Monday, March 24, 2014

New Release & Author Q&A: Craving Him by Kendall Ryan

We're so excited for Kendall Ryan's newest release, Craving Him, and that she did a Q&A with us!  Check it out!

Craving Him (Love by Design, #2)

Published March 24, 2014 by Atria Books
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Books-a-Million
eBook On-Sale: 3/24/14
Paperback On-Sale: 6/17/14

About the book:
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.

My Thoughts:
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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 the possibility of having a child with his boss.

I adore these two together.  Especially the way Ben is with Emmy.  Who wouldn’t want to be loved so unconditionally and completely, like Ben loves Emmy.  He’s the perfect alpha male with a sweet side to swoon over.  And he will do anything to convince Emmy they should be together, regardless of his past indiscretions.  This is a book you can’t put down simply because you have to know how things work out for these two.  Will Emmy be able to get past her insecurities to be with Ben, or will she have to learn to live without him?  You have to read it to find out!

As I’ve always said, Kendall Ryan is one of my favorite authors who can write some of the best heart-pounding steam ever.  I know that no matter what, when I pick up one of her books, it’s inevitable that I will devour it and be happy when I finish.  Another swoon-worthy must read! 

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Q&A with Kendall Ryan!

Do you have a favorite scene or line from the book?
Yes! It has to be this one from Chapter 8, Ben’s point of view. At its core, this story is a loose Cinderella retelling – with delicious male model Ben as Prince Charming, overworked and often overlooked Emmy as Cinderella and Fiona as the wicked step-mother…. So this quote really encapsulated the theme of the story for me. 
“Her torn panties lay on the floor at my feet, like Cinderella leaving a slipper behind, the scrap of lace was my only evidence she’d been here at all.”

What influenced you to start writing and publishing your novels?
Even as a small child, I loved to read and devoured every novel I could. Authors were my superheroes; they created entire worlds that I could escape into for hours at a time. It was always an ambition of mine to provide that same experience for a reader. I’m so blessed to do this for a living.

What is it about this genre that attracts you the most? Would you ever consider writing in a different genre?
I absolutely love to read romance novels and so that’s what I tend to write. I have also written young adult and new adult as well.

When you're not writing, what do you like to spend your time doing?
I like hanging out with my adorable husband. He makes me laugh every single day. I love being outdoors, soaking in the sun (we don’t see it very often in Minnesota), cooking something yummy for my friends and family and of course reading any chance I get.

What are you excited to read next?  What was the last fantastic book that you read?
I’m super excited for Fall to You by Lexi Ryan. She gave me an advance copy of the first book in her new series, Lost to Me and it’s super sexy and addictive. I need more!

Do you have a favorite book or author that you recommend to people or friends?

I have lots of favorites. Jasinda Wilder is quite easy to recommend. Her stories are sexy and emotional so they have something for everyone. 

Thanks SO MUCH for answering our questions!  We love knowing more about the authors that we love.  Everyone go out and get your copy of Craving Him!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard about this series until now, but count me in for anything with sweet alpha males.
    Thanks for sharing :)