I like Kendra, her accent is broad but doesn't sound unbelievable to me, and, I don't care, I love the "it's me only shirt" line.
I don't like her shyness around Xander because its doesn't suit her persona as represented by her make-up and revealing clothes.
I think her closing words to Buffy are lovely ("You talk about slaying like it's a job. It's not. It's who you are." and I don't hug either.
Xander and Cordelia coming together is certainly an interesting development. And Oz and Willow are chatting and they are so cute.