Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan


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, won't let me go.
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6 Take the Shot Stars******

I do not even know how to review this extraordinary book, this is one of those reads that just blows you away. I will take these words and story with me for a while to come. And as far as the plot goes I’m going to keep this simple. My feelings, so I’m sorry if I’m being slightly bláse about it all.. just bare with me..

This story took hold of my soul no joke right down to my bones..

This book takes place in the midst of the NFL but also about a prince and his princess where they fight to be together one way or another.. both Iris and Autumn will grab ahold of you somehow throughout the pages. But I also want to explain that while the game is a big part of the book and it is integrated in and out it is NOT ultimately what the story is truly about, this is not your normal sports romance. I just wanted to explain that and to have an open mind while diving in.

Though I just want to share that this story is for WOMEN, it could also be for men too no judgment here.. but ALL WOMEN should read this, understand it and live it with Iris.. I will tell you without giving anything away though, I haven’t cried whilst reading a book for a good while and this one, this one I had to just take a breather a time or two. But in those times I couldn’t stop thinking about them and needed to dive back in cause they held me captive to what was happening to them as people, as characters, as warriors.

I can also say I absolutely loved or hated every character. There was something that you could take for all.... and then YOU WILL FEEL if anything I felt lots, there was times that autumn and Iris weren’t side by side but I surely felt their presences spark of the pages when they were in close proximity. And also when they weren’t so together... Intense is a way to explain the magnitude of the words that made me think, mull and swoon over Autumn and Iris.

Ultimately this is the kind of read that you won’t stop thinking about, it is also about love in every aspect and learning to just be YOU. I am so thankful to Kennedy for taking the courage to write this story and seriously I want to kiss her myself cause it is what’s needed in this world. Bottom line the chemistry between Autumn and Iris was intense and that kept me on my toes likewise to everything else. It is an in-depth story that has many elements, so hard at times but also so beautiful..

Read it..

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"A heartbreakingly romantic tale about true love and inner strength. You will never forget it."

--Kristen Callihan, New York Times Bestselling Author


“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

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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