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Long Shot: A Forbidden Basketball Standalone Romance (HOOPS Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Praise for Long Shot
"A heartbreakingly romantic tale about true love and inner strength. You will never forget it." -- Kristen Callihan, New York Times bestselling author
"A devastatingly beautiful, unforgettable and incomparable journey and a happy-ever-after will leave you with a feeling of unrestrained joy deep in your chest."-- USA Today
"Satisfying and soul-gripping!" --Lucy Score, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
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"If you read one book this year, make it this one."- Natasha is a Book Junkie
"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
"Soulful, deep, and steamy, Long Shot riveted me from page one." -- Rachel Blaufeld, Author of Verite
"There are sports romances and then... there's Long Shot. Unflinching, challenging and powerful, Long Shot transports readers from the highest highs to the lowest, most harrowing lows...This book will wreck you and then restore you. Kennedy Ryan writes with confidence and skill, capably guiding this difficult, complicated novel to its terrific, hard-earned happily ever after." -- Em, All About Romance
"Long Shot...is so delicious and so important...Basically, it's proof of what romance can be at its very best." -- Sarah MacLean, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
"Long Shot is real life set in the rarefied air of the NBA, but this book is so much more than a sports romance. Instead of glitz and glamor, Ryan reveals the hard, ugly, behind-the-scenes world of professional sports that sadly, so many won't find hard to believe. Yet against a harsh and sometimes hopeless background, true love blooms under Kennedy Ryan's incredible prose." -- Amy Harmon, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
"Every once in a while, a book comes along and takes you on an emotional journey you know you'll never forget. Through pain and injustice to hope and healing, Kennedy Ryan's Long Shot has touched my heart. This book delivers a powerful and important message all while re-affirming this reader's belief that love will always prevail." - Devney Perry, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Gripping and emotional, LONG SHOT is a heartbreakingly romantic tale about true love and inner strength. You will never forget it." -- Kristen Callihan, New York Times and USA Today best selling author
"Long Shot is a devastatingly beautiful, unforgettable and incomparable journey that will stretch your emotions to the breaking point, and its happy-ever-after will leave you with a feeling of unrestrained joy deep in your chest." -- Mary Dube, USA Today HEA
"I had one OMG, WTF, HOLY CRAP, NO WAY, OH DEAR JESUS moment after another as I read this book...A MUST READ sports romance layered in heartache and steamy sensuality. It's a harrowing ordeal, a horrific account, a blissful romance, all woven together with the promise of hope in the end." -- Jessica, Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads
"Long Shot...obliterated my heart. It scratched at my soul. It boggled my mind...Kennedy Ryan will break hearts and open up minds with this unique and angst-filled love story. She will call upon the deepest part of you and will request that you be brave and open-minded...one of the BEST of the year." -- Shayna Renee Spicy Reads
"Soulful, deep, and steamy, Long Shot riveted me from page one." -- Rachel Blaufeld, Author of Verite
"Kennedy Ryan tackles sensitive topics, but layers them effortlessly into a sexy sports romance. The result is a rich, deep story of loss and love, while delivering ALL the angst and feels. A must read!!" --Emma Scott, Amazon Bestselling Author
"Satisfying and soul-gripping!" --Lucy Score, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
"A raw, passionate, sexy, emotional rollercoaster." --Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
"I could not wish for a more incredible heroine to recommend to every reader in the world. I hope that every 18 year old woman out there reads this book and sees an example of how this can happen to anyone, and that you can have a good life after." -- Kristen Kranz, Hypable
"There's nothing I can possibly say that will prepare you for this...Long Shot is its own entity, it cannot be compared. I've NEVER read anything like this. Ever." --Chele, 4 The Love of Books
"If you read one book this year, make it this one. And then give it to every woman you know." - Natasha, Natasha is a Book Junkie
"Long Shot is hands down my favorite Kennedy Ryan book...This story lifted me high and buried my soul at times, and the ride was powerful and poetic." --Amazon Bestselling Author, Ginger Scott
"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
"I can count on one hand the number of books that have rendered me speechless...But there are those books that just punch you right in the gut and grasp every little piece of you...you come out a different person...After reading Long Shot, I am forever changed, for the better." --Vanessa, Nessreads
From the Author
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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- ASIN : B07BLZ7S7T
- Publication date : March 20, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1010 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 462 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1732144303
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,577 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2022
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I don't have the vocabulary to review this book properly. This was a well written book full of gritty, realism. Her characters were so well developed I recognized them. We had Katrina victims come to our church with relatives. A few are still here and are members of our family. I am a basketball freak with cousins who played AAU ball and traveled the country from a young age. The abuse is something most families hide. I had two aunts who were the victims of spousal abuse. One was sent to another city so her brother wouldn't kill her husband. She had a bullet behind her ear untiI the day she died. Even modern medicine couldn't remove it. Another aunt went from family members to family members every time she was brutally abused but always went back. She knew she had family members who would keep her safe. The bad thing about that was when everything was going well, he participated in family get togethers. Difficult to say the least.
