Review: Love Machine by Kendall Ryan

love machineTitle: Love Machine

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Software saleswoman Keaton Henley

The hero: Sports agent Slate Cruz

The blurb: She says she needs some help … in the bedroom.

Come again? No, really come again.

Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton.

She’s my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people’s taxes is fun. And I like … none of that stuff. She’s obsessed with her cat and reads novels I’ll never understand, and yet we just click. There’s no one I’d rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours of Netflix. She’s my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it.

Of course I’ll help her. There’s no one better for the job. I’ve been there for her through everything, why should this be any different?

But what happens when she’s ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Keaton and Slate have been best friends for ten years since they met in college. They have the easy camaraderie that all best friends do; they text and hang out with each other, watch movies together, get each other out of sticky situations at bars and nightclubs. Her grumpy old cat, Penny, loves Slate but hates everyone else, including Keaton. When Keaton decides that she could use some tutoring in the bedroom, she draws up a spreadsheet – which works best for her analytical mind – and turns to her best friend for help. He knows all about women and sex; he’s been a player for years.

Slate was badly burned by an ex and made a decision that he would not contemplate a serious relationship again, because he doesn’t want to risk getting his heart broken again. When Keaton asks for his help to teach her how to be a better lover, he’s hesitant at first, but sure that their friendship will survive this new twist as it has everything else life has thrown at it.

What follows is two people falling down the rabbit hole and falling for each other without them even realising it. Predictably, the change in the nature of relationship causes ripples and they both come to wonder if they have made the right decision. When something bad happens in Keaton’s life, she turns to Slate, and his sweet gesture made me smile.

I adore best friends to lovers romances, and this book both made me laugh so hard the people at my bus stop thought I was crazy (there is one line that had me in fits of laughter for about twenty minutes). It also made me cry in one spot. I adore Kendall Ryan’s books, and this one is no exception. If you love a good romance book, don’t miss this one!


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