The Play Mate (Room Mates Series #2)

The Play Mate (Room Mates Series #2)

by Kendall Ryan

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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.

This is book 2 in the Roommates series from NY Times bestseller Kendall Ryan, but each book can be read as a complete standalone as they all feature brand new couples to fall in love with.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157349301
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Series: Room Mates Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 2,457
File size: 524 KB

About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts 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.

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The Play Mate 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Kendall Ryan's books and have yet to be disappointed . Some are on the shorter side but she's usually able to get enough of what you want into the pages. I enjoyed this story between Smith and Evie and I think you would too.
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
This is exactly what I needed - a lighthearted, fun, and sexy friends to lovers romance with a touch of taboo (best friend's little sister). I could not put this book down or wipe the goofy smile from my face while reading. This is book 2 in the author's Roommates series, but can be read as a complete stand alone. Smith had me swooning from the start and I could not get enough of him. The story is told from both his and Evie's points of views, but I really loved Smith's chapters best. His inner dialogue is hilarious and honest. I was surprised though by his initial reaction to finding Evie in his bed. Seriously, wouldn't you be at least slightly alarmed to find someone in your bed unexpectedly, especially if it's so dark you have no idea who they are?!? He's got some emotional baggage, but I loved seeing those walls crumble. There's always something so sweet and magical to me about that moment when the main character opens their eyes and sees what has been there in front of them all along. Evie was also a great character, although there were times she seemed a little immature. I understand her do-over plan was more just an excuse for her to act on her long held crush for Smith, but it was still odd to me that a 22 year old would be so worried that her lady parts would gather cobwebs and wither away. The chemistry between Smith and Evie was undeniable though and I loved how easy it was between them. There was no unnecessary drama or other love interests and the only thing standing in our lovers way was themselves (and maybe Evie's brother, Cullen). The epilogue was fulfilling and adorable and the perfect way to close Smith and Evie's story. I challenge you to finish this book without a smile on your face. If you're looking for a fast, sweet, and lighthearted book, definitely pick up The Play Mate. *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
3.5☆ I liked The Play Mate, but I liked The Room Mate more. Again I felt like I was missing a bit of a connection with the characters. I still liked both Evie and Smith, but something isn't quite connecting with me and making me love them. They're both smart, caring, and good people; They make a good couple. The storyline was pretty good. It wasn't exactly unique, but I still liked it. There were a lot of parts that gave me a good chuckle, which I enjoyed. I thought it was a good book overall, just not my favorite of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read. M
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
Reading is my favorite escape but sometimes when I’m reading a book and the story gets a little too heavy on the drama I start feeling stressed rather than relaxed. That’s why I really enjoy what I call my “light and fluffy” reads . The kind of books that take you away for a little while but don’t necessarily leave you with a profound message. So this series from Author Kendall Ryan is perfect for romance readers, like me, who enjoy easy reads with a whole lot of steamy romance and happily ever afters. Our Book Boyfriend, Smith Hamilton, is totally an Alpha male but our heroine, Evie Reed, is his weakness. The two of these characters seemed like an odd pairing to me in the beginning but as more of their backstory was told, I was totally smitten with the two of them together! Their story is a delicious slow burn and that hint of forbidden romance only raises the hotness of this romance. So the third main character in this story is Evie’s brother, Cullen. (Does anyone else automatically think of these Cullen’s when you hear that name? ) Cullen is the HBIC (head boss in charge) of the family lingerie company where Evie and Smith are both working. Smith and Cullen are long time besties so obviously Smith and Evie are nervous that Cullen will find out that they’ve been secretly seeing each other. Here’s where I started to get annoyed with Cullen. They are all snugly close in a small office every day and he is completely clueless to the sexy shenanigans happening right under his nose?!?! How did he not suspect ANYTHING?! My frustration with Cullen aside, I adored this book. Evie and Smith are the perfect additions to this series from Kendall Ryan and I’m super excited to meet the couple in the next book, The House Mate. I give The Play Mate 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars. If you’re in the mood for a light & fluffy read that’s a slow burn with a touch of forbidden romance, you’re going to love The Play Mate. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
