Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Block Shot | HOOPS Series by Kennedy Ryan

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“Kennedy Ryan’s writing continues to amaze and inspire. She is a genius wordsmith and a prose poet. And in Banner Morales, she has created the perfect heroine for this day and age. Don’t miss this read. It’s everything.” — Emma Scott, Bestselling Author

Block Shot, Kennedy Ryan’s enemies-to-lovers, second-chance standalone romance is LIVE and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

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JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat… The heart everyone assumes is frozen over. Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth, gets me…well, you know. If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it. I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.” They say even rich men don’t always get what they want, but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game? She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar. One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out. I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men. Anything they can do, I have done better. They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance? Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats. I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real. But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.

REVIEW BUTTON (2)

4 Stars

New Adult | Contemporary | Romance

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with SocialButterflyPR in exchange for an honest review***

I love Kennedy Ryan – so imagine my excited brain when I saw the announcement for the second installment of the HOOPS series, yep that is right, I loved seeing the cover and blurb for Block Shot. I was ready! Why? Well it is simple, my favorite trope enemies to lovers, second chance lovers! Sign me up!

Before I really get started in my review I have to mention something that I am starting to really enjoy about Ryan’s writing style. I love her character depths. Every flipping book I read of hers there is this undeniable ache that I have for every character that is unmatchable. I love her characters. She gives them such depth, such amazing complex angles that aren’t stereotypical or overly cliche – they are real. They are relatable. 

Speaking of characters lets jump in. There are a lot of reasons I fell head over heels in love with the characters in Block Shot. Just as it was in Long Shot, I found myself really relating to the complexities of Banner in particular. I don’t think there is one thing I can say about her personality that did not strike me in a sore spot in my heart, tugging at my feels. The depth that Ryan captured of Banner’s struggles with her self esteem was breathtaking. Another fact that I love about this author is her ability in created diversity in simple amounts of descriptions. I also really liked the dynamic that Jared played with Banner’s issues, not that it makes her inferior or dependent but someone who struggles with these issues it is important to have that extra assurance and I think Jared played on to that perfectly. 

And then while we chat about the delicious Jared. Though at some angles he comes off extremely high strong, alpha and quite frankly possessive. But even in this, his personality is just delicious. He is someone I personally could not take my mind off of, he radiated confidence, and strong willed drive that I find extremely attractive. Simply put, he was fucking delicious. Definitely lickable.

Oh my lanta, just thinking about licking gets me all hot and bothered – their chemistry was off the charts intense. The way Jared revolves around Banner is heartwarming, drool worthy to say the least. And if you are not a fan of cheating, you may not enjoy the dynamic as much as I did, I found their passion that developed between Banner and Jared was all consuming ‘you are my sun’ kind of love, I couldn’t get enough! 

Now I hate to do this, because I really, and truly loved so much about this book, honestly once I got started I couldn’t put it down, but there is something that irks me I have to get off my chest. The secondary characters. So there is the dynamic of infidelity, so I understand the purpose of Zo, I do. I like him at the beginning he is a great guy. But as the romance between Banner and Jared start to evolve, Zo throws in an aspect that I personally felt was a little above and beyond. On top of that Banner’s mother – I just can’t. Something about that moment of heart to heart between mom and Banner, plus that near ending climatic drama with her, it was just awkward. Especially considering how Banner’s mom seemed overly obsessed with Zo – just didn’t seem believable.

Putting that aside though, again just my personal pet peeve others may definitely enjoy the over dramatics, I still really enjoyed Block Shot. I cannot get over the chemistry that was between Banner and Jared. They had such a passionate, raw emotional connection that just made me melt off the edge of my seat. It was perfection.

I personally cannot wait to see what else Kennedy Ryan has up her sleeve – I mean really, when do I get the next book damnit!!

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Excerpt:

I stretch my arm toward the wall and turn out the lights.

With the light snuffed out, my other senses rise, hunting for her in the dark. The smell of her hair and her quick, shallow breaths. My sight adjusts until the heavy black curtain completely obscuring her fades to gray. Light from the outer room spills under the door, revealing just the shape, the outline of her, but still camouflaging details. I cup her cheek, taking a moment to appreciate the softness of her skin, the silky hair brushing my knuckles. I’m not an idiot. She wants the lights out because she’s self-conscious, but from my perspective, she has nothing to be ashamed of.

“I think you’re beautiful, Ban.”

“You do?” she asks, her voice hushed.

My words surprise me as much as they seem to surprise her, because I don’t say shit like that to girls. The prettiest ones usually seem to already know, which makes any admiration I’d express redundant. But Banner . . . she’s so beautiful, and I’m not sure she knows.

“I do.” I push the hair away from her face.

“Uh . . . thank you.” Her laugh isn’t much more than a breath. “The lights are out, so I’m not sure that compliment counts.”

“I know your face by heart. You have seven freckles here.” I swipe a finger over the straight bridge of her nose and drift down to caress her full lips and the tiny dent in her cheek her smile displays. “And a dimple right here.”

I explore the smooth skin of her nape, under a heavy fall of hair.

“Now I want to know your body, too,” I say softly. “Take off your clothes for me, Banner.”

After a sharply indrawn breath, she raises her arms. The rustle of her clothes—the sweatshirt, jeans, socks, shoes—being discarded whisper in the dark. I approximate her by touch, reaching for her arms and closing my fingers around the softness, the velvety skin. I lower my head and run my nose along her neck, discovering.

“You always smell so good.” I’ve wanted to tell her that since the first night we studied here.

“Pretty Pastel,” she replies, her laugh low, nervous.

“What?” I pause.

“The smell. It’s my dryer sheets. The scent is Pretty Pastel.”

“I like it.” I resume my exploration, running a palm over her shoulder, her collarbone until I find the soft, full weight of her breasts, testing them in my hands, cupping them, holding them, brushing the nipples with my thumbs until they pebble and her breaths come harshly.

“You like that?” I ask.

I see her head nod in the semi-darkness. “Yeah. It feels good.”

Her touch startles me in the best way, her hand finding my face, traveling over my mouth, eyes, and hair. I sense her approach, feel tiny pants of breath on my lips, and anticipation has me panting, too, shortens my breath and sharpens my senses. Her mouth seeks mine, eager and sweet when she kisses me. Her pleasure, her excitement matches, answers, fans mine.

I guide her back down to the couch, and with a hand at her shoulder, urge her to stretch out. I’d shave points off my GPA for a glimpse of her, but she doesn’t want that. I get it, so I settle for a taste.

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About Kennedy

A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

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 and Frolic, 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 Autism families, 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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