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The Boyfriend Effect

(Frisky Business #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,673 ratings  ·  414 reviews
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.

Relief comes in an unlikely package—the gorgeous and feisty Maren. She just
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Kendall Ryan LLC
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3.5 stars
I'm not boyfriend material...

I love a Kendall Ryan rom-com. This book was sweet and left me with a smile on my face. If you are a fan of brother's best friend books, I definitely recommend you check this out.

Hayes is taking a date from women. Maren is Hayes' best friend's little sister and completely off limits to him, but she's the girl he's always wanted. These two get thrown together on a project and the sparks are flying even more than usual. Though being together is f
❤️ Nanda ❤️
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

It's been a really long time since I've last read a Kendall Ryan book...
I was a huge addicted to her stories, until they started to blur into more of the same.

Maren at first doesn't feel natural to me... She could totally pass as someone bipolar if I can count all the times that she cried of deep sadness, right before laugh until her belly hurts.
She's a walking and talking contradiction.
And OMG she cried all the time!

Hayes was a little better, but not much.
A serial monogamist that apparent
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)


Hayes Ellison owns an adult toy company in Chicago called Frisky Business with his best friends. His business is his passion, and he gives it one hundred percent. His romantic entanglements are a different story. He likes being part of a couple, but his relationships always seem to fizzle out. He can't seem to get the whole boyfriend role right, and wonders if he just hasn't met the one for him. Or maybe she's been there all along.


Maren Cox is his best fri
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, arc
FIVE FORBIDDEN STARS for Maren and Hayes 💖🖤💖🖤!!!


I may not have read a lot of romantic comedies, but they revealed to me tropes that I simply adore no matter what genre it is.

And they are...

Best friend's sister/brother's best friend tropes.

Kendall is known for trying to write different tropes in her romantic comedies, but I think that this is the one she always writes in an interesting and always new way.

And that’s the main reason I can’t get enough of her books.

"The Boyfriend Effect" is a
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am not getting the vibe why The Boyfriend Effect has many positive reviews while bored to death listening to the audiobook.

The plot is recycled. The banter between Hayes and Maren just plain boring. The smut feels like being copy and paste from many other books. I was expecting more from Miss Ryan.

Instead I got disappointment. I hope this is my last 2 stars book for 2020.

2 stars
Maren and Hayes for the win! Love her name, btw!

The Boyfriend Effect is book one in a new series by Kendall Ryan. About friends who co-own a adult toy shop by the name, Frisky Business.

Book one was a HIT! It's sweet and steamy about a guy named Hayes who loves his best friend's sister in secret. The perfect friends to lovers romance. With a bit of forbidden love thrown in.

Hayes wonders why every relationship he starts ends in a pile of ash. His heart burns for someone else. Just has to wait for
Flor ❁
Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021, 1-star
the story wasn't awful, but I felt like I was reading one of her old works, just with different names. ...more
Jessica Alcazar
Okay, so I’m almost positive this is my favorite Kendall Ryan book of all time! Hayes is a man who wants to be relationship material but try as he might, it never happens. He’s also always had a bit of a crush on his best friend’s little sister, Maren. She’s not aware of this, obviously, but it’s always been there for him, just simmering. Until it boils over …

I cannot even describe how much I enjoyed reading the guy wanting to be in a relationship but just couldn’t make it work. That was refresh
Meredith Wilson
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arcs
The Boyfriend Effect is the first book in the Frisky Business series by one of my favorites, Kendall Ryan. Told in dual perspectives. Get ready to meet Hayes Ellison, a sex toy shop owner, and Maren Cox, his best friend's little sister.

After a string of failed relationships, Hayes decides to take a break from dating. He's obviously not boyfriend material or at least that's what he thinks. But as he grows closer to his best friend's little sister, he comes to realize that he isn't bad at relatio
Leticia (jerseygirl)
"When I look into his eyes this time, I don’t see a storm. I only see the future."

This has been the first book I read by Kendall Ryan. I loved the cover, and I loved the blurb so much I had to have it.
I'm so glad I did - it's such a sweet, sexy story! And I'll be coming for Wolfie's next, for sure!

