Review: The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan

the hookup handbookTitle: The Hookup Handbook

Author: Kendall Ryan

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

The heroine: Office assistant/writer/editor Sienna Johnson

The hero: Escort agency owner/escort Case Smith

The blurb: My love wand is on a strike.

As bad as that blows, pun unintended, it’s ten times worse for me. I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna.

She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy, which is due to my publisher in thirty days.

She thinks I hate her, that I don’t want her here. The truth is much more twisted. I get hard every time she walks into my office. Her wide blue eyes and pouty mouth drive me wild with desire, and if she stays, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay away from her.

Little Miss Overachiever says she’s here to help? Fine. I’m going to put her nerdy, curvy tush to work.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Escorts, Inc series but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book is a perfect example of why Kendall Ryan is one of my all-time favourite romance writers. Case Smith is the CEO of an elite escort service, with him and his employees sought out by women with plenty of cash. But Case is going through a situation that threatens his job – he can’t perform in bed.

When employee and best friend Ryder Johnson asks Case if he can give an admin job to his younger sister, Sienna, Case agrees as a favour. But the moment he lays eyes on Sienna, performance no longer appears to be an issue. Sienna is beautiful and intelligent, so Case ropes her into helping him with the book he’s been paid a handsome sum to write – a book about sex.

Sienna is not immune to Case’s charms and she thinks he’s gorgeous, but he’s her brother’s best friend and her boss, so crossing any sort of line is not a good idea. Is it? When Case and Sienna give in to their mutual attraction and fall into bed, they agree to make it one night only. However, one night is not enough for either of them, and soon enough they’re sneaking around, afraid of what will happen if Ryder finds out.

Will a secret relationship be enough for both of them? Can they continue to work together professionally, as well as be involved personally? Does Ryder find out? You’ll just have to read this charming romance to find out.

Review: Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan

boyfriend for hireTitle: Boyfriend for Hire

Author: Kendall Ryan

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

The heroine: Paralegal Elle

The hero: Escort Nic

The blurb: I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver. I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years. And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: When Elle agrees to let her friend and soon to be sister-in-law set up her with a date for the wedding, she doesn’t expect Nic. He’s charming, sweet, thoughtful, and thinks she’s beautiful. She’s smitten, but there’s one thing about Nic she doesn’t know…

… he’s an escort. While everything he tells her is true – he does think she’s beautiful – he’s doing a job. He’s been an escort for six years, the lure of the money he makes too much to walk away. He has rules about what he will and won’t do with clients, but he’s never had a client like Elle. She makes him want to throw away his rule book and walk away from his lucrative job. He’s always known he wants the dream life – wife, kids, dog, picket fence – but he never thought he’d fall for a client.

He was wrong. And when he realises that, Nic’s torn. He has to tell Elle who he really is, but he knows that if she finds out he’s an escort, it’s all over before it began. But he can’t help it; he’s drawn to Elle like a moth to a flame and she’s tearing his defences down. She’s making him want to forget the rules he set and the reasons why. Can he convince her she’s not just a job to him?

I loved the characters of Nic and Elle. Nic is the perfect book boyfriend; I mean, the man even cooks! I adored that he loved Elle’s curves, that he didn’t care she wasn’t a stick. I loved Elle wanting to go get her man. Another winner from one of my favourite romance authors.