Author: Kendall Ryan
Publication Date: 16 July 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 16 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
A best-friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.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 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?
If you are looking for a fun, silly, (at times) steamy romance, you never have to look farther than a Kendall Ryan book. She should on your go to list when you need a quick pick me up read that you know will always leave you smiling and with a happy heart. That said I will admit going into this (even though I know better) with a little trepidation because come on, everyone's doing the nearly girl friends to lovers book lately and, ugh I was so ready for the annoying nerdy girl and the jerk of a super sexy way too cocky boy. Of course Kendall Ryan didn't fail me and while we get that geeky girl, though she's less of a geek to me and more of a work-a-holic who loves her 'geeky' job, she's not the annoying one you just want to bang on the head with your book while she whines about how she's too geeky for love and the boy...turns out that maybe he's the quiet sexy boy 'next door' that's just been waiting or his chance with the geeky girl from across the street.
I really really loved Slate, also..kinda in love with that name, Slate...not Slade, Slate. It just rolls off your tongue. ;-) He's cocky in a non-aggressive way. He knows he's handsome, he knows he can get what he wants and honestly sounds like if it's offered he isn't often opposed to taking it, but at the same time there is something genuinely humble about him. Almost as though he is a bit embarrassed by his (mmmhmmmmm, what's the world I want) social prowess.
Keaton is a woman in charge of her life. I love that about her. She honestly gives two F*s what anyone else thinks about who she is, what she does, what she wants. She is going to make her life happen on her own terms. She's the strong independent woman we all want to be, but even with all that she is still lacking something and it's a deep romantic social connection. What I love about her is that when she decides maybe it's her 'fault' (it's not) she takes charge and as Merida would say "decides to change her fate." What's the best way to go about that, lists of course...no actually it's ask your cocky sexy as heck best friends since you are in college to help you out and teach you the ways of romance. Too bad, or is it, that romance turns out to be much much more than she ever bargained for.
I loved these two together, Slate is sweet, thoughtful, and even though he may not admit it secretly been in love with his best friend for years. Keaton, is strong and yet scared in so many ways. She's afraid to open herself up, to let someone love her because the idea of loving and losing is too great for her. She's hard core friend zoned Slate, but it only takes one text to change it all and I am honestly so proud of this character for just being gutsy and putting her needs out there. They of course have some downs in the middle of their ups. I will admit to getting a little frustrated with Keaton because it felt like she over reacted a time or two, but I think in the end it's simply her fear talking. Slate, you just can't help but love him..as well as their group of friends, those ladies are a hoot.
If you are looking for a pick me up kind of book. One to give you lots of lovely feels and leave you happy when you close the cover, look no further. Love Machine is a good time read and another win from Kendall Ryan!
~ HAPPY READING ~
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. Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras