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From New York Times bestseller Kendall Ryan comes a *steamy forbidden standalone romance.*

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

©2018 Kendall Ryan (P)2018 Kendall Ryan

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Full of Ups and Downs

Loved the overall story line! Loved that the single mom kept her feet on the ground and was level headed about real life situations! Narration was spot on! Andi and Sebastian are an amazing power couple that know the book and feels before jumping into narrating!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Kendall Ryan’s Best Book Yet!

XO Zach starts of with the main characters, Poppy and Zach, at the same party where they meet when Poppy asks Zach if he will pose as her date since her ex is at the same party with his new girlfriend. They end up sharing an amazing kiss, Zach wanting to see more of Poppy but her telling him that it isn’t a good time for her to be dating. She tells him if it’s meant to be they’ll see each other again. It must be meant to be as Monday morning she meets with her new - off limits - academic advisor who turns out to be Zach.

XO Zach has the steam (and fun dirty talk) that you come to expect from a Kendall Ryan book but it also has a whole lot of heart. I liked that this book was more of a slow burn and we got to know Zach and Poppy and the people in their lives really well before they fully got together. The tension and build-up between the characters is great! I have to say though that Zach’s mother stole every scene she was in making her one of my favorite characters.

Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are wonderful in this. They always bring a top notch performance to anything they do and this is no exception. I find that I am fully engaged and present while listening to each of them and their portrayal adds another layer in bringing a story to life. They are able to make you feel their characters and are two of my personal favorite narrators.

I really enjoyed this book! As the headline says it is my favorite book by Kendall Ryan yet. If you are looking for a fun, steamy, sweet, funny and endearing read/listen this is the perfect book. It had me smiling a lot, laughing a lot and swooning just the right amount. I highly recommend it!

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Boring

No real story. predictable! Didn’t even need to listen to the last chapter. Zero drama

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  • Vilonia, AR
  • 02-20-18

Such a sweet read

First of all the narrators were perfect. Sebastian’s dark sexy voice to Andi’s girl next door sound. Perfect ten for the book. As for the book itself, it was a make you feel good kind of romance with a few good laughs for good measure.

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Fall in love!!

Such a feel good story!!! Low angst, sexy scenes, and lovable characters! The narrators were amazing as well.

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seriously?!? Buy this book!

Ok, let me start with- OH. MY. WORD! Zack is so flipping drool worthy i want to cry. I was totally in love from the 1st scene. I loved the story- the characters- the writing- The whole F'n book! Kendall Ryan smashed this one! I couldn't put it down~ A must read!

Narration was A. MAZE.ING! The voices- the acting- all of it. I was completely immersed the whole time and loved every minute of it. Thank you Thank You Thank you!

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Disappointed

Normally I really enjoy Kendall Ryan books, but this one fell flat for me. Not even the amazing Sebastian York and Andi Arndt could make this an enjoyable book for me. There were several times I almost considered not finishing it, but once I commit to a book I try to finish it even if I'm not that into it. I really enjoyed Zach, I thought his character was great. The actual storyline and plot was a good concept. What ruined this book for me was Poppy. She was a 24 yr old single mother to a 7 year old child, but the amount of immaturity she exuded dealing with her feelings for Zach were astounding to me.. They were actions I would expect from her seven-year-old son. The way she treated him was so frustrating. She just kept stringing him along like she was playing with a yo-yo. Then everytime she would change her mind and tell him they couldn't be together, he would try and move on with his life and accept the fact that they weren't going to be together and then she would get all mad at him and throw a fit that he wasn't paying enough attention to her...seriously woman???? You just kicked him to the curb for the third time, he decides to go out on a date with someone else and you throw a childish hissy fit stomping your foot like how dare he move on. Totally ridiculous. Had she not been so immature and childish the book would have been better, but she just ruined for me.

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Eh...

It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t awesome. It was a little too perfect. Everything worked out soooo well and the only conflict was in her head. And... seriously? How could she not know who wrote the letters. It was an unnecessary extra thrown in that just frustrated me.

The story is unique but it just wasn’t complex enough to be interesting. Also the relationship with her parents felt off. One minute she’s bad-mouthing them and the next her mom is totally in sync with her - it felt a bit childish. I did like the characters and the story as a whole. The first few chapters were great but I just got bored and had a hard time staying focused.

If it were in the romance package, I’d recommend this as a quick, light read but wouldn’t recommend using a credit.

York and Arndt were amazing as usual.

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Hot but kind of cheesy

Moved a little fast for me. I am an avid listener or romance novels and this started out really good, but then really quickly turned up the pace and got cheesy. I am more of a fan of a slow burn, but I just felt like the story was hard to believe it was so cheesy.

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CUTE AND ENTERTAINING

The narration was the highlight and the story is very sweet. I would have like a little more story with the kid and and a little more dirty talk the I would have loved it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-25-18

Awesome Book

Thus book had everything. From drama, to fun, to sexy to loving, I would definitely recommend