Not Quite As Good As The Room Mate
3.5☆ I liked The Play Mate, but I liked The Room Mate more. Again I felt like I was missing a bit of a connection with the characters. I still liked both Evie and Smith, but something isn't quite connecting with me and making me love them. They're both smart, caring, and good people; They make a good couple. The storyline was pretty good. It wasn't exactly unique, but I still liked it. There were a lot of parts that gave me a good chuckle, which I enjoyed. I thought it was a good book overall, just not my favorite of hers.
Loving the book but chapter 6 is flawed lol
Loving the book but chapter 6 is flawed lol because it's says it's evie point of view but it's actually in smiths point of view. I was confused at first when I was reading it lol but altogether I'm loving it
Loved Smith and Evie ❤️
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…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…everything. He’s 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’s a low-key guy, down for a good time with friends, family…whatever. He may have money, but he doesn’t 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’s 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’t 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…but also manages to be totally hot at the same time. The sparks that fly can’t 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…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…though I would like to know more about Smith’s past. The plot and storyline were thorough, with plenty of fun and realism to keep readers happy. And the writing? Amazing… 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.
Best story; loved Smith and Evie.
By Dad Star
Laced with common sense and sensual grace this story gives a woman a taste of respect and honest love which is the best kind of love
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I want a Smith of my own!
By Lexy H.
Kendall Ryan did it again! Book 2 in the Roommates Series, The Play Mate, was awesome. The characters are non-related to book 1, The Room Mate, so this can be read as a standalone.
Smith Hamilton is hot, rich, smart and attracted to someone he shouldn't be- his best friend's little sister Evie. Smith hasn't always had it easy so he knows getting involved with someone like Evie isn't the best idea. But can he keep the age old attraction to her a secret or will he eventually give in?
Evie Reed has a problem. She wants her brother's best friend Smith. She wants the reason to model the company's lingerie and she wants it to be for Smith. Evie has so many things going for her, a new fancy education she can put to use, a family who loves her, the job of her dreams but she is missing the companionship. Will she be able to sway Smith to have a relationship with her or will it be a lost cause?
I loved watching Smith and Evie's relationship develop. You laugh in the beginning as Evie tries everything she has to get Smith to notice her and oh does he notice her. You get to watch the awkward moments while they skirt around each other with Evie's brother present and you get to fall in love with the two as they make their relationship work.
I can't wait for more from Kendall in this series with book three, The House Mate. I have no doubt I'm going to love it just as much as I love the first two.
Operation Get Some & Maybe More?
By Fairest Reviews
In Kendall Ryan’s latest release, The Play Mate, heroine Evie Reed goes about living life her way by being brave enough to go after what she wants, and at the top of her list is a “non-self-assisted orgasm,” and there’s only one man who she wants to assist her with this operation - her older brother’s best friend, Smith Hamilton.
But putting her plan into motion doesn’t come without difficulties because going after someone who is closely connected to your family…to your brother makes everything more complicated and the damage that can occur if things don’t work out could mess up more than a friendship, especially when you work together.
I love the fact that every time I pick up a Kendall Ryan book I know I’m in for a playful and passionate read – one that has some drama but one that focuses more on the growth of her characters and the chemistry between her hero and heroine. I adore brother’s best friend stories and Evie and Smith’s book illustrates the obstacles in their way due to the relationship both Evie and Smith have with her brother as well as Smith’s past and the fears it has instilled in him.
What the story also focuses on is the nature of new relationships and the fact that when there’s undeniable attraction and feelings that go beyond friendship, careful steps need to be taken because without being able to define how deep the connection is between Evie and Smith, they risk a lot more by jumping in feet first without ensuring that their heads are in the right frame of mind to give into the sexual tension that buzzes around them and the life altering repercussions of those intimate times together.
The Play Mate is a sweet, sassy, and sexy story with a hero and heroine readers can connect with due to the direction of their lives, how much their pasts play into their presents, and the anticipatory nature of Evie’s operation to get herself an orgasm as well as a man who owns her body and soul.
Once again, Kendall Ryan seduced with her characters, her words, and her story line, which is exactly what I want when I read a romance story!
4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
Wait til you meet Smith!
Kendall Ryan does it again with a sweet, sexy, heartwarming romance with characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
Evie Reed would always tagalong with her brother and his best friend, Smith, when they were younger. Now, Evie’s all grown up and she wants one night with Smith. Smith remembers Evie fondly as the sweet, little sister of his best friend. Now, she’s back in his life and suddenly, he wants her, even if she’s off limits.
Smith Hamilton has jumped right onto my Top Ten Book Boyfriends list and I think he’s going to be a permanent fixture. He is sexy, sweet, caring and has a dirty mouth in the bedroom. I loved reading along as he realized his feelings and warred with himself. Evie is great, too. She comes in take-charge and gets what she wants. She’s a great character—believable, likable. She’s that rare female character that doesn’t whine about what she can’t have.
The chemistry between Smith and Evie jumps off the pages. You will be rooting for these two from the very first moment they are in a scene together. I devoured this book in a few hours. It was that good.
Step into the world of Smith and Evie. Get lost in their whirlwind romance. Swoon at the uber-hot Smith. Trust me. You’ll thank me!
Kendall Ryan is one of my favorite authors. She does a great job with delivering a story that is enjoyable and pretty much always a swoon worthy read. As far as romance writers go, she's one of the best.
The Roommate series is a fun, light-hearted, sexy series. The tropes are nothing new but they have the Kendall Ryan touch and that is enough to make them stand out. The Play Mate has great banter, like-able and relate-able characters. I did really enjoy this book and I'm glad I read it. I don't think the story itself is stand out worthy but I do still recommend it. It's worth reading and then some. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on it!