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.

 

 

 

Review: Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan

finding alexeiTitle: Finding Alexei

Author: Kendall Ryan

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

The heroine: Waitress Ryleigh ?

The hero: Pro-footballer Alex(ei) Ivan

The blurb: He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective. He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines.

I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month. So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby.

I’m clueless about babies—and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t. With six nieces and nephews and an apparent hero complex, the dude is both sexy and more than capable. It’s a combination that makes it easy to forget we’re just playing house.

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: The one thing I love about reading a book by Kendall Ryan is that you know you’re going to read a great book, and Finding Alexei is no exception. Alexei Ivan, known as Alex to everyone, plays pro-football. One night, he finds a woman being harassed outside the topless club where she works as a waitress, and he intervenes. Something about Ryleigh captivates him, and he manages to persuade her to let him give her a lift home.

She lives in a seedier part of town and when he find out she has temporary custody of her roommate’s two month old baby, Ella, Alexei knows he can’t leave them in Ryleigh’s cold apartment. So he coaxes her back to his million dollar penthouse and impresses her with his handling of baby Ella. His sisters have given him six nieces and nephews, so he knows his way around looking after a little one.

Ryleigh’s life couldn’t be any worse. Her parents are gone, she has no other family, and she’s barely keeping her head above water. She can’t afford to look after a baby, but she knows if she doesn’t Ella will go into foster care and she can’t let that happen, not until she at least finds out what’s happened to Andi, Ella’s mother. She doesn’t know who Alexei is – she doesn’t follow sports – but she can’t resist his offer to help them both, nor can she deny the sparks of attraction that fly between them.

When their friendship becomes something more, Ryleigh knows she can’t expect Alexei to take on both her and the baby. When Andi finally reappears and explains the sad reason for her absence, Ryleigh is torn between wanting to follow her head and her heart. Will Alexei finally convince her he wants them both as a package deal, or will she walk away forever? If you love well written romances, this book’s for you.

Review: Hunky Heartbreaker by Kendall Ryan

hunky heartbreakerTitle: 1001 Dark Nights: Hunky Heartbreaker

Author: Kendall Ryan

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

The heroine: Lawyer Valentina ?

The hero: Distillery owner Duke Wilder

The blurb: Everything’s bigger in Texas.

And that includes Duke Wilder’s sexual appetite.

Together with his twin brother, he runs a whiskey distillery, and when their business takes off—suddenly he’s got it all. Success. Money. Family. But he doesn’t have a woman to share it with.

When Valentina storms into his life, her presence is only supposed to be temporary. She’s a feisty attorney hired to help clean up his company’s recent legal mess. He never counted on her being the one to turn his whole world upside down.

After spending most of his life living in the shadow of his brother, Duke has something to prove, and he’s not about to let this distraction get in the way of his plans, no matter how hot things get.

Standalone or series: Part of the 1001 Dark Nights and Whiskey Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is a novella set in the same universe as the book Sexy Stranger, which was about Luke Wilder and Charlotte Freemont. This time, the hero is Duke, Luke’s twin brother (Duke is a nickname). The Wilder twins own a whiskey distillery, and when they’re sued by another company because the logo Duke designed is apparently too similar to theirs, Charlotte calls upon her best friend, Valentina, a lawyer from LA, to help with the lawsuit.

Charlotte warns Valentina Duke’s a bit of a player and Valentina is not the least bit interested, because she’s only there for a week, but when she starts hanging out with Duke she finds she’s not immune to his charm. They go out drinking and dancing one night, and end up in Duke’s bed. Valentina ends up spending most of her week with Duke, and the more she hangs out with him, the more she finds herself drawn to him.

This could easily have been a novel, and it would have been nice to see the relationship unfold a bit more, but given the short length of the story the author did a nice job of portraying two people from very different lives coming together to give love a chance. If you want a quick, easy read, this is for you.

Review: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

dear janeTitle: Dear Jane

Author: Kendall Ryan

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

The heroine: Assistant football manager Jane Royce

The hero: Quarterback pro footballer Weston Chase

The blurb: I broke her heart ten years ago and left town.

