Kendall Ryan’s latest standalone romance is here to sweep you off your feet and worm its way in to your heart! On a night out to reclaim some of her happiness, Poppy happens upon a dire need of Zach. He’s a sexy stranger and her ex has walked through the door. But one kiss with Zach teases fantasies come to life and Poppy can’t help but remember her chance moment with him. Zach is enamored; the lovely Poppy has awakened a side to him that Zach has always wished for but thought he’d never have: true love. What are the chances that his best kiss ever, turns out to be one of his students. Now do they bide their time and move on or do they chance a forbidden romance and risk it all for love.
KR did a fabulous job and creating the push and pull between Poppy and Zach as they try to navigate their own feelings for one another while still being student and advisor. There’s a slow burn throughout the whole novel that Ryan allows to get hotter and hotter as their story progresses. Longer than her other novels, XO, Zach allowed for more time for the characters to think through their actions and feelings and come to an understanding on both what they want and what is right. I absolutely adored Zach being a romantic in a completely new light. He wants love and happy ever after and chasing Poppy is a completely new challenge for him. I wonderful, sweet (Zach does have a dirty side of course), and sexy romance you need to add to your TBR list!
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 your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.
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