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A best-friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times best-selling 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 of Netflix with. 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? 

This audiobook includes a bonus sneak preview of Finding Alexei, which is a spin-off story and only available in audio in this edition of Love Machine. It is narrated by Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke.

©2018 Kendall Ryan (P)2018 Kendall Ryan

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 18/07/2018

A DELICIOUS ESCAPE.. BUT BEWARE NOT 6.5 HRS

The whole friends to lovers storyline isn’t new and they’re all fairly predictable too.. but, when it’s penned by Kendall Ryan then narrated by Andi and Sebastian, you’re guaranteed an enjoyable listen. It’s a charming, sweet, sexy and humorous journey by two likeable characters who were the last to see that they were actually perfect for each other. Slate and Keaton had been platonic best friends for years and they thought they could go back to being ‘just friends’ after the sex line had been well and truly crossed. They thought they could ignore the intense chemistry between them, tamper down their lust, clean up the dirty talk and keep a tight lid on their unleashed attraction for one another.. but they were SO wrong. Because they hadn't planned on their hearts getting involved too.

Worth a credit? Well, this dual POV story was fun, flirty, light, hot, easy-going, had smooth sexy banter, a droolworthy hero and the narration was, of course, on point.. BUT the actual story was way too short for me. Because, even though the length states it’s 6 hrs 32 minutes, it isn’t just one story.. there’s a whopping 1 hr 30 minutes of a taster teaser of, presumably, the next story. And, for me, it doesn’t matter how good the author is, how enjoyable it might be or who it’s narrated by.. (shrug) I just don’t personally like a short 5 hr listen and usually steer well clear of books under 6 hours. So, in answer to my question - and even though this is an entertaining listen, NO, I wouldn’t have used a credit on it.. but that’s on me not the story.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jen Valencia
  • 27/07/2018

An adorably written and narrated listen! 5+ stars!

Welp, stick a fork in me because I'm done! I've just found my new favorite Kendall Ryan listen and it happens to be my favorite trope—friends-to-lovers! Love Machine is about best friends Keaton Henley and Slate Cruz. When Keaton realizes that she's lacking in seduction skills, she turns to Slate, who isn't exactly lacking in female companionship, albeit fleeting. Slate would love to help his best friend in need...but then he finds himself needing a whole lot more of close contact with Keaton, who in turn sees Slate in a whole new--and a heck of a lot hotter--light. This may sound like any other friends-to-lovers story that's been published, but this one's got a bit of extra that made it SO much more than those before it.

Keaton and Slate were friends. PERIOD. No clandestine crushing or lusting after or pining for going on here. Yes, there's an acknowledgment of one another's hotness, but it's more of a statement of fact than anything, and hooray for that. I don't necessarily mind it, but again, with so many books that fall under this sub-genre, I want what's outside the norm. Then there's this one specific twist in the story that had me wanting to stand up and applaud. Nope, I'm not going to go into specifics, but it was noteworthy as far as I was concerned.

I had the pleasure of reading this book, but if reading was a fun-filled experience, well listening to it was even better. Narrated by the ever-popular tandem of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York, I dare say that this is probably the best I've heard this two give voice to a rom-com so far this year. Their narration along with Kendall Ryan's great writing made for an adorable story worth listening to and two main characters that I couldn't get enough of. Love Machine gets five-plus stars. ♥

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • trudyptoo
  • 21/08/2018

incomplete at the end

At the end of Love Machine there is the start of a book about Riley and Alexi. Does anyone know the name of this book? It is irritating that there is no mention of it. I would like to know what happens to them.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rhonda
  • 11/08/2018

Friends to lovers

Keaton is a little nerdy and feels like she needs some help with her sexual prowess. She asks her best friend, Slate, to help her. They make a pact that it won't change their friendship and won't fall in love with each other, yeah right. Things go along smoothly for a couple months and then feelings do get involved. I really liked Slate and that he declared his love for Keaton first. Then comes the sticky part of trying to get past the friends with benefits. Do they go back to being friends or take the relationship farther? Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are two of my favorite narrators and they don't disappoint on this audio book. Kendall Ryan has written a great book, too. I enjoyed the bonus story, too. I can't wait for the next book! Definitely worth a credit!!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • debbolsen
  • 10/08/2018

