By Kendall Ryan
- Release Date: 2018-01-23
- Genre: Contemporary
xo, Zach Kendall Ryan Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
A new standalone contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan.
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 the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.
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Had promise, but...
Reviews were good. The sample was good, but.... There were situations that just didn't make any sense. The whole conversation at the coffee house when the friends showed up was just weird. She never called them on it? Actually apologized to them for being upset?? She really had no idea who put the poem in her bag?? Actually considered her gay friend did it before ever thinking it was Zach?? I didn't get too far into this book before I had to just stop reading. I feel like I wasted my money...
Poppy & Zach
I’ve enjoyed Kendall Ryan’s writing for some time & xo, Zach is no exception. One small issue with Poppy’s name. Poppy is an unusual name, but I can’t imagine Poppy’s parents coming up with the name. Not when Poppy states they insist she can’t do something and should take a mediocre “stable” job. Parents like that I expect a more common name. I’d expect a Poppy named by someone more like Zach’s mom, the mom with no filter. But that's beside the point.
xo, Zach is wonderfully charming and sexy as can be. I enjoyed the instant attraction between Zach & Poppy. I was enchanted when Zach tucked the first poem in her bag, but I was a little disappointed we didn't "see" any others, just a couple light references that it continues. Kody, Jodee and Zach's mom add some fun comedy relief when things get a bit tense, but hey, that's what family and good friends are for.
Oh! Can't forget Connor! He is such an adorable kid. Overall, this book was another fantastic read from Ms. Ryan. I'm finding myself enjoying single parent type stories, so I'm truly looking forward to her next book, Mister Tonight.
By Geynar G.
I’m in love with this story. It had me hooked from the first page. Zach and Poppy’s story is sweet, funny and oh so hot.
Zach and Poppy meet at a party and spark where everywhere, but Poppy had sworn off man and Zach wasn’t really looking for anything. After Zach and Poppy kisses, he just couldn’t get her out of his head. But what where the chances of them seeing each other again?
Zach turns up to be Poppy’s new school advisor and well things just get a bit complicated.
Their chemistry is off the charts and every time they are together this two are amazing. But would Zach risk his job for the one person he thought he would never see again. Will Poppy change her mind about Zach and open up to him.
Lovely story, Zach and Poppy are an amazing couple that I seriously rooted all the way to the end. 5 amazing starts read!!!
Great concept...but boring
Sadly didn’t keep my attention. I tried to get through it but stopped halfway. Usually a big fan of Kendall Ryan’s work
It is certainly no secret that I FLOVE Kendall Ryan!! I pre-order all of her books and I’ve read everything she’s written. “XO, Zach was pure perfection!! I think I fell in-love with Zach maybe even before Poppy did...he was just so swoon-worthy and just so...Everything! And Poppy was everything I love in a heroine.
“The truth was, I fell more in love with her with each passing day.
Our story wasn’t yet complete, but with each new chapter we wrote, I found that I never wanted it to end.” SWOON ♥️
Zach and poppy
Freaking loved the book. Zach was so hot but very smart and sweet and protective and his mom is a total riot.. poppy was insecure at times but she did the unexpected at the party which changed her life forever..
Sexy and swoony
The blurb for this book had me swooning and I knew I HAD to read it. Once I started it I didn't want to put it down. It was sexy, sweet, funny and definitely swoon worthy. I absolutely loved it.
Poppy is so much more than initially meets the eye. She's smart, funny, protective and caring. She's guarded-for reasons I won't spoil-but I really liked seeing that part of her. I understood her reasons for acting the way she did (most of the time) and her actions and reactions were incredibly authentic and believable. I truly enjoyed Poppy's journey.
Zach? Omg, hello swoon. This man is easily one of my favorite Kendall Ryan book boyfriends. He's so quick witted, so smart. I was drooling the second he rolled up his shirtsleeves...which was very early on in the book. The words that flowed from this character were pure poetry and just so deliciously sweet-and other times so sexy. His brand of dirty talk was one I could definitely be on board with. I loved his sense of self. I loved how he cared for, and about, Poppy. Seriously, I just loved everything about him.
These two together have such a fun meet cute that you can't help but smile. There were moments between them that had me chuckling, more than a few that had me sighing, and some that had me fanning myself. The progression of their relationship happened in a completely logical way to me. It worked for them. These two have just such natural chemistry and oh, the fireworks they have in the bedroom-seriously, have a fan ready ;) you'll thank me later.
The supporting characters in this book were an absolute blast! Zach's mom might be my favorite book parent, ever. She had me cracking up. Poppy's neighbors were a treat as well; I would love to see these characters again! That being said, they didn't overwhelm Zach and Poppy by any means, they just added a little extra icing on the cake, so to speak.
The writing here was sharp and at times oh so sweet. The dialogue between Zach and Poppy? I loved every word. The pacing of the book worked for me. I loved Kendall Ryan's spin on this scenario. It felt new and unique. This is a book I'll go back and reread. I loved xo, Zach and highly recommend it.
By Dad Star
A passionate read that keeps you turning the page to see what happens next. Very intelligent character ...a must read
4.5 Zach Stars!
Xo, Zach is a sweet, sexy, flirty, playful and a bit angsty romance. Given the fact that this book is written by Kendall Ryan, you can expect this book to be both heartfelt and lovely.
This book is not so much a forbidden romance but it does entail a graduate student and academic adviser. Poppy has somewhat lived a sheltered cautious life and so when she asked a guy to pretend to be her new boyfriend at a college house party that her ex-boyfriend is gonna be at, she never expected to run into the stand in guy again. And so when she discovers the guy that she shared a hot passionate kiss happens to be her academic adviser, Poppy is beyond stunned.
"Of course, it was just my luck that the one woman I’d been interested in in over a year wasn’t looking for a relationship—and was also one of my students. Sh %t didn’t get more complicated than that.”
Zach right away is intrigued by Poppy. Never has a woman got under his skin like her. He wants to keep things professional and at the same time want to explore what could be a hot relationship with Poppy.
Poppy and Zach starts off as friends and mentor. Poppy is well aware she doesn’t want to jeopardize her academics for a fling with Zach. But as the two gets to know each other, Poppy can’t help wonder what Zach has to offer. So will Poppy finally give into Zach and confront her feelings for him? And how will Zach react to Poppy’s secret that she has kept from him?
Xo, Zach is a very sweet, slow burn charming romance. Kendall Ryan does a terriffic job in setting the scene and allowing readers to understand Poppy’s hesitation in having a relationship with Zach. And as for Zach, I adored him. He was sweet, very patient, and understanding. He made his intentions clear from the start and so that was refreshing to see a hero that wasn’t arrogant or cocky. So if you are looking for a sweet and playful romance that was deliciously filled with heart and sincerity then this book is for you.