So, until you walk two miles in Iris's shoes, don't judge her. I loved August (not Gus) and Lo. Both were forces to be reckoned with. Why didn't she reach out to them, you ask? If you have lived through something like that, you wouldn't ask that question. In my family we knew what going on, but couldn't help because she was afraid for us and was protecting us. When you're in that situation, that's your truth. Why am I talking about my family's situation? The book was so real, it brought those memories to mind. That's why it's an excellent book.
I admire Iris for her strength and endurance but hate she couldn't see another way out. God always provides a way out no matter the situation. See, I'm doing it again as if she's real and not a character in a book. I'm glad Lo didn't kill Caleb and his name won't cross my lips again. Hell is too good for him. I loved August for waiting on her no matter how difficult. His maturity, passion and patience was unbelievable; and the boy could hoop. I could see everything in my mind. That's not all good but still worth reading This book.
This book has it all. Good back stories for all the main characters and some others. Good knowledge of basketball and how college ball and Pro ball worked together. The author's basketball IQ is spot on. Yes, I know professional ball players. Don't most African-Americans? Too bad none are kin to me. I don't know how someone with no personal knowledge of spousal abuse could write such a real down and dirty book. It messed with every emotion until you wanted to kill him who I won't name again. How true is the way police react to abused people especially women. It doesn't matter what you have, the man is usually let off lightly. Don't think for a moment that it's not still going on. I worked for legal services for years. Our lawyers would help abused victims get divorces. They'd remarry the abuser and come back to us for another divorce. It happened over and over until we had to restrict them to two divorces. Even after getting them divorce, they were still in danger. One morning I was listening to early morning news as I was dressing for work and I heard about a shooting involving three people. I knew the name. Yes, her ex husband killed her and her boy friend and himself. She had been one of our repeat clients. We even had to warn women when we helped them get restraining order that it wouldn't protect them if the man chose not to honor it. Many didn't and even went to jail. Enough, it's just that I know “the heart speaks in whispers."
I'm not touching the interracial aspects and that brown bag test "black folks" know all to well, especially those who aren't close to the color of a brown bag like Lo and myself. Hopefully , we'll read more of that in Lo and Kenan book. I can't wait.
This review didn't do justice to this book. There are characters I didn't touch on - some who should have been imprisoned for years. And Iris's and Lo's mothers, no word in the English lan can describe them and their actions are all too real. They'll get theirs. Maybe Iris's mother is getting hers because of what happened to the nameless. If course Lo's mother should get hers too since they shared everything at the expense of their daughters. Thank God for Grandmothers and Greatgrandmothers.
Nothing can do this book justice and I read some really well written reviews about this book. Just buy and read it. It's more than sensitive, it's gritty, brutal and very real. There are scenes that may be rape triggers for some. My warning is "It'll mess with your emotions and heartstrings and have you ready to kill someone." This the first book I've purchased or read by this author and it won't be my last.
The premise is that August and Iris meet in a bar right before August’s professional basketball career takes off, but the timing is all wrong. Iris is in a relationship with August’s longtime nemesis, Caleb, and he’s signed for a team on the other side of the country. Yet the emotional connection between them is unbreakable as fate and the small world of professional basketball keep bringing them together. While August pines for Iris from a distance, he’s unaware of the real life demons she’s battling.
