New Release + Book Review : Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

March 22, 2018

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.

I have never been more glad for a book recommendation than I am right now. Boy, I just read a journey that got me hooked right from the very first page and made me more captivated until I reached the end. It's more than just a sports romance. Long Shot was  raw and blunt. It was gripping and soul crushing. Hell! It was definitely so much more!

I was always a fan of sports romance books and to be honest reading Long Shot was a breathe of fresh air. From football to basketball, this book sure took my breath away. My sanity was stolen with just the mere thought of it. The feels even gave me chills. I was on a high with the roller coaster ride it gave me. It resonated from deep within and it was nothing I ever expected. Right at this moment, I am in the phase where I am just speechless and just blankly staring at nothing, consumed with the thoughts of August and Iris. Gah! this book had me gripping my reader so tight, my emotions in knots and my sanity in havoc. At some point I was cringing in pain and was utterly devastated I wanted to scream and kill someone. I was so mad I was crying. I was just so affected with the turn of the events it feels like I was Iris. It feels like I am a part of her too. 

You can't blame me. I know we have been warned this book is gonna be thought provoking and emotional, but nothing ever prepared me from what I have read. The book started just how I thought it would be. I am in love. I am drawn to the chemistry of August and Iris and I was definitely rooting for them. Entered Caleb and I could feel the tension boiling. It was at the zenith I was like a mad woman turning the pages eager to know what may happen next. Gahd! And that's where I felt like I was throat punched. The brutality of the realness of the events killed me. I can't. I just really can't. At the back of my mind I was cussing Kennedy Ryan because the turn of the events felt crippling.  Long Shot wasn't an easy journey. The bumps and the curveballs was so hard to swallow. I was shattered, the emotions I had with the book is etched in my face with tears streaming. 

But you know what I adore about this book? It was how everything was balanced out. In as much as I wanna say, some events were so hard, I love how August and Iris was crafted. Gahd! I am in love with this two. I admire Iris's strength and I am in love how sweet August is. Together, they were imperfectly-perfectly crafted. Their journey was fantastically woven with Kennedy Ryan's brilliant writing. Her words were just WOW! I was drawn into it and I can feel every emotions she wanted to deliver. 

Overall. I really would recommend this book. It's a MUST READ!

“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.


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.


1 comment

  1. Awesome review!! Great teaser and covertoo!! Shared on all my socials!!