Title: The Play Mate
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Roommates #2
Release Date: March 13, 2017
His best friend’s little sister is all grown up … and ready to play in a whole new way.
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.
I started this book Thursday morning before work, and proceeded to read it on every break I had. By the time I got home that night, I had it completely finished. I couldn’t put this book down. It was just so good and I loved the dynamic between Smith and Evie.
As always, Kendall created the perfect story and environment for these two characters. The story flowed smoothly and I loved the secondary characters, especially Smith’s older sister Pam. There was one scene in particular with Pam that had me giggling a bit, and shaking my head in sympathy. I also really enjoyed Evie’s brother Cullen, though at one point I was a little annoyed with his attitude towards Evie and any type of relationship.
Evie was a really sweet, and well rounded heroine. She went into her relationship with Smith only looking for one thing, but as the story progressed she found herself falling in love with who Smith was as a person, not just what he presented between the sheets. The only thing I wished with Evie, is that she had more of a backbone when it came to her brother, and discussing her feelings. 95% of the problems in this book could have been solved with a simple conversation.
As for Smith, I loved him. He was incredibly sexy, and his inner monologues kept me giggling. Plus his love for Evie was so unconditional and it made my heart happy. Smith is a strong character, with complicated emotions because of his early childhood and I loved how Kendall worked it all into the story. Plus, seeing him stand up for his love for Evie was just plain hot!