Best story; loved Smith and Evie.
By Dad Star
Laced with common sense and sensual grace this story gives a woman a taste of respect and honest love which is the best kind of love
Thanks for sharing
I want a Smith of my own!
By Lexy H.
Kendall Ryan did it again! Book 2 in the Roommates Series, The Play Mate, was awesome. The characters are non-related to book 1, The Room Mate, so this can be read as a standalone.
Smith Hamilton is hot, rich, smart and attracted to someone he shouldn't be- his best friend's little sister Evie. Smith hasn't always had it easy so he knows getting involved with someone like Evie isn't the best idea. But can he keep the age old attraction to her a secret or will he eventually give in?
Evie Reed has a problem. She wants her brother's best friend Smith. She wants the reason to model the company's lingerie and she wants it to be for Smith. Evie has so many things going for her, a new fancy education she can put to use, a family who loves her, the job of her dreams but she is missing the companionship. Will she be able to sway Smith to have a relationship with her or will it be a lost cause?
I loved watching Smith and Evie's relationship develop. You laugh in the beginning as Evie tries everything she has to get Smith to notice her and oh does he notice her. You get to watch the awkward moments while they skirt around each other with Evie's brother present and you get to fall in love with the two as they make their relationship work.
I can't wait for more from Kendall in this series with book three, The House Mate. I have no doubt I'm going to love it just as much as I love the first two.
Operation Get Some & Maybe More?
By Fairest Reviews
In Kendall Ryan’s latest release, The Play Mate, heroine Evie Reed goes about living life her way by being brave enough to go after what she wants, and at the top of her list is a “non-self-assisted orgasm,” and there’s only one man who she wants to assist her with this operation - her older brother’s best friend, Smith Hamilton.
But putting her plan into motion doesn’t come without difficulties because going after someone who is closely connected to your family…to your brother makes everything more complicated and the damage that can occur if things don’t work out could mess up more than a friendship, especially when you work together.
I love the fact that every time I pick up a Kendall Ryan book I know I’m in for a playful and passionate read – one that has some drama but one that focuses more on the growth of her characters and the chemistry between her hero and heroine. I adore brother’s best friend stories and Evie and Smith’s book illustrates the obstacles in their way due to the relationship both Evie and Smith have with her brother as well as Smith’s past and the fears it has instilled in him.
What the story also focuses on is the nature of new relationships and the fact that when there’s undeniable attraction and feelings that go beyond friendship, careful steps need to be taken because without being able to define how deep the connection is between Evie and Smith, they risk a lot more by jumping in feet first without ensuring that their heads are in the right frame of mind to give into the sexual tension that buzzes around them and the life altering repercussions of those intimate times together.
The Play Mate is a sweet, sassy, and sexy story with a hero and heroine readers can connect with due to the direction of their lives, how much their pasts play into their presents, and the anticipatory nature of Evie’s operation to get herself an orgasm as well as a man who owns her body and soul.
Once again, Kendall Ryan seduced with her characters, her words, and her story line, which is exactly what I want when I read a romance story!
4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
Wait til you meet Smith!
Kendall Ryan does it again with a sweet, sexy, heartwarming romance with characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
Evie Reed would always tagalong with her brother and his best friend, Smith, when they were younger. Now, Evie’s all grown up and she wants one night with Smith. Smith remembers Evie fondly as the sweet, little sister of his best friend. Now, she’s back in his life and suddenly, he wants her, even if she’s off limits.
Smith Hamilton has jumped right onto my Top Ten Book Boyfriends list and I think he’s going to be a permanent fixture. He is sexy, sweet, caring and has a dirty mouth in the bedroom. I loved reading along as he realized his feelings and warred with himself. Evie is great, too. She comes in take-charge and gets what she wants. She’s a great character—believable, likable. She’s that rare female character that doesn’t whine about what she can’t have.
The chemistry between Smith and Evie jumps off the pages. You will be rooting for these two from the very first moment they are in a scene together. I devoured this book in a few hours. It was that good.
Step into the world of Smith and Evie. Get lost in their whirlwind romance. Swoon at the uber-hot Smith. Trust me. You’ll thank me!
