RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW, and GIVEAWAY Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

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.

🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀 - 5 Basketballs (Stars) 
Did you hear that sound? That was the sound of my mind blowing. Woah.... I am so in love with this book! This book is in my Top 5 for 2018, and my top 5 EVER. Nothing I say in this review will even come close to telling you how truly amazing and remarkable this story truly is. Kennedy has knocked this out of the park, knocked it out of this world. There is a rawness to this story, there is no sugarcoating. It’s raw, it’s confronting, it takes your emotions on a roller coaster and it’s also sexy and beautiful. I had to put my kindle down a couple of times because of the powerful emotions this book was making me feel. I bawled..I felt angry, sad, happy and hot. It seriously broke me. All the pain, the heartache, the love!

August is a gorgeous star basketball player. His character is incredible and boy does he have some hot skills, on and off the court! There are so many things I want to say about him but I can’t because I do not want to give away any of the story. Iris is beautiful. Her character is so strong, one of the strongest heroines I have read about. The connection felt between August and Iris is palpable. Through every page they are together you can feel them. Their emotions, their want, their lust. These two are a match made in heaven. I loved Sarai and Lotus. Other secondary characters in the book were also great... except for one.... but I won’t get into that!

Kennedy’s writing is exceptional. Every word she writes is encased with so much emotion that you can feel it right down to your soul. This book is inspirational, it is incredible, and I absolutely loved every single bit about it. From the subject matter to the mixed heritages of the characters, to the way this book made me feel. I can not wait until I can read the next book in this series.

“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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