Craving Him (Love by Design Series #2)

Craving Him (Love by Design Series #2)

by Kendall Ryan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476764627
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Series: Love by Design Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 520,969
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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Craving Him



Having Emmy back in my bed was a thing of wonder. I blinked open sleepy eyes, just needing to see if it was really her next to me. Last night felt like a dream, but there she was, laying so peacefully, her cheek resting on my pillow, dark eyelashes fluttering and a mass of brown waves tangled around her face. My heart surged. She was here.

I trailed my hand lightly over her hip and backside as she lay asleep on her stomach. I loved her body . . . it was so soft, so smooth . . . it just invited my touch. Last night she’d said we’d need to go slow. But I was thankful she’d still spent the night with me. I’d never felt true peace and acceptance like I had when I was near Emmy. She accepted me for me—with her, I wasn’t the man on billboards or in magazines. I was just me. Despite my shortcomings, despite all my fuck-ups, she was here by my side. After nearly losing her, I’d earned a second chance and I would do everything in my power to make things right again.

I gave her butt a gentle pat. “Wake up, baby.” I should let her sleep in, relax, but I was too selfish. Knowing she was here, back in New York and back in my life, made me want to seize the day. Carpe diem, or some shit. I was too restless to let her sleep. We needed to make up for lost time. Now that I had her back, I wasn’t going to waste a minute.

Emmy let out a small groan and stretched before rolling over toward the sound of my voice. She blinked up at me sleepily. “Morning.”

“Hi.” I continued letting my hand skim over her body, my fingers lightly dancing along her exposed skin where my T-shirt she’d worn to bed had ridden up. I knew I was just torturing myself. I needed to keep my hands to myself or I was going to have a massive case of blue balls later. “What do you want to do today?” I had visions of bathing her in my deep tub, taking her out for brunch at my favorite place in the city, and then maybe cuddling up in front of the fireplace later. But I was game for whatever she wanted. She would be calling the shots.

“I need to get home,” she said, flinging the blankets back off her legs to climb out of bed. “I left Ellie hanging last night, and besides, I haven’t been home in months.”

Disappointment coursed through me. She was fleeing already. “Can I at least feed you first?” I asked, rising to stand behind her and pull her back against my chest. I couldn’t resist letting my hands slide down to the curve of her hips.

“Just coffee,” she murmured.

“You got it.” I kissed the back of her neck and slowly released her.

While Emmy dug through her suitcase, I headed into the galley kitchen near the front of my apartment. It wasn’t a room I used often. I liked to cook, but cooking for one was a waste, so I tended to order out rather than prepare a depressing meal alone. And besides, I hated doing dishes. That was why I’d hired Magda, my housekeeper. She was fabulous.

I added coffee to the machine and set it to brew. Emmy emerged a few minutes later, her hair combed and secured in a low ponytail, dressed in jeans, sneakers, and a long-sleeved tee. She looked adorable. I was going to have a hard time letting her go. Especially because she’d just returned from an extended stay in Tennessee. I’d intercepted her at the airport. My first bit of good luck since she’d left me.

When I’d told her about her boss’s, Fiona’s, pregnancy—possibly with my child—Emmy had quit Status Model Management without a word and fled for the comforts of home. I couldn’t say I blamed her, but after running into her at the airport when returning from a shoot in Miami yesterday, and convincing her to come home with me, it seemed she was willing to give me another chance. Now that she was back, my body wanted to make up for lost time. But my heart was reminding me not to push her. I couldn’t lose her again and there were a million little things I’d missed about her. I’d never felt this way about anyone before. I was desperately in love with this girl. I needed to show her that she could trust me. I wouldn’t fuck this up again.

I added milk to her coffee, remembering how she liked it, and handed her the mug. “I don’t even know where you live,” I admitted.

She took a sip of the brew and smiled at me. “This is good coffee.”

“I have it flown in from Italy.”

“Wow.” She took another sip. “Why don’t you come over then? You can see my place and meet Ellie.”

I leaned in and kissed her forehead. “Perfect. I’m going to jump in the shower and I’ll give my driver a call. About fifteen minutes, okay?”

“Sounds good.”

