RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: THE BED MATE by Kendall Ryan

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Room Mate series…

I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?

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Review

Every time I read a friends-to-lovers’ story, I always wonder how they keep their true feelings for one another under wraps…how they stand beside their ‘person’ and witness them date other people, never truly knowing if this one could be the one who worms his/her way between the friendship that means everything.

This is exactly the situation that Kendall Ryan writes about in her newest release, The Bed Mate, and while it’s more than obvious to readers and even to some of Maggie and Sam’s friends that their feelings go beyond ‘friendship,’ Maggie and Sam’s fear of losing the most important relationship that they have makes Maggie oblivious to Sam’s feelings and Sam too afraid to cross a line that they’ll never be able to come back from if wanting ‘more’ doesn’t work out.

Maggie and Sam’s novella is a quick read, and while that sometimes doesn’t work well in developing the characters or the story line, because Maggie and Sam’s relationship is already established and it’s clear that they share an incredibly important connection, that backstory is unnecessary and the focus can remain on slowly moving them beyond friends to something they’ve both desperately wanted and maybe even needed for some time.

The Bed Mate is all about taking risks…it’s about seeing clearly for the first time exactly what is in front of you and knowing how amazing it could be. Sam is the daredevil out of the two of them, so it’s up to him to prove himself to Maggie and show her exactly what being each other’s person could mean by giving one another their hearts, their bodies and their souls.

4 Poison Apples

Excerpt

I said a silent prayer of thanks to Ben, Jerry, and Jose Cuervo as I blearily made my way to Sam’s bedroom. He hadn’t bothered to make his bed before he left this morning, but I didn’t mind.

Instead, I snuggled into the space where I knew he slept, breathing in deep so I could smell his shampoo on the pillow, and closed my eyes. Sam would never do what Trevor had done to me.

Never.

I drifted off to sleep for what felt like roughly three seconds before I woke up to find my thigh vibrating and the late morning sun streaming through the window.

“What the…” I sat up, rubbing my eye with one hand as I grappled down into the sheets where my cell phone rested. I found ten missed calls—seven from Trevor, three from Sam.

Sliding my thumb over Sam’s name, I called him back and pressed the phone to my ear.

“Hello?” I asked, my voice cracked and groggy.

“It’s eleven there,” he said.

“Yeah, yep. I knew that,” I said, trying to make my voice sound less like it had just gone through a wood chipper.

“So why are you still asleep?” he asked.

“I’m not allowed to sleep in?” I asked lightly, the pounding in my head making me a little nauseous with its intensity.

“No. You never do. What’s going on?”

He sounded suspicious and for a moment I fought with myself over whether to tell him the truth. One way or another, he was going to get it out of me; he knew me too well for me to lie to him for long.

“Look, could I stay at your place while you’re away?” I asked.

“What? Why? Did something happen to your apartment?” he demanded, the worry clear in his voice.

“No, nothing like that. I just… I need a break for a couple of days.”

“That’s not cryptic or anything,” Sam scoffed.

I sucked in my cheeks. Okay, here we go. Like a Band-Aid.

“I need to be someplace where Trevor can’t find me.”

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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