Book review: The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Source: Freebie

The 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.

THE ROOM MATE is a full-length standalone romance.

Alright, so my final #killingthetbr pick for February wasn’t one star, so I’m calling it a success… sort of. The truth is, I was all set to give this one three stars. I was pretty solidly enjoying it (or, at least, not disliking it) until about the 75% mark, and that’s when things got crazy. I’m going to keep this review spoiler-free, but please trust me when I say that some things happen that were just… beyond what’s normal in a romance novel.

To start off, let me just say that this book features two of my favorite tropes: roommates and best friend’s brother. I love some intense pining in a romance novel, and we have a strong history of that in this book. Paige and Cannon definitely had chemistry, I’ll give the book that.

But, here’s the thing. If you’re going to go for a forbidden romance trope, you need to have a bit more of a slow burn than we got here. Paige and Cannon are so set on not acting on their feelings… until they do. Like… 10% in. (I might be exaggerating there, but trust me when I say that it was pretty quick.) Half the fun of this trope is the characters trying to deny their feelings. It loses something when they get together too quickly.

Now, when it comes to the actual writing, the book wasn’t bad. I’ve read (and enjoyed!) one of Kendall Ryan’s other books, so it’s not her as an author that I have a problem with. Mostly it was just the combination of a lot of little things that happened in this book that didn’t quite work for me.

Like, for example:

  • The heroine talking about how she knew the hero as a child and then calling him “big boy” during sex. (I don’t think I would have been nearly as creeped out by this if she hadn’t been thinking about child-Cannon earlier.)
  • All of the hero’s exes being described as crazy while the heroine doesn’t have a single ex mentioned ever, let alone one who’s crazy.
  • Everyone was all up in Paige and Cannon’s business, worrying about whether they’ve had sex or whether romantic feelings are involved. Maybe just let them live their lives? I know I don’t go around interrogating my friends and family about whether they’ve had sex with their partners yet.
  • One of the things that really made me roll my eyes was Cannon referring to himself as a cardiologist when he was two weeks into his cardiology residency. Have you passed your cardiology boards? Can you practice on your own yet? No? Don’t call yourself a cardiologist then.

I think this could have been a good book, but it felt a little rushed. Add to that the fact that it just kind of ends with a hasty epilogue, and it just wasn’t my favorite.

#killingthetbr: seven months on shelf
#romanceopoly: heartbreak hotel
#ps19: a book told from multiple character POVs


Have you read The Room Mate? Have you read any good books featuring the best friend’s brother or roommate tropes?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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