The Room Mate – Kendall Ryan


The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.


I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 3 Stars

I have this terrible habit anytime I’m in a class that bores me, instead of taking notes like I should, I slip my Kindle out of my backpack and read. I know, I know, I’m paying for my tuition myself and the only person I’m cheating is myself. But really, who wants to listen to a guest lecturer talk for 30 minutes about the benefits of using Google Docs? Anyways, today in class, while the aforementioned guest lecturer droned on and on, I pulled out my Kindle, as per usual, and made it about 5 pages before promptly putting it away while trying to hide my blush. The Room Mate is definitely a not safe for work read, this coming from a girl who regularly reads romance novels at work. Cannon, the main character has a serious obsession with his penis, he talks about it in almost every chapter he narrates and references its size in inches quite frequently.

When Cannon’s apartment is broken into by a crazy ex forcing his landlord to evict him for too many disturbances, he is forced to live with his big sister’s best friend, Paige. While it may seem fortuitous to most that Paige had a spare bedroom, all Cannon can seem to think about is the crush he had on Paige growing up. Conveniently, all Paige can think about is seeing Cannon naked. While they both vow to stay away from each other, and Cannon promises to limit himself to anonymous one night stands, somehow they end up in bed together within two days. To be brutally honest, I almost marked the book as DNF when this happened. Up to about the 50% mark, all either of them talked or thought about was sex, or how big Cannon’s dick was (8 inches for the curious). I understand that sex is a big part of a romance novel, and I generally enjoy it, but I couldn’t help but roll my eyes every time Cannon talked or thought about how he was SOOOO good in bed that women fell in love with him and went psycho. Really? REALLY?

In a twist of events that nobody saw coming (cue additional eye roll), Paige bets Cannon that she can sleep with him without falling in love and then promptly proceeds to fall in love with him. Fortunately, once the book got past the absurdity that was Paige and Cannon’s first hookup, I found myself really enjoying their chemistry. They were cute together once they finally started sleeping together, and Cannon turned out to be a total sweetheart – definite book boyfriend material. Unfortunately, I did get a little frustrated towards the end of the book as their reasons for staying away from each other were so silly, and Cannon’s sister’s interference seemed wholly unnecessary.

My Takeaway: This book left me with mixed emotions. I liked Paige and Cannon’s chemistry but only AFTER they had started having sex. There were about 150 pages that I really enjoyed, and the rest just kind of frustrated me. Because I like Kendall Ryan’s writing style, and am intrigued by the blurb for her next book, I will continue reading this series in the hope that it improves. 

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