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What He Craves

(Desires #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Matt Simpson is notorious for his bad decisions. From his rocky teenage years to his tumultuous early twenties, he's made a lot of mistakes. His latest, greatest, and perhaps stupidest of them all was his recent pursuit of his boss, the unattainable Steve Paulson. Desperate to make the man notice him, and knowing Steve would never get involved with an employee, Matt quits ...more
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published February 9th 2018 by Paper Gold Publishing
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, lgbtq
So this was better than book 1 - I overlooked some bad typos that should have been edited but other than that it was a fairly typical formula that was followed. Just lacked the depth needed to really feel the characters
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmmm. This book was hot and the I liked both of the characters but I struggled really hard with the pace of the relationship. Just because you've known each other for two years by being in each other's orbit does not mean you actually know each other or that the pace of your BDSM relationship should skip from 0-60 in 0.2 seconds.

My biggest concern while reading this was that I felt like Matt used the dom/sub relationship as a total way to get out of being a responsible adult. His thought proces
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. EM Denning is a newer author for me, only having read book one of this series, and I did enjoy this book more. The story trope includes an age gap and a hurt/comfort theme. Steve and Matt enter into a D/s contract quite soon after Matt goes home with Steve, since they’d known each other for so long. Matt’s history is rather sad and has left him very insecure, with a poor self-image. He’s still quite young, so that mostly supported his “voice” in the story, that often seemed too child- ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, m-m
Matt has always been a screwup, in and out of rehab. He fell in love with his boss Steve but because Steve had a strict no dating the help policy, he rebuffed Matt at every turn. Matt thought if he quit he would have a chance with Steve. He was devastated when Steve still told him no.

Unable to find work, buried under a mountain of debt, and evicted, Matt is living in his car when Steve finally tracks him down.

What follows is both men learning they each have something the other wants and needs. S
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When an author has me feeling what their characters are feeling, I'm laughing and crying and in the same chapter I think they are on the right track! I was sucked in from the start and I was gutted for Matty at times and then giggling at him in others, But through this book I could feel his emotions and feel his ups and down and that makes a great book for me. When I am shy for them or excited for them I want to feel those things and EM did an amazing job making me feel these charters. Steve rea ...more
Faye Kennedy
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, m-m-romance, dom-sub
Wow Fantastic book. I loved Matt and Steve in this book. Smokin hot scenes are flamin sizzling. Matt's gorgeous but with what his brother Cam did to him was despicable and down right wrong. Well its was about time Steve got his finger out sheesh after 2 years it took him long enough. I loved this book and cant wait for the next story. Yah I'd probably advise to read the first book to follow the characters before hand. Congrats Ms Denning.
Matt 22 worked at a restaurant and tried to get Steve's at
Jacki James
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. I waited for the second book in this series because I feel in love the characters in the first book. I was hoping I would feel the same about the characters in the second. E.M. Denning didn't disappoint. I loved every minute of it. EM Denning is quickly on my way to being a one-click author. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

I loved the way Steve took care of Matt. It made my heart happy. I love a book where no matter the characters preferences love
JD Crittendon
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Heavenly Kinky😇

A 2-year craving, bad choices and some kink with love on top describes the Matty & Steve romantic story. I must say, I enjoyed the second half more than the beginning.

The Beginning of the story: I think the “terrible parents” ploy is done to death! I also had problems with how quickly Steve dominated and had rough sex with the vulnerable Matty.
However, the rest of the story was okay enough for me to continue with this series.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
1.75 stars

Found this to be very boring & didn’t really connect with any of the characters. 😪
Sue bowdley
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow......I loved the first in the series and this is just as good....I absolutely loved Steve and Matt...They were perfect together....Steve I could have slapped just once but he got his head together and finally admitted he wanted Matt....I'm loving this author and can't wait for the next one in the series x
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
EM Denning has officially become one of my auto-buys. This series is shaping up to be so good and it's only book two.