Kendall Ryan is one of my favorite authors. She does a great job with delivering a story that is enjoyable and pretty much always a swoon worthy read. As far as romance writers go, she's one of the best.
The Roommate series is a fun, light-hearted, sexy series. The tropes are nothing new but they have the Kendall Ryan touch and that is enough to make them stand out. The Play Mate has great banter, like-able and relate-able characters. I did really enjoy this book and I'm glad I read it. I don't think the story itself is stand out worthy but I do still recommend it. It's worth reading and then some. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Fun, sexy, and completely enticing!
By Kelly - BTC Blog
Smith Hamilton.....I'm in LOVE!!!
The Play Mate is fun, sexy, and completely enticing! It contains everything a older brother's best friend romance should have, and so much more. This story follows Smith and Evie's journey from friends to lovers, while navigating their tricky working relationship and friendship with Evie's older brother, Cullen. Lust, laughter, and racy lingerie add a richness to this already swoony romance.
The character dynamic between Smith and Evie is incredibly enjoyable and amusing! They're both beautiful and tenacious characters, and when together, they showcase how right they belong together. Their mutual attraction towards one another and their already close friendship makes their connection very alluring and explosive. But it's also Smith's hesitation towards pursuing his desires that makes him utterly charming and compassionate. Evie's headstrong characteristics and determination to go after what she wants are great attributes to read. And not just her appetite for Smith either, but with her strong work ethics to show exactly how beneficial she can be to her family business.
The Play Mate is a genuinely warm, exciting and playful friends to lovers romance. The book is thoroughly entertaining and will leave a constant smile on your face. The laughable situations and heartfelt emotions are enough to make you fall in love with Smith and Evie's story from page one! A definite 5 star must read!
A Lighthearted, Fun, & Sexy Romance! ❤
This is exactly what I needed - a lighthearted, fun, and sexy friends to lovers romance with a touch of taboo (best friend's little sister). I could not put this book down or wipe the goofy smile from my face while reading. This is book 2 in the author's Roommates series, but can be read as a complete stand alone.
Smith had me swooning from the start and I could not get enough of him. The story is told from both his and Evie's points of views, but I really loved Smith's chapters best. His inner dialogue is hilarious and honest. I was surprised though by his initial reaction to finding Evie in his bed. Seriously, wouldn't you be at least slightly alarmed to find someone in your bed unexpectedly, especially if it's so dark you have no idea who they are?!? He's got some emotional baggage, but I loved seeing those walls crumble. There's always something so sweet and magical to me about that moment when the main character opens their eyes and sees what has been there in front of them all along. Evie was also a great character, although there were times she seemed a little immature. I understand her do-over plan was more just an excuse for her to act on her long held crush for Smith, but it was still odd to me that a 22 year old would be so worried that her lady parts would gather cobwebs and wither away. The chemistry between Smith and Evie was undeniable though and I loved how easy it was between them. There was no unnecessary drama or other love interests and the only thing standing in our lovers way was themselves (and maybe Evie's brother, Cullen).
The epilogue was fulfilling and adorable and the perfect way to close Smith and Evie's story. I challenge you to finish this book without a smile on your face. If you're looking for a fast, sweet, and lighthearted book, definitely pick up The Play Mate.
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Sexy and Forbidden!
A smoldering new romance by my favorite author -- yes please!! This one did not disappoint. Funny and very steamy. :)
Another sexy winner from Kendall Ryan
By Janet Reads Books
If you love a heroine who falls for her older brother’s best friend, you’ll love this flirty, sexy romance. The Play Mate is a delightful and entertaining. Smith is a sweetheart and incredibly sexy. I was impatient for him to man up and deal with the problem of dating his best friend’s little sister, but I understand his trepidation. Evie is pretty darn funny, and I loved how she decided to take the bull by the horns and seduce Smith. She’s a little awkward and amusing – a relatable, everyday girl. They have great chemistry, and their intimate moments are hot. If you’re looking for a something fun and sensual, check out The Play Mate.
ARC provided but this review was voluntarily and honestly written.