Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
(Hoops #1)
Sean Crisden - Narrator
Jo Raylan - Narrator
Audiobook; Duration: 13:10:44
Published August 14th, 2018 by Tantor Audio
(first published March 20th, 2018)


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.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.

My thoughts…

I'm not a basketball fan, but August West just made me one. This is my first by Kennedy Ryan and will not be the last. August and Iris’s story is one I will never forget; it was raw, honest, heartbreaking and so powerful beyond any words. The story grabbed hold of me from the beginning with a connection between Iris and August that spans years.

Long Shot is centered around two NBA players and a beautiful young woman fresh out of college. Iris is driven by her own career dreams and aspirations, then her life takes several dark turns during the years and her situation seems hopeless. August and Iris have an unexplained bond from the moment they meet. Things are difficult for them and it seems impossible that they will find their way to each other, but it’s meant to be.

“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.”
― Kennedy Ryan, Long Shot

The topic of this book wasn’t easy, it has some especially brutal scenes involving domestic violence and rape, it made my heart hurt at times. The author navigates through a sensitive topic with compassion ensuring that I understood Iris and felt compassion for her situation. This book brings forward how difficult it can be to leave an abusive relationship; it feels so real. It’s also about reclaiming your body and your mind from your abuser. Both August and Iris are biracial, and this book also holds an important discussion about growing up biracial and never feeling like you belong to either half of yourself.

“Take them back. Your soul is yours. Your heart is yours. Your body is yours. Yours to keep and yours to share.”
― Kennedy Ryan, Long Shot

Iris’s strength, determination and survival are firmly encased in this story about love, a love that I longed to see flourish. The romance in this book is so darn swoon worthy. August is everything, the perfect hero for Iris, strong, sincere, patient and caring and Iris is one of the strongest protagonists I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.

Kennedy Ryan packed this beautiful romance novel with some important topics and discussions and if you are in the right mindset, I very much recommend this read.

“You’re right.” I loosen my fingers from hers so I can hold her face between both hands. “Going to Houston is my best shot at winning a ring.” “Then why would you—” “But staying here,” I cut in, caressing the fullness of her bottom lip with my thumb. “Staying is my best shot at winning you.”
― Kennedy Ryan, Long Shot


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