The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In THE PLAY MATE, Kendall Ryan tackled one of my favorite tropes beautifully: falling in love with the brother's best friend.
Smith and Cullen have been best friends forever. Cullen's little sister, Evie, who was seven years younger, often tagged along and was sort of a kid sister to the both of them. Evie has been crushing on Smith for oh so long. Now they're all adults and after an encounter to ditch her V-card left her unsatisfied, Evie decides to seduce Smith into providing her with a do-over. Smith's a gentleman and although he finds her attractive (he downright desires the heck out of her), he rejects her advances. It goes against the bro code. Right? But how long can he resist while his attraction to Evie only seems to be gaining momentum?
The plot was predictable but the characters are what kept this story interesting. Both Evie and Smith were endearing and left me enamored with their feelings as they evolved with their relationship. I love when a connection is already established and I can believe it and that was definitely achieved here. These two shared memories and a co-existence that stood aside from what was developing between them and seemed to make what they were building that much stronger. Oh, and I absolutely adored the ending. Without giving it away, this couple was left in a lovely place and the story gave me a satisfying conclusion.
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 3.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 2 of the Roommates series
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