This is a really heavy book, a sad, viscerally painful, brutal and violent one. I think overall, the author did justice to the theme of domestic violence and fulfilled what she wrote in her preface in the book, of wanting to tell another story of staying in an abusive relationship. More or less all of the physical and sexual violence happens on page in the most brutal way- not once, but repeatedly. In many ways I’m undecided about how I feel about that portrayal. In a sense, it makes the intimate scenes later in the book almost healing in contrast. But in a sense, it in some ways felt perhaps a little gratuitous. I also had a few issues with the pacing of the book. It felt a little to me unbalanced in setting up Iris’s battle in such a detailed way and then rushing her healing and HEA in what felt a little less of a painstaking way. It doesn’t mean I found her healing journey unrealistic, I think it could be plausible. But it at times felt a little skim-y and glossed over. Some of the underlying issues and betrayals within Iris’s family for example even up to the end were kind of touched on but never truly explored. I think in that sense, this could have felt more together. There was also a part where early on, there was a passing glorification of a mixed heritage being a source of attraction that threw me off a bit and sort of unexplored discourse about colourism between Iris and Lotus but these are just minor things that grated at me a bit but did not affect my overall feeling about the importance of this book.
That said, I thought what was most fantastic was the theme of this book and the author taking on this topic and telling it in a different way and within the high profile world of professional men’s sports where (mostly female) partners of athletes are harshly judged for not toeing the line. Beyond that, it is a great, reflective book that challenges everyone who thinks they know exactly what they would do in an abusive situation- a book that greys out decisions that seems like they would be black and white. Of course the highest of trigger warnings for anyone who has experienced abuse especially intimate partner violence- there is a lot of on-page content. Overall, I liked this book. This is I believe my first book by this author and I would read more. I’m on to the next one in the series.
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Domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, emotional abuse, general violence and death... all in graphic detail. In a romance novel.
It is highly uncomfortable, not only because of the graphic detail in which the abuse is written, but because of how it is all handled. Personally, I don't think that such difficult and tragic subjects should be used as plot devices for cheap entertainment in a book with below par writing and threadbare characterisation. Such subjects should be handled with care, integrity, sincerity, sympathy and understanding.
Find another book to read. This one isn't romantic, nor is it well crafted. If it's good contemporary romance you're looking for, give The Hating Game a go, or the The Kiss Quotient. For a book with a central love story that has heavy material that is handled beautifully, there's the Sea of Tranquility.
Long Shot (Hoops #1)I
I wish there had been trigger warnings at the start of the book. I went in to it cold, straight from my library!😕 There are very graphic scenes of mental, psychological, physical and sexual abuse by a partner! (It's not the main male character) 🔊🚩🚩
I liked both August and Iris. I really appreciated how the author really showed how much postnatal depression can fundamentally change how a woman can feel about life, her baby and herself, and that it's not her fault!💕 I loathed Caleb and her bodyguard with a passion!😡 The way the author showed how insidiously Iris became so completely trapped was chilling!😭 It was also impressive and made you take notice of coercive control, the complete brutality and terror, and especially how often the justice systems around the world do not protect the women and children above all else, like they should NO MATTER WHAT!😡
I definitely enjoyed the connection between August and Iris and their following relationship. Sarai was perfection as was Lo, I'm quite intrigued by her but I don't know if I can cope reading her book if it goes into her past!😳💔 There were definite pluses to this book, but it's darkness was a bit too much for me, it felt too *real*.😭💔 August was the most patient, perfect man (mostly) and delivered everything he promised and more!🔥💘👪
Debbie, 1970, UK
This was my first Kennedy Ryan book and i'm completely in awe of her writing and how she hooks you right away and you feel every emotion of the book! it was was so well written that it could honestly be a movie, it was phenomenal.
Iris meets NBA star August be chance and immediately hit it off but unfortunately their timing wasn't right, Iris is in a relationship and there is plenty of road blocks.
August what a sweetheart!! he is the definition of the one!! he wanted Iris's head, heart and soul and he will wait forever for her because he knew one day she will be his. The connection between Iris and August is incredible, it's one that will last a lifetime!
