Thursday, March 22, 2018

#NewRelease #Reviews LONG SHOT by Kennedy Ryan @kennedyrwrites @EJBookPromos

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

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.

Kennedy Ryan please stand up. 

You aren't a hero (and I don't mean that in a negative way). You are the voice of a large and misunderstood population. You are a spotlight in a darkened alley. Long Shot will hopefully be a wake up call. 

But for me it's a reminder...

You see for a long time I judged the most important woman in my life. I shook my head in disgust and often didn't take here advice. I used her experiences as a mantra. I will never, would never, and won't ever. I never stopped to think about her. I heard her reasons and wrote them off. I heard her "excuses" and brushed them off. I never heard her pain. She only spoke in facts when talking about those times. I never heard HER. 

My mother is a hero. Kennedy Ryan gave her a voice. I may never "understand" but I will never dismiss her again. This isn't the first book I've read with these situations. It's just seems to BE more. 

So again, Kennedy Ryan, please stand up. Take a bow. Take a bow and KNOW that even if you can't save them all, you are helping salvage relationships between survivors and their families. 

Thank you for being a voice.

Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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I would love to tell you the exact reasons that I loved this book so much but without giving away the nuances of the story I can’t.

Kennedy blew me away with this book, it’s so much more than a love story it’s an experience and a journey through darkness and pain to self fulfilment and love. 

If sports books aren’t your thing please give this a try, yes the hero August is a hotshot NBA star but this to me was Iris’s story. Nothing in the story is sugar coated, it’s in your face brutal reality of her life. I cried at her pain as much as I rejoiced at her strength and determination. August was not her salvation or her saviour he was just hers, from the moment he met her he was hers.

I know my review is vague but that’s because I have no words to describe just how fabulous this book is my favourite book by this author.

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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.


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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