Title: Love Machine
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 16 July 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
A best-friends-to lover’s 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 of 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?
Keaton is utterly adorable, although she has introvert tendencies with a dose of underlying insecurities, she is also a powerhouse of independence and has never met a task she wasn’t able to learn. It is this trait that leads her to a somewhat unusual situation following a cucumber induced trauma at a bachelorette party 😜
Determined to up her game in the bedroom, Keaton enlists the help of her best friend and resident player, Slate. Having been bf’s for the past ten years and knowing each other deeply adds to the sense of security for Keaton to tick off each item of boudoir basics, lol. What could possibly go wrong, especially as both Keaton and Slate are aware of each other’s limitation where relationships are concerned. Determined to maintain their friendship and avoid catching feelings along the way; Keaton and Slate up their status to friendship with benefits 😃
I completely loved the switch up of roles within Love Machine, with a reversal of who you would expect to remain level-headed and who falls hard and fast embracing the changes as they occur.
Slate ups the romantic gestures and creates a whole lot of swoon in the process; his reluctance to become involved in relationships is understandable when his history is revealed. However, it is his ability to self-reflect and grow as a person that really draws you to him 💝
It is obvious to all those around them that Keaton and Slate belong together, what others have recognized takes Keaton and Slate a while to catch-up. The journey they take to reach that point is full of sugar and spice with a little dash of bitter to keep things interesting 😉