A cute read. Love best friends to lovers and their connection was fantastic. Still had the conflict that adore.
Love Machine does not disappoint. I was laughing out loud at the scene between Slate & Keaton at the bar with James. Hilarious!! The diarrhea comment sent me over the edge! I would highly recommend this book.
I love a good friends-to-lovers romance! And Slate! Slate is amazing! I love him so much! Yes he’s a gorgeous hunk of man but he is determined to help Keaton on her mission.
And Keaton! I love a good nerd girl romance! Nerds need love too! She had definitely gotten a raw deal until she seeks out Slate to help her with what she sees as issues.
There is never disappointment with a Kendall Ryan Book. Ever!
I've been back and forth with my review and decided to stick with 3 Stars. I didn't love this book. It was just ok. I had a hard time relating to these characters. They seemed to be missing that "it" factor. I had a hard time with this story. I wasn't a huge fan of the "sex education". It was a bit of a hard sell. I'd have been ok with a story that was based on friends to lovers.
Slow story not all that funny either...but cute..
This was a cute friends to lovers romance. As the book seemed shorter to me, we didn’t get a lot of depth from the story or the main characters, Keaton & Slate, but I still liked the story as a whole & them as characters. I also liked that it had little angst, just two friends figuring out that they are in love with each other. A cute, short, summer beach read!
Honestly this book is the average romance novel, boring.
I love a good friend to lovers romance and Kendall Ryan did this trope some serious justice!
Keaton and Slate are great! They have a great relationship as best friends. Add in the sexy attraction that reveals itself after Keaton’s proposition and you have a scorcher of a read. Fun, flirting and serious steam give this book all it needs!
Every time I see the title of Kendall Ryan’s new release, Love Machine, I instantly start singing The Miracles’ song with the same name, and while I didn’t really know all of the lyrics, once I looked them up, it was easy to connect the song to Keaton and Slate’s story, especially this particular line of verse:
‘I'm just a love machine
And I won't work for nobody but you
I'm just a love machine
A hugging kissing fiend
I think it's high time you knew
Whenever I think of you
My mind blows a fuse’
But turning Keaton into a ‘love machine’ is not an easy process; in fact, her sexual inexperience, her nerdy girl and people pleaser personality, and her professional drive all seem to be road blocks when it comes to the opposite sex. Keaton desperately wants to improve her ‘bedrooms game,’ which means she needs a ‘sex tutor,’ a personal ‘sex coach’ who will help her with her sexploration goals and prevent her from approaching every sexual act analytically.
What’s most interesting to me in these kind of friends-to-lovers romances is how the characters’ relationship, almost from the onset, is put in the ‘friend zone’ indefinitely despite an underlying attraction because the best friend bond that’s shared is not something they’re willing to mess up, but then all it takes is an ‘indecent proposal’ from one of them to change the dynamics of what they mean to each other, knowing that, if they cross that line, nothing will ever be the same between them despite how they’d like to think otherwise.
Readers are privy to all of Keaton and Slate’s thoughts and feelings as they transition from friends-to-lovers, and as Keaton’s booty camp progresses and their romantic connection grows, it’s clear that these two are in for a world of hurt if they can’t believe in one another’s true feelings and accept that a friendship is no longer what they want or even need.
Kendall Ryan’s Love Machine is a fun, flirty story that proves that nerdy girls can let their sexy side loose with the right partner and explore every lewd and sensual act in sweet and sultry ways. It’s a fast-paced read that’s on the lighter side; the drama actually stems from the characters’ insecurities, which need to be worked out on their own so that how they truly feel about each other can soak in and lead them to discoveries that go way beyond sexual.
4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
Love Machine was a funny and cute read! I really enjoyed the concept and found it quite entertaining. Keaton and Slate are great characters. They were easy to like and connect with. I loved all of their interactions. They make an adorable couple for sure. Them being friends first made their new connection even stronger. They just fit with one another and everyone knows it. I wish there would have been a little more background information given about the two of them. We find out a little bit, but I would have liked to know even more about them. Love Machine had me laughing, smiling, awwing, and close to tears at one unexpected part. It was a great read!
Sandra Two Book Pushers
Love Machine is Kendall Ryan’s next fun and flirty standalone. Her last few books have been quick reads full of laughter, sexiness, and lovable characters. This one was exactly that.
Keaton needed lessons in the bedroom. Slate would be the perfect teacher. He was one of her best friends since they met in college, ten years ago. She has always been his wing-woman and now it was his turn to return the favor. The plan was to find her a man to practice her skills on but plans had change after just one kiss. He couldn’t throw her to the wolves. He wanted her for himself. It was a win-win. She was a workaholic. He didn’t do relationships. It would just be a friend’s with benefits situation. Just until she graduated. With honors. But, what will happen when the lessons are over? Can they go back to being just friends?
Slate and Keaton’s relationship is adorable and real. They just click. They have never blurred the lines until now. It’s definitely different but not awkward in the ways they thought it would be.
I don’t really want to spoil anything else so I will just say that I loved them. They made me laugh. I felt the heat. And their banter is so much fun and flirty.
Overall...it was quick, fun, and flirty read! I am looking forward to the next book.
P.S. I ❤️ Penny!
“How about we get some drinks before we make them battle it out for you?”
“Do you need some water to rehydrate from all that drooling?”
“I could use some rehydration, yes,” I admit with a chuckle. Busted.
This dirty side to me is one I’ve kept hidden from Keaton, but if she wants it—wants me—then this is part of the deal.
Keaton and Slate have been best friends since college. When Keaton blurts out she needs sex lessons Slate decides he is the man for the job.
Super sweet, swoony friends to lovers romance. Slate is the perfect blend of alpha male and sweetheart. Keaton is strong with a center of vulnerability. Fun interactions and steamy scenes. Perfect blend of steam and sweet.