xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan
on January 23rd, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
“She was pure fire. And I could not have been any more willing to throw myself headlong into the flames.”
Xo, Zach was a great afternoon read this past Sunday. Curled up on the couch with a blanket while it’s cold outside and a cup of coffee in hand. It was a perfect afternoon with a Kendall Ryan book.
I loved the way Zach and Poppy meet at the party. It was cute and fun and one of my favorite things about this book. There was an aspect of the way they handled things that I would have liked to seen played up more or become more of a “thing” between them. I think that would have brought so much more to the story for me. The slow burn was great between them though. I would have liked to have seen more of the notes that he said he was giving her, there wasn’t a lot about that in the book. The note from the blurb wasn’t used in the book in any way and that was disappointing. The only other thing in the book (besides what I’ve already mentioned) that didn’t fit for me was how Zach talked in the bedroom. Yes it’s hot but it didn’t fit him outside the bedroom. It felt out-of-place and not consistent with the character and not every guy has to talk like that for it to be hot between the sheets.
Zach had a great relationship with his Mother and those were some of the best scenes for me. I loved the interaction between Poppy and her neighbors. They were so fun!
This was a great book and I think you should grab it and fall in love with Zach like I did. A few things didn’t work for me but I still enjoyed this one.