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Craving Him 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
I liked Craving Him a little bit more than Working It. This book isn't sunshine and rainbows for Ben and Emmy, not by a longshot. They have a lot to figure out after everything in Working It. I liked seeing the growth of them as a couple and working through their problems, but it seemed a little much and almost repetitive at times. They both frustrated me a few times in this book either because of stupid decisions or stupid thinking. I really liked the very end of the book with Christmas and then the epilogue. It was cute and funny and a good way to end the book. I'm intrigued for All or Nothing, and getting Ellie and Braydon's story; I'm sure it'll be entertaining!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy the book. Good Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another very good book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good
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micharch More than 1 year ago
Ben and Emmy try to overcome many obstacles again in this book.  Emmy has a hard time trusting Ben. Fiona takes every opportunity to insert herself into their lives.  Ben struggles to show Emmy how much she means to him and she backtracks a lot in this book.  She holds past indiscretions against him at every turn and was just plain immature some of the time.  She was supposed to be a professional assistant and yet walked off the set at one of his photo shoots. Her relationship with Ellie was portrayed to be one of strong friendship but I just didn't see it.  Emmy was never home and had only just moved to New York in book one so I was a bit confused by this supposed "bff" relationship.  Overall a good read and a good ending for Ben and Emmy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book Working It. Emmy drove me crazy in the second book. She lost her southern spunk. Even though she was always had a little self esteem issues, she always held her head up and moved forward. I thought she was a wimp in this book, not the same girl. All the running away when something ugly came up and crying got on my nerves. Still loved Ben but even he was lacking. Espeacially in the dirty talk dept lol. Overall it was good story and i love kendell's books :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read! Nothing but self loathing, whining, and completely unrealistic story line. Don't waste your money!
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EMAReads More than 1 year ago
Ben and Emmy are together (yay!) after the crazy storm slowed in book one.  But with all of the big decisions and possible changes on the horizon who knows where they will end up?   Fiona makes me want to choke her out.  Pregnant or not, she’s a snake. Yet Ben let’s her get away with too much. Grrrrr…..   I love the dual POV’s. Seeing Ben’s thoughts as well as his heartbreak was amazing. Emmy is fantastic. Loved watching her continue to find her place and thrive in Ben’s crazy world.   They have so much to work through – I felt their desperation.  Never is the question do they love each other-more can they make it work together without losing themselves.   KR gives us another hot and sweet romance. Well-written and engaging.  Loved it.
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disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
LOVED this sequel! I love Ben and Emmy! They had quite a few obstacles due to Ben's mistakes that just kept surfacing! I felt so bad for Emmy and couldn't strangled Ben and Fiona!! Thank goodness there's a happy ending!!
dmrobinson More than 1 year ago
Bennnn…..oh my, how you have a piece of my heart! This is the follow-up to Working It, the first in the Love by Design series, and is the perfect conclusion to Ben and Emmy’s story! If you’ve read the first book (which you need to before this), you’ll know that their story will not be an easy path. Ben and Emmy come from very different backgrounds and have much to resolve if they are to find their way to a happily ever after. Kendall Ryan delivers tons of sexy moments (gulp…I want dirty talking Ben!), and some very fun moments mixed in with the tough ones (Fiona and …well, you’ll find out…). I loved the continuation of Ben & Emmy’s story. I loved seeing the glimpses into Emmy’s family life and also the moments with Ellie and Braydon. In the first book, the story was primarily from Emmy’s POV with a few moments from Ben’s POV. This one was much more of a dual POV and Kendall handled that seamlessly. I enjoyed having more from Ben’s POV because, well, he’s Ben. Enough said! Overall, Craving Him had my emotions running from one end of the spectrum to the other. A few times I wanted to smack Emmy, then I wanted to kick Ben for being so freaking gullible. But in the end, I loved their moments together. Their characters both grew in big leaps in this book and left me feeling tons of happy feels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this sequel to Working It. It is a great ending to Ben and Emmy's story. So much sadness and alot of suspence make for an amazing read. I fell in love with Ben and the sexual chemistry between him and Emmy is off the charts HOT. I recommend this book to everyone
kryptic0206me More than 1 year ago
4.5 HOT Stars!!!! Ben Shaw.....Yes I was definitely craving more of him by the time I had finished Working It and Kendall satisfied my cravings for now but I honestly don't think I will ever get enough of Ben.   The story picks up where Working It left off.  A chance encounter at the airport has returned Emmy to Ben's arms but he is afraid that the baggage this comes with his life may just be more than Emmy can stand. Emmy has decided that they need to slow down the runaway train that is their relationship and so she has set limits with Ben....limits that she is finding hard to maintain. I could totally understand Emmy's reluctance to jump right back into things with Ben but it's hard to say no to the one thing your body craves as much as air.  Their chemistry has never been an issue but how much pain and torture can a girl put herself through for  man. We get more of Fiona's dramatics and her not so subtle innuendo's that Emmy is on borrowed time with Ben.  I know it's not right to want to inflict pain on a pregnant woman but OMGEEE I really disliked her more than in Working It.  She is evil to the core and karma should definitely pay her a visit. While trying to find solid ground for their relationship they are faced with their differences and more of Ben's past ....will it be more that Emmy's heart can take or will Ben and Emmy find their way to a happy ever after? I really enjoyed getting more Ellie time and the reappearance of Brayden was a welcomed treat.  What does fate have in store for these to firecrackers I am not sure but I have a feeling it will set my kindle on fire. So if you fell in love with Emmy and Ben in Working It, go grab your copy of Craving Him and see where their story goes. I know it was a journey worth taking for me.  Looking forward to see what Kendall Ryan has up her sleeve next as I am sure it will include another Book Boyfriend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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