Thursday, March 22, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & 5 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan




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

Read the ENTIRE first chapter here → http://bit.ly/LongShotChapterRev


"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



A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA...

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.




I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

As soon as I read the prologue, I knew I was in for a crazy, emotional ride. I'm not even sure if my words can do this book justice, but I will do my best. 

This book is hard to read at times. Take the author's note to heart. She tackles a serious subject and she doesn't do it halfway. She makes us face the reality that is the nightmare of Iris' life. I cried. I gasped in shock. I got angry. I wanted justice. And as hard as it was to read, I couldn't stop. 

Beneath all the ugly is an amazing love story. It broke my heart in a million piece and the little by little it was put back together. Iris and August meet under less than ideal circumstances. Them being together when they first meet just isn't in the cards. August is a rising basketball player and Iris is a woman trying to find her place in the world. 

This story is an epic one. An emotional one. I don't want to give anything away, but trust me when I say that this book is absolutely amazing. Kennedy's writing is gorgeous and this is by far the best book I have read this year. I highlighted a lot of this book because so many of the passages moved me. Whether it was August being ridiculously romantic or Iris being the badass woman she was, I couldn't put this story down. I have a hard time thinking that anything else I will read will even come close to this one. 









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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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