Series: Hoops #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 28, 2019
Format: eARC, 400 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad.
Cheated on, betrayed, exposed.
My perfect life blew up in my face and I'm still picking up the pieces.
The last thing I need is her.
A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can't resist.
Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans
from the moment our eyes meet.
I promised myself I wouldn't trust a woman again,
but I've never wanted anyone the way I want Lo.
She's not the plan I made, but she's the risk I have to take.
A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator.
Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better and snatching my breath from the moment we met.
The last thing I need is him.
I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons.
I've seen what trusting a man gets you.
I. Don't. Have. Time. For. This.
But he just keeps coming for me.
Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses
one by one.
He never gives up, and now...I'm not sure I want him to.
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
Alright. Hook Shot. Holy crap. I know by now Kennedy is a total goddess and she has the power to break me — and put me back together again — with her words. But whoa. This book. I’m not even exaggerating when I say I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Lotus and Kenan gripped me from the very start and held on through the end — and even several days after finishing, to be honest. I have nothing but love for this book, these characters and their story. Nothing I can say will do it justice, but I’m still going to try. Also, sorry not sorry about the plethora of quotes. Kennedy’s words are so gorgeous. I couldn’t NOT include so many of them. And believe it or not, I highlighted even more than this.
You all know I read for the romance. I gotta get that HEA. But, even more than that perhaps, I’m here for the characters. I love the swoony and drool-worthy guys, but I think I love the strong, kickass women even more. Lotus was exactly that. Is she real? Inspired by someone real? Because if so, we need to be friends. Romance needs more of these utterly amazing women. I thank Kennedy for continuing to share their stories. I loved the connection she had with her MiMi and her (equally amazing) cousin Iris. And naturally, I loved what built between her and Kenan throughout this book. Kenan’s definitely one of my new favorite heroes, in case you’re wondering. Not only is he smoking hot and one hell of a baller, but he’s a really great guy. Also a great dad. He blew me away.
Can we talk about the chemistry between Lotus and Kenan for a minute? Wooooooow. I swear, I thought flames were going to literally jump out of my iPad. That’s how hot they were together. The slow burn build between them basically made me itch. I wanted to lock them together in a room until they ended my suffering. ? Oh, and the payoff for the wait was 1000% worth it. *fans self* #KeLo is EVERYTHING. I can’t say much more without running the risk of spoiling things, but they gave me ALL THE FEELS. Every single one of them. At one point, I was straight up crying and didn’t even realize it until the tears hit my iPad screen. THAT good.
Hook Shot is a special book. And really, all of the Hoops books have been. They’re unique and beautiful, with gorgeous romance and characters whose stories make you feel. They’re more than a book, they’re a total experience. Kennedy achieved auto-read author last year when I read Long Shot and the entire #Gripstol series in a weekend. (Talk about a lot of feels!) Each new release bumps her further up my list of favorites. I have all the love for all of her books. I’d read her grocery list.
Just as I decide I’m giving up men while I figure out what the hell is broken in me, the sexiest man I’ve ever met dribbles into my life?
I once asked MiMi if voodoo was bad, if we were bad. She said we weren’t bad. We’re just.
“Sometimes we hold so tightly to the hurt from the past that we miss the happiness ahead, and if there is one thing we deserve, Lotus, it’s happiness wherever we can find it.”
“Too often religion says yes, I do have all the answers, and if you don’t like them, you can’t sit at my table. So we have all these tables. Too many tables, and not enough love.”
“I need simple, but I want you.”
This kiss wipes away every man who came before him in a baptism of greedy lips and searching tongues, dipping me, dousing me, saving me. Changing me. I’m new. Different.
“What if she gave me to you? What if I’m your gris gris now?”
And I want to be eaten whole. Don’t parcel me up. Don’t take me in small bites. Consume me in one starving gulp, because that’s how I want him.
“You have stolen my heart with one look of your eyes.”
“No one has to tell a queen to wear her crown.”
“You’re magnificent. I think in another life you ruled a planet. You were the king of your own galaxy.”
You populate my dreams. They are rich with the scent of you. Your heart is on my pillow, and I taste you in my sleep.
Can you pick a favorite Kennedy Ryan book?