Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Working It by Kendall Ryan

Sick.  That’s what this story did to me.  It made me sick.  Not in the I-want-to-hurl-it-was-bad kind of way.  Oh no, not that.  Nope.  This story made me sick in that gnawing, gut clenching, I know my heart is going to get broken kind of way.  From the beginning, the very first line, I knew Kendall Ryan was setting me up to hurt.  But, I went ahead and dived into the story and got completely caught up in it anyway.

It had been a month since I’d seen him, but my body still knew when he was near.

Emerson, Emmy, Clarke is a twenty-two year old southern sweetie.  She leaves the comforts and familiarity of Tennessee behind and makes the bold move to New York to take on the position of assistant to the head of a high profile modeling management company.  Fiona Stone is a hard-ass, condescending, cold-hearted, manipulative bitch.  Seriously!  She’s made my list of characters that disgust me.  She treats Emmy like crap, but Emmy refuses to tuck tail and run.  A perk of her job, as Status Model Management only represents men, is she’s constantly surrounded by deliciously, hot males.  Ben Shaw is Fiona’s golden boy.  He’s hard working, dedicated, mouth watering hot and he’s into Emmy.  He has to tread lightly though because Fiona has this twisted fixation with him. 

Emmy is surrounded by tall, skinny, beautiful people.  She herself is short and curvy.  Being in the industry she’s in makes her doubt herself at times.  When Ben looks at her though, all he sees is a beautiful, smart, sweet woman.  He makes her feel cherished and desired.  It was fun watching these two hook up.  What started out as flirty, quickly turned to heated undeniable passion.  Ben tried to keep their relationship light as he doesn’t do commitments, but Emmy is unlike any woman he’s ever known.  She’s caring, nurturing and doesn’t care about his fame or money.  Before long, they both fall hard for each other.  But, there’s Fiona.  Conniving, deceitful Fiona is always lurking in the background.  Her connection with Ben doesn’t sit well with Emmy; it’s a little too possessive for a client/manager relationship.  She knows there’s something Ben is keeping from her, but deep down is afraid to know exactly what it is.

Ugh!   I wanted to scream at times and tell Ben to man the fuck up!  Yeah, I get he has history with Fiona, but that’s what it is.  HISTORY!  Tell her to take her overbearing, neurotic ass somewhere else cause you ain’t having it!  By placating her, he risks losing it all with Emmy. 

Working It kept me well enthralled from start to finish.  Keep in mind the story is far from over when you get to the end.  While it doesn’t leave off on a huge cliffhanger, it did leave off frustratingly open for more.  I have a feeling things are going to get really good in the next one and I’m sure it will have me cursing up a storm.

Working it is book 1 in the Love by Design series.

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels HARD TO LOVE, UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS, RESISTING HER and THE IMPACT OF YOU.  She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. Visit her at: for the latest books news.


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