Matt is a screw-up. He's done a lot of things he regrets and is trying to hold on as his life seems to crumble around him-due to another unwise decision. Matty hurt my heart. A lot. I wanted to wrap him up and make everything okay.He didn't deserve anything he went through. Yes, he had a past but who doesn't? All He needed was someone and something to be there for him, to love hi
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
What He Craves: book 2 Desires series, was as Craig's best friend Everett said when he described Matt and Steve together: " ...The two of you are seriously going to bring down the house. The way you guys look at each other, sh!t, f'kin hot." Everett was spot on.

What He Craves, took up from book one and followed the lives of Steve and Matt.

Steve, Alan's best friend is firmly established into the kink club he bought off Alan. He's renovated it into a kink/restaurant and after almost a year it is d
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What He Craves is the second book in author E.M. Denning’s Desire series. This series really needs to be read in order we meet characters from the first book, and places, so it is important to read book one first.
Matt is a bartender… well was a bartender. He has quit when we meet him. He wants Steve the owner of the BDSM club. He knows Steve will never date an employee, so he puts it all on the line and makes a pass at him. Well, it goes wrong. Matt ends up jobless and homeless as a result.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What He Craves by E.M. Denning is book two of the Desires series. Like What He Needs, this book can be read as a stand alone without anything lost but I would highly recommend reading What He Needs because it's such a wonderful book.
What He Craves is a story about Steve, a Dom, and Matt, a submissive who is floundering in his life. Steve bought his restaurant and club from his best friend Alan. Steve has a hard hands off limit. He refuses to get involved intimately with his employees no matter w
Carol Dawn
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes Master

I enjoyed this book. Not as much as the first one. But, I did enjoy it. I don't read many BDSM books because well....I'm a lightweight. There I said it. The first book was a little on the light BDSM side. This one was not. Not even a tiny bit.

This is not a bad thing. It was just a little intense for me.
So, why did I rate it 5 stars of it was too much for me? Thank you for asking.

😋Even though my eyes were so wide for most of this book, (I'm going to need eye drops now) I loved it. It
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Ruth Evans
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt and Steve take my breath away. I loved the first book in this series with Alan and Craig but Matt and Steve really captured the imagination of the reader. This book is well written with captivating main characters and addictive secondary characters. It was also wonderful to see the characters from book one turn up to see how they were doing.

If your told enough what s screw up you are the you believe it. No one in Matt's life ever supported him and encouraged him they just told him he'd mess
Misty M
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hot and steamy

3.5 stars
If you haven’t read the first, STOP go back. I don’t recommend reading this as a stand alone. The beginning of this moves rather fast, and if you don’t already understand their prior relationship, you might be confused. Ok, technically you could, should read the first one anyway.

I generally prefer more lead up, angst, or struggle up to actually getting together. The build up and tension is one of my favorite parts of any book and helps me feel the connection, bu
Amanda Viecelli
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited for Matt and Steve's story, and it is everything I hoped for! Matt is down on his luck and does not think he deserves anything, especially not someone like Steve, his former boss and a sexy older Dom who seems to have his whole life together. Steve, however, is determined to finally make Matty his and get him to finally see his worth. Though they have a rocky start, their relationship develops into a beautiful one that brings out the best in both of them. Steve has a soft and sq ...more
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Nanna Sander
3.5 stars.

I really like the characters in this one and the way they complement each other. Also, I love when books revisit with couples from earlier books, and Craig and Alan from What He Needs are the sweetest, so it was nice to see them again.

Matt's stint as a homeless man, and the shame he feels from it, was so nicely expressed that I felt a tear in the corner of my eye. The books is well-written.

