In Review: Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan

Posted April 2, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy RyanLong Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Series: Hoops #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 22, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 460 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

It’s been two weeks since I finished Long Shot and I’m still not entirely sure what to say about if I’m being totally honest. My thoughts and feelings are still all over the place. I do know this much — this was an incredible read. It was also absolutely NOT the book I thought I was getting from the blurb. I went in expecting your run of the mill sports romance, but that’s not what Long Shot is. It’s dark. It’s hard to read at times. There were a couple scenes that made me actually physically ill. But once I got through that, there was a true hopeful beauty to the book.

Long Shot was just as much about Iris’s journey as it was the romance and connection between her and August. In fact, I might argue that her struggles and what she survived are actually more important than the romance, but … I also loved August. He was perfectly imperfect and swoony and just the kind of guy she actually deserved. Unlike that total POS she got mixed up with, the one who made her life a literal living hell. It’s been a long time since I’ve loathed a character the way I did the other man in this story whose name I absolutely refuse to say. At the risk of giving too much away, just soldier on through the scenes with him. I’ll be honest, I skimmed some because they made me so angry and uncomfortable. The real heart of this book lies beyond the ugliness.

I almost gave up on this book about 20-something percent in. Just thinking about the scene that about pushed me over the edge makes me sick. But, I regrouped — and might’ve skipped ahead a bit to make sure I wanted to continue — and soldiered on. I felt such a connection to Iris that I absolutely HAD TO see her story though, even if parts of it bothered me. Her drive and determination, the things she was willing to deal with for her safety and that of her daughter, moved me. I needed to make sure she wound up happy when it was all said and done.

Long Shot was one hell of a ride and featured some of the most amazing characters I’d read in a long time.  It’s honestly unlike anything I’d ever read. I don’t think it’ll be one I reread because, well, the disturbing nature of certain scenes, but it left a mark regardless. This is one book I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.


“Let nothing hold you back or keep you down. Even when you think you’re defeated, dig deeper. Go harder. Press, because there is something worth it on the other side.”

“If you were mine, Iris, there would be no doubt what position you’d hold in my life. You’d be center. I’d play you at the five.”

Some things imprint us so deeply, we can never return to what we were before.

About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

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, 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 Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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