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ARC Review | Love Machine by Kendall Ryan

Love Machine

by Kendall Ryan

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SYNOPSIS

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?


REVIEW

★★★★

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It is no secret that Kendall Ryan is my go-to author for light, sweet and fluffy romance. Some would consider her stories repetitive, but to me it is a sure thing guaranteed. I know what to expect. I know I will have something wholesome awaiting.

She’s also somehow converted me to friends-to-lovers. Perhaps my least favourite trope. Ever. Because it is too cute and airy and frilly and fancy. But after reading dark, twisted romances, or stories that didn’t enthrall me, sometimes witnessing a friendship blossom into something sweet is needed!

The embers of attraction were always there, I’ve come to realize. All it took was one little kiss to blow on the ashes and make them roar to life.

Post embarrassing encounter during her friend’s bachelorette party, Keaton is feeling dejected. She’s intelligent and confident within her working environment, but she feels inside the bedroom she’s lacking few too many skills.

Using much loved spreadsheets to organise a list and enlisting her long term best friend, Slate, during a drunken night of texting, Keaton is determined to become a confident woman amongst the sheets.

But not everything is as easy or as simple as it seems, especially when intense emotions become involved, and both Keaton and Slate are left questioning themselves. While Slate is determined to prove to Keaton that he is interested in settling down, Keaton would rather maintain their close friendship.

I’m drunk on the sight, the sound, the scent of her, how stunning she is in her passion. And when our eyes meet, a wave of tenderness and desire threatens to drown my heart.

Despite having been best friends since college, Keaton and Slate have never been attracted to each other. Not until Keaton requests Slate become her “sex tutor”, anyway. It seemed awfully strange to me that they never shared this mutual attraction until they decided to cross the friendship boundary.

I also couldn’t ignore Slate’s reason for becoming a womaniser. One bad relationship, no matter how long or short it lasted, shouldn’t be enough to taint someone’s view on dating.

Besides those two negatives, I still enjoyed this sweet, fast-paced read.

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ARC Review | Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

Mister Tonight

by Kendall Ryan


SYNOPSIS

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.


REVIEW

★★★★

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Mister Tonight embodies everything Kendall Ryan is good at: delivering swoon-worthy heroes, sassy heroines, and sweet and sexy romance.

To celebrate turning 30, Kate spends the night hanging out with her two best friends, sipping cocktails and finding Mister Tonight. Focusing on her career, leading a carefree lifestyle and being a commitment-phobe means Kate doesn’t have time, or really any desire, to find Mister Forever.

When she meets Hunter, an alluring and handsome man dressed in an impeccable suit, Kate realises she’s found the perfect candidate for Mister Tonight. He is charming and humorous, with cringe-worthy pickup lines and an irresistible personality.

Hunter’s near perfection will leave her questioning her easygoing lifestyle.

I wasn’t committed to being a stable role model for his daughter, and it wouldn’t be fair to him or her to blur the lines in our relationship, especially when things inevitably went south.

What appears to be the greatest, wildest night, filled with passion and steam, quickly turns into an embarrassing and horrifying nightmare. When Hunter’s daughter interrupts them, Kate is quick to escape, hoping she’ll never see her handsome one night stand again.

Fate is interesting. And it has an even more interesting sense of humor. Kate’s newest landlord and neighbour happens to be Hunter.

Rather than shy away from dating, Hunter is interested in finding someone worth it. But his ideal woman cannot just be intelligent, humorous, independent and beautiful. She also needs to embrace his four-year old sassy and outgoing daughter, Maddie.

Kate isn’t interested in commitment. Hunter is. They’re both adults though and prepared to enter an easygoing relationship of friends with benefits. No complications. No expectations.

Until things become a lot more complicated when feelings begin to surface.

“Mister Tonight, huh?” he asked, recalling Jessie’s words.
I rolled my eyes. “Obviously, that didn’t’ work out.”
“I’d say it worked out perfectly.”

Single dad romance doesn’t normally interest me. But there was something intriguing and enticing about Hunter. And his undying love for his daughter melted my bones! They have a sweet, tight knit bond that is unbreakable.

I also love how sweet Kate and Hunter are together. Despite having commitment issues and being wary about stepping into being a parent, Kate eased into that position wonderfully.

Mister Tonight isn’t drama filled, or as angsty as some of Kendall’s other stories. It is one hundred percent sweet and fluffy and the right amount of steamy.

