Review – The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan

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The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best relationships begin as friendships.

When fire meets friendship, burning with the flames of desire, that friendship ignites and goes BOOM! Friends to lovers…ahhh…what a perfect match! My perfect match was Kendall Ryan’s latest love story: The Play Mate. The Play Mate is friendship on fire, a romance that burns the body and melts the heart. Oh did my HEART MELT!!!

The Play Mate enticed me from the very first page. This sweet and sexy story seduced me where I was under its spell. I was ENTICED and ENAMORED. The Play Mate was playful, and oh did I want to play with this chemistry-clad cat-and-mouse game.

Beautiful, blonde, green-eyed, and curvy Edie has lusted after her older brother’s best friend, Smith, for as long as she can remember. Smith with his dark hair, hazel eyes, tall and muscular body, and all-alpha personality is the perfect catch. If only Edie could catch him that is…

Edie has been a bit sexually deprived and wants an experienced lover if even for a night. Her mission: Get Smith to let go of Edie the best friend’s sister, embrace the woman, and give her the big ‘O.’ 

“I just wanted to have one orgasm that wasn’t supplied me.”

Oh did I LOVE Edie! She is a gal who goes after what and who she wants, so brave and bold. The game is on and Smith’s challenge is to stay in the friend zone and ignore the goods. Perhaps a sample won’t hurt…

“I didn’t know I was starving until I tasted her.”

YES PLEASE!!! Smith’s words lit a fire inside of me, oh was his mouth delicious and dirty! Edie and Smith’s friendship is full of sparks that are ready to ignite into a firestorm.

Their chemistry sizzles, a powerful potion of friendship and fire. This game is not over until lines are crossed from the friend zone to more. Will these friends risk getting burned?

“Major crash and burn ahead or not, I was committed to staying on this ride.”

The Play Mate SEDUCED ME where could not help but surrender to its sweet and sexy spell. This story of friendship on fire burns the body and melts the heart. I’m still BURNING from The Play Mate. I’m MELTING from Smith’s tantalizing and tender words. I’m melting for MORE.

You can’t help but FALL IN LOVE with a Kendall Ryan romance, a feel-good love story laced with humor, heart, and heat delivered in a raw and real format that FEELS RIGHT. The Play Mate FELT SO RIGHT AND SO GOOD. The story made me smile, smolder, and swoon, sensations I felt IN SPADES. The Play Mate, this melt-in-your-mouth romance, was my chocolate chip cookie…so sweet, decadent and delicious.

Heart-stopping sexy and sugary sweet, The Play Mate is a delicious ROMANCE TREAT! The heated banter, the enticing innuendos, the combustible chemistry, the angst, the romance, and more make The Play Mate the PERFECT PACKAGE. I’m not ready to stop playing with this package.

★★★★ sweet and sexy stars

4 kisses

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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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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts 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.

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