Jul 13

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan 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?


I absolutely love the friends-to-lovers trope, and Kendall Ryan knocked it out of the park with Love Machine. I’m a big fan of Ryan’s writing, especially her sexy, sweet, fun-to-read contemporary romances. She packs a lot of steam on those pages, intertwining a spicy romance into an engaging plot that readers can’t help but get caught up in. Ryan does these kinds of stories very well, and, thankfully, she’s given her readers several of them to get lost in this year.

Ryan perfectly pairs longtime best friends, Keaton and Slate, in a best-friends-turned-lovers story with a bit of a spin. Organized, pragmatic, nerdy girl Keaton discovers she needs a crash course in the bedroom after an embarrassing bumble at a bachelorette party. A drunken idea takes root, and Keaton decides who better than her best friend, Slate, to show her some moves and help her tick off the items on her… spreadsheet. Their longtime friendship morphed quickly into smoldering sexual chemistry, and the heart-warming build-up of this relationship made this a couple that it was impossible not to root for. I loved how Slate could be so gentle and thoughtful with Keaton yet completely ravenous for her at the same time. Add in the fact that his own bruised heart was on the line here, and it made him an irresistible, endearing hero whose happily-ever-after I was fully invested in.

Love Machine was exactly the kind of story that I hope for when I crack open one of Kendall Ryan’s light-hearted contemporary romances. Plenty of well-placed humor, white-hot heat and enough emotion to pull at my heartstrings, and this was a well-done, charming and entertaining romance that I devoured with a smile. Love Machine by Kendall Ryan gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo