xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

xo, Zach

By Kendall Ryan

  • Publication Date: 2018-01-23
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 59 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.

xo, Zach

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Latest User Reviews

  • Great concept...but boring

    By Natratalie86
    Sadly didn’t keep my attention. I tried to get through it but stopped halfway. Usually a big fan of Kendall Ryan’s work
  • Pure Perfection!

    By dcjayhawk
    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

    By Zuzu1915
    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..
  • I adore Zach!

    By Mrs. Jones
    This was just what the doctor ordered! Laughter really is the best medicine. xo, Zach was completely unexpected for all the right reasons. It's funny, super sweet, and oh so sexy. The sexual tension between Poppy and Zach is delicious! Zach is my new favorite K.R. book boyfriend. He's gorgeous, sexy, self-assured, and just a really great guy! I read this book in record speed because it's engaging, witty, and uses a few of my favorite tropes. Forbidden love and NA college romance. There are a few other that I won't mention to avoid spoilers, but just know that this book is chocked full of goodness. Is it absolutely perfect? Probably not, but it was perfect for me! Here's where xo, Zach shines - The secondary characters. Oh man, the neighbors in this one are hilarious. Interestingly enough, I actually had a college roommate who was very similar. Absolutely no filter or boundaries. Poppy's friends are a couple notches higher on the embarrassment meter than mine were. It was so much fun reading their interactions. The parents. Yeah, I know, parents are typically something mentioned as a highlight in a romance novel review. However, they're a huge win here. 2 words - Zach's mom!! The setup and progression of Zach and Poppy's relationship. I enjoyed the chase and every second of the result. Although there may have been one pushback too many, it was still very well done. The humor! Man, I don't think I've laughed this much reading a KR title before. I loved that! Some of these characters are so freaking inappropriate. I laughed so much!!! So, kudos to Kendall Ryan for writing another fantastic read! I highly recommend this one to readers who enjoy rom-com, forbidden romance, and embarrassing secondary characters.
  • Sexy and swoony

    By Finchelfanforever
    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.
  • XO Zach

    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!

    By Ms.Meesh
    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.
  • xo, Zach Is a Cute Read!

    By Katiekoz
    xo, Zach was a cute read. Zach is a very determined guy who knows what he wants and goes for it. He has a really sweet side to him that I thoroughly enjoyed as well. Poppy is a caring and hardworking woman who just wants to do what's best for her son, Connor. With that she has a hard time doing things for herself and letting others help her. Her stubbornness was a little frustrating at times, but I get where she's coming from. I enjoyed the storyline and the concept, I just think things could have been sped up a little. I really enjoyed the ending and thought it was all super cute!
  • I dare you not to fall for Zach!

    By Mrsdiddy
    4.5 Stars! I have to tell you, you are going to LOVE this new book from Kendall Ryan! Zach and Poppy are one of my favorite Kendall Ryan couples of all time. Ryan has written a run romance full of heart, chemisty, sweet romance, dirty talk and an absolutely amazing HEA! I laughed. I cried. I most definitely swooned. From their first meeting, the chemistry between Zach and Poppy popped right off the pages! This is sure to be a favorite of both new and old Kendall Ryan fans!
  • Eloquently penned...touching storyline!

    By Kelly_BTC Blog
    Eloquently penned with a memorable and touching storyline! xo, Zach is a sweet, emotional, and a bit angsty love story about two people who were destined to find each other. Zach and Poppy’s dynamic sparked from the pages the instant they met, and their chemistry together only grew more intense and passionate as the story continued. Let me just say that Zach is hands down one of the BEST characters ever written. Intelligent, funny, charming, and utterly gorgeous with a dirty mouth, he’s the epitome of the perfect guy. And the more you learn about him, the more he displays his romantic, deeply affectionate, and fully compassionate soul. I don’t know how she did it, but Poppy has lady-balls of steel for resisting Zach the way she did! Poppy was the more reserved, focused, and serious character of the two. With her past and true motivation for achieving success, her buckled down attitude is all too clear as to why she pushes Zach away, and resisting what could be one of the best things to happen to her. The author delivers another engaging and heartwarming must-read, layered with thoughtful and evocative aspects. xo, Zach is an extraordinary twist on the unconventional student/teacher relationship. The storyline is a build up of desires and intensity that warms your heart until the very end. 5 Stars!