Thursday 22 March 2018

✪ Long Shot (Hoops #1) ✪ Kennedy Ryan ✪ Release Blitz & Giveaway ✪

Long Shot (A Standalone Basketball Romance)
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Genre: Basketball Romance
Release: March 22, 2018


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.

ARC received for an honest review

Long Shot is my first Kennedy Ryan book, and I am kicking myself right now for it!  How have I never read any of her works before?  Why has nobody thrust a book under my nose and made me read it?

Long Shot is gripping, and I couldn't put it down once I started.  It is heartbreaking, it is compelling, it is full of hope.  I never knew what was going to happen as I turned each page.

I had such visceral reactions to events in this book.  My body visibly shook as I felt all the anger and pain.  I wanted to reach into my kindle and get myself into the story, sort some people out!

I adore Iris and August. My heart hurt.  My heart soared.  I just needed then to find their way.

Iris is one heck of a woman.  She is the epitome of someone finding their inner strength when she is in her darkest days.  I don't want to give anything away about the story, but boy oh boy it is rough and tough at times.

I was swept up in this story, and didn't want it to end.

Now I need to go buy some more Kennedy Ryan books, as this one has me hooked.


Iris? Augusts 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 Ill never take this for granted. Not his kindness, when Ive known cruelty all too well. Not his tenderness, when Ive been handled roughly in the past. Not his love, when Ive been possessed and owned and mistreated.

He thaws me with his kiss, my prince, and I melt into him. Were chest to chest, with Augusts 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 Im 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 reimaginesthat 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. Its a circle, and we, August and Iris, we stand at the center.

 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.