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!

ARC review: Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.

Don’t be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?

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This was my first read by Kendall Ryan and I loved it!

I immediately fell in love with Barrett and Ava, both individually and together. They had such great chemistry and balanced each other out really well. Barrett is honestly one of the best romantic heroes in recent memory since he was such a great guy. He was really fixated on not violating the Bro Code, but it never really came off in a weird way. He just really appreciated everything that his best friend had done for him over the years and didn’t want to jeopardize their friendship by making a pass at his sister.

Can we talk about the tropes here for a second? This had some of my all-time favorites. Brother’s best friend. Secret childhood crushes. Pining from afar. Barrett and Ava have history together, which makes their relationship that much better. I have no doubt that they made their relationship work.

The book was just so much fun that I couldn’t help but devour it in one day. This might have been my first book by Kendall Ryan, but I hope it won’t be my last.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

I received a complimentary advance copy of Bro Code from Inkslinger PR in exchange for my participation in this review blitz. Bro Code is now available.

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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