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Long Shot

(Hoops #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  14,247 ratings  ·  2,618 reviews

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 wa
ebook, 1st Edition, 460 pages
Published March 22nd 2018 (first published March 20th 2018)
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Long Shot by Author Kennedy Ryan is a sports romance, forbidden love novel. It is a standalone.

“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.”

I usually try to give a brief, non-spoiler idea of what a novel holds...kind of like my own blurb for the book. I can’t do that for this novel, because it will not do it justice. Long Shot is a must-read. A gut-wrenching, soul-piercing, heart-shattering, ugly-cry masterpiece
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

Kennedy Ryan doesn’t just write stories, she provides a reading experience with a rich, beautiful narrative and has once again blown me away with the sheer power of her writing. This author is not one to shy away from exploring the full depths of her characters and the world they find themselves in, and never has this been more apparent than in, 'Long Shot.' It’s raw, thought provoking, and edgy, and feels so very real and authentic in the telling making this a heart-breaking story that thankful
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2! Long Shot (stand-alone). A bad decision, years of regrets, a love that could never be, but for the dream that kept them alive!

“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.”

Books in Hoops series are stand-alones:
Book 1: Long Shot
Book 2: Block Shot
Book 3: Hook Shot

Long Shot (stand-alone) is the against-all-odds love story, spanning years, between NBA superstar and businessman Augu
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!!!

“Even when you think you’re defeated, dig deeper. Go harder. Press, because there is something worth it on the other side.”

Long Shot is a book that left me speechless once I finished reading. That doesn’t happen to me very often, but the story was so profound, it took me a while to find my words. This book is unlike any story I’ve read before. It’s one of those books that will stay with me. If I had one word to describe it, I would say it’s powerful. It’s real, raw, inten
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
“Please tell me you feel this, too. Tell me I’m not fooling myself that we’ll be good together.”


Well, fuck.
This was nothing like I expected it to be and almost everything I wished it was. I think so many people need to read this and give it a chance because Long Shot is a whole new ball game. (wink wink ;)

There are some heavy themes that are dealt with, with such elegance and suspense that I really enjoyed this as a read and I was also really happy how the author portrayed all these themati
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

Such powerful and beautiful story, my heart *sigh* I'm still thinking about it!Long Shot is one of these stories you'll never forget, it's one of these stories you will read again and again and it will stay with you!I have so many feelings while I was reading it, my heart was aching for Iris and August!Long Shot was a heartbreaking,intense and sweet story.


From the moment August met Iris it is obvious that there is attraction between them!They were so intense whenever they were together
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Long Shot generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

5+ "Take the Shot" Stars

The distinct, prominent, and important voice of author Kennedy Ryan speaks volumes in Long Shot. This book hails as an emotional experience in reading as Kennedy Ryan daringly takes a risk to stand up, tall and proud, and use her voice to enlighten, to prove love eventually conquers all, and to pay tribute to the strength and resolve all good men and women have within them. This book, gosh this book, it's
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars

"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.”


Holy Moly this was one powerful read! Kennedy Ryan’s writing grabbed hold of me from the beginning with a connection between Iris and August that spans years. Centered around two NBA ball players and a beautiful young women fresh out of college. Iris is driven by her own career dreams and aspirations. Iris Dupree’s life takes several dark turns during the ye
Top Favorite

“The heart speaks in whispers, but sometimes by the time we listen, it’s too late.”

It’s been days since I finished reading this book and I still have NO IDEA how to put coherent words down. I’ll tell you this. I went into LONG SHOT by Kennedy Ryan completely BLIND! I didn’t read ANY of the early reviews and I barely read the synopsis, because once you see this author’s name next to the title, there really is no point. You’re gonna love it! Your mind is gonna be blown! It’s gonna be an EP
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

When I read Grip by Kennedy Ryan last year, I used the word "important" to describe it. If I had to use one word to describe Long Shot, I would use the same one. This book helps give a voice to millions of people that suffer and are judged by others that have never gone through the horror they've experienced or still experience every single day. 
"She is singular, obliterating every kiss that came before her, eliminating the possibility of anyone else ever tasting this good.”

Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Steph's Romance Book Talk
First and foremost, I really want to emphasize that this is a book about abuse and what it is like to be in a very dangerous and abusive relationship. MAJOR trigger and content warnings for a lot of graphic rape, stalking, being trapped, and a lot of very graphic physical, emotional, and mental abuse. This read is not easy or light, but it very importantly talks about taking back your own body after someone has been forcefully taking it for so long. Also, if you need help, call the National Dome ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve commented a few times as I’ve read this book that it is nothing like I expected. Nothing like I expected in a good way. It showed me a completely different style of Kennedy Ryan’s writing. And it was stunning, beautiful, and tragic

At times Long Shot was difficult to read because of the emotions it stirred in me. I raged a bit then steeled myself to face some more. And it was so worth it.

Iris is one of those book characters who will stay with me forever as will August. She is a tough cookie
Yamina -Women Who Stare at Books
I think that the saying never judge a book by its cover apply so well there.

I genuinely do not think that I can find the right words to describe how this book made me feel. I should have known better… I should have known that as far as Kennedy Ryan is concerned, she never writes easy stories that make you dream. She writes stories that make you feel and think about your existence, about the meaning of life and love. I got drunk on her words and I am mesmerised by her talent and her prose.

“ I’
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Strength. Dignity. Courage. All these things belong to you. Take them back. Your soul is yours. Your heart is yours. Your body is yours. Yours to keep and yours to share.”

Remember these lines women of the world. These are your rights, never to be taken for granted and never ever to be violated. The free will counts ! As you progress in the story you will see that kennedy doesn't hide the ugliness of an abusive relationship at all. She lays them bare for the readers to see. Stark and naked,
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Update 2: Another reason for you to must read this book!!! Ms.Ryan won a RITA award!!! 👏👏👏


Update 1: Pls don't forget to read Bonus Epilogue! And for more info pls check Ms.Ryan's IG post...☺

Btw bonus epilogue was so beautiful! ❤❤❤

Ours is a love that reimagines—that peels back the sky at high noon searching for the stars, collecting them like shells in a bucket. We bathe in stardus
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Yet again I feel like a broken record here. Why oh why can't we get some good closure?! We have such troublesome times that we experience with these it so much to ask for some more of the good stuff thrown in to balance it all out?! The drama seemed a little too OTT as well. At the time of reading it I let it go thinking that we would get those happy times to even it all out, but sadly I don't feel like I got enough to justify it all. I enjoyed the book
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

It’s only in the contrast of night, when things are darkest, that the stars shine."

It's 5 stars. No question. If I can give all the stars, I will. This left me completely speechless. You guys, you need to read this! This book completely wrecked me, then slowly built me up again. It's a story of heartache and healing, and ultimately of love. Plus, I've never read a basketball romance before, so I was so happy to read that.

Before I get into it, I have to
I’ve read every book from Kennedy Ryan and what characterizes her work is that she always goes big. Epic. In every sense of the word. It’s the same with Long Shot. She has a clear point of view with this story. She doesn’t hold back and goes with her characters where it hurts. Long Shot is brutal, raw and heartbreaking but it has to be cause it’s the truth given the topics this book centers around. Nothing is sugarcoated and the actions and choices that are made feel real and true to the charact ...more
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 “BestOf2018Read” Stars

This book.......took me on a journey. A very raw, emotional, stripping of my soul journey. One that made me feel as if I was in the story experiencing all the highs and lows, the joys and sorrows, the hopes and fears, and the strength and determination of characters that engrained themselves into my soul. With the visual clarity of the author’s vivid, heartfelt, and passionate words, this story felt real, raw and painfully open and honest. A melancholy yet hopeful journe
Oh, I still love this book.