"That’s not true. I’ve eaten the same brand of cereal for the past twelve years. I know a thing or two about commitment.
You have to love Hayes. This is a guy whose relationships always fall through, s
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sultry, sweet, and entertaining!

The Boyfriend Effect is a sassy, tantalizing tale that mixes the hardworking, compassionate Maren who’s determined to use all her knowledge and expertise to help her long-time crush and her brother’s best friend finally learn how to be a good boyfriend, and the swoon-worthy, delectable Hayes who may finally realize the perfect girl for him is his best friend’s little sister.

The writing is titillating and witty. The characters, including all the supporting characte
Shari Tomlinson
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Started off with a good needed laugh and knew right then this book was going to be one of Kendall Ryan's best!!
This best friends little sister story is the perfect beginning for this new series. Hayes and Maren, an amazing couple with lots of spark, humor, smoldering looks. Keeping their thing on the down low, haha, very entertaining! Loved it.
This book is filled with a fantastic group of characters, fingers crossed, will each have their own hot stories to tell.

I received a free copy of this bo
Jeeves Reads Romance
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick and sexy with a capital S, this low angst read is easy to devour in one sitting. While I do think the blurb is all kinds of misleading - this is a classic best friend's little sis "forbidden" romance, not a boyfriend training session - it's a great start to a promising new series. It's as steamy as you'd expect from a book about an adult toy shop owner, and short enough to read in a few hours. Our couple has been holding back their feelings for years, so it doesn't take long before they're ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it did not like it

Kendall did this with another book! Were she makes it sound like the book will be kinky but then writes bland ass sex scenes!!!!!

This book was so fucking boring and needed more editing. It felt like Kendall had five scenes she knew she wanted to include but just couldn’t connect them well.

Also the synopsis makes it sound like she is
Melissa  ❤️ bookaddict_fanatic
This is the first book in Kendall's new Frisky Business series and I definitely enjoyed every minute of reading this book!!! Hayes and Maren were fun, witty and oh so sexy that I had a hard time putting it down.....I was so immersed in their story it consumed me. The relationship that bloomed between these two was nothing short of swoon-worthy perfection. I'm so excited to see what's next in this sexy new series!!! ...more
Lindsey (Linz Readz)
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, kindle
*4.5 Stars!*

One of my favorite tropes lately has been siblings's best friend. This one was completely enjoyable from the very beginning, all the way to the epilogue. I absolutely loved Hayes and Maren's story!

I loved watching Hayes realize that he isn't bad at relationships, he just hadn't been in the right one. After years of his true love being right in front of him, he finally has the chance to seize the moment. Maren has a very hard time hiding her true feelings for Hayes, especially when h
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan was a fun and light read and was just what I needed. This author does brother’s best friend romances like no one else. Hayes has been a serial dater, but none of them ever stuck. He is ready for a break. Enter Maren, who should be off limits, but determined to help him. But is really that he is bad at relationship or he just has not found the right person?

I loved the chemistry between Hayes and Maren. Their story was sweet and charming and the perfect quick
Kim Whitehead
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Boyfriend Effect!! Boy did it affect my heart! Hayes and Maren were hot! Combustible toys, elderly shenanigans, and sneaky meetings made for a fun and exciting read! Kendall Ryan knows how to suck you in and swoon you! And a sneak peek of what’s to come has me overly excited!!
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!!

The Boyfriend Effect is the first book in an all-new series and follows the story of Maren and Hayes. Hayes loves women. In fact, some would call him a serial monogamous. He’s not afraid to put his heart on the line, but is always falling for the wrong women. So, when his last relationship goes south, Hayes decides to try a new approach, he’s going to swear off women! That’s where Maren comes in to play. Maren has always had more than friendly feelings for Hayes. But since Hayes is he
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm always going to enjoy a Kendall Ryan book.

Sexy, sweet RomCom!! Yes please!

As far as I'm concerned there really wasn't anything not to like.
Sherlock Hughes
I have only read a few Kendall Ryan books but I am definitely a huge fan after this one! I love how she always finds the perfect balance of humor and steam throughout each of her stories and this was no exception. Can we also talk about how epic the name "Frisky Business" is for an adult toy company, like I almost wish it actually existed! I might be biased, being the youngest in my family and always crushing on my sibling's friends, but I am a huge fan of the Best Friend's Sibling trope.

