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Long Shot: A HOOPS Novel

Hoops Series, Book 1
Série : Hoops Series, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 10 min

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A forbidden love story set in the explosive world of the NBA....

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.

Please note: Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some listeners.

©2018 Kennedy Ryan (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
  • 16/08/2018

So Many More Than 5 Stars!!

I am still speechless to what I should be writing for this review. Kennedy Ryan has this beautiful way of telling a story that you can relate to and just be in that moment with her characters. Sean Crisden and Jo Raylan embody everything these characters feel and go through. AMAZING narration!!

Iris and August have a few things in common; 1) they are both huge basketball fans, 2) that they both have troubled pasts that have impact on their lives as adults, and 3) they have this instant connection that can be seen from a mile away. Iris and August meet at a bar on possibly the eve of his biggest game ever. She is watching her favorite team and he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. They have a wonderful conversation that is easy and charged with sexual chemistry. However, when the bartender lets them know they can't stay any long the two of them have a moment of do I stay or should I go. Because life is complicated they go their separate ways but that one brief encounter forever haunts them. Their story is not an easy one as a matter of fact it is hard, heartbreaking, and just painful at times.

Their story is beautiful, heart breaking, funny, sexy, and so very relevant. There are some trigger warnings for abuse and trauma but if you can just be in the moment with these characters, feel with them there is resolution.

This is specific video review will be included in the August 2018 wrap-up.

For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

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  • mandy
  • 29/08/2018

Epic!!!

Wow! This book was so good! The narration was super well done! Suspense, angst, drama... this book had me ugly crying in the car line picking up my kids while I was listening. My heart hurt for these characters and some of the scenes were honestly really hard to read but I loved the strength of these characters and the way they found their way to happiness. This is my first Kennedy Ryan book and the writing was off-the-charts amazing, I just bought every book she has so I can read all her words - simply amazing! Long Shot is a top pick of 2018 and going on my favorite heroines shelf. This is an a fantastic story and I highly recommend it! I can't wait for more by this author and these narrators!!!

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  • Karina Inigo
  • 21/12/2018

Not quite romantic

I think there should be some kind of a warning. This books deals with domestic violence and brutal rape. At one point I was going to stop reading but I am sucker and need to know the ending. It was tough read and a bit traumatizing. Not what I would categorize as a romance. It’s a survival story.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 28/09/2018

August West!

This was my first Kennedy Ryan's book and won't be the last. This is the first book in the Hoops Series. This forbidden love story, is set in the world of the NBA. This story wasn't what I had expected, it was so much more. The story is well written, realistic and breathtaking. The storyline is filled with angst, drama and suspense. I loved Iris and August. The other characters were also interesting. I can't wait for the next book in the Series! The narration was absolutely stunning, emotional and breathtaking. I really enjoyed my listening and I totally recommend this audiobook.

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  • kgagnon
  • 26/09/2018

This is storytelling at it's absolute finest!

Long Shot is so much more than a sports romance! It is about the epic love between two souls and their hard fought journey to be together. It is a heartbreakingly beautiful story that will take your breath away. The chemistry between August and Iris is combustible from their very first meeting. Even when circumstances keep them apart, and try to make them doubt the other, it never fades. Iris is so strong and resilient, I cannot imagine surviving what she has so selflessly and becoming even stronger and more giving. August is such a good man, so loving and protective, while being so patient with Iris to become who she is meant to be. Iris's family and background is so fascinating, adding a wonderful dimension and making this even more intriguing. I really cared for both August and Iris, and it was so painful to watch them go through some of the things they did. But more inspiring to see them become stronger, and their love more powerful. This is what Ms. Ryan does so well. Her writing style is beautifully poetic. It is so alluring and seductive that you feel like you are right there and experiencing every emotion. She takes us on an exhilarating journey that will leave you raw and breathless and totally satisfied. Add to that the phenomenal narration by Sean Crisden, and Jo Raylan and you have an audiobook experience that is stellar. Crisden's smooth, deep voice, and perfect inflections made August come alive and made me swoon! Raylan's brilliant delivery gripped my imagination and compelled me to feel everything these characters think and experience. Both narrators embodied these characters perfectly making my heart race from beginning to end. This is storytelling at it's absolute finest and I loved every moment of this beautiful, raw, passionate, poignant and unforgettable, love story! Bravo! <3

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  • LeeAnne
  • 26/09/2018

Long Shot comes to life!

i read the book and waited for the audio version so I could do a re-read, and it was absolutely worth the wait. Long Shot cane to life with the narrators, and added to the intensity of situations and emotions. It cut straight to the heart.

Long Shot is by far one of the best books I've read. Its a real life story with a very relevant story line, all set in the exciting world of basketball, with all the good, bad and the ugly.

August and Iris. The characters draw you into their lives. You feel their joy, their struggles, their pain, their successes, their loss and their love. "Oh, the feels." They are so real. They're human.

Their story is fiction but it could be your own story. Ok, maybe not being a basketball superstar, but that adds to the depth of the story. I don't want to tell the secrets of the story, but there are parts that will shred you. It will make you really think. Have I ever judged someone before for this very thing? Have I missed something in someone I know? Would I recognize it and how would I handle it? What if it was me?

The supporting characters are equally as engaging. MiMi, Lo, Kenan, Deck, Jared, August's mom.

Love waits. The timing must be right to take the shot.

My favorite quote is "I'd play you at the five".

Long Shot is an absolute "must read". You will love August and Iris. You will be gutted with the story. And you will fall in love as they find the strength to fight their way to that perfect moment and take the long shot.

I think the author just made the game winning shot at the buzzer from mid-court. Long Shot is amazing.

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  • Laura NE
  • 27/08/2018

MAJOR TRIGGERS

I wish this book would have come with a warning actually - the book is tough to get through. I'm only able to listen to a couple of chapters at a time - and of course with the subject matter the plot and pace make complete sense. It doesn't make it any easier to listen to. I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it now that I'm almost done but at this point I'm determined to listen to the whole thing at least once, even if afterwards I shelve it and never listen to it again. Unfortunately for me the credit was kind of wasted here but it *is* a powerful book. Just a bit too dark for my tastes. You've been warned.

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  • Strongfaith1
  • 23/10/2018

Heavyweight

Heavyweight in the most beautiful and agonizing ways a story can be! It kept me anxious and angry, frightened and scared. Then there was a light at the and of the longest tunnel. In spite of the very sensitive matter, domestic abuse, the love story is one of unmatched passion and chemistry. We all should be as blessed to have what August and Iris did.

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  • Trinigal78
  • 21/10/2018

Emotional rollercoaster

There were a few chapters that were unbearable. One I couldn't finish. That's how raw & good this book was.

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  • Mandi
  • 26/09/2018

Phenomenal!!

Kennedy Ryan! This book is EVERYTHING!! This story will stay with me forever, that is how amazing it is! Gut wrenching, every single feel over and over and over again. August and Iris’s story is painfully beautiful. The narration is spot freaking on! Perfect pairing for these two characters! I love this book so much!

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