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.
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.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.