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Craving Him

(Love by Design #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,438 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Atria Books
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Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Craving Him picks up directly after Working It leaves off. If you haven’t read book one in the series, there may be some small story line spoilers.

After finishing Working It, my mind was all over the place. I had so many questions, and thankfully they were all answered.

Emmy and Ben’s relationship is not on solid ground. After what happened with Emmy’s ex-boss Fiona, you are left wondering if it’s possible for these two to make it. One couple so different can only take so much. But Ben isn’t
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Having been disappointed in the first book I had hoped this second one might be better, no such luck. Emmy a young woman from Tennessee has moved to New York to work for Status Modelling, working as the personal assistant to the owner, Fiona is the boss from hell. It's while working at the agency that Emmy meets Ben a 22 year old male model, a highly sucessful one, he also has a history with Fiona who is 16 years his senior. Fiona is now pregnant and implying that Ben is the father. That should ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic, series, steamy
3.5 stars

This is the continuation of Ben and Emmy’s story, wrapping up all of the threads left hanging in Working It, and giving us a wonderfully happy ending. Although I did have a few issues with how things got handled… but more about that in a moment.

The book picks up right where Working It left off, so this review will be spoilery if you haven’t read that one.

Ben and Emmy have been reunited in New York, and although things are a little bit tenuous between them, they are still both very much
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I forgot that I hated/hate/loath the Emmy Clarke character. Ug, need to remember to send myself a sample before I read a book on my Kindle! So mad at myself.
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Kendall Ryan will always be a must read, drop everything, author for me. I LOVE every book she has written. This books was no different!!! Craving Him is Book 2 in her Love by Design Series. (Working It is Book 1). This book takes off right were Working It ended. There was absolutely no time
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
4 (More Ben and Emmy Lovin’) Stars

There will be spoilers from book 1, Working It.

It’s more BEN & EMMY!!!! YAY!!!!! MORE SEXY STEAM!!!! YAY!!!

Craving Him picks up right where Working It left off. Ben made a last ditch effort to win Emmy back and Emmy takes Ben back. Fiona may be pregnant with Ben’s baby and so this leaves Emmy going into the relationship with Ben with a bit more guard on Emmy’s heart.

Honestly I couldn’t blame the girl.

I know, I know, Ben was “raped”. I get it. I rather have
Heather andrews
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much more I saw a side of Ben and Emmy that I loved and that was how playful they were when they're together. And Ben just can't get enough of his woman, "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." I mean I loved being in Ben's head, and well he still gets my panties all soaked, "I trailed my hand higher up her thigh, ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014, arc
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Ben Shaw. Swoon. I was so excited for a second dose of Ben and Emmy (ok, mostly Ben), and the conclusion of their story. Craving Him picks up where the first book, Working It, left off. Ben wants to win Emmy back and will do anything to have her in his life. She is the only woman who’s ever loved him completely for him, and vice versa. Emmy is hesitant because of the heavy baggage Ben is carrying around, including
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Ugh, Emmy. Literally one of the most annoying females I've read in some time.
Lissy Liz
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 sexy stars
Book Drunk Blog
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I love Kendall Ryan, I've read every single one of her books and she just keeps getting better and better. I read this book in a matter of hours and for the majority of the book I had a dopey smile on my face. She makes me feel such strong emotions, every single time!

At one point I even said out loud, "Oh, I have a bad feeling about this. This is not good." My husband looked at me like I was absolutely insane. But, that's how talented of a writer she is - I feel so much I
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmc
It was going so good until (view spoiler) So I decided to take off a star for that just because I can. And I was so glad when (view spoiler) ...more
Star Girl
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a waste of time. Poorly written and filled with cheesy dialogue, it just felt like they were going through the motions and then everything just wrapped up so fast in the end. It's too bad because I really enjoyed the first one.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had enough drama to keep me entertained but way too much sex to make the story meaningful and the lack of sparking chemistry made all the sex scenes a little ho-hum. As I mentioned in my review of book 1, the author is straddling a fence between erotica and romance and it isn't really working. Still, it kept me entertained but I'm not likely to read it again.
I started with the audiobook but I was bored to tears after one hour. The narration was great but the story was just blah. I got the book from my library just to see what happened at the end. 3 stars for the narration. 2 stars for the story.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I adored how he humbled himself to win her back. He is not just a pretty face, but there is deep substance underneath it all.
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

