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Release Launch and Review: All or Nothing: Kendall Ryan

ALL OR NOTHING (Love by Design #3)
Kendall Ryan
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Expected September 9, 2014

You’ve met Ben Shaw. Now meet Braydon Kincaid, the devil-may-care male model who nearly stole the show in Working It by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

As one of the world’s most sought-after male models, Braydon is no stranger to the finer pleasures in life. The last thing he wants to do is limit himself, especially when it comes to women. His best friend, Ben, might’ve settled down, but Braydon doesn’t want to waste his youth on the messy complications of commitment. He wants fun. He wants easy.

Ellie isn’t looking for a casual relationship, but her tough and sassy personality instantly attracts Braydon, who proposes a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Unable to resist the powerful pull of the charming bad boy, Ellie eventually relents, though she longs for all-consuming love.

As the two spend more time together, Ellie soon realizes that Braydon’s posing skills extend off the runway. His carefully crafted façade masks a secret hurt that he’s reluctant to share with Ellie, even as they embark on a passionate affair that sends them hurtling toward a fate neither expected. Can Ellie risk her heart while she waits for Braydon to let her in, or will she be forced to demand all or nothing?


ALL OR NOTHING by Kendall Ryan
Atria Books Paperback | 272 pages | ISBN: 9781476764641 | $15.00 | September 9, 2014
eBook | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781476764658 | $7.99 | September 9, 2014

I have loved Ben's best friend and fellow male model Braydon Kincaid since we met him in Working It. In Craving Him, we saw Braydon and Ellie(Emmy's best friend) spark, fight, and also start a little bit of something something. They initially repelled like oil and water, but managed to get close enough at Ben and Emmy's wedding.

This book picks up that same night and see a little more of their time at the wedding and the full story of what occurred between them. Braydon is flirty, sexy, cocky,  and knows that he wants her. She is indecisive and fighting him one minute and kissing him the next. He is anti-commitment. She is looking for true love.

He proposes a "friends with benefits" situation and she eventually decides not to deny herself the benefit of their sexual attraction. They have incredible chemistry, get along well, and are compatible in so many ways...except their stance on relationships. Their arrangement is fun, exciting, sexually satisfying, but also confusing. He can read her and understands her more than anyone. He is kind, thoughtful, and attentive. As she finds herself unable to stop herself from falling, he gives major mixed signals. He likes to talk to her, hang out with her and of course ravish her. But he is fiercely private about his personal life, personal space, and does not take her out in public. He has secrets and demons that have shaped how he lives his life, but he will not share them.

As things continue to get more complicated, he only succeeds in her confusing her more. One minute he is taking her with him on location and the next minute keeping her a dirty little secret. Ellie has always been the outspoken, independent minded, tough woman, but Braydon turns her into someone needy and weak that she does not like. There is a lot of push and pull. They take one step forward and two steps back. She has to take a stand at times and force him to see the situation for what it is. But they go back and forth about what they need, want, and what they are willing to give. Their relationship varies from sex buddies, friends, and practical strangers with them having issues being on the same page. Even though the parameters were set from the beginning, they were not easy to stick with or follow. 

Braydon was such an enigma. He was always the charismatic, charming, flirty, bad boy who was also a good friend and fun to be around. He and Ellie had such a powerful connection. I liked him with Ellie when he was acting naturally and took care of her, but sometimes wanted to smack him when he would retreat and put his walls back up. And he could change from intensely interested to distant and secretive quickly. I could not blame Ellie for being totally confused, heart broken, and needing to step back from him.  But eventually his secrets are revealed and we see under his guard to what haunted him and kept him from moving on.

Ellie was intelligent, controlled, and driven. She has always been fun, feisty, and a good friend and support to Emmy and Ben and even Braydon when he would let her. But Braydon had a way of stripping her down and making her vulnerable, insecure, and upset. She knew what she wanted but was not allowed to have it, and it just made her feel worse than when she had no male prospects. Sometimes she had to go into self preservation mode just because it was all too much.

Together they had real potential. But it all comes down to being able to truly open up, let the other person in, and be willing to go for all for nothing. 

I loved seeing more with their best friends Ben and Emmy (Working It and Craving Him). They have come a long way since their tumultuous beginning. They also shared some of the same issues Braydon and Ellie did with the male model careers, supermodels, groupies, and distance. But Braydon's issues also ran a bit deeper and it would take time to scratch the surface to get down to his inner layers. And Ellie was not going to settle for halfway. She had seen Emmy get the full love story, and she wanted that for herself too. I enjoyed their group dynamic as well throughout the story.

It was fun, sexy, frustrating, tense, mysterious, romantic, and sweet. It was told in Ellie's point of view with an epilogue from Braydon. So Braydon's secrets were his until he finally shared them with Ellie and all of us. This engaging series has interesting, likable characters with depth and  plenty of angst, drama, and secrets. I really enjoyed this installment  and  seeing how it all turned out with all of them. This one could easily be read as a stand-alone, but part of the fun was knowing Ben and Emmy's background and all of their shared history as well. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
WORKING IT (Love By Design #1)
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Kim's 4.5 star review

A story of heart-stopping, toe-curling passion by the beloved bestselling author of Hard to Love, Resisting Her, and The Impact of You.

Straight-laced and well-mannered southerner Emmy Clarke is out of her depth in New York City’s fashion world, but when she lands a job as an assistant at a modeling agency it seems like the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Working under the notoriously tyrannical Fiona Stone is a nightmare, but there’s one distinct perk: ogling the ridiculously hot male models who parade through the office—particularly rising star Ben Shaw.

Ben is everything Emmy’s not: exquisitely gorgeous, highly paid, and well-traveled. He’s also got more issues than Vogue. Emmy looks after Ben on photo shoots, but she refuses to become another one of his lusting groupies. Ben finds Emmy’s refreshingly real attitude to be surprisingly attractive.

Against a backdrop of the most fashionable cities in the world, casual flirting turns into an illicit affair, but when Ben’s twisted past is revealed, and the bitter Fiona catches wind of their relationship, their careers and hearts are threatened.

CRAVING HIM (Love by Design #2)
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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.

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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