Maren &
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hayes you are the sweetest yet sexiest book boyfriend I've had the pleasure of meeting. From the first page I wanted to just pop you in my pocket and take care of you.

A strange reaction you may say but he's just so irresistible! I say lucky Maren! She's a ball of cuddles and spice. So when paired with Hayes they're pretty much a match made in heaven, if only they knew it too.

Hayes doesn't have the best scope with relationships. It's not that he hates commitment, it's that he hadn't found the rig
Nancy Metsch
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is out of the ball park great!!!
It's all about the bro code....Little sisters is always a no go... That is until you really want to cross that line. Maren and Hayes are really perfect for each other. And I'm not saying that because of the affection they have for one another. It's all about the respect they have for Maren's brother Wolfie.
Having a crush on your brother's best friend is as natural as breathing for most girls. BUT when you find out he has a thjing for you all best are o
Sep 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kennedy Ryan Fans, Romance
September 22, 2020
Well, It Happened Again...
I Don't Mean For It To Happen...
I Think I May Be Missing That Necessary Gene...

I Fail At Relationaships...
I Seem to Break Hearts...
Making Me Believe ...
I Just Don't Know...
How To Be A Boyfriend...

And Sitting Here...
Listening to The Guys...
Rake Me Over The Coals...
I'd Rather Be Doing Anything Else...

Have Demented Dental Work, Sure...
Do A Snip Snip, Neutering Me...
Sign Me Up...
Even That Would Be Better Than
Listening To Them Retelling All My Mistakes..
Kimberly’s Book Briefs
Oct 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
I never like giving any Kendall Ryan book a 1-star but I was very disappointed with this book. It had major potential but was executed all wrong. I honestly wanted to take this story and rewrite the whole thing myself. So many good moments and they all fell flat. I was expecting more given this was about Hayes & his friends owning & operating a sex toy company and his long overdue crush on his best friend's little sister. The beginning started off okay but I could've played a drinking game and b ...more
Keri Loves Books
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brother’s best friend, sweet, and sexy romance to warm your heart. The tension and chemistry will simmer between this couple as they explore their heart’s desire.

Maren is the girl he can’t have. She’s his best friend’s younger sister. So Hayes has spent his time being serially monogamous with the wrong women. His relationships never last very long before they implode. Now he’s ready to swear off women altogether.

Maren is kind and compassionate. She works in a home for the elderly and she bring
Renita McKinney
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kendall Ryan books always make me happy. They are filled with laughter, sexiness, fun characters and just enough angst to have you spending the day relaxing with one of her stories.

A best friend. His little sister. And the start of a funny, sexy story.

Hayes is just not having any female luck. He is just a horrible boyfriend.
Maren is sweet, with a kind heart of gold and a lifelong crush on Hayes.

The fun, the humor, the sexiness, and even the grouchiness of them finding their HEA made for a happy
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't typically write bad reviews...but...this was not good guys! Not good at all. I've read my fair share of best friends little sister story lines. This book had zero drama, angst or anything to make it special.
The blurb made it sound like Maren helps Hayes become a better boyfriend or whatever like she helps him out with dates and such. It wasn't like that at all!
I was being nice and gave it 2 stars because I usually like Kendall's books. This one just fell totally flat.
Shari Solovich Parker
The Boyfriend Effect is the first book in Kendall Ryan’s new series Frisky Business. This best friend’s little sister story is the perfect beginning for this new series. This is Hayes and Maren Story. They are an amazing couple with lots of spark, humor, and steamy love. Well keeping their attraction on the down low they find what has been missing in both of their hearts.
This series is filled with a fantastic group of characters. I look forward reading each of their stories!
Jill M
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-sexy-men
From the first page I knew this was gonna be a good book. It was a best friend's little sister/friends to lovers romance which seems to be my go to stories right at the moment. This was quick fun and flirty read with loads of laughs and a great group of characters. It was sexy. It was sweet. It was fun with little angst. Lots of chemistry and swoon-worthy moments to fill your heart. Just a perfect weekend read and a great start to a new series! ...more
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Tod ...more

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