ARC Review: All or Nothing (Love by Design #3) by Kendall Ryan

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?
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Braydon and Ellie take this series to a whole new steamy level in All or Nothing.

Ellie is Emmy's best friend and you may have met her depending on whether you've read the first two books in the series or not. 
She has a strong head on her shoulders, brilliant job as a microbiologist, and she's the fun wild type as well. 
Braydon is Ben's best friend, and like him, also a model. He's known for his solitary, but wild ways. 

“He had that power over me, to make me forget myself and give everything over to our 
shared chemistry.” 

Naturally these two connect and create sexual tension like crazy.
Braydon wants a simple, commitment free hook up routine. Ellie not wanting a boyfriend, likes the sound of his proposition.
Ellie is one intelligent woman. She knows getting into bed with Braydon would be ultimate bliss, but she has no doubt that she'd be left with a broken heart when things inevitably come to an end.

Nevertheless, she succumbs to the feelings produced by Braydon and agrees to his terms.

Things quickly start to get messy when Ellie feels herself falling for Braydon. And falling hard.

“Braydon Kincaid, my own little Rubik’s Cube to solve.” 

Braydon Kincaid is so nearly perfect that there's no way he won't be added to your book boyfriend list. 
I immediately saw why Ellie was so taken by him. He's a gentleman with manners, which that in itself is a rarity. Then you add in all the other redeeming and sexy qualities to complete a pretty appealing package.
Speaking of packages…
Braydon's has an interesting and kind of infamous decorative piece on his downstairs friend that both scares and intrigues Ellie. Much like Braydon in general. 

I'm going to be honest here and confess that Braydon and Ellie have always taken the spotlight from Emmy and Ben for me. That's not saying that I don't like the original couple, but there's just something about B&E that caught my eye and never let me go. Perhaps it's the mysterious and alluring persona Braydon has always carried, and Ellie's well-balanced and colorful personality. 

The sexual scenes of course were piping hot, but my favorite moments from the book were the casual ones where the two would just hang out on Ellie's couch, pigging out on take out and relaxing. It revealed the great foundation of their relationship. The reason why I had so much hope for this couple was that strong friendship that stood above all else. 

This book had a lot of push and pull, many yes's and no's, and resisting from both characters. Ellie's feelings and actions in this book were so spot on and real to what I would do and I connected so well with her. Braydon's commitment mystery. kept me as a reader on my toes. I liked the timing and way it was revealed. 

I loved the overall pacing of this sweet and sexy romance, but the end moved a bit fast in my opinion. I would've liked to have seen some things dragged out a bit, but as I write this I realize, that's not really Braydon+Ellie's style at all.

*A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 kisses
Favorite Quotes:
“I’m a bitch to you. Why do you even like me? I asked. 
“I don’t argue with my cock, sweetheart. And he seems to like you. In fact, he’d like to 
get to know you a lot better.”

“I can read the indecision all over you. Your body wants this. Your brain isn’t sure.” He 
already understood me so well, it was impossible to argue. He leaned closer, his lips 
brushing my neck. “And when I fuck you for the first time, I want you to be certain. I 
want there to be no questions in your mind. I want you begging me to penetrate you. I 
want your hand guiding me inside you.”

“Boys are like puppies,” I explained. “You have to have lots of patience, plenty of 
discipline, house-train them…” 
“Is that so?” 
I nodded, feeling satisfied. 
“Does that mean girls are like kittens? Give them lots of snuggles and give them cream 
to lick up so they don’t get ornery and claw you?” 

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.

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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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About the Author

 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.
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