The Play Mate By: Kendall Ryan 4.5 Star Review by Kristie K In The Play Mate, Kendall Ryan teases and tempts…drawing out the pleasure and making you wait for the inevitable explosion. A truly tantalizing tale of friends to lovers, Ms. Ryan adds her own spin to the favorite genre, making the journey even sweeter. Smith Hamilton is…everything. He’s kind, generous, loving, intelligent, wealthy, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous. The only fault a woman might find, is a complete, total, and utter aversion to commitment. I absolutely adore Smith. He’s a low-key guy, down for a good time with friends, family…whatever. He may have money, but he doesn’t let it define him. He is just as happy, maybe more so, tossing back beers and throwing darts as he is wining and dining in a fancy french restaurant. His heart is pure, and when it comes down to it, he will fight for what he wants. Never in his wildest dreams did he every think he would want his best friends little sister. It’s hard for him to ignore the fact that she is ALL GROWN UP, especially when she crawls into his bed. Evie Reed has an incredible older brother, and their relationship is tight. This doesn’t change the fact that she has crushed on his best friend since they were kids. I found a kindred spirit in Evie. She is just as beautiful inside as she is out, but she has a slightly skewed view of herself, and lacks confidence though she has no reason to. Evie is completely relatable, likable, and real. Honestly, all of these characters are. When Evie finally decides she wants a shot at her childhood crush, she sneaks into his bed. The chaos that ensues from this decision is both humorous, and cringe-worthy…but also manages to be totally hot at the same time. The sparks that fly can’t be put out, and soon a decision must be made whether or not to do something about them. This is a slow burn that had me panting and wanting more, yet never had me rushing to get to the end. Ms. Ryan has filled these pages with fun, humor, reality, family, heart, love, fear, desire, and hope. I loved every word. So now, what about the rest? Well, the cover of this book is HAWT! I mean, really…have you seen those abs?! The characters were wonderful. I wanted to know them all. The character development was on point, never leaving me wanting…though I would like to know more about Smith’s past. The plot and storyline were thorough, with plenty of fun and realism to keep readers happy. And the writing? Amazing… Ms. Ryan is a talented writer, and weaves her tales in a way that keeps us coming back for more. A true artist in her own right, she never disappoints. Kristie K
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these stories...cant wait for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute sweet story...but I expected more.
Naughty_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS! This friends to lovers/forbidden romance was fun and sexy with a sweet and heartwarming ending. I loved Evie's naughty playfulness and I am always down for some forbidden love. The chemistry between Evie and Smith definitely produced sufficient steam to fog up the windows. However, the characters and story didn't hold the same level of intensity for me. I didn't find an emotional connection with the characters. Normally when I read a Kendall Ryan book I am giddy with feels. The story followed an often travelled path and I never found myself surprised by anything that happened, yet I felt there was one or two issues that weren't entirely resolved. Although this wasn't my favorite book from this author, she's definitely still a favorite overall and I'm still going to continue to read her books.
VeraMachado More than 1 year ago
Evie Reed and Smith Hamilton have known each other since they were little. After all, Smith is Evie's brother best friend. She always had a crush and now that she's twenty-two and fresh out of college, she wants a do-over of her first time with a man. Who better than Smith Hamilton? He's seven years older than her and experienced. But can they cross the friendship line? I loved The Play Mate! The story is fast paced, funny, and sexy. I laughed a lot with the banter between Evie and Smith. And their chemistry? Off the charts! Evie Reed is a sweet and sassy young woman. She knows what she wants, more especifically who she wants. She always had a crush for Smith but now she realizes that what she feels for him is much more powerful than a crush. She's afraid of what her relationship with Smith might do to her relationship with her brother. Smith Hamilton is a smart and good looking millionaire. He worked hard to be where he is now and doesn't want his life to change. What he didn't count was Evie returning to his life has a buxom bombshell. He always liked her, but now those feelings devolped to something more. He wants more with her. But his loyalty to Cullen, Evie's brother and his best friend, makes him keep Evie away from his bed. Once again, Kendall Ryan gives us an awesome book, with a fun and sexy story and great characters. The Play Mate is a fast paced brother's best friend romance that will hook you from the first page!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!! “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.
Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
Kendall Ryan does it again with an amazing story. Evie and Smith are great together. I fell in love with Smith from the first page. He is absolutely awesome. You can always tell what a man is like when he is around children. How Smith is with his niece and nephews will blow you away. He is the bomb. Evie is so nervous that her brother will not approve of her and Smith and how Smith finally reveals his feelings to Cullen shows you what a special man Smith is. Evie is the luckiest girl in the world.
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JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Kendall Ryan has done it again! From the synopsis to the swoon worthy cover, Ryan has has delivered a sexy and romantic story that will leave you wanting for more. For Evie Reed, being a twenty-two year old college graduate means a new step in her life. After traveling Europe with her best friend, she has set on to do what she has always wanted to do and that is to seduce her brother's best friend, Smith Hamilton. Evie knows that Smith is off-limits to her being that not only is he a bit older than her, but also consider family to her brother, Cullen. It is then that she makes a plan to make Smith see her as a full grown woman and not a little sister. With her new job managing social media for her family's lingerie company, she knows that she'll be spending more time with Smith, yet little did she know that her plans would back fire on her after meeting her brother and Smith in Paris. Now back in Chicago, just when Evie is ready to move on from her “Seduce Smith Plan,” Smith surprises her with a plan of his own, one that would change their lives forever. Smith Hamilton has it all, he has the looks and money that attracts women like never before. He is incredibly charming and a hard worker who values his career and friendships. Even though he has a successful job, he doesn't quite have a love life. Needless to say, he has always had a crush on Evie Reed, his best friend's little sister and that has put her completely off limits to him. He knows that he has to stay away from her, but after her attempt to seduce him Paris doesn't go well, he is ready to finally make a move on her no matter what his friend says. Once they start to spend more time together, they soon find themselves completely attracted to each other and it is then that they'll have to decide if taking the next step in their relationship is worth it or not. From the very beginning it's evident that Evie and Smith have instant chemistry, they've known each other for a while now and it isn't hard for them to deny that their attraction is growing every day. I enjoyed reading their background stories and the characters themselves felt relatable. Smith was awesome, he is charming and sweet towards Evie (even when they first met). It is their sweet and steamy scenes that had me reading until the very end. Ryan's writing style keeps pulling me in, and I loved reading The Play Mate. The ending was incredibly sweet and it worked really well in the story. I would highly recommend reading this book and any other book by Kendall Ryan, you will not be disappointed. :) ***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***
Janet_Reads More than 1 year ago
If you love a heroine who falls for her older brother’s best friend, you’ll love this flirty, sexy romance. The Play Mateis a delightful, entertaining and romantic. Smith is a sweetheart and incredibly sexy, but I was impatient for him to talk to Evie’s brother although I understand his trepidation. Evie is pretty darn funny, and I loved how she decided to take the bull by the horns and seduce Smith. She’s a little awkward and funny – an everyday girl. She and Smith have great chemistry, and their intimate moments are hot. If you’re looking for a something fun and sensual, check out The Play Mate. ARC provided but this review was voluntarily and honestly written.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Another fab, entertaining read from an author who pretty much nails it every time. When I start a Kendall Ryan book, I always know that I'm going to be in for a good read. Although her books tend to be on the short side, they are always entertaining quick reads that suck me in from the first page. She doesn't fail to deliver with The Play Mate. Smith has been in Evie's life since she was a little kid because he was besties with her older brother Cullen. Smith always looked upon Evie like a little sister (due to the age gap which I think is seven years) until he didn't. There came a point where they both started to feel something different for one another but neither has acted on it to date. Evie is now 22 and determined to put the moves on Smith. Smith is struggling to fight his attraction to the feisty, intelligent, Evie and it takes enormous willpower to resist her charms. Smith is terrified that over-protective Cullen will have a freak-out and it will ruin their friendship. Evie takes matters into her own hands and that scene in the bedroom between them was awesome. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time. I loved reading about their relationship and I was rooting for them so badly. When they finally decided to go for it, I was their loudest supporter. I loved when Smith confronted Cullen and what he said was perfect. This book had all the usual ingredients that make up a superb KR read - lots of great characters, lots of funny moments, plenty of steamy times, and a fast-paced plot that clipped along at a steady pace. I'm addicted to forbidden romances at the moment so this book was right up my alley. I loved it, and I'm really enjoying this new series of Kendall's. Looking forward to reading the next one! Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Evie Reed has experienced a lot of things in her young life, but an earth shattering moment in the bedroom isn't one of them, and she is tired of wondering what it would be like, she wants to know what all the fuss is about... problem is she hasn't found anyone worth experiencing it with! She has one person in mind for the job, but she is certain he views her in a whole different light... the best friends annoying little sister light! So, when the opportunity to "run into him" again presents itself, she decides to put a plan in place to shatter that imagine he has of her, and hopefully helps her land him in her bed. Smith Hamilton has never really had a real family to count on, so when he meets the Reed's and they welcome him into their lives, he finally gets a sense of what being part of a family is like. Him and Cullen become fast friends, and develop a tight knit bond, almost like a brotherly bond. This bond has withstood through many years of college, girls, and travels around the world... but when Smith takes a liking to Cullen's little sister their bond is about to be put to the test. Smith knows getting involved with Evie is a bad idea, and will likely put his friendship and business partnership with Cullen at risk, but he just can't help himself. He tries to put her out of his mind, but working alongside her everyday is a temptation he finds to be very hard to resist... It has been a long while since I have settled down with a book from this author, but barely a chapter into this sultry little read I was quickly reminded why I love her writing so much. Her stories have a way of sneaking up on you and completely captivating your attention, to the point that you forget about the world around you... and I have to say this one had me completely oblivious to the fact that it was way past my bedtime! Smith and Evie pulled me into their world, had me feeling the intent behind their words, and dangling on the edge of my seat in anticipation of them finally giving into the sparks swirling around them, their story was SO good!! I am a sucker for forbidden romances, and I have to say this one definitely hit the mark, I loved every delectable minute of it!! Highly recommend you meet this two, they are certain to treat you one hell of a literary escape!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
RandysGal69 More than 1 year ago
This is the book for you to keep you warm, fuzzy and put a smile on your face. WOW! Author Kendall Ryan knows how to write sexy romances that will leave you panting for more. Loved this story of friends to lovers. Evie & Smith's story had me laughing, smiling, swooning, cherries bursting with the sexy chemistry these two had. The story line kept me entertained and I really liked how we got a good background on both characters and the setup to how they are where they are now. A Must Read Romance to pick up to read and keep you warm through these cold winter days. Go One click!
