Note: This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ah, the men of Kendall Ryan's Roommates series have added a smokin' single father to the mix! Maxwell Alexander, who is THIS close to turning thirty-five, likes the no-attachments lifestyle that he is. No commitments, no relationships. But when an ex shows up with a one-year-old bundle of joy who turns out to be his daughter named Dylan, Max's life is turned upside-down. He's totally clueless when it comes to taking care of a baby, which means it's time for him to get a nanny. He doesn't expect, however, for her to come in the form of a gorgeous twenty-five-year-old named Addison. Dylan adores her nanny and the feeling is clearly mutual. Max would be smart to not start anything, but the more time they spend together, the more he's tempted by his hot housemate.
The House Mate was a fun and flirty addition to the Roommates series and it's even got a good dose of angst to keep things interesting. This was a slow burn romance, with both the main characters mutually attracted to one another from the very beginning but keeping things as professional for as long as possible. It was easy to spot who was going to cause conflict between the two of them, and I wish something more decisive had been done with regards to that and that it didn't happen off-page. There weren't any surprise complications, so in terms of some unexpected twist being thrown in, everything pretty much follows the usual formula for love stories similar to this.
While Max and Addison are sweet and they do have their sexy times, I felt as if something was missing between them. Maybe it's because they didn't really get to know each other as much as I would have wanted them to. They have one or two deep conversations, but almost everything else is about Dylan. The attraction is there, and, to some degree, a connection, but I wanted a bit more. I also felt that the ending was tad rushed. Other than those two "hiccups", I did like the story and Max, Addison (why, oh why, do some main characters not have surnames?!), and Dylan were a cute family in the making. While not my favorite, The House Mate was still a good, four-star read. ♥
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
The House Mate (book three) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
18 April 2017 17 April 2017 (early release)
Date Read: 17 April 2017
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