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.
“Like a key fitting into a lock. The last of the darkness faded away, and the loneliness that had become the norm for me lifted, leaving behind a happiness I hadn’t felt in years.”
“Lighting. That’s what it felt like, kissing Evie.”
“Life could be a grind sometimes, but tonight had been a rare gem. An oasis of perfection. No way was I going to ruin it.”
The Play Mate is the second book in the Roommates Series, but can read as a stand alone novel. Told from dual points of view, The Play Mate follows the story of Evie and Smith. For as long as Evie can remember, she’s had a crush on Smith. In her eyes, Smith was the total package. He was smart, sexy and he understood her. Like I said, the total package. Now that Evie is all grown up, she wants to have a do over and she wants Smith to be the man that makes all of her dreams come true between the sheets….Smith loves the life that he lives. He’s intelligent, rich, confident and knows the effect that he has on women. However, there is one woman that he wants more than the air he breaths, but she is off limits to him. You see, Evie is the little sister to Smith’s best friend. He knows he can’t and shouldn’t go there, so he tries his hardest to keep away from her, but that is easier said than done. Even harder now that the two of them will be working together. The chemistry and sparks are intense. Their desire so undeniable that it will only be a matter of time before these two give in…
The Play Mate is the perfect friends to lovers romance with a forbidden romance quality to it. From the moment you meet Evie and Smith, you are pulled into their story and will quickly be swept away. I loved everything about their story. From the forbidden flirtations to the entertaining banter. I could not get enough of these two. Their push and pull was so palpable. You could feel the tension oozing from the pages. Not only did these two have an amazing friendship and unbreakable bond, but the tension between the two of them told you that what they had was the real deal, they just had to be ready to the leap.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was a fast paced and sexy read. The characters were a ton of fun and so easy to relate to. Their story was fun and engaging. I couldn’t put this book down. The Play Mate had just the right amount of sexiness, forbidden romance, angst and of course a little bit of drama. If you are looking for a fun and sexy read with a bit of forbidden/off limits flare to it, I’d definitely recommend checking this book out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries 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. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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