The Play Mate
Book 2, Roommates
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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.
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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*
5 We’re not just friends stars!!!!
I absolutely loved this book!!! It is totally a standalone novel and you don’t have to read the first book in this series to truly appreciate this book.
If you love Kendall Ryan books then you are going to love this little gem!!
Flirty and fun!
5 Flirty and Fun stars
The Play Mate is a standalone and is part of the Roommates series. This is Smith and Evie’s story. Smith is Evie’s older brother’s best friend. YUP!
I love me an older brother best friend book.
After reading a few serious books, I was excited to start The Play Mate. I wanted a fun and easy going read. The Play Mate is a happy, low angst and adorable read. It’s a crush to lovers’ kind of book. It gave me all the wiggly feels and squishes in my belly as I was reading.
Evie has a mega crush on Smith. What’s not to like? With a 7 age gap, Smith is all dreamy and perfect in Evie’s eyes. I like an age gap. Can’t really explain it, since it’s not taboo really, maybe because I feel like Smith is this successful has his head on his shoulders kind of guy and Evie is still trying to find herself in the career world.
Smith can’t do anything with Evie because his best friend will kill him. But it’s kind of hard not to lust after your best friend’s little sister when you work with her at a lingerie company! Cute right? The brother, Evie and Smith all work together.
This book is a NA book, but it’s not just all steam, there’s some cute moments and a lot of character buildup. I like that Evie and Smith have a friendship at first and the way they bond is all smiles. I even like the brother! Who doesn’t like a protective older brother?
Overall, Kendall Ryan never disappoints and this is another hit for me.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Mar 13, 2017
- Publisher: Kendall Ryan
- Seller: Kendall Ryan, LLC
- Print Length: 299 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Roommates