I enjoyed the book, but there are two things that drags it down for me: almost-insta-love (I'm mo
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Another great story by EM Denning. I loved book 1 and I was really looking forward to book 2. Did not disappoint!
Steve and Matt are kinky, sexy, and super sweet. I loved them both! Since we already knew these characters from book 1, their relationship didn't feel like insta-love at all and it gave way to lots of sexy times and lovely situations early on in the book. It's still standalone and there's no need to have read book 1 but you totally should because that one is awesome too.
I find this s
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG best book in the series when I thought that Bk 1 was great EM took this second book to the next level. I was hook from the first chapter I was rooting for Matty and Steve OMG Steve he is one smoking hot Dom with eyes only for matt the sex scene we're smoking hot I want Steve for myself. But I really enjoyed how both Men compliment each other. I love how Steve shows his love for matt and believes in him wanting Matt to see how awesome and wonderful he is as a person. There are some teary mome ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a sweet and spicy book. Matt and Steve have a lot of tension to release with each other. The level of heat scorches the pages and leaves you wanting more. Not everything is sunshine and rainbows for this firey couple but they quickly figure out that they are what the other has always looked for. Steve has to get over his hangups about seeing Matt as his (not anymore) employee and be brave enough to go for what he wants. While Matt has years of self doubt and family scorn to try and move on ...more
Denise GremoryKohta
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is what I look for.

To me the characters are e everything. I won't unique complex characters with their own personal struggles and doubts. Then the storyline comes next. I can handle a weak plot if the characters are well developed. Here I not only get a good story but it has a great bunch of characters. And tell me how this author keeps having bad guys I have mixed feelings for. Can is a nasty piece of work but I think he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing. Well sometimes and I
John-Torleif  Harris
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book didn't have the insta-love that happened in the first book; which I found to be much better (even though I didn't mind how it was handled in that book).

Matt and Steve were much heavier into the "traditional" view of BDSM, but I didn't quite feel like Matt's reactions were genuine. I understand that someone brand new to the lifestyle would be very open and curious about most things, but how did he not explore any kink before if he reacts so strongly to pain? And wouldn't it ha
Lisa Neal
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt is struggling in life. Steve refuses to date employee's.

Matt has always been a screw up but he is trying to be better. Steve wants Matt and is determined to make Matt his. For me Steve started out as a hard ass Dom but when he set his sights on making Matty his, he showed his softer side and showed that he could be exactly what Matt needed to turn his life and luck around.

I loved the way Steve treats Matt in this book and the chemistry between these two is amazing!

As much as I loved What he
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 and a half stars...

I actually liked this book more than the first. The characters were more believable, though I found the last drama with Cam messy and very unbelievable....

There were more annoying errors, and I still miss the description of the surroundings and I miss a deeper personality description than I was given.

If you wonder why I bother this review, considering my low rating, it is because I actually paid for the books, based on other reviews. I think I need to up my reviewreadingscil
Claudia Lezár
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-bdsm
to read the book, it was hot, it was sexy, it was sin.... If you love little bit rougher sex, are a fan of BDSM, that will be the book for you.
Matt with his hope, to find love with Steve... in a way, that he lost all before he gets all.
Steve, who has to accept, that he lost Matt before he has him...
A passion to hot sex, that bond them together...
A love, that grow them together...
A fate, that they can't fight against...
It was great to read that book, and if I would wear panties in the bed during
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW, nailed it. Loved with the first book, the slow sweet burn between the two MC's but the author turned it up quite a few notches with Steve & Matt's story. Their relationship really has been brewing for 2 years, and when they both are in a place where they can just be themselves, the sparks fly. Steve can be demanding and controlling but within their world, his sub, his Matty is all that matters. Matt comes into his self with encouragement and love from his Dom/Daddy. I really hope we get ...more
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E.M. Denning is a writer from British Columbia. She loves her family and animals, and anything cute and fuzzy. She was born a hopeless romantic, and when she’s not writing romance, she’s probably reading it. She loves love.

Other books in the series

Desires (4 books)
  • What He Needs (Desires #1)
  • What He Hides (Desires #3)
  • What He Fears (Desires, #4)