Blog Tour: Long Shot, 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.


I believe with every Kennedy book, you should go in completely blind... so, I'm not not gonna be here talking about plot and spoil it for you.
Just know that Kennedy will not let you down. The power she has to tell a story and to make you feel every little moment is still there. I believe it is something she'll never lose. She has that wonderful and magnificent gift. And we all love it.

Be prepared to cry, to hurt, to be pissed and want to hurt, strangle or even murder a character. Because believe me, at a certain point you'll want to.

This book was angst through and through and overall, it was extremely hard to read. If you're sensitive, be aware that this book is REAL. It portraits an issue that is very common in our world and a lot of women have suffered and suffer through every day. It'll hit you, hard.
It really hit me even more when I read that Kennedy interviewed a lot of domestic violence victims and that some of the events in the book were stuff that these women had been through.

These characters suffer so much throughout the whole book. They're story is so real and raw that you'll probably need to take a breather from time to time. After some chapters you just need to sit there for a while and mull over it or decompress because they'll get to you for sure. They'll make you think and ponder on the issue and just wonder and realize how hard it must be to survive something like what Iris goes through; and how strong the women that do, are.

August was the perfect man. He's definitely one of my favorite new book boyfriends. He just had such a good soul and he was so sweet and perfect with Iris. I couldn't help but fall in love with him. It was impossible not to. He was pretty freaking special. They both were.

These two had been written in the stars all along and it was just beautiful to read about their whole journey. How long it took for them to be together, what they both had to go through alone, and how they still made it in the end, happy and together. How after everything and all that time wishing and longing for one another, they found their way to each other; just as they deserved.
It really is all about timing, about waiting for their right moment to make the shot. And these two had to wait a while but in the end their shot was perfect, and so so worth it.

Rate: 6/5 stars
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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.

“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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