xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

Title: xo, Zach

Author: Kendall Ryan

Date of Publication: January 23, 2018

 

Synopsis

The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he’d left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty–and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

I know I’m crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that’s the only reaction I can get out of you, I’ll gladly take it.

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I’m falling for you, and I know it’s wrong. I know that I’m only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

xo, Zach

Christina’s 3 Star Review

Poppy meets Zach under the most bizarre of circumstances. She’s a graduate student in poetry at a small college and, in a move that is slightly out of character for her, attends a house party with her neighbor, Jodee. Poppy had fairly recently broken up with her boyfriend and when he shows up at the party with a new girlfriend, Poppy doesn’t want to seem like she’s broken up over the split. So she does what any sane girl would do in that situation, she finds a single guy and propositions him as a fake boyfriend.

The two share a sizzling hot kiss but she knows that she can’t get involved right now. She’s just starting her graduate program and her personal life is complicated. When she finds out Zach is her program adviser, things get even more complicated, especially as their relationship heats up even more.

I loved the slow burn chemistry between Zach and Poppy. They were a lot of fun together and with the addition of Poppy’s friends and neighbors Jodee and Kody, the story was full of humor. Zach was an all around nice guy and I loved Poppy’s dedication to not only her family, but toward her future, and being able to provide for herself.

I’ll admit I am a little disappointed that the synopsis kind of oversold some of the plot points of the book, namely the notes that Zach left Poppy. The blurb mentions every Monday, however there is really only one note of any consequence, so that aspect of the story wasn’t as developed as I would have hoped it would have been. I think that might have made Zach even more endearing, if that’s possible. He was pretty much the perfect book boyfriend.

The story was told from both Poppy and Zach’s points of view and I loved Zach’s interaction with his mom more than anything. I liked that they are older college students that have a few years of life and experience under their belt so they felt more mature than the New Adult college books out there. I was sold from the very first page on all things Zach.

If you’re looking for a sweet, sexy contemporary romance, give this one a try.

About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts 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 Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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