Long Shot

Long Shot

by Kennedy Ryan


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2019 RITA Award Winner for Contemporary Romance: Long


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732144309
Publisher: Brower Literary & Management, Inc.
Publication date: 03/22/2018
Series: Hoops , #1
Pages: 460
Sales rank: 191,488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

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Long Shot 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars for Kennedy Ryan’s new stand-alone set in the world of the NBA and I so hope we get more from this very talented author and her basketball team. Long Shot will have your emotions all over the place, it will catch you off guard and it will have you falling in love with not only the characters but the game itself. Iris and August hold a very special part of my heart because my heart was all over the place as I joined them on their very emotional journey to find true love, they didn’t have it easy but every tear I shed was worth it in the end. Brilliant read from the very talented Kennedy Ryan
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
I know when I pick up a Kennedy Ryan book that it's going to be impeccably written and I'm going to feel all the feels and let me just say that Long Shot is no exception at all. This book is fantastic and I felt frustration, anger, fear, hope, elation, relief and so much more as I made my way through this story. It was powerful, it was beautiful, it was moving and it ultimately was honest. Long Shot is a tough read at times. It deals with a journey that most of us would rather not think about, but it is all too common in our world today. It makes you think about situations that you may encounter and even though you think it would be an "easy" situation to get out of, there is so much more than you could ever know and in some cases the decisions aren't made because they want to make them that way, but because it's a matter of survival. The chemistry between Iris and August was apparent from the first second they met. While their road to happiness was anything but easy, it goes to show that when someone is meant to be in your life, time, distance and circumstance may delay the outcome, but inevitably you'll end up where you are supposed to be. This is a powerful story and one that I'm glad that Kennedy decided to tell. It certainly made me think and it made me cheer harder for this couple and any other couple that might be experiencing these events in real life. This is one of those books I can't recommend highly enough - just take the shot - you won't regret it!
Julie Collier More than 1 year ago
Long Shot was a great read. Prepare to be emotionally drained but, Kennedy Ryan will be breathe life back with the HEA. Amazing story that unfortunately is much more common then we like to think.
SexyVixenReader More than 1 year ago
What a story! A rollercoaster of emotions. I can't remember the last book I read that brought so many emotions out of me. Kennedy Ryan is a truly talented and gifted storyteller and she pulled out all the stops and didn't hold anything back on this one. Engrossing, emotional and heartbreaking romance with love. 5 stars of mind-blowing perfection.
IsaLaCroqueusedeLivres More than 1 year ago
I found the Grip Series completely amazing, but LONG SHOT totally wrecked me! This is not your usual Sport Romance. And yes, some parts of this story will hurt. So much. Kennedy Ryan’s talent is here, she gives us an amazing love story, full of passion, tenderness (and boy, K.R. knows how to write steamy stuff!!!). And yes, we’re in the NBA’s world, with all the glitter, the fame, the bright future and all those opportunities awaiting, both for Iris and August… But LONG SHOT is mainly a big punch in the gut. Against self-righteous people, prejudices, façades and opinions we’re too quick to make and share, when we even don’t take a minute to stop and really think about what can be happening out of spotlights, in the backstage or behind closed doors… As I was saying, this is not an easy reading. On more than one occasion, I had to stop reading. I had to breathe. To breathe in. Breathe out. To calm the beatings of my heart. Literally. And go back to read. So, why the “effort”? After all, reading should only be a “pleasing” experience, right? Well I just couldn’t stop. Because this book is so worth it. It may be a world of fiction, with fictional characters and plot, but this story needed to be written. And read. It was worth suffering through Iris and August, especially through Iris. For all those women who had to go through this. And Kennedy Ryan did an amazing job, with her characters, the best ones and the worst ones too. I am a big fan of romance, and I am so glad this genre doesn’t restrict to RomCom. I enjoy all great love stories, the funny ones, the angst ones, and the raw ones too. And LONG SHOT is a real