Craving Him, by Kendall Ryan, was an outstanding conclusion to Ben and Emmy's story. In Working It, we got to meet these two very distinct characters that came from extremely different backgrounds. Emmy was from Tennessee, was a down to earth Southern girl, with a tight-knit family, home cooked meals, and lived in a trailer most of her life. Ben, on the other hand was raised by a single mother, who was a famous model. They traveled the world, lived in extreme extravagance, but he
Sarah Larson
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the conclusion to Ben and Emmy's story. This story picks where Working It left off. Emmy returned to New York after spending some time with her parents after she learns the news about Fiona. When she gets to the airport she runs into Ben and he convinces her to go to his apartment so they can talk. Even thought she is devastated by the pregnancy news she still loves Ben and wants to try work things out. She makes Ben promise that they will take things slow this time. Bens ...more
Donna ~
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
4.5 stars! Great ending! I love this couple!

I love this sequel! I was so scared to start it because I thought the author would rip apart my all-time favorite couple and break my poor little heart! I really, really enjoyed CRAVING HIM just as much as the first.
Emmy and Ben have such a strong connection and I loved that Kendall Ryan did not destroy this. Usually the second book in a series the author breaks a couple up, and more than half the book they are separated, only to end up together at the
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an 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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Great ending to Emmy and Ben's story! Man this one was full of angst, love and hot, talk dirty to me sex! I love Ben's dirty mouth. Anyways Craving Him starts off where Working It left off, with Emmy and Ben trying to patch things back up. Everything that went on between them still hangs heavy around them. I have mixed feelings on that. Part of me understands why things are still tense and I don't blame Emmy at all for being standoffish. But the other part of me wants to shake her and say "hey ...more
Candace Fleming
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Craving Him is a continuation of Ben Shaw and Emmy Clarke’s story from Kendall Ryan's Working It. I absolutely loved Working It! The book took my breath away in parts and the storyline moved along quickly. Craving Him gave Ben and Emmy the HEA we were all wanting.

Ben is a supermodel that every woman fantasizes about but he only has eyes for Emmy, his sweet, curvy Southern Belle. Problem is that at the end of Working It, Ben and Emmy are going to piece back together their broken relationship. I
Nerd Alert
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for an honest review.

This is the continuation of Ben Shaw and Emmy Clarke’s story. Ben is the model that every girl wants to be with and that every guy wishes he could be. Traveling the world and be surrounded by beautiful women doesn’t do a thing for him unless he has Emmy by his side. Being his boss’s ex-assistant, Emmy struggles to be around Fiona due to her obvious attraction to Ben.

I hoped his love would be enough to outweigh all the baggage threatening to overwhelm
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
This sequel to Working It was the perfect conclusion to Ben and Emmy's story.

They are back together but it is no easy road for this couple. The stress of not only the situation with Fiona but Ben's job and Emmy's need for one make this a journey filled with bumps and detours.

What I loved about this book was that as usual, Kendall Ryan gives the reader the right amount of angst, enough sexy passionate scenes to fog up your Kindle and heartwarming dialogue that will make you swoon.

Ben is a flawed
Holly Baker

loved Working It by Kendall Ryan, a lot! But I just couldn't get in to Craving Him no matter how hard or how long I tried.

The endearments "babe" and (mostly) "baby" were so incredibly overused and eye-roll-worthy. I no longer felt the connection between Emmy and Ben, or the likeability factor with either characters (though mainly Emmy); they came across as annoying more than anything.

The only thing that kept me reading for as long as I did was so I could find out the truth about Fiona's
3.5 stars

It was okay, but I felt like there would be a disagreement, make-up, and then sex. Sometimes, the sex felt forced. I almost thought for a minute that they were only together for the sex.

Questions are answered about the "cougar" from book 1, but I still don't trust the hero.

I usually can not stand frequent change in dual POVs, but Kendall Ryan did a great job.

I am not sure if I will read Ellie and Braydon's story.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved Ben but I think Emmy was a little bit too insecure! I get why cuz of everything that happened but still....
It was a good book though!
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA ...more

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