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***This is not a cliffhanger***

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. I've been doing it for years.

I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I've got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary. And Marlon James - Grip to his fans - is nothing short of extraordinary.

Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I kee
ebook, 382 pages
Published March 2nd 2017
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Kennedy Ryan Yes! There is a prequel, FLOW, of course, which is here: That should be read before starting GRIP, but GRIP…moreYes! There is a prequel, FLOW, of course, which is here: That should be read before starting GRIP, but GRIP concludes the story. :-)(less)

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
FREE Prequel! | AMZ US | AMZ UK |

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! Grip, book 1 of 2. Grip & Bris fight their connection, delve into their past & face turmoil & prejudice!

“There’s a web that traps us together, silky and fine, tensile and fragile. A sticky mess I’ve never wanted to escape until now.”

Books in the Grip duet should be read in order:
Book 0.5: Flow - FREE!
Book 1: Grip
Book 2: Still

In the FREE Prequel Flow college student and heiress Bristol Gray, Bris met rapper and poet Marlon James aka Grip w
5 STARS!!!!!

“My heart broke loose on the wind.”

Poetic, inspiring, brilliant, and SO ROMANTIC, it’s no wonder Grip will be sitting on my favorites list of 2017. I absolutely loved this book!

Bristol and Grip met eight years ago and connected right away. Everything came together in the one week they spent together (read the prequel, Flow and you’ll see), then it all fell apart. Their entire relationship changed. It’s been complicated ever since. Grip is now Bristol’s client, she’s his manager.
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
**2 STARS**

I should have never read this damn book.

Here's the thing book lovers. . . I don't know how most people will receive my review and I'm sick of being reported for my thoughts and opinions. Because of this, I will not post my review here because the whole thing is pretty messy . Instead, I'm going to leave the link to my review on my blog if you want to read it.

♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
#5+++ STARS #IAmGripped *IT'S LIVE*


GRIP is a STANDALONE love story with a prequel called FLOW.... It's a bravely written, intelligent story that has completely grabbed my heart, made me feel and attacked my sensibilities in the best possible way. This is the Kennedy Ryan affect. Her writing is beyond brilliant in the manner that it resonates, the way that it makes me think deeply. The key themes of Grip are ones not o
Natalie The Biblioholic

Grip is ONLY 99c!
Flow is still FREE:
Still (Grip #2) is available for pre-order!

I haven't read all of Kennedy Ryan's books, but I have read many, and I've got to say that both FLOW and GRIP were her BEST works to date!!

My review of FLOW (the prequel novella):

I LOVED GRIP!! Lordy, Lordy, I loved that man!!

Grip was everything you could possibly want in a hero: kin
Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4.25 stars

(My insomnia hates me. I've been up for 36 of the past 39 hours. Sorry the review is so short, but my brain is barely functional. Lol )

What can I say about this story to let you know how amazing it really is? I am finding myself at a loss for words and if you know me, you know that doesn’t happen often. Grip is so much more than a love story. It is a love story, yes, but it focuses on so many other topics that make it even more complex and compelling.  When I finished Flow, I already k
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 "A Best of 2017" Stars
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WOW WOW WOW......this story blew me away. Besides being a love story, it was a story that crossed race and social issues that are alive and well in this country. It was emotional, it was heartbreaking, it was thought provoking, it was loving and it was HEALING. Stories of interracial couples have stereotypes and stigmas but this author traverses the issues and displays them in a real, raw, captivating way. While the story is not all about racial difference, the love stor
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars!

“I fell for her before the beat dropped.”

First things first, before you read Grip you need to read the book Flow, which is FREE. So go and download that first. I’ll wait……….. You’re done now? Okay keep reading then.

This is the story of Bristol and Grip, two people who met and fell for each other years ago. Now Grip is one of the top rising musicians in the world and Bristol is his manager, but they aren’t together. Grip wants to be with Bristol, and she wants to be with him, but sh
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 million stars!!!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

Review for Flow.

Flow and Grip completely blew me away. It’s been days since I finished this beautiful, beautiful story, and I haven’t been able to pick up a book and enjoy it. I’m still reeling in my seat at how beautifully written was this book! This lyrical prose is brutally honest, and everything was painted so vividly and real; it was inevitable I fell in love with it. Definitely a top read this year. I’m 100% sure Bristol and Grip’s story will s
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Grip Series
POV: First Person - Dual

In eight years since they first met, a lot had happened that changed both Marlon (Grip) James and Bristol Gray's lives. He's a rapper on the verge or superstardom and she's the manager that would propel his fame. But behind their professional facade, there were still hurt and longing from the past that they needed to face for any hope of a future together.

He’s been brave. He just kept coming after me
Jay Crownover
Mar 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017
this is hands down one of the BEST romance books I've ever read. it's relevant and smart. it's engrossing and romantic. loved it. everyone should read it
“If I break your heart, I break mine.”


I’m apologizing right now for the amount of gushing coming your way and the amount of quotes I’m about to share. But I can’t help it. It’s very rare for me to pick up a book or series with the hype I have seen for this one and for me to actually understand what all the fuss is about. But WOW. Kennedy knocked me off my feet. The romance, the steam, the humor, the issues regarding race she delves into. Kennedy's story telling and prose is off the charts am
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

If I thought “Flow” the prequel to “Grip” was a good start this it had nothing one this one.

We start 8 yrs after the what happened in “flow” with Bristol/Grip now in their new relationship not just as friends but working together.

