Review: The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan


Genre: New-Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 322 (But still really short. Took me 3 and a half hours)
Series: Roommates #1
Release Date: January 24, 2017

2 Stars


The Room Mate is told from dual perspective. One is of the female protagonist Paige and the other is of the younger brother of Paige’s best friend, Allie. When Cannon’s ex goes psycho and trashes his place, Allie asks whether Paige would be willing to help out. Paige agrees and we venture into the territory of an excessive amount of sexual tension. Especially when Cannon admits that every girl he sleeps with falls in love with him and Paige offers to prove him wrong.

Now I’m gonna say it right off the bat, this isn’t Kendall Ryan’s best work. I haven’t read a lot of her books, but I know she can do better. This started off okay. I wasn’t riveted but I also wasn’t bored or bothered. And while I never got bored (this was a very quick read), I did start getting annoying after the halfway point. But more on that later.

Now I’m going to talk about the fact that this book is all sex. Not that they keep having sex, that happens a bit later on, it’s that they’re always thinking about it. Seriously, you couldn’t go half a page without someone thinking of sex. I understand horny, but is sex really the only thought in your head? And does it have to be all the fucking time? One would think they were in heat or something. And it got old real fast.

Yes, the book has some good moments, it was easy to get through and it was okay written (though again, Kendall Ryan can do better), but at one point, it was one eye roll after another.

For one, it was cheesy, there was very little emotional context, the plot was flimsy and many events, convenient. And the main conflict was miscommunication. Of the stupid kind too. Speaking of stupid… *sigh* I’m getting tired of ranting about stupid woman in books. Paige was immature, she was inconsiderate, and yes, she was dim. And that’s all I’m saying about her. No rant.

Going back to the sex, it wasn’t even that hot. I mean, if you’re going to forgo story and character moments so you can have more time for sexual buildup and then the eventual deed, the least you can do is make sure that the deed is hot. You have to at least somewhat make up for what’s missing! But, alas, stuff was absent and there was nothing to fill the void. And it left us a book that could have been entertaining if only a little more thought had gone into it.

Not a book I would recommend.


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