by Kennedy Ryan
I have never been as nervous about writing a review as I do with Long Shot. I don’t know if I can do this book justice in describing how beautiful it is. I had dubbed Kennedy as the Amazing Kennedy Ryan before. I think I need to name her the Queen of 5 Star Books or the Queen of Bestsellers after reading Long Shot. Kennedy is unlike any author I have encountered before. Her writing commands respect and admiration that there is no other choice but to rate it 5 stars. Kennedy’s intelligence and education comes through in her craft. The way she puts uses historical facts in her simile and metaphor and her word choices all scream a well read and informed person. It’s in her pores.
I knew before I started reading Long Shot that it is not going to be an easy, fluffy kind of romance. That is not Kennedy’s style. It deals with hard topics that people encounter every day. These topics were handled with care and are given the respect and seriousness that it deserved. It’s very evident that Kennedy did her research because it feels to close to reality.
Having said all of that, this book is such an epic romance. EPIC! It slow burn and spanned years (typical Kennedy). It’s the kind of romance that gives you butterflies and make you wish you have an August in your life. This is the kind of book that makes me read this romance over and over again in the hopes that you get that high again. This book has touched a lot of readers and will stay with them forever.
If you love contemporary romance, get your copy of Long Shot now. You won’t be disappointed.
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. But because it’s so beautiful, I still bought a regular copy as soon as it was released. Below is a synopsis of the book and links to retailers.
A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA…
Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?
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.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, won’t let me go.
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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.
“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, New York Times Bestselling Author
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About Kennedy Ryan
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 Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
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