Monday, 8 July 2019

#Review: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan | #HoopsSeries #KennedyRyan

I decided to read this story after reading Hook Shot (book 3 of the series). I actually ended up buying both the ebook and the audiobook, because I wanted to be able to continue the story even if I wasn't in a situation to read the ebook (like when I was driving).

Here's the blurb:

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.

*Contains domestic/sexual abuse not involving the hero. Read reviews for guidance.


August and Iris meet a day before one of the most important games of August's career. They hit it off like a house on fire. However, Iris has a boyfriend and so they part ways and life happens.

This is a story that's going to be very difficult for many readers as it not only addresses the issue of domestic abuse, but actually shows it on the page. The only reason I kept going on was the knowledge that this story had a happy ending. I am not the biggest fan of stories that start with the main characters in a relationship with their soon-to-be-ex, which is the case here. Over half of Long Shot shows Iris in a relationship with her abusive boyfriend who puts her through some very gruesome stuff. More importantly, the story shows how it could happen to anyone and how hard it can be to just 'walk away'.

It doesn't help that August and Iris' boyfriend are bitter rivals on and off the court. Despite their love being forbidden for more than half the story, every scene between Iris and August is so sweet and precious. Their brief interactions are full of emotions, you can't help but root for them. Every time her boyfriend hit her, I just wanted August to show up and save the day.

It takes a while, but Iris and August finally find their way to each other. As I said before, I kept hoping August would swoop in a save the day. He did, but not in the way I had expected. I appreciated the end where Iris is able to find strength within herself. Sometimes, prince charming needs to be strong for his queen.

This is a very well told story that doesn't shy away from the reality abuse many women face in their daily lives and the little things that we all do to make victims feel like they are alone. As much as this story is about love, it is also about survival and redemption. 

If you're looking for a simple boy-meets-girl story, this is not for you. This story will take you through an emotional roller coaster, but, for me, the ending was worth the journey. And have you seen that cover?

For my review of book 3, Hook Shot, go HERE.

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