To say this story is hard to read would be an understatement and because there are people suffering from this kind of violence, well, it makes thankful I haven’t experienced something like that, incredibly wary of some people but, most of all, it makes my heart heavy with both sadness and hope.

This won’t be much of a review but rather a message.

We cannot judge others if we haven’t walked in their shoes and especially women who have been abused by their partner or some
To say this book was hard to read will be an understatement. I was warned about some scenes but actually reading them was way more difficult than what I thought.

Long Shot is a complex contemporary reading wrapped in a lighthearted sport romance novel and you see it coming from page one but you’re not completely ready for it until it grabs you by the neck.

The level of stress I lived while reading this book was fucking underwhelming. I was putting the book away and taking deep breaths constantly.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

❝ Ours is a love that reimagines—that peels back the sky at high noon searching for the stars, collecting them like shells in a bucket. We bathe in stardust, drink from the Milky Way, and dance on the moon. We pierce the firmament, peer into infinity, and tread on time and space. There is no before. There is no after. Now gives birth to forever. This moment may die, but this love never will. Time is not a line. It’s a circle, and we, August and Iris, we stand at the center.❞
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars

We’ve been like satellites, just kind of in each other’s orbit but not close enough to touch.

Read this book if you’re a self sadist and willing to torture yourself and dug a whole in your soul.

This book was too hard to read. It was just pure torture. I was stuck between not being able to continue and wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Some scenes were really really hard to read. It got too graphic for my comfort. It’s horrible and worse than you could ever imagine. it’s painful,
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me first say, this is not the fluffy contemporary sports romance you might be expecting. This book was BRUTAL. If you have triggers in general about domestic/physical/sexual/emotional abuse, then consider yourself warned to not read this book because this book does not pull any punches AT ALL. I can't emphasize this enough, and I am not one to really give trigger warnings often but this book absolutely necessitates it.

Given that absolutely serious disclaimer about abuse - this book shook me
Amy | Foxy Blogs
I L♥VE sports romance and Kennedy Ryan so this is a MUST READ!!


Yep, what I said above the graphic, prior to reading the book, rings true! The combo of a favorite author and sports romance made for one stellar read.

The bravery demonstrated in this story is the heart and soul of this book. It’s always easy to judge someone else’s situation and have a solution for their situation but without walking in their shoes no one can know what it’s like to wear those shoes.

The hero is Augus
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
DNF @ 78%
I'm allowing myself to rate this although I couldn't finish it.

Whenever I fail to connect with the story, I'm asking myself why. Not whose fault is it.
The author obviously touched a lot of readers with Long Shot, I've been hearing how good and emotional the book was before it even released. Both bloggers and readers adored it, connected with it on different levels.

My first disappointement with the book is that I couldn't connect with any of the characters prior to get into the gritty pa
Kennedy Ryan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I’m not gonna spend a lot of time trying to come up with words to describe this book nor look for a way to express how good this book is.

It’s really simple. This book owned me. Tore me up. Sank my heart. Then I swooned, I fell hard for a NBA basketball star, a really good one that healed my heart, named August West.

So in easy words, if you can handle a story about abuse, many lies, and about finding someone that will love and protect you with all your brokenness, this is it for you. Plain, e
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
All the Stars in the World!

This book was so much more than just an amazing read. This was an experience. An experience that at times made my heart ache. So many times, I had to put my kindle down and catch my breath. It felt too much sometimes. Too real, too raw. But this story needed to be told and Kennedy Ryan did a phenomenal job.
"Sometimes the heart speaks in whispers, and by the time we hear, by the time we listen, it's too late and we don't know."

We meet Iris as she is finishing colleg
Olga therebelreader
What an absolutely wonderful, moving story by Kennedy Ryan! I got a quality story with plenty of plot, lots of drama, and more romance than smut. Exactly the kind of book I love. Exactly the kind of story that keeps me coming back for more.
August and Iris take you on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the book. I loved their story and I really loved how August stood up for her. The physical chemistry between them is good, but what really sold them to me as a couple is their emotional chemi
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