Contemporary, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: Long Shot | HOOPS Series by Kennedy Ryan


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.

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | Sports 

I am a glutton for punishment – it is official. Not only do I love emotionally crippling reads that I can relate to but ones that leave my heart pounding in fear, swoonage and choking up tears until the final chapter. Seriously I am gutted …. let me just pick myself up from the puddle of tears that seem to be at my feet. 

Where do I even start to make this a legitimate review worthy of even reading without rambling my heart onto the internet? I am still reeling from the emotions. First things first, I love the romance sports trope. I have become a huge fan of this specific type of genre. Though surprisingly I am not a sports watching gal outside of anything fancy, I tend to gear my reading adventures towards several sports orientated novels. I think they are always fun. Not only was this my first Kennedy Ryan read but a first of basketball baseline for the plot. 

So why was this such an amazing novel aside for my growing love for sports related romance? Drama. Chemistry. Activate the intrigue here comrades. I loved the Chemistry of the triangle. Augustus is any woman’s hot wet dream man meat. He is beyond passionate, goal orientated, supportive and drop dead lickable in all the right kinds of ways. I do not have one horrible thing to say about his character. From start to finish, I liked his growth, his struggles, his compassion and supportive mindset. I enjoyed is overly eager personality that was overbearingly sweet. Augustus is just a character that held himself well throughout the novel.

Before I dive into Augustus and Iris, because lets face it, the steam in my pants is just… whew. I have to get into Iris solo. I felt for her character. I know I say this, maybe I abuse this phrase too often but when I say I relate to Iris on so many levels I mean I literally could see myself in her. I felt her pain, I felt her struggles. At the beginning with her feelings and reserves towards Caleb, to where their relationship leads – though her experience was extreme, I was connected on such an emotional and mental level. Personally, I wanted to protect Iris, solve her problems for her. If only I could reach out and tell her she was better, she deserved better, her problems would get better! Iris is such a beautiful character. She is resilient, strong, flawed and above all she is human. She felt real. 

But that chemistry – between Iris and Augustus was both all consuming delicious and dangerously scary. Honestly seeing their development from page one to the end, it is definitely a rollercoaster. A really big, whirlwind of a rollercoaster. Definitely couldn’t get enough of them together; the way Iris was strong yet, found the security in Augustus while he found passion while pursuing Iris. Plus the surrounding drama both with Iris’s history and Augustus connection to this made it all seem so surreal.

Aside from my obvious love for the main characters, I will even give a shout to the supporting cast. There was never a moment of useless interactions, everything and everyone had a purpose to the development of the triangle. 

For me, not just as a reader but as someone who can relate to Iris, this novel was everything. Several choked up tears later and I am still replaying the whole damn novel in my head. I loved every minute of this book. Ryan has captivated me with just one book and has left me breathless. Long Shot is definitely a book I highly recommend adding to your TBR now, it is beautifully written, perfectly paced with such amazing multi-dimensional characters that will leave any reader soaring for the moon or sinking in the ground with feelings. It was perfection my comrades.

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