The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #2
on March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
His best friend's little sister is all grown up … and ready to play in a whole new way.
Smith Hamilton has it all—he's smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he's not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm's length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.
Evie Reed knows she's blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family's lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She's crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.
Except that when Evie's plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Evie Reed wants a do-over from a terrible first time and she wants it with her brother’s best friend, Smith Hamilton. She has it all planned out. She’ll meet her brother and Smith in Paris, have dinner with them, have him escort her to her room, invite him to her room, seduce him, then have mind-blowing sex. After a few hiccups, things were finally going her way… until Smith realizes the woman seducing him in the dark is none other than Evie.
Smith Hamilton knows Evie is off-limits. Her brother, Cullen, is his best friend, and the Reeds have been a family to him long before he found a family of his own. The botched seduction in Paris was a mistake, and Smith doesn’t regret putting a stop to it. But he’s finally gotten a taste of the forbidden fruit, and he’s not sure he wants to give her up at all.
Evie wants to forget the night ever happened, but Smith has other plans. Then Cullen drops a bomb—Evie and Smith will be helping him save their lingerie company. The two agree to see each other again, but it will be hard to keep it from Cullen and from affecting their work in the office.
I love the slow burn going on here, and I was ecstatic that they didn’t sleep together at their first chance. I think if they did, it would have cheapened their relationship. With the slow burn and long seduction, the two became sure of their positions and feelings. The sibling’s best friend trope is to die for, then add a little bit of a forbidden office romance feel to it and I’m double-dead!
The sexual chemistry between Smith and Evie is evident, but I would have liked to see their other dates. It was kind of glossed over in a bit of a fast forward.
The Play Mate is the second standalone in the Room Mate series and is told in alternating POVs. The story is filled with sexual tension, heartwarming moments between the MCs, and . A sweet, sexy, and sinful romance any Kendall Ryan fan will enjoy!
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