call to our consciences and society. Because, sadly, the main subject here concerns all the women. Of any race and social origin, it doesn’t matter if they’re rich or poor, if they’ve received or not an education, if they’re a “stay at home” or focused on their career. The battle and the curse are the same, and I thank the author (and the women who shared their experiences with her) for giving me Iris, a strong woman, and August, a “real” man. This book is a sad reminder that we must stay vigilant, even today, in 21st century For us, for our sisters, daughters, the next generations. For all the women who lost this battle, and the women who even don’t have the right to fight it. And of course for our boys, because they’re will be the men of tomorrow… With this book, you will hurt, but you also heal, hope again, trust and swoon. And I hope it will make you think, once you’ll leave the “fictional world” and close the book. Think about this curse. Think before judging. Well, you’ve guessed it, LONG SHOT is one of the best reads this year.
MsMeesh More than 1 year ago
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a poem that everyone has heard of. Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. But what if you didn’t take the less traveled path but took what you considered the "safe" route. One decision that altered the course of your life. A choice of always wondering what if. And in Kennedy Ryan’s latest release, Long Shot what if you had the opportunity to redo and get that second chance to choose differently and make it right. Is it truly a long shot for two strangers whose path were meant to cross? The spark. You know the one that every romance author speaks of. That spark of meeting the one and knowing that person completes you and speaks to your soul. And for August West and Iris Dupree, that one fated night in a bar, they had that connection. The spark but unfortunately, the timing was never right. And so Iris Dupree would be left wondering what if? But leave it to fate, their paths were to cross once again and what happens when you get that second shot? Do you take it? August was amazing but I have to say Iris was the shining star. She was the true MVP. Her story is what took this book to another level. Her perseverance, pain, struggle, and defying all the odds is what made this book. She is a source of inspiration to us all that stars can’t shine without darkness and for Iris, her biggest supporter was August West. He allowed her to shine on her own. Ironically, sadness is a necessary ingredient for happiness to exist: how could happiness be defined if its binary opposite,sadness, wouldn't exist? How would we define "hot" if there was no "cold"? We wouldn't be able to. Thus, the sadness is necessary for happiness to have a definition. After the storm, comes the rainbow; for Iris Dupree she was the rainbow. The sun. The shining factor of this book. And so if you are looking for a book that broke your heart and was slowly pieced back together then this book is for you. Ryan will speak to your soul as she captures the true essence of resilience, love, hope, survival, and happiness. As always, the writing was phenomenal and breathtaking. A must read of 2018!!
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
Life is a constellation of decisions, connected by coincidences and deliberations, painting pictures in the heavens. During the day, when things are brightest, we don't see the stars, but they are there. It's only in the contrast of night, when things are darkest, that the stars shine. When a new book by author Kennedy Ryan goes live, there's no question that it will be right at the top of my TBR. Doesn't matter what or who it's about, if Kennedy wrote it, I'm reading it. So, LONG SHOT. I knew that it was a sports romance, that it takes place in the world of basketball, but that was really all that I knew. So in I went, ready for the angst and passion and everything that a typical Kennedy Ryan book is. Let me tell you, I was blown away, totally sucked in and immersed in this beautiful, tragic, redemptive story, and I could not put it down. Kennedy writes from the heart, and her passion and love for what she does are evident in this book. Iris and August and their story raised me up, brought me to tears, and lifted me again. Such passion, such strength, such certainty that one day, some day, the timing would be right, and everything would click into place. These characters, this story, are ones that will stay with me. LONG SHOT is a story that needed to be told, and Kennedy has done it with her usual poetry, her voice that speaks brutal truth and beautiful strength, and I absolutely loved it. No question, then, that LONG SHOT is one of my favorite reads of this year, and maybe ever. 6 stars, 10 stars, a LOT of stars, this book should be on your bookshelf. I guarantee you that it will touch you and change you, and you do not want to miss it.