Blog Tour + Review: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan


"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!



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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“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.


**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

I saw her nakedness, but I'm the one exposed. I can't hide how much I want her.

Long Shot is the first book I read by Kennedy Ryan, and let me tell you that it won't be my last! I was hooked on her writing and the story plot immediately. Her ability to bring the characters to life was phenomenal. The characters were AMAZING, and I was able to connect with them so well. I usually have a thing for anti-heroes/villains, but I fell so hard for the loving and super supportive August. This guy was almost perfect, and I fell in love with him pretty quickly. I loved the way he meets Iris, and their instant connection was done really well. These two were made for each other, however they meet at the wrong time, and they can't pursue this attraction between them.

I want you to know there's someone who will follow you.

Iris is a very strong and independent woman, and doesn't want to end up like her mother. She wants to take care of herself, and have her own career. However, because of certain events she has to put her dreams on the back burner. She goes through some horrific things in this book, and it just broke my heart. However, each time she meets August, she is shown that she is her own person. August is such a loyal and understanding guy, and he did everything right. He is one of my favorite book boyfriends, and I want to find my own August West.

I started falling for him the day we met, and I haven't stopped falling since.

This book was amazing, and I just couldn't get enough. The story had a great pacing and it kept me interested until the end. The love between Iris and August was beautiful. The only reason why I didn't rate it 5 stars was, because I thought the ending was a bit rushed. I was surprised when I suddenly got to the epilogue. In my opinion it could've wrapped up better with another chapter or two. Maybe, I just wasn't ready to say goodbye yet. I also enjoyed all the side characters, and I can't wait for them to get their own books. I especially look forward to reading Lo and Kenan's story.


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About Kennedy

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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 SoulUSA Today and many othersThe founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline NewsMontel WilliamsNPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism. 

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