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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.

It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come. GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.

130 pages, ebook

First published February 25, 2017

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Kennedy Ryan

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I write contemporary romance and women's fiction. I always give my characters their happily ever after, but I love to make them work for it! It's a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

I am wife to the love of my life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through my charitable foundation.

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873 reviews554 followers
September 29, 2017
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 MCs every step of the way and oh my gawd the sexual tension in this book was just on fire! The heat from Grip and Bristol spilled off the pages and ignited something within me.

If the prequel was this good then I cannot wait to start the actual full length novel.

Bottom line this is a must read! This is my first by Kennedy Ryan and I can tell you it won't be my last:)

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October 6, 2020
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 introduced so the reader effortlessly becomes aware of the circumstances that have brought them to this particular moment in their life. It completely secured my interest in them as they engaged in conversation that at times is light hearted and at others deeply serious with hard-hitting complex themes weaved eloquently into the writing canvas. Themes that need to be given attention and thought and were showcased with the usual flair and writing personality of this author

“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 stepping stone to the full-length novel convincingly depicting Bristol and Grip’s passionate and evocative dance to friendship. A friendship that quickly and organically felt like it could be whole lot more. Kennedy Ryan's stories resonate, they make me feel and love, and want to step right into the story bubble with her characters, FLOW and GRIP are no exception deserving #AllTheStars and are NOT TO BE MISSED!

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362 reviews881 followers
September 29, 2017

"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 visits her estranged twin brother during spring break in California where she meets his best friend, Grip who is an aspiring rapper. They connect, they flirt, they kiss, but with Bristol leaving to go back to New York to finish school, they agree they'll take things slow until she is done and can move to California. And then yea, that ending happens and WTFFF I need to know what happens after!

Grip and Bristol's chemistry was INSANE and their first kiss slaughtered me and that ending destroyed me and I can not wait to read more on them and see where this all goes. Kennedy Ryan is one hell of a fantastic writer.

My favorite quotes:

"...my heart is a scale out of balance, with my end taking all the weight."

"And I know. In this moment, I know that I’m lost to him. It has been a matter of days. It has been a string of moments. It has not been long enough to tell him, but in my heart, I know I am lost."

"The inches between our lips disappear. At the first brush of his mouth on mine, I know this kiss will never end. It will live on in my memory for the rest of my life."

"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."

"Her fingers on my skin are poetry. Her lips, prose. The rhythm of her heart against mine, iambic. Every touch, eloquence."

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2,417 reviews14.2k followers
March 24, 2017
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 Bristol Gray, Bris meets rapper and poet Marlon James aka Grip.

An unlikely pair from different walks of life…

They spend a week together in Los Angeles exploring their connection; candid conversations, debates, confessions, secrets and a kiss that would change everything.

Long before the fame and the fortune…

Memories from that week to inspire poems that would go on to catapult Grip to music recording stardom, with Bris as his manager. This is the story behind their story.

“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.”

Hero: ★★★★★
Heroine: ★★★★1/2
Plot: ★★★★
Storytelling: ★★★★★
Sexual tension: ★★★★★
Sex scenes: N/A
Story ending: N/A
OVERALL RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Darkness: | LOW FOCUS |
Humor: | LOW FOCUS |
Kink: | LOW FOCUS |
Romance: | MEDIUM FOCUS |
Sex frequency: | LOW FOCUS |
Suspense: | LOW FOCUS |

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3,919 reviews33k followers
March 16, 2023
4.25 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 takes us. I’m sure it will be amazing!
March 12, 2018
0 STARS From Me

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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 self-righteous bitch. She was so judgmental. She reminds me of one of those chicks I could never be around. Those who see nothing else in the world excluding what is around them and while mentally judging them. She is judging people and things before she ever takes more than two seconds to see things from a different perspective. She’s so quick to open her mouth and let all that foul shit out before actually listening to someone first. It took someone, who she wanted to fuck, explaining shit to her before she even gave a damn.

For an ivy league educated female she sure knew next to nothing about the African American community. She was so quick to come to conclusions about females who were more open with their sexuality.

Let me give you an example of some of the stupid shit that came out of this b***h mouth…
“So you rap. Like hoes, bitches, and bling?” – Bitch

“At least you’re open minded about it,” – Grip

“Okay. I admit I don’t listen to much hip-hop. So convince me there’s more to it.” – Bitch

“And it’s my responsibility to convince you. . . why?” – Grip

My thought actually! Why do I need to convince you of a damn thing?

