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Series: Roommates #3
Published by Kendall Ryan on April 17th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
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What’s sexier than a bad boy? A bad ass man who’s got his shit together.
Max Alexander is nearing thirty-five. He’s built a successful company, and he’s conquered the professional world, but he’s never been lucky in love. Focusing so much time on his business and raising his daughter, adulting has come at the expense of his personal life.
His social skills are shit, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot.
The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, and besides, there’s no way she’d be interested. But you know what they say about assumptions?
This is book 3 in the Roommates series, but each book can be read as a complete standalone as they all feature new couples to fall in love with.
Also in this series: The Play Mate
Also by this author: The Play Mate
Kendall Ryan’s latest standalone novel, The House Mate, offers great chemistry and an honest love story between two incredibly likable protagonists. Max and Addison are two lonely people who bond over Max’s adorable (and unexpected) young daughter.
Max Alexander is a successful businessman with a great family, close friends, and his pick of women. He suffers no hesitation in his lifestyle, taking every challenge head on. One challenge he never expected was becoming a single father to a one-year-old daughter, Dylan. When an ex he hasn’t spoken to in about eighteen months shows up at his home with Dylan in tow, a duffel bag, and a one-page note explaining she can’t handle parenting anymore, Max is suddenly thrust into parenthood.
We don’t see much of Max’s first hours or days with Dylan. He takes to caring for a baby quite easily, without any serious (or comic) missteps. Author Kendall Ryan missed an opportunity for some levity by not sharing some of these early moments: first diaper change, building a crib, first meal, etc. Did his mom come over and teach him? How did his buddies react?
After being unceremoniously dumped by her live-in boyfriend, Addison finds herself desperately in need of a job and a more permanent place to stay than her friend’s couch. Enter Max’s ad for a live-in nanny. The chemistry between Max and Addison was there from the start, but more importantly so is the chemistry between Addison and baby Dylan. Kendell Ryan does a wonderful writing Dylan, her speech and behavior are always appropriate to her age and developmental level. Ms. Ryan does not portray Addison as some sort of Mary Poppins nannying savant, she is an incredible caretaker who still gets food in her hair and scoops “logs” out of the bathtub.
As Max and Addison spend more time together, both with Dyan and alone, their mutual attraction intensifies, culminating in some wickedly steamy “grown-up” times. An insecure Addison questions her appeal to Max as a person beyond her role as his daughter’s nanny and as a bed partner. Max’s somewhat clueless nature about women feeds this insecurity but, thankfully, honest conversation is a strong part of the foundation of their relationship.
I really liked Max and Addison, individually and together as a couple. The House Mate really shines when it focuses on this developing family. I think that there were certain plot points and characters that could have been more developed, giving the story more weight. The House Mate has really good bones but could have used more meat. [refraining from making joke about Max’s meat; the struggle is real]
I enjoy Kendall Ryan’s writing and The House Mate is no exception! Hot single dad, charming intelligent woman, and adorable baby, all in the hands of an author of Kendall Ryan’s caliber definitely equal a positive (and sexy) experience.