Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Tour | "All or Nothing" by Kendall Ryan

All or Nothing by Kendall Ryan
New Adult Romance published September 9, 2014
Atria Books
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Synopsis from Goodreads

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?
My Thoughts...
When I read Ben and Emmy's last book I was really, really hoping that we would get a book with Braydon and Ellie.  I could tell from the beginning that the chemistry between then was going to be off the charts and this book didn't disappoint.  I think it took me about 3 hours to read this start to finish and I almost managed it in one sitting.  Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down.  

So, Braydon and Ellie meet earlier in the series, but this books starts in at Ben and Emmy's wedding.  We all know it was Ellie that Braydon was hooking up with in that bathroom at the wedding!  Even if it wasn't confirmed in the 2nd book, we were least I was. So basically this is the start of their "relationship", although I hesitate to call it that for very obvious reasons.  This whole "friends with benefits" scenario seems to be pretty prevalent in a lot of the New Adult books I have read lately and this one is no exception.  They meet, hook up, one of them decides that they don't want a relationship so they are just friends, etc...  Then there is always the one, usually the woman, who agrees because she thinks it will end up turning into something deeper.  That's this book, in a nutshell.  Ellie goes along with it, but starts to develop feelings pretty early on and wants more from Braydon that he is just incapable of giving her.

Braydon is the ultimate bachelor really.  He's hot, a print and commercial model, he's independent and most of all he's not looking to be tied down.  He has issues with commitment as Ellie learns once she starts to fall for him.  He's distant with her and at times just downright annoying.  In time, we learn was his issues are, but there are times throughout the book where I just wanted to punch him in his beautiful face.  He treated Ellie like he was embarrassed to be seen with her and no matter what his reasons were, that just wasn't okay.

This whole book is told from Ellie's POV.  I think it would have been better for this particular story if it had gone back and forth between the two main characters.  I think that insight into Braydon's character would have been really helpful.  I liked him, but I would have empathized with his situation more and not been so mad at him for so much of the book.  

I have to say that I saw the little twist coming from a mile away and I think most readers will, but it didn't take away from the story for me.  I did feel like from that point, though the story was a little rushed.  I enjoyed the epilogue from Bray's POV and it was  nice to see Ben and Emmy there as well.  Overall, I really liked the book, maybe even more than Ben and Emmy's story.  This is a New Adult romance so there are some very detailed and extremely sexy love scenes.  If you are looking for a quick, steamy read then I highly recommend this book!  

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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