Thursday, March 22, 2018

Release Blitz & Review - Long Shot - Kennedy Ryan

Title: Long Shot
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Genre: Basketball Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2018
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"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


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.

“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.


“Hoops and suspense, 5 stars”

I honestly never read the blurb to Long Shot, I just knew I love Ryan’s stories and decided to read it. I never saw the twists and turns this story was going to take until we were already into them. August and Iris have a crazy journey in this story and I loved it. I was sucked in and couldn’t stop reading until the end. If there was ever a love story where two people deserve to be with each other and can’t at the time it’s this one.

August didn’t know when he went to the bar to chill one night that he would end up having a conversation with a woman for hours. A woman he couldn’t have. For a while that was the sum of their relationships. Deep conversations, sometimes short, sometimes long, but done in secret. See she was with his rival and he knew she was supposed to be his. But sometimes it’s not always so black and white.

August is everything Iris ever wanted in a man, but she can’t have him. She’s trapped in a cycle she never wanted to apart of. Iris knows that even though August doesn’t know the truth about her situation he has her back and that he’s one of the good ones. When she finds herself free of her chains will she go to him? Or is it one of those situations that she will never escape?

Long Shot has some dark tones to it. If you can’t handle abuse this is definitely not the story for you. My heart hurt for both August and Iris. This story proves that even when you think you know someone you might not really. I wanted these two together bad and when it happened it was like the crowd went wild in my head much like a stadium does once the buzzer goes off and your team wins. August is the ideal picture of what everyone deserves after a horrible experience. If you can take a dark story with a bright ending then this is a must read.

Star Ratings:
Writing style-5/5

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 SoulUSA 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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