Iris what an amazing heroine beneath her struggle their is incredible strength, her story just broke my heart, there was times I had to pause and take a break because the pain and brutality of Iris's story was at times so tough to read. its so easy for people on the outside to say "why don't you just leave" and this book gives the reality of sometimes its just not that simple. This book will honestly change you, its a real eye opener and will show you what victims of abuse can often go through.
This is such a powerful, emotional, gripping novel with such a strong message. Please check trigger warnings!!
anyone who hates on this book clearly did not get that it is not supposed to be a cutesy romance.
i don’t know what i was expecting from this book but it most definitely was not what i got yet i loved it so so much.
after finishing this book i literally sat there in silence for 10 minutes trying to digest the absolute masterpiece that i had just read. i then, to my mums delight, went and ranted to her for a full half an hour about it. a few days later i received all three paperbacks from her🥺 so i was obviously very passionate about it 😂
seriously though, this story is so heartbreaking and beautiful. it really helps you understand why some abuse victims stay in relationships that seem to others so easy to get out of, and the really devastating thing is that stuff like this happens every single day. i didn’t cry once in this book purely because i was so shocked though out it all that i think my body malfunctioned and couldn’t physically cry. i was quite literally sat on the edge of my seat with my jaw on the floor.
it is such a devastatingly beautiful story that acknowledges so many real life problems like post parting depression and learning to love yourself again after being treated like shit. kennedy ryan also teaches you to NEVER SETTLE FOR LESS. if they aren’t your own august then they aren’t worth it.
if you are going to read this book then please check trigger warnings. it deals with very heavy stuff and is extremely graphic. if you’re looking for a cute romance read this is not it. i do think that, if you can, read this. this book has quite literally changed my perspective on so many things and i think about how grateful i am for that everyday.
please please please read this. 🥺
Hook shot is a compelling and gripping story. A story of, choices, domestic abuse and survival.
Wow, I was blown away with this story, not only does it awaken the awareness of domestic abuse but tells the story of two relationships, one that was destined to heal and one that had the potential to destroy.
Iris is young when she first meets Caleb, she is swept of her feet by the golden boy in Basketball, she has her own ambitions, her own future to look forward to. Iris is a strong independent young woman with a mother who used men her whole life to get what she wanted and Iris is determined to break the mould, determined to go through life being dependant on nobody. All Iris's plans and ambitions are destroyed when she finds herself in a relationship with an obsessive possessive man, a violent and destructive to the soul relationship she didn't see coming.
Iris first meets August when Caleb is playing away,she is watching a game in a local bar near her hotel and they chat the night away, its like their souls are aligned, like they have known each other years and in the moment when it's time to say goodnight Iris doesn't take it any further and even though the pull is strong for them to kiss she tells August she has a boyfriend.
August felt Iris, it was more than attraction so when he see's her again at a game he believes it's fate until he discovers the boyfriend she was taking about was his rival in the sport Caleb.
Caleb is a possessive and vindictive guy, she didn't see the evil side to him until it was too late, the once strong back woman became a shell of herself when she became trapped in a relationship she couldn't get out of.
Many times August and Iris cross paths, and even when they are apart he thinks of Iris. August has no idea what Iris is going through behind closed doors he sees only what the media see's, the golden boy of basketball and his fiance but he was taught one thing by is father and goes by has gut and that is when the time is right he needs to take a shot.
"The last thing I wanted to be was a poster child for domestic abuse, not with the way our culture finds a way of blaming the victim but none of that was the deciding factor in why I finally spoke, I spoke because maybe there's some girl like me, young, vulnerable, naive, flattered by his attention, maybe she thinks that jealousy means he loves her more or that's cute but she realises slowly, surely, shes being cut of from her friends, isolated from her family, being moulded into something shes not, into what he wants her to be. The heart speaks in whispers but sometimes by the time you listen its too late"
A beautiful but powerful story. August will make you week at the knees and your heart melt.
This story is bittersweet and worth the five stars given. Kennedy Ryan has a way with words and when I listened to this book in audio, the words either went straight to my heart or sat at the forefront of my mind for me to ponder on.
I have read Book three HOOK SHOT which is Lotus's story, Iris's cousin and when I read that I was eager to know Iris's story. Each book ca be read as a standalone and the author gives away no spoilers to the other stories. I am eagerly wanting to read other books in this series and more books from Kennedy Ryan.