She hates me, and rightly so. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the country loves me, that I’m a starting quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract. Because when I look in the mirror, all I see is a failure who was too young—and too afraid—to fight for what I wanted.

But I’m not that guy anymore, and all I need is one shot to convince her.

***

He has no idea what happened after he left. And now I’m supposed to work alongside him like we don’t have this huge, messy history?

But I’m older now, wiser, and I won’t let anything stand in my way of doing a good job for this league. Not even one overpaid, arrogant player who thinks we’re going to kiss and make up.

News flash, buddy: I am over you.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This is a second chance romance between high school sweethearts who shared their first everything with each other. When Wes went to college, Jane reached out to him about something and he blew her off, so she stopped contacting him and he never knew what happened.

Ten years later, Jane’s father is the coach of the football team Wes has just been traded to and she is the assistant manager of the team. Wes needed to get away from his old team – and the city – after finding his fiancee with another team member. He’s nervous about seeing Jane again, but when she plays it cool he’s determined to show her he’s not the kid he once was.

Jane eventually tells him the secret she’s been carrying for ten years, and he is understandably shocked. He realises how much he let Jane down and he’s determined to win her back. Just when Jane starts to believe Wes has grown up and is as keen as she is to have a serious relationship, he suddenly stands her up again, telling her he’s not the man for her. Jane is distraught, and it takes a fellow team member and good friend of Jane’s to make Wes realise he’s been a complete fool.

Knowing he’s going to have to pull out all the stops, he does something really sweet to win Jane back. Luckily for him, she’s fallen in love with him again and forgives him. The epilogue goes into the future, so you can see what happened to them in the end. This was a sweet romance with some steamy scenes, and you can always rely on Kendall for a good story.

Review: Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan

flirting with foreverTitle: Flirting with Forever

Author: Kendall Ryan

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

The heroine: Marketing executive Natalie Moore

The hero: Paediatrician Camden Carter

The blurb: I’ve waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along.

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy.

But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn’t have a clue I’ve felt this way about her for years.

Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together.

I’m flirting with my forever…she just doesn’t know it yet.

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: This book is my my all-time favourite trope: best friends to lovers, so I knew I was going to love it before I even turned a page!

Camden, Jack and Natalie have been best friends since they were teenagers. Now they’re approaching thirty, their friendship is still as strong as ever, but they are all starting to feel unsettled at their disastrous love lives. Jack is a player who’s just been dumped; Cam’s work keeps him so busy he doesn’t have time for a love life; and Natalie can’t seem to find a man to settle down with.

Cam and Jack came up with a pact when they were sixteen: neither of them would pursue Natalie romantically. She’s just treated as one of the boys, and that has worked for over a decade. But suddenly, Cam sees Natalie in a different light, and he finds himself having to fight his attraction to her. For her part, Natalie has become very aware of Cam, of how gorgeous and thoughtful as sweet he is. She makes a comment about what an incredible boyfriend he’ll make someone one day, and then realises she wants to be that someone.

When Natalie admits she’s going through a dry spell sexually, because she and Cam have the kind of friendship where they can talk to each other about anything, they find themselves alone one night and he breaks the spell for her with his mouth. From there, it’s inevitable that they’re going to end up in bed together, even though they both try to fight it. When Jack catches them the morning after they finally give in to their desire for each other, Cam and Natalie expect the worst. Will Jack approve? Will Cam and Natalie find their happy ever after in each other? You’ll have to read it and find out, but you can never go wrong with a book by Kendall Ryan.

 

 

 

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!

 

Review: Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

mister tonightTitle: Mister Tonight

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Released today! The author kindly gave me an ARC to read for review.

The heroine: Gossip columnist Kate (last name not revealed)

The hero: Civil engineer Hunter (last name not revealed)

The blurb: Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was that girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth birthday with her two best friends—who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I mean the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I’d had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I’m not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like french fries, so there’s that.

He took me home, and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life. Well, until it came to a screeching and rather unwelcome halt.

There’s nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking, “What are you doing to my daddy?”

Just kill me now . . . or so I thought.

Come to find out, the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Kate decides to find someone to have birthday sex with. She’s looking for Mister Tonight, not Mister Forever, because she doesn’t do relationships. After several failed relationships and watching her sister’s marriage to her soul mate fall apart, she’s convinced there’s no such thing as true love, so she only has casual hook-ups.

