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Review: xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

Posted March 27, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: xo, Zach by Kendall RyanReviewer: Holly
xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 334
Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
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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 the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

xo, Zach

Audible was a having a 2 for 1 Credit sale and this book was on the list of available options, so I decided to give it a try. This is my first book by Kendall Ryan. I love Andy Arndt and Sebastian York as narrators, they’re wonderful. As soon as I saw their names listed I knew I had to get this.

Poppy, who is recently single, goes to a party with a friend and sees her ex with another woman. In a moment of panic she approaches a stranger and asks him to pose as her date. They end up having a great conversation and sharing a really hot kiss. He asks for her number, but she isn’t quite ready to commit to seeing him again. She tells him if it’s meant to be they’ll find each other. She’s feeling really great about it until she meets with her new adviser Monday morning and it’s Zach, the really great kisser from the party.

Zach wants Poppy. He wants to get her in bed, yes, but he genuinely likes her and thinks they could have something special. He’s almost 30. Ready to settle down and looking for something long term. But he also has a potty mouth and doesn’t always remember to spell out what he’s thinking. This makes Poppy hesitate to start anything with, even though he’s all in.

I really liked Zach. He was sweet and caring, despite his potty mouth. The poems he wrote Poppy were cute and I liked that he wanted her for more than just her body. The first couple chapters had a lot of humor. I actually laughed out loud a couple times. Then things went downhill. There were a lot of things that bothered me after the first quarter.

1) Zach is Poppy’s adviser. She told him she wasn’t interested in a relationship and he pursued it anyway. They eventually had a discussion about how she was safe with him and their professional relationship would never be affected by personal stuff, but it came too little, too late. He was already creepily aggressive a couple times prior to that.

2) Poppy. I hated her. She started out funny and sweet, but by the third chapter she was already getting on my nerves. View Spoiler » It was the way she threw it up as a road block for their relationship (internally) that bugged me.

Plus, she blew really hot and cold with Zach. She kept leading him on. She would flirt with him, kiss him, let him go down on her, then bail. The next day she rejects him and makes it clear she wants nothing but a student/adviser relationship with him, then she throws a fit because he goes on a date with someone else and purposely flirts with someone, because “screw it”!?!? She doesn’t want him, but no one else can have him either? She’s mad he’s with someone else after she rejected him repeatedly, but it’s okay for her to flirt with someone else? She makes it clear she’s not comfortable being in a relationship with him because he’s her adviser, then kisses him?

More than that, it was the immaturity of her actions. She literally ducked into bathrooms and ran around corners to avoid him. She was 24, not 14. The longer the story went on the more angry at her I became. Every time she let him kiss her or go down on her then disappeared, my blood pressure rose.

4) Poppy’s friends were pretty awful. The minute they gave out her personal information to Zach – with her sitting right there telling them not to – they lost me. With friends like that who needs creepy enemies?

Although there were couple things I liked, they didn’t make up for the rest. Between this and Rowena’s experience with Baby Daddy, I don’t think I’ll be trying another Kendall Ryan book.

1.5 out of 5


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Review: Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan

Posted August 22, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Baby Daddy by Kendall RyanReviewer: Rowena
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 319
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We met in a trapped elevator.

Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie.

I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right?

At thirty-five, my life hadn’t taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting—I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen.

After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner—he also insisted on something else—that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn’t want kids, I’d be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way.

But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I got a whole lot more than I ever bargained for.

This full-length standalone contains a hot, swoonworthy hero, lots of playful banter and some hot baby-making s-e-x! Enjoy.

This is the first book that I’ve actually read by Kendall Ryan and I’m on the fence on if she’s for me or not. I mean, I didn’t end up hating this book but the more that I think about it, the lower my grade seems to go.

So the hero and the heroine of this book meet in an elevator and then get stuck. The hero was on his way to work and the heroine was on her way to the sperm bank (in the same building) to purchase some sperm so that she can have a baby on her own. They’re in the elevator all by themselves and get to talking and by the elevator is working again, the hero wants to the heroine to think about letting him be her baby daddy instead of going to the sperm bank.

Emmett is the CEO of a huge company who is actually trying to buy Jenna’s independent bookstore to add to his company’s collection of businesses. He also happens to work in the same building where Jenna’s sperm bank is. When their elevator goes down and they’re stuck in there, he takes notice of Jenna and he likes what he sees. When he suggests her nixing the sperm bank idea and letting him try to get her pregnant the old fashion way, she’s taken aback and then she’s interested. Why wouldn’t she be interested, Emmett is hot shit and if he wants to get her pregnant without sticking around then why not?

Now let’s talk about the good. The good thing is that the further I got into the book, the less I wanted to strangle both Emmett and Jenna. Emmett comes to genuinely care about Jenna and though he stumbles around, you can really tell he’s all in. He’s just having a hard time making Jenna understand that. I thought their story wrapped up pretty nicely and enjoyed the epilogue, seeing them in the future. Also? The sex is plentiful and extremely hot. That’s not too shabby.

The bad thing about this book was in the beginning, I wanted to strangle Jenna more times than I can count. I read this book for book club and I don’t know how long I spent putting the book down so that I can text vent to my bestie about how dumb everything is. The way Jenna acted the first time they hook up, didn’t make a lick of sense. She stiffens when he kisses her. She didn’t expect him to take off his clothes. He’s wanted to bang her since they were stuck in the elevator and she acts all surprised that he’s attracted to her? WTF? He wants to bang you, get you pregnant and then leave you to your baby. Use your head. Just the way that she seemed too naive to be real really annoyed me.

The further I read into the book, the more things started to get better but still, I’m on the fence on if I’d give another book by Kendall Ryan a go. This book was pretty much all sex in the beginning and not a lot of substance. The whole thing with Jenna finding out that Emmett is the CEO of the company that is trying to buy her business was rushed and didn’t really do much for me so while I can’t say that I absolutely hated this book, it’s not anything that I’d read again.

Grade: 2.75 out of 5


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Cover Reveal: The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan

Posted August 31, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

Cover Reveal

Kendall Ryan has a new book coming out that is a spin-off from the Hitched series she released this year. It’s called The Fix Up and releases in October. It sounds like a treat so I’m looking forward to reading it. Check out the cover!!

The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan
Releases on October 11, 2016 by Kendall Ryan

From New York Times Bestseller, Kendall Ryan, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

My tempting, and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.

It’s not just that we’re friends, he’s also a cocky, confident, and British, which means he’s a walking aphrodisiac.

But lately he’s been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I’m not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.

And then we start working together, and that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well.

The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock, and Sterling’s very, very hard place.

Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.

But I’ve been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I’m not about to be cast aside like yesterday’s underwear when he’s done having fun.

Sterling’s never been told no, and he’s not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he’d fight so dirty.

*This is a spin-off from the HITCHED series, but can be read as a standalone.

My reaction to that cover and synopsis is this:

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About the Author

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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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