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(Grip #0.5)

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In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.

Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.

But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world, and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.

From completely different worlds, all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.

ebook, 130 pages
Published February 25th 2017
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: interracial
Wow! I was not expecting to like this book so much! This may be one of the first interracial romances I've ever read and I LOVED it! And the funny thing is...this was just the prequel.

I seriously fell in love with Grip. This hero stole my heart. KRs writing was so effortless, realistic and flowed so easily I almost forgot that I was reading and before I knew it I had finished the book. Even though it wasn't a full length novel, the characters were still well developed and solid.

I felt for the M
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
Flow is now part of the - 𝗚𝗿𝗶𝗽 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗕𝗼𝘅 𝗦𝗲𝘁
Read all 3 books? There's NEW CONTENT!

My review thoughts for FLOW:

Flow is the perfect prequel to set the scene and tone of GRIP, the new STANDALONE love story by Kennedy Ryan. Fans of the Soul series will be familiar with the characters at the heart of this story but rest assured if you have not read the afore mentioned novels, Kennedy Ryan has carefully crafted Grip and Bristol's story to ensure it is the perfect standalone. The protagonists are int
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"If I could undo your kisses
If I could un-feel your touch
If I could unhook this heart from yours I would.
But I’m trapped in the memory of what we were
Stuck with the reality of what we are
Tempted with the promise of a future
Afraid of possibility
I don’t know how our story ends, but this—this is where it started."

I'm not going to say much about this prequel mainly because I just want to start Grip already and writing a long review will delay this =)

Short summary: Bristol visit
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
FREE Prequel! | AMZ US | AMZ UK |

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2! Flow, book 0.5 of 2. Long before the world knew him as Grip they were Marlon & Bris exploring LA & each other!

“I don’t care what color a girl is. I like the color of smart, the shade of funny, and sexy is my favorite hue.”

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

Flow (prequel) is the FREE opening to Grip. It takes place eight years prior when college student and heiress Bris
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!
“I don’t care what color a girl is. I like the color of smart, the shade of funny, and sexy is my favorite hue.”

Flow is the prequel to Grip, and once you finish Flow, you won’t be able to stop yourself from going straight into Grip. This was a short read, but it really packed a punch. I loved Grip and Bristol (I loved them in Rhy’s book) so seeing their ‘start’ and the connection they shared when they first met made me so happy! I can’t wait to see where their full story tak
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
0 STARS From Me

Unfiltered review here,
I don't know how well received this review will be taken but here we go...

Let's meet Bristol. Bristol is a bitch . I just don’t like the hoe . She reminds me of a slut or maybe a whore . Oh, no! Wait! That's just how Bristol views everyone expect her.

Let's all prepare ourselves to read a story that plays on almost every single negative stereotype of the black community, shall we?

All jokes aside, Bristol is a
Giorgia Reads

This was a 100 pages novella which tells the story of what happened 8 years prior to the events in Grip and why things turned out a certain way.

It was a good introduction to the characters and their background.

There’s not much to say because I see this as a necessary part of the story and it’s weird to rate on its own, but like I said, it does a good job at establishing the characters.

Review Grip

Review Still
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Flow is the first thing I have ever read by Kennedy Ryan, and I knew right away that it wouldn’t be my last. Novellas are tricky for me to rate and review. Most of the time there never seems to be enough story for me to become totally invested in what I’m reading, and any connection I feel to the characters is flimsy at best. However, sometimes one comes a long and surprises me, and this was one of those times!

Grip agrees to pick up his best friend’s sister, Bristol, from the airport without hav
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
I'm going to keep this simple. I freaking LOVE Grip!! Love him!!

Be still my heart. He had me from the start. Why is it that when I went to Compton to visit (many times mind you), I never encountered a man quite like Grip??? Where were you hiding boo???

I was fascinated by Grip and Bristol's instant connection, their banter, their feelings, their everything. It was all wrapped up in the way that Kennedy Ryan worded each sequence of their story. She made it almost lyrical. I felt this book singing
*** 3.5 Stars!!! ***

This novella is an introduction to a new series by Kennedy Ryan! I found the story to be a bit slow in the beginning but it caught my interest towards the end. I look forward to getting more Bristol and Grip!
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 million+++++ stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

I’ve been staring at my computer for more than thirty minutes trying to form the right words to say. Flow made me want to read Grip right away. This prequel introduces who Marlon “Grip” James and Bristol Gray are before the fame and success. The novella had me 100% invested in their story, and 100% craving for more. This story is presented in a beautiful array of lyrical prose, showing social issues, family dynamic, and a slow-burn romance spannin
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“I like the color of smart, the shade of funny, and sexy is my favorite hue.”

Kennedy Ryan is a new to me author who has been recommended countless times by many friends, so I finally got my shit together and read one of her books. Flow is a prequel to the book Grip, and it has a very promising start.

Bristol is traveling to LA to visit her estranged brother during her spring break. When he’s unable to pick her up from the airport, he sends his friend and colleague Grip. There’s an
Still as great as I remember it to be. Possibly even more? I missed Kennedy Ryan’s writing style. I loved the race discussions between Bristol and Grip and how honest that was. I loved that white girl was able to ask them openly and have a discussion about it and learn.

I can’t wait to see how their relationship pans out as well as the relationship between Bristol and her brother. There’s so much to gain from that.


Enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
Onto the next book.
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 "Oh, it’s happening, baby girl" Stars
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There is nothing better than reading a story where the connection between the characters literally penetrates your soul. The words that drive the story are amazingly poetic, emotionally raw and beautifully awakening. The sparks that ignite the characters are deep and palpable. Flow is the prequel to GRIP, and gives us the start of how Grip and Bristol meet and what transpires between the two when Bristol comes to reconnect with her brother, Rhyson.

Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Wow this was really good! So this one goes back eight years before book one of the "Grip series" where Grip and Bristol first meet. Right from the first meeting these two sparked an intense connection, at least that's how it felt to me. Their flirting was sexy the way they went back and forth was so much fun to watch. Grip, such a player the words that came out his fun had me rolling my eyes but dam if I didn't enjoy his confidence. Bristol took as much as she gave she knew how to han
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 0.5 of 2 from Grip Series
POV: First Person - Dual

After years of being estranged, Bristol Gray was making an effort to reconnect with her brother. But the one week she had was spent mostly with his best friend Grip. As the trip came to an end, she had to decide if the connection was something worth keeping.

I look at her, cataloging her features one by one and realizing the most fascinating thing about this girl isn’t visible to the naked eye.

I kn
Olga therebelreader
In Flow, we get to see how Grip and Bristol's love story begins. It’s short but fantastic and gives you a good look at the background and characters in Grip. The author catches the reader’s attention from the very beginning and keeps it through to the end. This story is so cute… Grip and Bristol are definitely perfect for each other.

Grip meets Bristol and he almost falls for her right at the onset. He never meant to fall for the twin sister of his best friend Rhyson, but he did and in a big way!
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"At the top of the world, so close we could almost touch the sky and with only the stars watching, I found out what a kiss should be." ❤

Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh I want to kick myself on skipping miss Ryan books for so long. When I listen to Flow, I now really need a unlimited amount of skittles. Yup Bristol is right. I will take any color of Grip anytime a day. He is that delicious.

The story of Flow is short. But promising so much for the full lenght novel. I like the writing. Angst, dramatic but not overly done. The discussion between Grip and Bristol had me on edge. How passionate they are on subject of skin color, social background and their oppo
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
#0.5 flow — 4 stars
#1 grip — 4 stars
#2 still — 4.5 stars

what a magnetic prequel!! one word out of grip's poetic vocabulary, and im a goner. please tell me that bomb at the end was a sham!!


“i like the color of smart, the shade of funny, and sexy is my favorite hue.”

"what color are you?" he repeats, his eyes never leaving my face. "you, bristol, are a freaking prism."

first of all, ah, ehm, … *clears throat* did you see that?? did you see me MELT?? this guy really knows how to work his line
Wendys Wycked Words

Flow is the prequal to "Grip" and I strongly advice everyone to read this one before starting book 1. It's also free, so give it a go and get to know Marlon "Grip" and Bristol !!

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This book takes place 8 years before the story of book 1. It explains how Grip and Bristol meet and spend a whole week together.

These two had a wondeful "connection" right from the start. I was immediately drawn to both characters and even though this was quite a short story, plenty of things happend. I was pulled in rig
Emma Scott
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, I inhaled that like a chocolate babka during PMS week. SO, so good. The writing is so fantastic, even Bristol became my new girl-crush through Grip's eyes.

On to the next...
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5+++ Soulful and colourful Stars

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Ok I'm going to keep this short and sweet, I am LOVVVVING this. Can I say GRIPPP IS MINEEE I'm claiming dibs here LOL. He is perfect in every way, I loved the soul series so I kind of knew I'd fall for this likewise. Grip is everything you want in a hero, he's sensual in a music rhythm way, he's a musician in poetry and rapping and using words to explain his thoughts and feelings. And that I would say is the reason why I am falling for him, he expresses himsel
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
3,5 stars

I had too high expectations. All my friends loved it I so wanted to be "in" but saddly I will be the odd one.
I did not like the beginning. At all.
I was all "Really girl?" you are judging a blonde "airhead"? Her tits are attcking you? That's kind of judgmental you know!
And their conversation about the use of the "niggas" word had me all perplex. Like the author was trying too much to explain the problems plaguing black people. Don't misunderstand me I think these problems are real and th
FLOW releases February 25th for FREE!
FLOW is a Prequel to GRIP (A STANDALONE releasing March 2nd)
Add GRIP here.


5++ "...a freaking prism." Stars

Let me just start by saying #IamGRIPPED and you need to #GetGRIPPED.

The prequel of Grip & Bristol's story in Flow is not to be missed for a full immersion into their journey of friendship, love, and understanding. The chemistry simmering between these two characters written by the brilliant pen of Kennedy Ryan electrocutes. All romance readers
When I read the Souls series I was very much intrigued by Grip and Bristol's relationship and wondered what was their story. Because they certainly had chemistry in spades. Their simmering lust and attraction also hinted at a much more deeper connection.

With Flow, a short prequel, I got not just a hint but a pretty damn good look into how they first met and how deep their relationship goes. Especially on a personal level. Their interactions were phenomenal and I loved how comfortable they were a
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
5 "WOW" Stars
"Those are tough conversations to have with someone you know, much less with someone you just met, but it felt like nothing was off‑limits. As if I could give her room to be naïve and she could give me room to be obnoxious. We both gave each other space to be misunderstood, because we really wanted to understand."

4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a good start to the series, and did it’s job in having me anxious to get started on the first book. It did take me a while to like the h, but after about halfway I understood why she was the way she was and I ended up liking her. I am really digging this H too! I’m excited to jump right into Grip 🤗

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Bristol and Grip’s story. They meet when Bristol is in LA visiting her estranged twin brother and Grip is sent to pick her up.
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
Kennedy Ryan is a phenomenal talent! I’m in awe every single time I pick up a book penned by this amazing author. Not only because the books are so well written and grab my attention from the very first page, but mainly because they are so smartly written and never fail to make me fall in love.

Here’s what I loved about Flow:
That cliffy killed. I could not wait to start Grip once this quickie ended. I was on the edge of my seat!
The characters jump off the page! I felt good while reading it. These
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