Oct 13

The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan Review



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I’m not boyfriend material.

If a trail of broken hearts, and a piss-poor record of failed relationships have taught me anything, it’s this.

My buddies are happy to give me shit about my latest breakup from here to next Sunday. Thanks, but I’d rather have a root canal.

And a vasectomy.

At the same time.

But my relief comes in an unlikely package—the gorgeous and feisty Maren. She just so happens to be my friend’s sister, so that’s not awkward at all.

But I’m a man on a mission, and Maren is down to teach me all the ways I’ve been failing as a boyfriend. Apparently, there are many. And it’s all very informative—until I start to catch feels.

Now it’s not just my reputation on the line, but my heart too.

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The Boyfriend Effect launches Kendall Ryan’s new Frisky Business series about five male friends who co-own a sex toy business together. She kicked off this series with a completely addictive best-friend’s-sister, friends-to-lovers romance. I’m definitely a fan of Kendall Ryan’s writing, especially in her sassy, sexy, easy-reading contemporaries and romcoms. The Boyfriend Effect was all of that, and it was bubbling with heat, heart and humor, and it had just enough angsty emotion to keep me tapping my Kindle.

In addition to being his childhood best friend’s little sister, Maren and Hayes had a close, long-standing friendship of their own. I really loved the comfortable, easy relationship between them, and they definitely had the banter thing down, likely the product of their twenty-plus years of friendship. Maren has buried her long-held feelings for Hayes, and unbeknownst to her, he’s been doing the same. Hayes was the serial monogamist of the group, but he also had a bit of a reputation for his disastrous relationships. The truth is he’s a great guy, one who really wants a partner, but he believes he’s a terrible boyfriend because for some reason, his relationships never seem to work out. Maren, a social worker in a retirement community, is so sweet, but she’s harboring a serious crush on Hayes and working overtime to hide it. When she needs a bit of help with a work project, Hayes doesn’t hesitate to step in, and they find themselves spending more time together one-on-one than ever. The sparks fly, and it isn’t long before they give in to the chemistry buzzing between them.

The Boyfriend Effect was a great start to a fun new series from Kendall Ryan. The side characters were awesome, and I’m really looking forward to their stories. I adored Hayes’s smart-as-a-whip grandmother, Rosie, and her cute romance with the grumpy Don was a sweet little unexpected bonus. A swoon-worthy hero and a heroine I really wanted to see land her guy, Hayes and Maren’s irresistibly sexy, forbidden romance pulled me right in, and I devoured it in a day. The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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