zetti786 More than 1 year ago
A brother’s best friend book!! I adore this type of book. There is something so good about how they’ve known each other for so long so they are friends and then progressing to more than just friends. It’s naughty and oh so perfect at the same time. This book made me snort, giggle and cry with laughter. It’s angsty but not to an extent where the angst is the main crux of the storyline. Evie has loved Smith for a long time or crushed on him for at least 7 years. She wants him to be her first in different ways. However Smith can’t because her brother is his best friend. They end up working together in a lingerie company which leads to so many humorous moments and seriously the irony! I laughed, I cried and I went on the emotional rollercoaster too. There are some moments where the laughter dies down and it becomes steamy, and serious and real. I like how the humour balances out those moments. This book however did feel a bit flat in parts but the humour carried this book for me. I enjoyed it and definitely looking forward to more from this author. 4 stars
zetti786 More than 1 year ago
A brother’s best friend book!! I adore this type of book. There is something so good about how they’ve known each other for so long so they are friends and then progressing to more than just friends. It’s naughty and oh so perfect at the same time. This book made me snort, giggle and cry with laughter. It’s angsty but not to an extent where the angst is the main crux of the storyline. Evie has loved Smith for a long time or crushed on him for at least 7 years. She wants him to be her first in different ways. However Smith can’t because her brother is his best friend. They end up working together in a lingerie company which leads to so many humorous moments and seriously the irony! I laughed, I cried and I went on the emotional rollercoaster too. There are some moments where the laughter dies down and it becomes steamy, and serious and real. I like how the humour balances out those moments. This book however did feel a bit flat in parts but the humour carried this book for me. I enjoyed it and definitely looking forward to more from this author. 4 stars
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
When Evie decides to get in touch with her naughty side her feminine wiles, may have bitten off more than they can handle. Kendall Ryan is the queen of friends to lovers romance. The Play Mate puts her skills on full display. Smith is in over his head. His hormones are in overdrive. Evie is his biggest temptation with her vixen ways, but her newly found sex appeal is a risk he can't afford to take. The aftermath could cost him his heart and his best friend. The price is just too high. Driven by humorous scenarios and awkward situations, The Play Mate proves to be as tempting to readers, as Smith and Evie are to each other.
Kelly_BTCBlog More than 1 year ago
Smith Hamilton.....I'm in LOVE!!! The Play Mate is fun, sexy, and completely enticing! It contains everything a older brother's best friend romance should have, and so much more. This story follows Smith and Evie's journey from friends to lovers, while navigating their tricky working relationship and friendship with Evie's older brother, Cullen. Lust, laughter, and racy lingerie add a richness to this already swoony romance. The character dynamic between Smith and Evie is incredibly enjoyable and amusing! They're both beautiful and tenacious characters, and when together, they showcase how right they belong together. Their mutual attraction towards one another and their already close friendship makes their connection very alluring and explosive. But it's also Smith's hesitation towards pursuing his desires that makes him utterly charming and compassionate. Evie's headstrong characteristics and determination to go after what she wants are great attributes to read. And not just her appetite for Smith either, but with her strong work ethics to show exactly how beneficial she can be to her family business. The Play Mate is a genuinely warm, exciting and playful friends to lovers romance. The book is thoroughly entertaining and will leave a constant smile on your face. The laughable situations and heartfelt emotions are enough to make you fall in love with Smith and Evie's story from page one! A definite 5 star must read!