“A heartbreakingly romantic tale about true love and inner strength. You will never forget it.”
—Kristen Callihan, New York Times Bestselling Author
LONG SHOT, a deeply emotional, thought-provoking standalone love story from Kennedy Ryan is available NOW!
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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All the Stars in the World!
This book was so much more than just an amazing read. This was an experience. An experience that at times made my heart ache. So many times, I had to put my kindle down and catch my breath. It felt too much sometimes. Too real, too raw. But this story needed to be told and Kennedy Ryan did a phenomenal job.
“Sometimes the heart speaks in whispers, and by the time we hear, by the time we listen, it’s too late and we don’t know.”
We meet Iris as she is finishing college. She is ambitious and focused on getting to her career goals. She seeks independence, refusing to become like her mother that depended on men for her survival. We get to see her make some choices that alter the course of her life. There is so much pain in Iris’s story but there is also hope and determination. The strength and courage of this heroine is so inspiring. I’ve never felt so proud to be a woman; to see her pick herself up and become stronger despite her struggles.
Now let me talk about August. I’ll try and keep this short but this man completely captured my heart. This was a man of integrity. Completely selfless, and his love for Iris was overwhelming. He gave up so much for her and made it seem like it was nothing because to him it was nothing compared to her.
“If you were mine, Iris, there would be no doubt what position you’d hold in my life. You’d be center. I’d play you at the five.”
The attraction between August and Iris was so potent. Every meeting was so sensual. The lust was palpable and at the same time their love made my heart swoon. No one can write sex scenes like Kennedy Ryan. They were scorching HOT but there was also an emotional aspect that she captures. It was a joining of their bodies and their spirits.
I loved the suggestions of the mystical powers of the Voodoo priestesses weaved into this story. It added an element of spirituality to this book that just took it to another level. Lotus, Iris’s cousin is more a believer than Iris but she is a beam of support and strength for Iris. She is one of these unforgettable secondary characters that leave their mark.
The bottom line is that everyone needs to read this book. The depth and complexity of this storyline will hit you hard. You will hurt for these characters but you will also respect and admire their strength. You will root for this couple; their love will capture your heart and you will absolutely swoon hard for August West!
Heat Level: Moderate to Hot
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review
“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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