This series is turning up to be so addictive I was so caught up with the complex relationship between these characters. But even loving it I have to say a good part of this book I found myself frustrated with Bristol the constant pull she had with Grip. I did
OH MY GOD, THIS BOOK!!! There's not enough stars in the galaxy of this world to give Grip and Bristol any justice. I'm drowning in feels. I'm an ugly mess of emotions. This will most definitely be one of my top favorite books and couples of all time. I am shook. I can't even form the perfect words to describe how this book truly made me feel. I just knew I never wanted it to end. *sniffles*

Full review to come! (A review worthy enough for GripStol.)

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Sara➽[semi-hiatus] (Ink Is My Sword)
5 “The chemistry” Stars
“ We only had a week together, but the conversation, the connection—I never had it with anyone else before or since. It is real, and real is so rare, you can’t ignore it when you find it. You don’t give up on it.”

After keep hearing from this series in Steph’s Youtube Channel (If you love romance, seriously check her out, you will find about books you had never hear from before💕) I had to read and verify if it was as good as she says it was. Spoiler alert: IT WAS.

Jennifer Kyle
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
6++++ Gripping beautiful Stars

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Can I just say Contemporary Romance has got to be one of my favourite genres, the storytelling I love love love everything about it. Add that with Kennedy Ryan's mind this one ticked all my boxes and gave me the flutters in my stomach I thrive on feeling when I'm reading an epic read.

In the best possible way I'm not going to tell you what it's about in a matter of speaking cause frankly you as readers need to HOLD ON WITH BOTH HANDS AND HEARTS and enjoy the ride t
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Don’t you feel how connected we are?” I ask. “If I break your heart, I break mine.” A sweet smile spreads over her lips and she nods. ❤

OMFG 😍😍😍 I'm literally on the pink clouds right now... MARLON *sigh* 😋 I loved everything, I mean every freaking thing about him. ❤

Olga therebelreader
Grip was just incredible. God, this story.... I'm steel reeling. I just finished it a mere hours ago and I'm still not over it. I don't think I will be for days. The writing was so, so good. Some moments were really intense. The characters where strong, emotions were present, and they behaved like normal people! And I felt like I could feel everything Grip and Bristol were going through.

I fell in love with Grip, the lead male character. I loved the ways he measured and evaluated life. He was be
V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT:  A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you
Careful with this one my safety gang.

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I can't take this trope so common in adult "romance".I hate the double standards of the "romance" self-pub authors. Why it's always the "boy will be boys" "men can't live without sex for 8 years, but women can" I mean. If he's in love with heroine why would he become remotedly tempted by another woman?

I d
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: The prequel had sucked me right in, and I was eager to find out what happened with these two. I liked the push/pull dynamics...for a bit — but then they got old. I wanted to shake the h! The H was awesome, and he obviously cared so much about her! I connected enough to get emotional, and I was happy when they finally got together. They were pretty hot together too! I guess I was being greedy again and wanted more of them together. I understand that there is another boo
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After finishing the prequal to this book, I just had to jump into this one right away. I really think you should read "Flow" before you start this one ;)

Grip and Bristol made quite and impression on me in "Flow" and I wanted to know what the author had in store for them next.

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It has been 8 years since Grip and Bristol spend a week together. Grip is up and coming famous rapper now and Bristol has done, what she always wanted to do. She has started managing her brother to stardom and now also manag
Amy (Foxy)
Excellent!!! I listened to this during a road trip! One of my favorites this year.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Grip is like poetry in motion. Every word flows articulately beautiful from start to finish. No wonder I’m experiencing some book hangover. I just love how the story of Grip and Bristol was written.

Bristol Gray the independent, strong willed heroine who will do everything to protect the one she loves. She has a successful career in managing up and coming artist and has everything money can buy, but she doesn’t want that, Bristol wants someone who will love her as her.

Marlon “Grip” James worked

Read Flow the prequel NOW!


#IamGRIPPED #GetGRIPPED #afreakingprism #beforethebeatdropped

5++++ "You take everything to another level." Stars

My favorite book of the year. Such an EPIC love story. A POWERFUL work of fiction.

An important message. A beautiful romance. A lasting friendship. A fierce heroine. The MOST captivating hero. Brilliant story-telling. Grip embodies it all.

Intelligent, impacting, insightful, inspiring- a truly true MUST READ book. If you're a ro
Not for me! I have absolute limits when I read a book; a leading man who has sex with other women when he is in love with the female lead, and when it is already under way the love story between the two is assoutamente unacceptable to me! I don't care if the h does not want to be with him, it's not the story I want to see the hero having sex with women who are not the heroine and I don't think that his is then a great love if you can not keep it in his pants!So perhaps
Adriana Locke
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story reads like a movie . . powerful and intoxicating ... and sinfully sexy. GRIP has everything—dynamic characters, soulful plot, and a lesson at the end that will change the way you look at life. One of my favorite reads this year. Maybe ever. 5 massive, gripping stars from me!
Kennedy Ryan
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote

"Find time to read this book. Don't put it on the TBR and get to it later...make time for it NOW. It was amazing... something important and special. When romance is relevant that is when it shines the brightest. I haven't read anything this compelling and unput-downable in a long time." –- Jay Crownover, New York Times Bestselling Author

GRIP, A STANDALONE love story, is LIVE!!

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Resisting an irresistible f
I was definitely wooed by Grip and his delicious chocolate charm. Marlon aka Grip isn't all about being a famous hip hop star. No, he has so much story hidden behind those good looks of his. A voice to be heard because he has plenty to say. Not just through his lyrics but also in general. A very strong opinion and a talent beyond words. He's also a good man who's been raised right by his mother in a tough environment in Compton. When he finally gains success he never forgets where he's from or t ...more
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