Review: XO, Zach by Kendall Ryan

Review: XO, Zach by Kendall RyanXO, Zach by Kendall Ryan
Series: +++
Published by Amazon on January 23, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased
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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.

xo, Zach

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Romance
  • Narrative
  • World Building
  • Heat Level
  • Sexual Tension

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XO, Zach is another Kendall Ryan’s hit. This is a sweet, sexy and romantic love story of a girl trying to find her way in a world where her only priorities are her son, and her career and a guy who wasn’t sure he was looking for a happily ever after.

I enjoyed this story very much, while it isn’t overly dramatic and filled with angst, it brings a great balance of uncertainty, convincing and struggles with decisions. Both Poppy and Zach aren’t looking for anything other than some fun, but while it all started as a joke it slowly developed into so much more.

Poppy had just broken up with her ex-boyfriend. He didn’t give her much of an explanation when he decided to break it up, and the last thing she needed was to attend a party and find him there with his new girlfriend. So, Poppy thought that showing him that she has moved on was a good idea, she just needed to find a willing guy to play the part.

Zach didn’t think his night was going to get any better, babysitting his friend’s brother wasn’t what he considered the best plan for the night and worse yet, attending a college party. But when Poppy approached him and asked him to play her little game he felt compelled to help a damsel in distress.

Both Zach and Poppy were great in this story, they each have things they needed to work on but only Poppy felt she needed to guard herself and her son against outsiders. The sense of responsibility was high on Poppy, she always thought about her son first and herself second. I liked how she kept her focus on what was important to her and her son but I also appreciate how she finally understood the chance she had with Zach was pure and well-intentioned.

These two characters made the story fun and well balanced. They were sexy, fun and their interaction and dialog easy to follow. The author gave us a story that has a bit of everything, sexual tension, trust issues, and hard decisions. Kendall Ryan knows how to write a good fun romance.

Do I recommend this book? Yes!
Can’t wait to read it? Buy it now!

Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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