When she sees Hunter across the bar she’s at with her two best friends, she decides he’s Mister Tonight. They talk and have a drink, and she goes home with him. On the way there, he mentions he has a child. Hunter is a single father to four-year-old Maddie. When they get to Hunter’s place, they don’t waste much time and before you know it, Kate’s having the best sex of her life.

It all comes to a crashing halt when a small voice asks Kate what she’s doing to her daddy. Yep, the noise that Kate and Hunter were making woke Maddie up, and she’s come to investigate. Kate is mortified, dressed and gone within minutes, leaving poor Hunter not only unsatisfied but having to explain to his daughter what he was doing.

Kate is thankful she’ll never have to run into Hunter again after the embarrassing end to the night, so the next morning she takes one of her friends to the new apartment she’s leased. It’s above a garage behind the landlord’s house. As they near the new place, Kate can’t help but feel like the location is familiar… and then she discovers that her new landlord is none other than Hunter.

She loves the apartment and the renovations he’s done to it, so they agree to put their first night behind them and be friends. Kate prays that Maddie doesn’t recognise her in daylight, but she’s underestimated the memory of a four-year-old and Maddie delivers the best lines of the book when she sees Kate moving in. Maddie is resentful of Kate, because she thinks the new neighbour was hurting her father, but Kate manages to get Maddie to warm up to her by spending time with her and doing activities together. Kate and Hunter can’t seem to stay away from each other and end up having sex again a few times (despite their assurances they won’t again), and eventually the three of them go on outings together. The longer they’re around each other, the more Kate realises that she’s fallen in love with Hunter. She’s freaked out by that at first, because she didn’t think she wanted the whole family thing, but comes to realise that’s exactly what she wants.

Fortunately, Hunter feels the same, but they’re both nervous about breaking the news to Maddie that they’re a couple. She responds in typical four year old fashion: “Well, duh!”. Another winner from Kendall Ryan; this book will both make you laugh out loud and melt your heart.

Review: Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

bro codeTitle: Bro Code

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Factory owner Ava Saunders

The hero: Corporate lawyer Barrett Wilson

The blurb: There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy. Don’t be a douche. Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me. She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits. Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning. I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Of all the books I’ve read by Kendall, I think Barrett is my favourite hero. He’s gorgeous. He and Nick Saunders have been best friends since they were kids, and Nick’s family have treated him as one of their own. When Nick’s father died, his mother remarried and had two children, and Barrett feels like an outsider when he’s around them. So he feels much closer to the Saunders family.

He put himself through law school and is on track to make partner at a big law firm in Chicago. He makes time to go back to Indiana, a three hour drive away, to attend a retirement party for Mr Saunders. Dad has had to retire because of a heart attack and is passing the reins of the family factory on to Ava, who has moved back home to run it. The most important thing to Ava is to keep the factory running because the workers there are like family and her father worked hard to keep everyone their jobs.

However, when Ava takes over, she doesn’t realise how badly the company is doing. If she doesn’t turn things around, she’ll have to close the factory and everyone will lose their jobs. They’re depending on her to save them.

When Barrett sees Ava again, the desire for her that he’s felt for years flares up again. When Ava walks in on him coming out of the shower, she can’t keep her eyes off him for one very obvious – and big – reason. Ava wants Barrett. Barrett wants Ava. But there’s the bro code, in which one does not have sex with their best friend’s sister.

Barrett tries to resist her but he can’t, and they have hot sex. When he goes back to Chicago, he invites Ava to join him there one weekend, and she goes. They both know this can’t be a long term thing – work would preclude that – but they can’t stay away from each other.

When one of the workers is involved in a serious accident, Ava and the company are sued. To add to Ava’s misery, some sleazeball named Roland is trying to launch a hostile takeover. He makes her an offer for the factory and claims he’ll guarantee everyone’s jobs but Ava doesn’t trust him. In desperation, she goes to Chicago to ask Barrett for help with the paperwork Roland has issued… only to find out that Barrett wrote it in the first place, as Roland is his client.

