Note: This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Oh, Smith Hamilton! Why, oh why, was a torn between wanting to pepper your face with kisses and wanting to hit you with pepper spray in hopes you would come to your senses? Who is Smith Hamilton, my fellow bookaholics? He's the main male character in The Play Mate, the second book in the Roommates series penned by one of my favorite go-to authors, Kendall Ryan. This shares the same trope as its predecessor--falling-for-your-best-friend's-sibling--but with a switch in roles and with an office romance feel to it. The story starts off in Paris, France, where Everleigh Reed's plan to finally seduce the boy who she's been crushing on for years--the same one who happens to be her older brother's best friend and someone who's treated her like a kid sister--fails miserably, and continues in Chicago, Illionis, where Smith has to decide if he what he wants with Evie is all play or if it's time to get serious.
After graduating at twenty-two, Evie Reed was ready for two things: to prove her worth at the family-owned lingerie company as the person in charge of social media and to get her brother's best friend to sleep with her and be the only first that counts. But nearly thirty-year-old Smith Hamilton has no plans of betraying Cullen Reed's trust nor is he prepared for the distraction that Evie is proving to be. She's definitely grown up from the little girl in pigtails who followed them around. Now, Smith can't seem to help himself, wanting to follow her around if he could. But now that he's working with both Cullen and Evie, he can ill afford to pursue anything with Evie. But how long can Smith resist wanting to be with the young woman who makes him feel more than he's ever felt before? Will either one of them be able to live with Cullen's reactions once he learns what's been brewing between them?
Confession time: I didn't like Smith as much as I did Cannon Roth in The Room Mate. Don't get me wrong. When Smith was sweet and wanted to be all romantic with Evie, he was swoon-worthy. Unfortunately, the guy had this whole thing with being unable to make up his mind what the heck it was he wanted to do with his feelings for his best friend's younger sister. Just when I thought he finally had the balls to step up to the plate and own what was going on between them, he would take this leap backwards. Argh! So frustrating. But thank goodness Evie was a woman who knew what she wanted. She was patient and understanding--though a tad more than I would expect but then I'm naturally impatient and not-so-understanding--and she loved both her brother and Smith and wanted the best possible outcome for all three of them. Overall, I was entertained by The Play Mate and give it four stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Roommates series:
The Room Mate (book one) - five stars - My Review
The Play Mate (book two) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 13 March 2017
Date Read: 11 March 2017
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