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xo, Zach

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,225 ratings  ·  686 reviews
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 w
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Published January 23rd 2018 by Kendall Ryan Books
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Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!


xo, Zach is a sweet, sexy, fun, and forbidden read. It’s the type of book Kendall Ryan does best in my opinion. I love her books that are light and steamy, with just enough emotion. I always enjoy them and this is one of my favorite of her recent releases.

Zach is an academic advisor. He’s not one to get involved with his students, but one night, he meets a girl. He’s enamored by her. For the first time in a long time, he could see his self wanting more. Poppy and Zach meet at a party,
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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-boyfr
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. Zach is quite the catch and Poppy is a lucky girl. He’s sweet, charming, romantic and mature. I loved that he didn’t play games. Poppy was a strong heroine and a good match for him, even if her uncertainty was frustrating at times. Together, these two burn it up with great chemistry. The relationship felt organic and it progressed at a good pace.

The plot was focused on the development of the relationship, although it starts with the catalyst of an ex. I liked that a lot. It minimized
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I fell in love with Zach within the very first page. It’s a conversation with his mother and you can tell a lot about a man by the way he deals with his mom. I could see that Zach was well-rounded, had a sense of humor, was incredibly respectful, and was an overall decent guy. His mom cracked me up and their interaction sealed the deal for me. Zach was the kind of man with whom I could put all of my eggs in his basket. He was a keeper. Just gotta watch out for his dirty mouth - exploding ovaries ...more
Dianna ♡ the belle and the book ♡
my first 1-star rating of 2018!
"The desire to pet his one-eyed python was a sharp pulse of need."

Maybe I have read a completely different book from the 5-star reviews that were posted for this one? Who knows. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The premise was cute but I'm just overall disappointed with what I have read. The characters felt weak and went from I am a professional, consenting adult to hey, I'm a fucking horny teenager in 0.000001 microseconds. I'm serious.

Plus, I absolutely find it ridiculous ho
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“Poppy, sweet Poppy. Dangerous Poppy. She was pure fire. And I could not have been any more willing to throw myself headlong into the flames.”

xo, Zach was just pure awesome, it was one of those books that made me feel really happy. Everything about this book just worked for me, and this is definitely the Kendall Ryan I know and love. I swooned big time, I laughed at lot, I felt an abundance of emotions and most importantly, I fell in love. If you are looking for a fast paced quick ea
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 xo Stars

"Roses of crimson
Skies of blue
Nature’s beauty has got nothing on you.
Do you know how you affect me?
I don’t think you do.
If given the chance, I think I could love you."

Poppy is a twenty-four-year-old single mother to a seven-year-old boy. Her ex dumped her for another girl. So she went to a house party to find another guy and get over her ex (her friend advice) but what she saw was her ex with his new girl, showing off! Well,

"What’s that saying … Don’t get mad, get even?"

With a q
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
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 as hell, 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 a
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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xo, Zach is the playfully cute story of Zach, an academic advisory, and Poppy, a literature major. Their story was pretty fast paced but always stayed intriguing. It wasn't easy for Poppy to give in to Zach and I liked that her struggle was portrayed very realistically. She didn't want to just fall into a relationship, especially one as complicated as hers and Zach's would be. It made for some amazing sexual tension between them since their chemistry was so evide
Adriana Locke
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zach can give me all the x’s and o’s he wants. What a delicious read!

I’m not sure what was sexier: Zach’s intelligence, filthy mouth, or watching him with Poppy’s little boy. It was total swoon city from every angle—I couldn't put it down.
Lost in a Book
2 Stars



**Note before getting down to business: I'm in the complete minority on my rating and thoughts for this book. We just weren't meant to be. If Kendall Ryan normally works for you, this one may too. **

Let’s get the positive(s) out of the way. I liked the premise of the story. The advisor and a graduate student meet unknowingly at a party. I also liked the poetry major. I liked the illusion of Poppy’s strength and togetherness. I say illusion because she was a hot mess outside of her
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
➳Disappointing that this did not go as I was expecting...

➳Follow Me On:
Irresistibly sweet, sexy and delightful. Kendall Ryan’s continued journey in the romantic comedy genre bursts with charm and steaminess with a story that ventures into the surprises that come from asking a random stranger to be one’s fake boyfriend. In this dreamy novel, Zach and Poppy discover that sometimes love is just meant to be.

When Poppy accompanied her friend to a college party, she didn’t expected to see her douche cannoli ex. Not someone to run away, she squares her shoulders, lift
✰♊ Angie ♊✰
Man, when I first read the blurb for this book, I was excited for a bit of a taboo and forbidden professor/student love fest. Yes, please.


But, did I get that??


I was actually pissed that the blurb here didn't hint at all that this was a single parent romance.
I would have avoided this book had I known that tidbit of info.


I was also expecting to read some delicious poetry since the blurb states, "You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me thro
Stacey is Sassy
I admired Poppy for her determination…

This review is going to be tricky for me because the one thing I want to talk about isn’t mentioned in the blurb so I don’t want to spoil it. I’m going to TRY to share my feelings about xo. Zach without spoiling the surprise.

It’s not often I come across a New Adult, College romance that involves a staff member and a student, that doesn’t make me scoff. See, I have relatives that are teachers and there is NO way I can see how a teacher could fall for a stude
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3 Love the Cover stars

As much as I love the abs on covers, I love a pretty face with scuff. XO, Zach is a slightly angsty new adult read with lots of tension to keep you interested.

