Thursday, March 22, 2018

Release Day Review : Long Shot (Hoops, #1) by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot 
by Kennedy Ryan 


Basketball Romance 

March 22, 2018 

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Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl? 
You don't. 
My fairy tale is upside down. 
A happily never after. 
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. 
I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold. 
Now there's a new player in the game, August West. 
One of the NBA's brightest stars. 
Fine. Forbidden. 
He wants me. I want him. 
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go. 

*Author's Note: There are aspects of this story that may be sensitive for some readers.

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“Iris?” August’s frown, the concern on his face, in his voice, remind me where I am. 

“Baby, you okay?” 

I blink down at him dumbly, swallowing my tears, eating my memories whole and digesting a nightmare from long ago. I nod, my lips a cold, wobbly curve. 

“Kiss me,” he whispers, his eyes so tender, so intent. I remember a magical night under the stars, under a streetlight on the eve of greatness. A night filled with laughter and confidences, pregnant with promise. And I see him so clearly, my prince, asking for a kiss. 

And I do. 

I kiss him like the world might end tonight because I’ll never take this for granted. Not his kindness, when I’ve known cruelty all too well. Not his tenderness, when I’ve been handled roughly in the past. Not his love, when I’ve been possessed and owned and mistreated. 

He thaws me with his kiss, my prince, and I melt into him. We’re chest to chest, with August’s number crushed between us. I take his cock in my hand, aligning our bodies, and two become one in a carnal slide of flesh. I anchor myself by my elbows hooked around his neck, and we kiss until I’m dizzy and our breaths tangle in a cloud of bliss. Under the jersey, his palm spans my back, digging into the naked flesh as our hips lock and roll and grind. My body clenches around him, and we pray, we curse, we moan, we mate like our bodies were made for this moment. 

Ours is a love that reimagines—that peels back the sky at high noon searching for the stars, collecting them like shells in a bucket. We bathe in stardust, drink from the Milky Way, and dance on the moon. We pierce the firmament, peer into infinity, and tread on time and space. There is no before. There is no after. Now gives birth to forever. This moment may die, but this love never will. Time is not a line. It’s a circle, and we, August and Iris, we stand at the center.


Praise for Long Shot: 
 "This story was brutal truth wrapped in hope, courage and unflinching love. It's a must read. It's a STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND READ THIS NOW kind of book. Don't hold your breath, this story will steal it from you." - J. Sterling, NYT Bestselling Author 

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Whenever I read a book written by Kennedy Ryan, I know without a doubt that it will make me feel all kinds of emotions. Her writing style is sublime and her characters are unforgettable! Long Shot is a standalone Basketball Romance from the Hoops Series. In this book, we meet August West and Iris DuPree. Believe me when I say that these two characters will own a piece of your heart from the moment you meet them!

The blurb says pretty much everything you need to know about this book. Irish DuPree's journey is one she never expected. Her world turned upside down from one day to the next. People are not always what they seem and Iris is learning this in the most heartbreaking way possible. August West is like a breath of fresh air in her life and a soothing balm to her soul. August knows that he should stay away from Iris. She's forbidden, but that won't stop him when it comes to the girl that owns his heart. He will always be waiting for Iris. No matter how long it takes.

This was such an unforgettable love story. From the moment Iris and August were introduced in the story, I was cheering for them to find the HEA that they both deserved. Life has thrown obstacles their way non-stop and to see their love bloom in the middle of a storm was both mesmerizing and heart-breaking. They felt a connection on that first night that they met and it never stopped growing. I love how much they complete each other and lift each other up in the most beautiful way. Iris is a warrior that will leave you cheering for her from beginning to end and August is a protective hero that will melt your heart!

Prepare a box of tissues because this story will bring you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. You will cry and cheer for Iris and August. Their love story will linger with you for days. I loved all the supporting cast of characters in this story. I'm really excited that there will be another addition to this series following a completely different couple. That also means that we get to reunite with Iris and August again. Woohoo!!! If you have not read a book by Kennedy Ryan, you're seriously mission out! I highly recommend Long Shot.


I give, Long Shot, by Kennedy Ryan, 4.5 emotional, poignant, passionate, page-turning, never stop fighting for what you want stars!

About the Author:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them. 

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as a voice for families living with autism. 

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