Ava flees, telling Barrett she hates him. Barrett realises he has to choose – his job or Ava. He makes his choice, ropes in Nick after confessing all, and helps his girl save her factory so they can have their happy ending. I adored Barrett. He was torn between his job and Ava, and he was so completely likeable that you just wanted to give him a hug. As always, there a few funny scenes where you’ll laugh out loud. I think this is my favourite book by Kendall so far 🙂

Review: Misadventures With The Boss by Kendall Ryan

misadventures with the bossTitle: Misadventures With The Boss

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Personal assistant Piper Daniels

The hero: Real estate CEO Jackson Dane

The blurb: At age twenty-nine, Piper Daniels is having the longest dry spell of her life. When she agrees to be set up on a blind date, she never expects it to end with the hottest sex of her life.

But when she discovers that her very well-endowed secret lover is also her new boss, heartless womanizer and cutthroat CEO Jackson Dane, she chalks it up to a one-time mistake and puts up her best professional front. But Jackson isn’t used to rejection, and if Piper thinks it’s going to be easy to move on from their tryst, she’s underestimated his determination.

Standalone or series: Book twelve in the Misadventures with… series, but can be read as a standalone. It looks like each book is by a different author.

The review: Another great book from Kendall Ryan; I devoured this in less than a day (it was only released yesterday!).

Piper Daniels has left Chicago and headed to New York to start her life over after being dumped by the man she thought she’d marry. She’s got herself an apartment and starts a new job on Monday. Her younger sister, Hailey, knows all too well what Piper is like, so while they’re chatting on the phone, Hailey sets up a profile for Piper on a dating site (not mentioned, but sounds like Tinder). While they’re still talking, Piper gets a match from a man named Jackson, and Hailey sets up dinner the next night.

Jackson Dane is the CEO of a real estate company that buys and flips property and deals with mergers. He comes from nothing: raised in the foster system with no family, he worked hard to buy his first place, which he renovated and flipped. He hasn’t had sex for two whole weeks and has just lost his eighth personal assistant in three months, so he agrees to let the HR manager find a replacement and goes onto a dating website to find a woman to have sex with. When he comes across Piper’s profile, something about it draws him in and he messages her. He makes it clear he’s after casual sex and she responds positively.

When they meet up the next night, Piper is as lovely in person and she confides that not only did she not set up her profile, she hasn’t even looked at it – or his. She’s drawn to him like a magnet and decides that if she’s ever going to start her life over, then having sex with an attractive man isn’t a bad way to get it going. So they go to the rooftop of a property he owns, where it’s been renovated into a community space for the building’s future occupants, and they succumb to their desire for each other.

They can’t stop thinking about each other, so when Piper turns up for her new job as personal assistant to the CEO of a property company and finds it’s Jackson, she knows she can’t work for him. She goes to walk out, but he persuades her that they can act like mature adults and work together professionally. Since her bank account is dwindling, she agrees to stay.

When she sees Jackson’s office, she’s appalled – it’s a mess and his calendar is all over the place. So while he’s at a meeting, she completely changes everything so he can follow his calendar and she’s on top of all of his commitments. Jackson baulks a bit at first, but he knows Piper is excellent at her job and he needs her, so he lets her take over.

After the first week, Jackson can’t stand it anymore and he calls Piper into his office late on the Friday night to offer her a proposal – they still work together professionally, and in their personal time they have sex with no commitment. Piper agrees on one condition – they are monogamous. Jackson says no at first, but realises he has to have her, so he agrees. After that, they spend their days working together and meeting for sex at lunch time or at night. It’s when they’re faced with the possibility of losing an important merger that could cost some of Jackson’s staff their jobs that he comes to realise Piper cares about him, and it has become more than sex for him, too. They go out on a date to the art museum, where Jackson tells her about his childhood, and it’s not long after that Piper realises she’s fallen for him.

Then something happens. I won’t say what, because it’s a big spoiler, but it’s something that makes Piper quit her job, end the relationship and flee back to Chicago. Jackson, who has by now also realised he loves Piper, follows her despite her telling him not to, and then he finds out why she left. They have a fight and are miserable without each other, and eventually Hailey talks Piper into going back to NYC and explaining to Jackson why she did what she did. She slides a letter under his door and he manages to catch her before she leaves. They sort everything out and he tells her he loves her. You then find out what happened to them in the epilogue. Another awesome book from Kendall – make sure you read it!

