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.
*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
First things, first. I absolutely adore this story. So very much. It’s swoony and romantic and hot and sexy as hell, all at once. It was such a pleasure to read this and I enjoyed every second of this book!
The story follows Zach & Poppy, two people who fall in love in unexpected circumstances and how they overcome their problems to stay together.
Poppy is a great lead. I adore her. She hasn’t had the easiest life and there’s stuff that she’s still dealing with in terms of money, but she’s doing her best. I like how she busts her ass off to do what she needs to do and she doesn’t whine about it. When other college students are getting drunk and partying, she’s working. But, she doesn’t complain or behave like her life is shitty or she could do so much better. She makes do with what she has and does what she has to do without complaints. I really admire that about her. Of course, the fact that she’s a poetess and absolutely loves reading are other brownie points which make me love her even more. She’s smart as hell and she’s focused, determined and driven. She’s really compassionate and sweet. She’s definitely not a pushover and she stands up for herself and doesn’t take shit from others. I think I admire that the most about her.
Then, there’s Zach, who’s absolutely swoony. Yes, he’s a little crude and makes no apologies about who he is, but he’s also a closeted romantic who slips love poems to Poppy every chance he gets. His poetry is really enchanting and I was left really mesmerized by how he poured his feelings in such beautiful words. He’s really passionate about his work, too. He’s been working on a novel, which I love, and he works as an advisor at a university, which is how he and Poppy start interacting regularly. He’s thoughtful and generous and is always finding new ways to show Poppy how much he adores and respects her. But, most of all, I LOVE how he’s big on consent. When his and Poppy’s sexual relationship developed, he never did a single thing without asking. He never assumed, he never went with the flow. If he wanted it, he asked for it and he respected Poppy when she said no. He didn’t try to pressure her or force her into anything she wasn’t ready for. It sent such a huge message for positive sex and consent that I just had to close the book and revel in that feeling before I could continue.
The secondary characters in the book are just as funny, but I think my favourite is Zach’s mom. She lacks a filter and will absolutely say everything on her mind. She doesn’t even mind discussing her son’s sex life with her supposed girlfriend in front if her son. Yeah, she’s the over sharing type. But, she is who she is and she doesn’t try to hide it or tame herself down. I love that about her. She doesn’t think she needs to hide who she is for people to like her. She loud, boisterous, foul mouthed and proud of it. I LOVE THAT.
Overall, this was such a great read with all these amazing characters and a beautiful plot and I loved every minute of this story. It is definitely something that I’d recommend to romance fans because it’s so good!
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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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