xo, Zach By Kendall Ryan Is Now Available!!
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books
Releases: January 23, 2018
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.
"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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When Poppy's friend Jodee asks her to accompany her to a college party she is reluctant to leave her child at home to attend a silly house party, but then again a night of freedom did sound good too, so she goes and runs smack dab into her ex- boyfriend and her replacement. And at her first she wants to turn tail and run the other direction, but then a streak of bravery hits and she decides she needs a replacement too, and like now, so she grabs the first hunk she sees and asks him to play along. Her new suitor happily agrees to play along, even offering to kick her ex's butt, but she tells him she just needs him to play buffer and help show her ex that she is doing just fine without him. Then a unexpected, and very heated, make-out session ensues and suddenly Poppy feels like she has just gotten herself in over head.. she was not expecting the fireworks, and usually when there are fireworks, that means feelings and the like are to follow, and she wants none of that. She has sworn off men, so agreeing to see her fake beau again is surely just asking for trouble so she passes on his offer... but fate has other plans for her, and this isn't the last time she will see Zach!
Zach has just met the most beautiful woman he has ever seen at a ridiculous college house party, and it is by far the best thing to happen to him in a long time, but their little exchange doesn't last very long. They share a heated kiss, that is aimed to ward off her annoying ex, and then she walks away with her friend. Before she slips away he asks her for a date, but she says she isn't in the market for a man, and that stings more than a little, in the few seconds that they spent talking he was certain they had stumbled onto something, but apparently not. With the days that follow he can't help but think about her and their short time together and also can't help but hold out a little slice of hope that she will wander back into his life again at some point... lucky for him he gets his wish, but it is a very complicated one that might put his job in jeopardy.
XO, Zach is a swoon-worthy, comical, lighthearted tale that is sure to give you the feels and have you beaming throughout. From the moment you pick it up you will be pulled into these characters lives, find yourself quickly falling head over heels for them, and becoming completely enthralled with their little forbidden love affair! I have to say this one of my favorite reads from this author to date, it had everything I have come to expect from her, and a whole lot more, it was a well rounded story that lifted my spirits, made me blush, and left my heart overjoyed. If you are looking for a feel good romance story, with a few naughty bits mixed in hear and there, then I highly recommend you check this one out, xo, Zach is sure to give you just what you are looking for... and so much more!