Monday, July 30, 2018

Book Review: 'Love Machine' by Kendall Ryan

Texas author Kendall Ryan is a very popular romance writer – ‘I believe every reader deserves a hot hero and a happy ending.’ She has written over sixty books and is frequently on the best seller lists of New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal

Kendall is proving that she is able to take on any version of romance/affair and craft a fine steamy story about it. This time around she is dealing with the best friends to lovers theme. As is her style, Kendal makes the first page of her book an ‘About the Book’ aperitif ‘After a rather uncomfortable ladies’ night involving a cucumber-wielding instructor with judgy eyes, I’m forced to admit my weaknesses. Rather than point blame at my lack of a sex life, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. As a junior executive who’s clawed her way up the corporate ladder, failure is not in my vocabulary. Confident and bold in other areas of my life, I have to admit it’s time to up my bedroom game. Asking my best friend, Slate Cruz, is really the only option. Slate is like a walking billboard for sex. There’s no way I’ll want more from this playboy than a little inspiration to revive my inner sex kitten. Except, what happens if I do?’

The fast moving plot is made clear in the 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?’

Hot and erotic and very beautifully written, Kendall once again proves she has what it takes to remain at the top of the ladder. Grady Harp, July 18

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