and Bray as main characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Ddd

    I liked this book but she left us hanging.we still waiting for some answers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    I loved this book. From the intriguing prologue that hooked me a

    I loved this book. From the intriguing prologue that hooked me all the way to the resolution. I was dying to know how Ben and Emmy were going to figure out THAT bomb dropped in the prologue!! To top it off, this story features the glamour of Paris, Milan, high-fashion, cafes, nights with wine and hotel rooms, and, I kid you not, the HOTTEST sex scene I have ever read. Yeah, I'm talking about THAT scene, and I wanted to be Emmy! There's more to the story though, and Emmy is what makes this book rock. She is real and funny and heartfelt and caring. I loved her and rooted for her and wanted her to find her happy ending.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    This is a great love story and an all around fantastic, fast pac

    This is a great love story and an all around fantastic, fast paced read. It didn't disappoint!!!

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