Now let’s replay that conversation on how it would have went with me…
“So you rap. Like hoes, bitches, and bling? ��� Bitch

“Not unless I’m talking about you.” – Pretty Mess Reading

“Okay. I admit I don’t listen to much hip-hop. So convince me there’s more to it.” – Bitch

“Convince you? You have life all the way fucked up with that question. Girl. . . bye!” – Pretty Mess Reading

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Here’s one more example…
“Wow. She can back those tits up, huh?” – Bitch

“…I think you have one criticizing hip-hop for its misogyny and then hating on another woman just because she has a great rack. Is it any worse when men judge women’s worth by their looks than when women do it?” – Grip

“I wasn’t judging her. Okay, maybe I was judging her a little bit. She’s a pretty girl, and sometimes they get a bad rap.” – Bitch

“I believe you. I’m just saying there’s a lot more to Jimmi, too…maybe you should withhold judgement until you know her better. If not altogether.” –Grip

Jealous much, maybe?

Here’s how that conversation would have went with me…
“Wow. She can back those tits up, huh?” –Bitch

“Yeah, she sure can and she looks good doing it. You have a thing for criticizing people and things that you don’t know about.” –Pretty Mess Reading

“I wasn’t judging her. Okay, maybe I was judging her a little bit. She’s a pretty girl, and sometimes they get a bad rap.” –Bitch

“Do they now? Maybe if people like you would spend a bit more time getting to know someone you would find out she’s more that a pair of tits and a pretty face. You would be beautiful if you weren’t such a ignorant bitch.” –Pretty Mess Reading

But that’s just me.

I have read other reviews and they have raved about this book. I was so excited to read it and I wish I could have enjoyed it.

Here’s the thing, while loads of people enjoy reading about the hero more than the heroine, it’s the opposite for me. I need to connect to the main female character to truly enjoy a book. I need to view her as someone I could rock with in real life.

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1,018 reviews2,089 followers
October 16, 2020

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.

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798 reviews2,829 followers
September 23, 2017
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 having ever seen her before. As he is desperately searching for her, he sees one of the most beautiful women he has ever laid eyes on. When he finally receives a text with Bristol’s picture, he can’t believe his luck! The girl staring up at him from his phone is the gorgeous woman standing right in front of him.

From the moment Bristol and Grip meet, you can see they have chemistry. Their attraction is magnetic, and their connection is undeniable. Rhyson, Brystol’s brother, winds up needing to work later than he anticipated, so Grip stays with Bristol to keep her company. During this time, they talk about everything under the sun, even topics that could be uncomfortable to talk about with someone you just met, but with them it isn’t like that.

Bristol is visiting her twin brother for the first time in years. When Rhyson, a musical prodigy, emancipated himself from his overbearing parents, he left behind his sister seemingly without a second thought. Bristol is using this visit to try to reconnect with her brother, but from the time she steps off the plane, he seems to be too preoccupied with work to spend any time with her. Grip is more than happy to take his place, and as much as Rhyson’s absence hurts Bristol, she enjoys her time with Grip immensely. When it comes time for her to leave, they have to decide whether they are going to continue what they started or let it die a natural death. Bristol thinks she knows the answer to that dilemna until something unexpected happens that changes everything.

This prequel is a fantastic introduction to the characters of Bristol and Grip. It sets up their story perfectly giving us the backstory that will allow us to understand the depth of their feelings for one another in Grip. Having read Grip before I wrote this review, I can tell you that this is novella is absolutely essential to their overall story. It can’t be skipped the way so many prequels can. You will be doing yourself a great disservice by trying to skip this one.

Kennedy Ryan has an incredible writing style that makes this story a pleasure to read due to that alone. Her ability to evoke so much emotion in such a short time is nothing short of remarkable. I loved Grip right from the start. His charming personality, intelligence, and sense of humor make him easy to love. Bristol comes off as sheltered, hypocritical, and narrow minded at first, and I hated that. I am going to be real here and say it was because it just seemed like a stereotype…the rich little white girl that says ignorant shit without a clue as to how offensive it is or stupid and close minded she sounds. What I appreciated was the conversations Grip and Bristol had later on in the book and during the next one. It is what made me love the books. These characters don’t pretend that they don’t have different life experiences, but they try their best to understand each other. That is a beautiful thing! All in all, I enjoyed Flow and would recommend it to any romance fan!

