Review: The Room Mate

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The Room Mate
The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Cannon Roth wants three things, to choose a specialty he’ll love so he can take care of his mother and enable him to later do humanitarian work. To achieve all that he can’t afford any distractions, especially not after a long trail of messy break ups. The last one being so bad it left him with only the clothes on his back and the need to room in with his older sister’s best friend he hadn’t seen for years. The same girl now turned gorgeous woman who he’s had a secret crush on for the past ten years. Can he resist her pull and focus on his goals?

Paige was fairly happy with her life. She had a job she liked, a friend she adored. What more could a girl want? Ok, perhaps she did feel a bit lonely but accepting her BFF’s little brother to move in with her even for a couple of months wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But one look at the grown up version of the once nerdy Cannon Roth made her rethink the situation. And when the self-confident, sex on legs man proclaims no woman can help but fall in love with him after he has his wicked way with them, Paige is more that confident she can take on the challenge. They can hide a one night fling from Cannon’s sister but can they hide their true feelings for each other?

Full disclosure here. The cover to this book with its blurb is totally hot and impossible to ignore. So I didn’t. This book wasn’t in my reading schedule but I carved out the time because darn it I wanted to read about the sexy as sin doctor with the magical schlong! And guess what? I totally got hooked from page one and practically read it in a single breath except for the time where I had to put my tablet away before I hurled it at something or someone preferably one of the main characters. So let’s talk about them.

Cannon was as close to perfect as one man can get. Looks? Check. Smarts? Doctor, hello!! Charm? The blurb says he could make any woman instantly fall for him. A giving heart? Well yes! He not only wanted to take care of his mother he also wanted to give back by doing humanitarian work. He was also thoughtful and handy in the kitchen. Of course any girl would fall in love with him! Paige was equally endearing and from the moment these two started flirting they totally burned up the pages.

“You’re beautiful. It’s a privilege to touch you.”

I really liked how Kendall mixed the friends to lovers with a touch of forbidden romance. Even though Cannon and Paige had known each other for over a decade, there had been a few years where they weren’t in each other’s lives and had grown and matured separately. It was really fun that they knew each other from childhood but still had to reacquaint with one another and the new and improved versions of themselves.

Even though they had their reservations about being roommates they fell into an easy and natural relationship, except of course for the fact that they were hiding their between the sheets activities from Cannon’s sister because, forget about parental blessing, they needed the sister and BFF blessing above all else. Sorry, I know sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but this really drove me batty because Cannon and Paige were perfect until they weren’t with what felt to me like too much unnecessary drama. Perhaps I took this read way too seriously and should just focus on the light-hearted parts.

You are most welcome to ignore my rating. I’m probably in the minority and think this is an “it’s me, not you” kind of situation. I just have a pet peeve about two intelligent, successful adults miscommunicating or in this case assuming and not communicating at all which reared its ugly head and just didn’t allow me enjoy the rest of the book together with Cannon’s sister who proclaimed to love her little brother and best friend but by all accounts acted selfishly throughout the story. As an older sister to a younger brother I just couldn’t relate with her feelings or actions.

The story does have a pretty sexy and fun feel to it with a decidedly sweet happy ending. The Room Mate is book #1 in the Roommates series by Kendall Ryan. It is a standalone contemporary romance. Told from both points of view.

3.5 stars

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *

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