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Review | Dirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan

Dirty Little Promise

by Kendall Ryan


SYNOPSIS

The secret I’d discovered about sexy billionaire Gavin Kingsley was so big, so haunting wasn’t something I could overcome. I had a decision to make—hear him out and see where things went, or turn to his brother Cooper, who I was fairly certain was in love with me. But something dark inside of Gavin called to something dark inside of me. And I wasn’t willing to just walk away—not yet anyway.

This is the conclusion to Emma Bell’s epic love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.


REVIEW

★★★★

Dirty Little Promise is the conclusion to Gavin Kingsley and Emma Bell’s intense and heated romance. If you thought the precursor Dirty Little Secret was fierce in its passion and excitement, Dirty Little Promise is more fervent, the chemistry stronger and its impact more emotionally charged.

Once again, Kendall Ryan delivers an epic love story with more delicious angst and fulfilling suspense, and every scene is hotter and bolder and sexier.

My heart was so full, so full of her, of her love, I felt like anything was possible. She made me strong and brave and whole. And I knew with certainty I’d love her until my dying breath.

Emma Bell, modest, quiet and respectable, is reeling in shock after learning Gavin Kingsley’s dark and dirty secrets. She finds herself longing for the enigmatic billionaire, but she’s also torn and uncertain whether she can trust the man she continues falling for.

In every aspect, Gavin Kingsley is dominant; he is demanding and controlling, while also being fair within reason. When he is certain about wanting something or someone, he is determined to have it. And what he wants is Emma Bell, his sensual and seductive librarian.

While Gavin manages to clear some of Emma’s unease by answering her difficult questions about Ashley, Emma is still cautious. Her experience with relationships is limited, her ex-boyfriend having been physically and verbally abusive. With Gavin’s domineering personality and incessant need for rough sex, Emma is understandably concerned if she is about to enter a similar relationship.

Even though Emma knows she wants Gavin, there’s still Cooper, the youngest Kingsley to consider. She’s caught between two equally handsome and persistent figures, but she can only have one. Cooper is sweet and gentle, soft compared to Gavin’s rough edges. And while my heart broke for Cooper, I’m keen to have him meet his match in Torrid Little Affair.

Emma’s more confident, assertive and self-assured. She’s shifted from quiet librarian to someone more seductive and submissive who brings out Gavin’s softer, more attentive and tender side. It takes someone with patience and determination to overcome the horrifying experiences she’s been through, making her awe-inspiring and brave.

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Review | Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

Bro Code

by Kendall Ryan


SYNOPSIS

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?


REVIEW

★★★★

I’ve been devouring Kendall Ryan novels over the last few days and every one seems to be better than the last. Her writing is direct and her stories filled with perfect amounts of angst.

Bro Code is quite simply a sweet “falling in love with your older brother’s best friend” story, which happens to be one of my favourite tropes. I found it to be entertaining with a good amount of delicious angst and conventional drama. There are genuine emotions sitting atop some scorching scenes, rife with undeniable chemistry between Ava and Barrett.

And that’s why it is so easy to love Kendall Ryan’s writing.

Wanting her is the equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. Wanting her this desperately could put an end to the closest friendship I’ve got, and worse than that, I sense she could leave me brokenhearted.

Barrett Wilson is an upcoming attorney in Chicago with one easy goal in mind: to become partner in his firm. Putting immense hours into this firm and having a thriving career means Barrett has sacrificed socialising and having relationships. He can’t afford to have distractions, especially when he is mere steps away from becoming partner.

When it is time to return to his hometown in Indiana, there’s one person he’s anxious yet dreading to see. Ava Saunders, his best friend’s little sister, his tempting forbidden, shiny apple. For years, Barrett’s harboured secret feelings towards Ava, but the unspoken “bro code” prevents a relationship from flourishing.

She’s my best friend’s sister. She’s brilliant, gorgeous, and completely forbidden.

But Barrett isn’t the only one who has old feelings resurfacing. Ava Saunders has always found her older brother’s best friend attractive and sweet. She’ll see now, after all these years, her high school crush has transformed into an even more handsome yet forbidden man.

Though Ava and Barrett share a mutual attraction, they’re about to enter a dangerous game of stolen kisses and quiet exchanges. They have to consider their actions, and the consequences of succumbing to their desires and feelings they have been carrying for the last few years.

If you love the older brother’s best friend trope, then you’ll enjoy Bro Code. With the forbidden aspect caused by the unspoken “bro code”, the thrill of potentially being caught, and the intense desire between Ava and Barrett, Bro Code is an enticing and alluring read.


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