I liked XO, ZACH, but it wasn’t my favorite read by Kendall Ryan. I think her books are either, sweet, light and slightly steamy or dramatic and slightly steamy. This one was angsty and as everyone knows, I don’t like angst. It’s not my cuppa and sometimes it works out and sometimes I get really flustered.

XO, Zach st
Jan 27, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: in-english, 2018
DNF @ 32%

If you EVER see this book somewhere, please, turn back and run. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. It's absolute trash.
Beatrice Masaluñga
I swift through xo, Zach by listening to the audiobook while multi-tasking. The story has one of my favorite tropes - student/teacher romance and I liked it. It was lighthearted and fun novel but ordinary. The plot was weak and has a minimal conflict. It's quite unexciting and I'd give mad props to the narrators Andi Arndt and Sebastian York for keeping it lively.

The protagonists - Poppy Ellis and Zach Austin are nice but they lacked character development. The romance between them was insta-lo
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kendall Ryan Fans, Romance
3.5 He Makes Mondays Worthwhile Stars
* * *1/2 Spoiler Free
Kendall Ryan has come up with a sweet, sexy read that will make those who were ever needing a Stand-In Boyfriend will want to have someone just like this Zach. This is a man who stepped up and then laid a yummy kiss on Poppy right at the perfect time.

Of course, these two people were destined to cross paths again... and boy, does it work out to be delicious. Zach turns out to be Poppy's Poetry Advisor while she is getting her Masters.

Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance. Forbidden Romance.

Sigh. I loved this book. Hard. It's been a while since I could read a couple of romances in a row because they all seem to blend together now-a-days, but this one was perfect. It soothed my soul and made me fall in love all over again. I actually read it in one sitting as well which has been pretty hard to do these last few weeks, so that tells you something right there! This is just an adorably sweet and somewhat forb
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

This book reminds me so much of why I fell in love with Kendall's writing many years ago. This is the what I expect from Kendall Ryan, what I love about her writing; the stories that I fall deeply into and never want them to end.

The blurb says it all - he's her advisor yet they both want so much more. While Zach has no problems in expressing what he wants, Poppy is extremely reluctant to go beyond student and advisor. There is no shortage of sexual tension between these two but th
xo 4 1/2 STARS xo

“She was pure fire. And I could not have been any more willing to throw myself headlong into the flames.”

Be still my heart, Zach Austin and Poppy Ellis were an absolute DREAM! Kendall Ryan knows the score when it comes to this genre. She knows what her dedicated readers want and what her newbie readers need. She delivers over and over again, with no signs up stopping and I for one, would be heavily heartbroken if it ever came to that. You want a love story full of emot
book bruin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

What a sexy, sweet, and hilarious book! xo, Zach was a fun and flirty romance with a swoony alpha hero, a strong and intelligent heroine, and a colorful cast of secondary characters.

Zach and Poppy had amazing chemistry and I loved the build up between them. They start off under unconventional circumstances and their situation is further complicated by their student/adviser relationship. The forbidden romance between them kept things intriguing and realistic. Even though they aren't tea
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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XO, Zach sits firmly in Kendall Ryan’s wheelhouse. It is light, fun sexy, and super fast with the insta-lust to insta-love plot line.

Zach has a way with words. I can’t recall a hero who has made verse sound so dirty and swoon-worthy. His age and position at the university makes him ready to settle down, and he chases Poppy whole-heartedly, but he also respects her choices when she verbalized them. Overall, he is a hero readers will enjoy,
Nov 14, 2017 marked it as to-read

This is the sweetest blurb I’ve ever read!!!☺️

Ohhh My Gosh Zach sounds so amazing!!!😮❤️

I’m swooning like crazy here...😍😉

Shit get it together Maria!!! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

Tianna✸loves books✸
Me while reading this book.


Poppy had a recent breakup. While partying one day she sees her ex with a new girl. So to make him jealous she walks over to the Hero (who is just just some hot random guy) and asks him be her fake boyfriend. He agrees, they talk. Then he kisses her to make her ex boyfriend jealous. After the show is over he asks her for date but she refuses. Then he asks for her number, but she again refuses.
She says..
“Who knows, if it’s meant to be, maybe we’ll meet again.”

And they m
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
i initially want to give this book 2 stars. then i put it 3 stars.

problem with this book:
1. the story. what is exactly the story here? the forbidden relationship between zach and poppy? but why it is forbidden? zach mentions in the book its not forbidden and he is not on the risk of losing his job either. and poppy....
why she pushes zach away? i just dont get it at all.

2. Poppy. she is very very confusing. again, why she pushing zach away? i just dont get it.

3. Zach. he is a jerk. he pushes h
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
4.5 stars!

Kendall Ryan's books are usually funny and so damn sexy but this book? She took it to another level. And the wit? Lord this book was witty and sarcastic af. It was completely my jam. There's nothing I love more in a book than wit, sarcasm, a sassy heroine and a hot af alpha. Check, Check, check and check! I loved Zach and Poppy and honestly couldn't get enough of that very sexy, dirty and brilliant man.

When Poppy Ellis realizes that the random hot guy she approached for a favor and ul
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Alex ♈
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe
2.5 stars

so-so lala
translated from German to English
just so-so

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