The Play Mate is lighthearted and fun to read. It’s fast paced and Kendall Ryan goes straight to the crux of the story, which is Evie wanting to resolve her longtime infatuation and attraction to her older brother’s best friend. But the story is not just about her, it’s about two people who have known each other for ever, who are happy to be in each other’s lives, and have a lot to lose if they cross the friendship line.
Even though they haven’t seen much of each other recently, they’re both very much aware of one another as more than friends and when Evie decides to resolve her sexual frustration with Smith as her intended savior, going back to being friends after Evei’s very sexy an unexpected surprise to Smith’s room is impossible.
Smith Hamilton is a successful businessman with enough time on his hands to help out his best friend with his lingerie company. Having thought he could put down Evie’s visit to his hotel room as an unattainable fantasy because they rarely get to see each other, he’s shocked to learn that he’ll be working alongside her for the foreseeable future.
The story unravels from both points of view giving us insight into both their desires and evolving feelings towards the other. Wanting to respect his friendship with Evie’s brother Cullen, but unwilling to give up his time with her, they enjoy spending time together sneaking around and toeing the line, giving in a little into seductive temptation but unwilling to cross it or disclose the true nature of their relationship to Cullen. Clearly, however, their attraction grows exponentially along with their feelings for one another and something’s gotta give.
The Play Mate is book #2 in the Roommates series by Kendall Ryan. This a light and quick, very sexy standalone romance, told from both points of view with a very sweet epilogue happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via InkSlinger Promotions. The excerpts are from that copy. *