ARC generously provided for an honest review.
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1,655 reviews1,008 followers
October 11, 2018
*** 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!
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2,565 reviews1,249 followers
October 10, 2018
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 to me. And when this novella reached it's end, I didn't even hesitate. I knew that I was going to be reading Grip STAT!!

Release Date: February 25, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 2 out of 5
Book Type: Prequel novella
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337 reviews1,008 followers
March 8, 2017
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 spanning eight years.

Business student Bristol flies to Los Angeles from New York on spring break to be reunited with her twin brother, Rhyson. Ever since her brother emancipated from her parents, Rhyson’s moved on and never looked back. Bristol is hoping they can start over with her visit, but things don’t bode well when her brother doesn’t pick her up. Instead, his best friend meets her and drives her to their uncle’s place.

Grip has been tasked to pick up his best friend Rhyson’s estranged twin sister from the airport. He has his expectations on Bristol, but she blows it all to the wind with her breathtaking beauty, gorgeous legs, and stimulating conversation. He doesn’t expect to connect with a rich girl from New York with an Ivy League background, but there he was, having the time of his life with his best friend’s twin. The week flies by, and the two have bonded as if they’ve been together their whole life.

I usually don’t like instant love stories, or anything instant, really… But if written and executed just right? I’m putty in their hands. “Just right” doesn’t even give justice to how Kennedy Ryan wrote it. Bristol and Grip have that instant connection when they meet. The physical attraction is there, yes, but it transcends that.

Flow is a quick read, but it’s easy to see the strain in Bristol and Rhyson’s relationship, Bristol’s pain in losing her brother and having no emotional support from him and her parents, and her determination to start over with him. There’s also Grip’s perseverance in reaching his dreams as he works day and night, and his passion for his poetry and craft.

Flow is a contemporary romance novella told in alternating POVs. It shows the start of a wonderful romance between two like-minded characters who are both complex and realistic. I am recommending this to readers over the age of eighteen, and of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Seriously. Please read Flow and Grip. This book opened my eyes even more to what’s happening in the world, but it’s not a bad thing. Opening one’s eyes, that is. The rest of the world could use a little bit of eye-opening right about now, too.

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review."

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1,868 reviews2,244 followers
April 4, 2018
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 attraction between Bristol and Grip right away, but she’s the sister of the best friend and he’s the player. But the connection between them is more than just romantic, from the beginning they just GET each other.

“She’s something rare—smart, classy, gorgeous, funny, opinionated, and under it all, where she tries to hide it, kind. And burrowed beneath all of that, vulnerable. She isn’t the kind of girl you mess over.

This book was one I was able to dive into from the first page. I loved reading from both Grip and Bristol’s perspectives and seeing how they felt about one another. As an interracial potential couple, I liked that Ryan addressed a lot of the social issues and prejudices that come between two people of a different culture and economic background.

Another thing is reading this book made me excited to read the next one, because it seems I’m in for my favorite treat…… ANGST! Oh how I love it, and I am looking forward to seeing how things play out between these two in the future.

“We both gave each other space to be misunderstood, because we really wanted to understand.”

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1,209 reviews19.7k followers
August 4, 2020
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.
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819 reviews842 followers
March 1, 2017
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.

This story sets the tone for a relationship that is destined to happened. While the beauty of their feelings for one another is peeled back and exposed page by page, sometimes timing and fate have other ideas. But what the author manages in this prequel is to open the hearts of the characters, divulge their emotions and create a raw vulnerability that fuels the story to an amazing crescendo.

I have a feeling that as I begin Grip, my heart will be taken on a bevy of painstaking and beautiful moments. Grip and Bristol have embedded themselves in my soul. #IAmGRIPPED #ILoveBristol

Flow is the novella prequel to GRIP, the full length STANDALONE story about Grip and Bristol. (GRIP will release on March 2nd)

*advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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1,075 reviews244 followers
February 26, 2018
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 handle Grip just fine but more importantly she saw the real him. Besides seeing Grip and Bristol falling for each other I liked that it focus on the relationship between her twin brother too. I think it took guts on her part to try and get close to him after all their family drama. Even though this was a prequel I was surprised by the emotional depth of these two characters and how the author was able to convey their feels for each other in such small amount of time because somehow it didn't feel rushed. It felt like they were always meant to be. Loved it! Ok! Book one here I go. ❤️

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1,332 reviews2,015 followers
November 20, 2017
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 know a lot of people love this series, so even though I'm not into musicians anymore (especially not rappers), I thought I'll try see how it is. Well, I ended up liking it a lot.

