Goodreads Rating: 3.85 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 23rd 2018
Publisher: Self published
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.
I swift through xo, Zach by listening to the audiobook while multi-tasking. The story has one of my favorite tropes – student/teacher romance and I liked it. It was lighthearted and fun novel but ordinary. The plot was weak and has a minimal conflict. It’s quite unexciting and I’d give mad props to the narrators Andi Arndt and Sebastian York for keeping it lively.
The protagonists – Poppy Ellis and Zach Austin are nice but they lacked character development. The romance between them was insta-love and have little angst. They met on a bar and Poppy asked Zach to pretend as her boyfriend and shared a kiss. Then she found out at school that the hot stranger was her adviser / mentor. Despite forbidden, Zach couldn’t help developing feelings for her. Both of them are aspiring writers and they shared the love for poetry. Their poems are good, not the best one I’ve encountered but they’re honest.
It was a nice ending for these two. I’m a bit underwhelmed because it ended easily. What made up for my disappointment was the humor. Zach’s mom was funny as hell! 😂