Kendall Ryan teases and tempts, drawing out the pleasure till the inevitable explosion...
By Kristie Koste
The Play Mate
By: Kendall Ryan
4.5 Star Review by Kristie K
In The Play Mate, Kendall Ryan teases and tempts‚Ä¶drawing out the pleasure and making you wait for the inevitable explosion. A truly tantalizing tale of friends to lovers, Ms. Ryan adds her own spin to the favorite genre, making the journey even sweeter. Smith Hamilton is‚Ä¶everything. He‚Äôs kind, generous, loving, intelligent, wealthy, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous. The only fault a woman might find, is a complete, total, and utter aversion to commitment. I absolutely adore Smith. He‚Äôs a low-key guy, down for a good time with friends, family‚Ä¶whatever. He may have money, but he doesn‚Äôt let it define him. He is just as happy, maybe more so, tossing back beers and throwing darts as he is wining and dining in a fancy french restaurant. His heart is pure, and when it comes down to it, he will fight for what he wants. Never in his wildest dreams did he every think he would want his best friends little sister. It‚Äôs hard for him to ignore the fact that she is ALL GROWN UP, especially when she crawls into his bed. Evie Reed has an incredible older brother, and their relationship is tight. This doesn‚Äôt change the fact that she has crushed on his best friend since they were kids. I found a kindred spirit in Evie. She is just as beautiful inside as she is out, but she has a slightly skewed view of herself, and lacks confidence though she has no reason to. Evie is completely relatable, likable, and real. Honestly, all of these characters are. When Evie finally decides she wants a shot at her childhood crush, she sneaks into his bed. The chaos that ensues from this decision is both humorous, and cringe-worthy‚Ä¶but also manages to be totally hot at the same time. The sparks that fly can‚Äôt be put out, and soon a decision must be made whether or not to do something about them. This is a slow burn that had me panting and wanting more, yet never had me rushing to get to the end. Ms. Ryan has filled these pages with fun, humor, reality, family, heart, love, fear, desire, and hope. I loved every word. So now, what about the rest? Well, the cover of this book is HAWT! I mean, really‚Ä¶have you seen those abs?! The characters were wonderful. I wanted to know them all. The character development was on point, never leaving me wanting‚Ä¶though I would like to know more about Smith‚Äôs past. The plot and storyline were thorough, with plenty of fun and realism to keep readers happy. And the writing? Amazing‚Ä¶ Ms. Ryan is a talented writer, and weaves her tales in a way that keeps us coming back for more. A true artist in her own right, she never disappoints.