Nov 15

The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan Review




I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?



I absolutely love a good friends-to-lovers story, and Kendall Ryan’s The Bed Mate was charming, sexy and a pleasure to read. A 1001 Dark Nights novella set in Ryan’s Roommates world, this was a fast read that pulled me in from the first page and kept me engaged as I devoured it in a few hours.

Ryan takes on a well-established, solid friendship in this tender and sweet story. The transition from friends to lovers isn’t always an easy one, but it does make for a fantastic starting point. Once Sam and Maggie got out of their heads and followed their hearts, the shift in their relationship was an obvious and natural progression. The chemistry between the two of them sizzled, and the sexual tension as they made the leap from friends to lovers served to ramp up the heat of that moment.

With a couple that I was rooting for from page one, this light-hearted, fun tale was a romantic and passionate portrayal of friendship set on fire. I smiled from cover-to-cover, and this swoony, sweet story left my romance-reading heart happy and full. Kendall Ryan’s The Bed Mate gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo