Long Shot (Hoops #1) – Kennedy Ryan

long shot
five stars black
Genre: Romance 
Pages: 460
Release Date: March 22, 2018


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.


I’d like to begin my review by saying this book will be incredibly triggering to those who are sensitive to physical and emotional abuse and rape. The scenes are graphic and heart wrenching. But Kennedy Ryan puts on a masterclass on abusive relationships and how hard they are to leave.

Long Shot is told from two perspectives, Iris and August. Iris quickly finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship desperately looking for a safe exit, while August remains blissfully unaware of Iris’ situation as he falls head over heels for her. Iris’ chapters are hard to read as she’s abused and raped repeatedly. Ryan outlines the various ways Iris could leave the relationship then carefully shows readers the dire consequences. There’s even a moment where some characters are talking about abusive relationships directly that shows society’s very real perspective on these kinds of situations.

The chemistry between Iris and August is red hot. It’s sensual and flirty, while also full of heart and a genuine quality very rarely seen in romance novels. These moments are far and few between since Long Shot, at its core, is a character study as Iris becomes a different version of herself. Not because of what happens to her, but because of her inner strength.

Without giving any plot details away, I will say that I am incredibly pleased with the way certain plot points played out. I fully expected specific moments to unravel one way, but they unfolded differently. These moments are what made the novel so powerful.

Overall, Long Shot is a romance not to be missed as Ryan explores an abusive relationship. Readers watch as Iris springs from the ashes like the phoenix she is into a new version of herself.

Have you read Long Shot? What did you think?

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