Perfect balance

I really enjoyed this book - it was amazingly well put together. The characters were strong smart and interesting, and for a short book the author was able to develop an amazing depth that meant I was connected and invested in the outcome. I thought the sex scenes were hot - there was no apology for them being direct and steamy and there was enough story to make them relevant.
Overall I was surprised by hw much I enjoyed this book.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • MelB
  • 31/07/2018

Amazing friends to lovers story!

Friends to lovers is one of my all time favorite tropes. I love the idea of two people who have known each other in one aspect realizing they just might work out in other aspects, too. This trope can be hard to pull off in my opinion; sometimes it can feel rushed or forced. Love Machine definitely didn't feel that way. I loved this sexy, funny and realistic tale of Keaton and Slate.

Keaton is someone I could absolutely, 100%, without a doubt relate to. She is funny, genuine and smart. I could see myself hanging out with her at a party and just having a great time. I liked her sense of self-awareness as well; she wasn't shy about who she was and what she needed.

Slate. Holy hot, Slate. I loved him from start to finish. He's smart, sexy and fun. He's exactly what Keaton needs, even if they don't really recognize that at first. I was absolutely captivated with him and couldn't have stopped falling for him if I tried.

The connection between these two was evident from the start. I loved seeing how their relationship blossomed; it felt incredibly authentic. I laughed along with them and I swooned, too. I enjoyed their relationship both in the bedroom and out. I think they worked together emotionally and physically really well.

The narrators in this book brought the book to life even more to me. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are just a dream team. They made Slate and Keaton even more relatable. They had me laughing and swooning throughout the entire listen. I've said Sebastian York could read the phone book out loud and I'd love it, but this is one of my favorite performances of his.

Friends to lovers isn't a new trope. But this book felt new to me. The plot worked, the writing flowed well. The supporting cast of characters added some extra fun to this book and helped our hero and heroine when they needed it.

This book was fun, sexy and totally believable. I was hooked from the beginning and read it in one sitting with a smile on my face. Kendall Ryan is one of my favorite authors and books like this remind me why that is. I adored this book and would absolutely recommend it.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 23/09/2018

Only a 5 hour listen

I had fair warning from another review, yet I still feel ripped off!

The book itself was fine. It was funny and sexy and touching and the hero was swoon worthy etc etc. the narration was excellent!

But I’m still feeling ripped off.

Creditworthy? That depends, if a credit for 5 hrs is acceptable to you than yes. If not, then “eh?” maybe not.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mandi
  • 09/08/2018

Adorable little gem

I always look forward to Kendall’s stories, she always delivers! Funny, sweet, easy going, sexy banter, and swoooooon!!! Yes Please! A tad predictable and I wish it was a little longer but that didn’t take away from the story, I enjoyed it all the same. Sebastian and Andi did a fantastic job! I can’t wait for the next in this series!!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Roxie
  • 06/08/2018

Looking forward to the next

I thought this was a really good book and I am looking forward to the next book, the preview was just enough to have me searching to find it and sadly it’s not available yet.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Indoflip99-Babbling Chatter Reads
  • 31/07/2018

Cute best friends to lovers story....

This was such a cute book about best friends turned into lovers story. Keaton and Slate's story all started when they met back in their college days and has hit it off since then. They are closer than close and are always there for one another even when an unconventional and embarrassing favor comes up that Slate (although hesitant at first) was down to do for his bestie. A chance to teach seduction and sex? Why have someone else do the dirty work when he is more than capable. Who better to learn from other than the one that knows you.

"Love is friendship, but it is friendship with fire in its belly."

The narraters of the story made the feels and the ride filled with swoony, LOL, and awkward and sweet moments between two people who are opposites: the popular and the nerdy who are growing to be more than just friends. A heartwarming read that had my stomach in knots and feeling giddy throughout the story.