Review: The House Mate by Kendall Ryan

the house mateTitle: The House Mate

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Nanny Addison Lane

The hero: Ex-Ranger/Construction company CEO Max Alexander

The blurb: What’s sexier than a bad boy? A bad ass man who’s got his shit together.

Max Alexander is nearing thirty-five. He’s built a successful company, and he’s conquered the professional world, but he’s never been lucky in love. Focusing so much time on his business and raising his daughter, adulting has come at the expense of his personal life.

His social skills are shit, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot.

The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, and besides, there’s no way she’d be interested. But you know what they say about assumptions?

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Roommates series, but they’re all separate stories with no interconnecting characters, so this can be read as a standalone.

The review: I really enjoyed this one. I don’t go out of my way to read books where there’s a substantial age difference between the two protagonists – at thirty-four, Max is nine years older than Addison – but it didn’t at all detract from the story.

Max is a successful businessman, running his own construction company. One day, he comes home to find an ex with whom he had a three month relationship sitting in his driveway. She hands him the year old baby he never knew existed, tells him she can’t cope with motherhood anymore, and takes off. Suddenly, Max’s world is turned upside down, but he’s determined to look after his daughter.

He needs a live-in nanny, fast, so he hires Addison Lane. She bonds with baby Dylan (named after Max’s favourite singer) straight away… and finds herself attracted to Dylan’s father more than she’d care to. She’s sworn off men, but the job is just what she needs after her ex dumps her when he realises he’s gay.

The attraction is mutual, but getting tangled up with the nanny is not a good idea… is it? Max is torn, but the longer Addison stays, the hotter their chemistry gets. So Max offers a proposition – between nine and five on weekdays, they are employer and employee. Outside of those hours, they are just a man and woman attracted to each other. It doesn’t take long for the heat between them to ignite, and when Dylan’s mother reappears, Max needs to work out what he wants for good. Of course, what he wants is Addison, and since she loves him and Dylan, you can guess the ending! 🙂

Review: The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan

the play mateTitle: The Play Mate

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Social media expert Evie (Everleigh) Reed

The hero: Businessman Smith Hamilton

The blurb: 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.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Roommates series, but they’re all separate stories with no interconnecting characters, so this can be read as a standalone.

The review: This is my favourite of the series so far. Smith has known Evie for years; he’s been best friends with her brother, Cullen, since they were kids. Evie’s all grown up now and Smith’s noticed; but since she’s his best friend’s little sister, he would never dream of making a move.

Until one night in Paris, where the three of them have met up, when Evie slips into his hotel room and seduces him. He doesn’t realise until almost past the point of no return that it’s her, and although he stops anything further from happening, he regrets it. But once they all head home to Chicago, he won’t really have to see her, right?

Wrong, because Smith decides to invest in Cullen and Evie’s family lingerie business as they need a cashflow injection to keep it afloat, and Evie’s agreed to take over the social media role for the company. Which means that they’ll be seeing each other every day, because Smith has agreed to spend six months helping Cullen get the business back on track. And being around each other means that neither of them can resist the magnetic attraction between them.

What I’ve noticed with the first three books in this series is that there are age differences between the couples; in the first book, Paige is four years older than Cannon; in this one, Smith is seven years old than Evie; and in the third book, Max is ten years older than Addison. Age differences don’t bother me a whole lot, because younger people can be mature and older people can be the opposite, and what I like about Kendall’s books is that it’s not made out to be a very big deal.

I loved Smith. He comes from a potentially damaging background; his single mother dumped him when he was four and he was adopted by the Hamiltons at six. What’s nice is that he was raised in a perfectly normal, loving family; they never made him feel any different. He’s close to one of his siblings, Pam, and adores her three children. While he does wonder about his biological parents, he’s not so desperate to find them that it consumes him, because he loves the parents who raised him and he doesn’t want to hurt them.

