LONG SHOT, Kennedy Ryan’s standalone basketball romance, is a deeply emotional, full-length story set in the exciting world of professional basketball. It’s an unexpected journey that takes sports romance out of bounds!
Title: Long Shot (A Standalone Basketball Romance)
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Genre: Basketball Romance
Release: March 22, 2018
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, just won’t let me go.
*Author’s Note: There are aspects of this story that may be sensitive for some readers.
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Panty Scorching – 4
Angst – 4
tissues – 2
Storyline – 4.5
Value – 4.5
Overall – 4.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs
Wow. That is all I have to say about this book and it’s definitely a must read. I want to start by saying that when i first started reading this book I was unsure of where the storyline was going and it made me skim a bit. I was not expecting what the book turned into AT ALL.
Iris is one of the best female characters I have read about to date! She is girly yet tomboyish, has a great sense of humor and by the end of this book has been through hell, and yes, I mean LITERAL hell and back. She is in a bar one night and by chance meets a hotshot basketball player August. There is an instant attraction – I mean like soulmate/feel it in your bones attraction and they end up talking for hours and bonding over basketball. August thinks he has died and gone to heaven. He is sure that he has met his future wife and feels an immediate connection to Iris. Only at the end of this meeting, Iris finally divulges she has a boyfriend. They go their separate ways.
Naturally, August sees her again and finds out who her boyfriend is his main competition in basketball – Caleb. and that is when this love triangle-ish goes downhill fast. Iris knows she needs to get out of this relationship but she has a valid reason for not and it breaks my heart!
I could not put this book down for many reasons. I could not believe the things Caleb was doing and needed to see if Iris makes it out of this hell to reconnect with August. Although it was hard to read at times due to the brutality of scenes, I was sad to see this story end. Iris is an inspiration to many women out there! What an emotional story this was.
Praise for Long Shot
“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
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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.
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 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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