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Release Blitz with Review: xo, Zach by 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 your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

xo, Zach

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My Review

“She looked like a character out of a Dickens novel–innocent, intelligent, with a rich backstory and a desire to do good in the world. And I was weak for her. Totally and completely at her mercy.”

“We were supposed to be studying literature together. Instead I wanted to take her off the shelf, crack her open, and read the shit out of her.”

“He was like a walking shot of tequila.”

xo, Zach is a sweet and unexpected read. Smartly written and entertaining; xo, Zach is filled with lots of heart and will be sure to make you swoon.

xo, Zach follows the story of Zach and Poppy. From the moment you pick up their story, you can’t help but be drawn to the two of them. These two characters will captivated you and before you know it, will have you devouring every single word of their story. xo, Zach is the kind of book that once you start it, you won’t want to put it down. The writing is entertaining and the characters are addicting. xo, Zach is the perfect book to spend your afternoon getting lost in.

From the moment we meet Zach and Poppy, the sparks are flying. The chemistry between Zach and Poppy is intense and one of a kind. The push and pull between them is real and honest. Zach is all that and a bag of chips. He is sexy, honest, mature, knows exactly what he wants and what he’s looking for. And his filthy mouth doesn’t hurt either! Poppy is smart, hard-working, determined and has sworn off men….that is until she met Zach. Zach is the kind of guy that just makes you want to throw all your rules out the window and enjoy the ride. Together, these two are unstoppable. The tension between the two of them is so palpable. It will keep you on pins and needles and will have you enjoying all of those will they, won’t they moments.

xo, Zach was a fabulous read from beginning to end. I loved the forbidden quality to the story and couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. Zach’s mom was a total riot and had me in tears laughing at her antics. This story was just filled with so much heart and sweetness, but still had the laughter and alpha charm that we have come to love from Kendall Ryan’s romantic comedies. Zach is the perfect book boyfriend that will leaving you swooning and breathless, all in the same moment. This book hit all the marks and left me with a huge smile on my face. Simply put I adored it and look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


“This is serious, Poppy. Will you promise?”

“What am I promising?” This man had a way of getting me to say things, to feel things, to admit things that I might not have otherwise. I wasn’t sure if it was because he was older and wiser and that much more cunning at these types of discussions, or if it was just because being near him seemed to physically lower my inhibitions. He was like a walking shot of tequila.

“I need you to promise me that if anything physical happens between us—that it will be very consensual, and very sex-positive. I need you to understand that I will worship you and make you come So. Many. Fucking Times.”

He annunciated those words so clearly and slowly, I felt them with every beat of my heart, every pulse of heat between my legs.

Oblivious to my hammering heart, Zach continued. “But I also need you to know that if I do or say anything you don’t like, all you have to do is say so and everything will stop. Just the word no, Poppy. Use it and I promise to leave you alone.”

“Leave me alone as in stop mentoring me, stop helping me in the program?”

His face was serious and he shook his head without even considering it. “I will never stop mentoring you, as long as you want it. Giving in to our attraction—or not—will never be a condition for my help. I want you to succeed, and it has nothing to do with how much I want you in my bed. Do you understand that?”

I felt myself nodding my head.

I knew what he was saying. Despite how aggressively Zach put his feelings on the subject of us out there—I knew he’d never betray my wishes.

“Okay,” I murmured.

He considered me for a long moment, neither of us blinking.

“Why did you approach me that night at the party, Poppy. Did you find me attractive?”

Was he fucking serious?

Of course I find him attractive. Actually, attractive was too weak a word. I found him mesmerizing. Addictive. Enchanting. Impossible.

“I’m not saying I do, but if I wanted something to happen …” I swallowed a wave of nerves and took a shallow breath as Zach’s mouth curved into a grin.

Something as in finding out how many times in a row I can make you come using my mouth, my hands, and my …”

I held up one hand. “Yes. That. How would it work, isn’t it, like, forbidden?”

God, why did the word forbidden make me feel even hotter?

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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