Title: Long Shot (Hoops #1)
Author: Kennedy Ryan 
Genres: Romance
Release Day: March 22nd 2018
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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, won’t let me go.

3 stars! 

It’s been roughly two weeks since I read this and I still don’t know how to review it. Long Shot is the fourth book, if you count the novella, I read by the author and to say that I was over the moon is an understatement. I loved her Grip series and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. That being said this book is in dire need of a lot of warnings to be included in the blurb. They may spoil the story for the readers but oh my bookshelves I did not go in expecting to read stuff I ended up reading. I’m talking about some fucked up, dark stuff that I had no idea were going to be in it.

The blurb, the cover and everything is, to me, kind of out of place. This is hardly August’s book. This is hardly an NBA sports romance. This is most definitely not my definition of romance. This is Iris’s book and her stuggle to get out of a relationship and her journey to dealing with domestic abuse.

For the most part this felt like two storylines fighting for more pages. Iris, is a journalist (I think? Honestly that was the last thing I could focus on) in a relationship with a newly drafted NBA player. She met August the night before his big game and BAM insta love. The book tried to play if off as non insta but the two spend a good part of the night pouring their hearts out to each other, so it’s insta love. But Iris is in a relationship so nothing happens. Fast forward, Iris is pregnant and trapped with an abusive monster.

There were parts of this that made me cringe and pause. Scenes I didn’t want to read, scenes I wish I knew were coming so I could skip. Scenes that needed trigger warnings and this is coming from someone who never even thinks about trigger warnings. Maybe the goal was for the reader to be as surprised by it as Iris herself but the thing is, the dude screamed crazy from a mile away. And then there were parts that I loved and killed me and utterly ruined me.

“The heart speaks in whispers. I heard too late.”

August comes and goes, he has a simple life but he has to deal with the phycho that is her boyfriend. Frankly he deserved a storyline that was less dramatic and more NBA-ish like the blurb suggests. Is that cold hearted? Maybe, but so did Iris, she deserved a different setting to tell her story.

Overall I see readers divided on this, some loved it, some DNF’d, I’m in the middle because the author’s writing was once again so damn good, almost poetic at times and that deserves all the stars for me.

“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.” 

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about the author

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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