ARC Review: The Room Mate

January 26, 2017 Reviews 0






room-mate_amazonThe last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.



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My Thoughts:

Surprisingly, I’ve never read a book by Kendall Ryan before. I’ve met to, and I definitely have some of her books on my Kindle, but I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them for whatever reason. Anyway, this was a great introduction to her work and I really look forward to reading more from her in the future! The concept of this book isn’t a new one to me. In fact, I’ve read several books here lately that basically revolved around a guy and a girl who were platonically connected in some way had to move in together.  The description of this one still managed to stand out to me and I just knew that I had to read it. This turned out to be a fast and fun read and I recommend it if you’re looking for that type of story.

Paige was a solid main character. I thought she was a funny and interesting character. Sometimes I felt like she tried a little too hard to please people instead of just standing up for herself and doing what she wanted, but I still respected her for some of the choices that she ultimately ended up making. I also thought that she was a great friend to Allie, Cannon’s sister, maybe too good at times. As a whole though, she wasn’t super memorable to me. She was a good character, but not a great one.

Not going to even lie, Cannon was pretty swoony. He might be a little too perfect at times, but he’s still rather human other times. Believe it or not, he actually makes a lot of crazy but real mistakes that made me want to kick him. He was swoony through the things that he did for Paige. He also was just an all around smart dude who also happened to be insanely hot. I feel like he had a lot of character growth going for him as well. He became more fascinating to me as the book progressed.

I’m a big fan of the best friend’s brother trope. I haven’t read a lot of books that have this set up: the female lead’s best friend’s little brother who used to be a major geek. I typically read it where the heroine has a huge crush on her older brother’s best friend that eventually develops into something more. I feel like this story really worked here and I was pleased with how the trope was used as a whole. He’s only a few years younger than Paige and Allie, but she didn’t see him that way when he was just the boy that followed them around back then. Paige was the first girl that Cannon fantasized about in that way, and that made a huge impact with him. I felt like the romance moved at just the correct pace. It wasn’t too fast, but them getting together didn’t drag on either. The romance was pretty hot and I thought those scenes were well written. The chemistry between them was very much there. There was maybe a bit too drama for my taste, but most of it was still realistic for the most part.

The Room Mate was a nice first book for me to read from this popular romance author. It featured a different spin to a trope that I truly enjoyed, and I thought it was well done here. Cannon and Paige made a hot and intriguing couple from the start. They definitely ended up balancing each other out in the end. Though her attitude towards her best friend bothered me at times, I still want Allie to get her own story and I hope that we get to read that book in the future! Despite the angst, this is still a relatively light and quick read that I enjoyed. three-half-stars


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kendall-ryan-headshot-1-picA 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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