XO, ZACH – A Kendall Ryan Review

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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!

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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 your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

xo, Zach

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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FUEL FOR FIRE – A Julie Ann Walker Review

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Julie Ann Walker is the BEST action romance writer! Dagan and Chelsea’s story is filled with heart-dropping action that left me begging to turn the page. When Chelsea is finally able to go out in to the field to show her strength, it leaves Dagan in a comparable position. He cares for her but can she care for the man he truly is? Chelsea’s out to prove to Dagan that she’s tough enough to get the job done. But when she puts herself in the line of fire, Dagan is the only one that can save her…but can he forgive her?

The BKI boys are always a ball of fun and I’m definitely loving Walker’s quick jump over the pond to see our new recruits. Dagan is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it, and this time it’s Chelsea. He’s finally giving in to the feelings he’s had for years and can’t believe his ears that she’s felt the same. The chemistry between these two is just unbelievably sexy!

Chelsea is this courageous whirlwind of girl power that is the perfect combination of brains and balls. Dagan and her have spent years trading sarcastic barbs but when it comes down to it, he trusts her to make the right decisions in their case. Add in the crazy mastermind criminal that was in their sights is now on their tails and this is one crazy ride. I can’t wait for more of the new BKI crew…Christian and Emily?! And uhh…Ace…buddy there better be a story for you soon!

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Fuel-for-Fire-Final-Cover.jpg A brooding covert operative and a spunky CIA agent discover a burning passion in the next installment of Julie Ann Walker’s red-hot BKI series

Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes
The first two left blood on his hands.
The third left him wondering…what if? What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart?

Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan. It’s just as well that he’s never given her a second look, since she carries a combustible secret about his past that threatens to torch their lives…

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Julie.png Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

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