Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review Blitz: The Play Mate - Kendall Ryan

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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.    

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Review

Brother’s best friend books are seriously my guilty pleasure.  If I see in a blurb that a book is this trope, my finger gets one-click happy.  So I was super happy when I saw that Kendall Ryan’s latest was one.  I knew I had to get my grubby little hands on this baby.  And I adored it.  I’m a recent fan of Ryan’s and with each book of hers I read, I fall more in love with her writing style.  She has a unique style of blending humor and heart that is real and emotional without losing any of the steamy heat.  When I open on of her books, I know I’m going to escape into her words.

The characters have grown up together, automatically bringing a history and depth to the book that makes me drool.  And while we don’t get extensive flashbacks, I can appreciate the lack of them.  Sometimes they can definitely bog down a story and that doesn’t happen here.  Evie is young, inexperienced and determined to change that.  She’s set her sights on the one man she’s had a crush on for years.  Smith is successful, smart and charming.  He’s also determined to ignore his attraction to his best friend’s little sister.  But all this changes one night in Paris.  The sexual tension and witty banter between them is top notch.  The chemistry is explosive.  I love the two of them together, they work as a couple.


The character was decent; Smith had a complex backstory but Evie less so.  But both are pretty complex characters with strengths and weaknesses that come into play.  The secondary characters are pretty great too.  This is definitely a light hearted read, there’s little to no drama here and definitely no angst.  It’s fun, sexy and fast-paced—the perfect thing to read when you need an escape.  So if you’re looking for something light-hearted, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

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About the Author

Kendall Ryan author picA 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.

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