But he does know he wants a family of his own, and he realises he wants that with Evie. So he tells Cullen how he feels; Cullen does the anticipated sulk for a little while, but eventually gives in when he sees how much Smith and Evie mean to each other. I also love the little epilogues we get, when they’re together and happy. Loved this book!

 

 

 

Review: The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

the room mateTitle: The Room Mate

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Human Resources manager Paige (I don’t think her last name was ever revealed)

The hero: Med student/future cardiologist Cannon Roth

The blurb: The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him. I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Roommates series, but they’re all separate stories with no interconnecting characters, so this can be read as a standalone.

The review: Kendall Ryan is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. There are four things you can guarantee when reading one of her books, based on the ones I’ve read so far:

  1. You’re going to love her hero and heroine
  2. There’s going to be hot sex, and lots of it
  3. They’ll get their happily ever after, and
  4. There’s going to be at least one scene in which you’ll snort with laughter so loudly that you’ll have to slap your hand over your mouth so you don’t look like a lunatic in public

I bought the four book Roommates series as a box set and have just devoured them. So, book one is about Paige and her best friend Allie’s little brother, Cannon. When Cannon has his apartment destroyed by a crazy ex, Allie asks Paige if he can stay with her and her amusingly named dog Enchilada, since he’s only in town for another couple of months before he moves away to continue his residency. She agrees, and not having seen the now twenty-four year old Cannon for five years, she’s shocked when he rocks up on her doorstep.

Cannon is no longer a child. He’s a gorgeous, sexy man, and Paige knows the minute she lays eyes on him that she’s in trouble. Cannon moves in and while he’s aware of his attractiveness to women, he’s not really smug or obnoxious about it. Paige seems reluctant to get involved, if only because he’s Allie’s little brother… who’s not so little anymore.

It doesn’t take long for the spark between them to explode and the first time they try to have sex, Allie shows up just as things are getting interesting. After the aborted attempt, they finally get together and it doesn’t take long before it’s more than just sex for either of them. But Cannon is moving for his job and he doesn’t want to throw away all he’s worked for, so he takes a chance and sends Paige a plane ticket for a weekend to see if they can make their relationship work. After the inevitable initial freak out by Allie, she’s on their side; while I can understand how it could be a little weird to have your best friend and sibling hook up, I really don’t get why people get so worked up about it. Surely you know your best friend would never hurt your sibling, right? You wouldn’t be best friends with them if they were douchebags. That aside, both Paige and Cannon were great characters and it was nice to see them get together without agonising over everything too much.

 

 

 

Review: Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan

baby daddyTitle: Baby Daddy

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Bookstore owner Jenna Porter

The hero: CEO Emmett Smith

The blurb: We met in a trapped elevator.

Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie.

I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right?

At thirty-five, my life hadn’t taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting—I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen.

After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner—he also insisted on something else—that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn’t want kids, I’d be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way.

But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I got a whole lot more than I ever bargained for.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This is the second Kendall Ryan book I’ve read, and just like the first one it was in equal parts hilarious and sweet.

Jenna is thirty-five and has given up on meeting Mr. Right, so she decides to fulfil her desire to be a mother by going to a sperm bank. On her way to the clinic, Emmett Smith steps into the elevator, and it breaks down as they’re on their way up. While stuck, Jenna confides in Emmett – a complete stranger – about why she’s in the building, and by the time they get out of the elevator he’s persuaded her to delay her appointment and have dinner with him.

Emmett thinks his proposal is perfect. At thirty-eight, he doesn’t want a family because he’s married to his job as CEO of the company he inherited from his father. He’s attracted to Jenna, so he proposes that he’ll get her pregnant the old-fashioned way – she gets the baby she wants, he gets to have sex with an attractive woman and everyone is happy.

Jenna eventually agrees, contracts are signed that Emmett will walk away once the baby is conceived and the baby making commences. Somewhere along the way, though, the lines they set up become blurred and both of them come to realise they don’t want to follow the rules of the deal. But when Jenna finds out Emmett is the CEO of the company who’s been trying to buy her bookstore for months, will she ever forgive him?

I really liked both Jenna and Emmett, and found myself really wanting them to fall in love and be together. If you haven’t read any Kendall Ryan books, you should. Start with this one. It’s a great read!