I don’t know what she wants or what I am to her. Is she slumming? Am I some exotic fruit or a novelty she sampled on vacation? Or does this feel to her like it feels to me? Like the beginning of something.

I love both Bristol and Grip. They came from a completely different background but connected by their ability to mentally stimulate each other. They also had amazing chemistry together.

We both gave each other space to be misunderstood, because we really wanted to understand.

For a novella, it sure packed a punch. It's well developed with a good pace. I feel like I already know a lot about the characters and their situations. I'm definitely looking forward to see how their story will evolve.

Books in the series:
Flow (Grip, #0.5) by Kennedy Ryan Grip (Grip, #1) by Kennedy Ryan Still (Grip, #2) by Kennedy Ryan
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888 reviews698 followers
February 25, 2017
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! Falling for a player means she’s playing with fire, the chances of getting hurt are astronomical. But, Grip and Bristol have chemistry from the moment they meet and you can almost feel that in the pages of the book. When things get complicated between them, they go their separate ways.

This prequel will definitely leave you wanting more of Grip and Bristol. I am excited to see where their story goes from here :)

In short:
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 4/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 3/5 | Secondary Characters 4/5 | Drama-Conflict 3/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 4/5 | Pacing Fast | Action 3/5

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April 18, 2022
4.5 ⭐️ never has a novella amazed me more. the way it felt like an entire book??? the love I immediately got for this couple?? sos! if you saw me jump into book 2 right away even if I needed to sleep… no u didn’t.

“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.” <3
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933 reviews1,095 followers
October 8, 2017
"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." ❤

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2,993 reviews690 followers
October 24, 2020
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 opposite upbringing. It reminds me a bit of Hard Count from Miss Ginger Scott.

In short this is a beautiful novella. A fantastic appetizer to the real thing onward.

5 stars
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1,560 reviews3,842 followers
October 2, 2017

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 right from the start and didn't stop reading until the end.

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Of course I had to jump straight into book 1, because I had to know what was gonna happen to these two. Since I have already finished "Grip" I can tell you, it was well worth it.

This was a great start to what seems to be an awesome series. Now if you'll excuse, I am off to reading book 2, "Still"

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483 reviews702 followers
September 9, 2023

I had it on my tbr for over two years, so I finally decided to give it a chance. Well, it turns out it wasn't my best decision.

My main problem here was the heroine, Bristol. She was definitely not a 'girls girly'. She was so judgmental and presumptuous.

"My eyes do the slow crawl from the girl’s hot pink toenails in her wedge heels, over the skimpy cut-off denim shorts and the bikini top, which barely bridles her breasts. Bright blue eyes and blonde hair complete the California package. If all the girls look like this, and a quick glance around Mick’s dining room tells me a lot of them do, I may reconsider my secret plan to move here when I graduate."

You may reconsider your plan to move here because the women in California look different than you? I forgot that you wearing a leather jacket and boots is so mysterious and different.

“I wasn’t judging her.” His look and the twist of his lips say otherwise.
“Okay, maybe I was judging her a little bit.” I laugh and am glad when he laughs, too. “She’s a pretty girl, and sometimes they get a bad rap.”

You were totally judging her and WHAT??? So when a girl is pretty and takes care of herself, you assume she has a 'bad rap'. I don’t even know how to comment that, because I have no words.

"I sigh and nod my head out to the hall. “Look, we better get going.”
“What’s the hurry? Rhyson’s at the studio and Grady’s at his retreat all week. Just an empty house waiting for us.”
“I’m ready to go. I have better things to do than give a perfect stranger a grand tour of my place when I need to be working.”

Or here, when she wanted to pee, so she went to Grip's apartment and it was so obvious that he felt uncomfortable with it, but she started walking and looking at it and was far from leaving his place.

The situation with her brother.

“I don’t know if I can do that shit again, Bris. It takes so much, and I only got through it with the drugs. I don’t want to create a situation where I need those again. If there was one thing I learned when I kicked the habit, it was that I have an addictive personality. Music is the only thing I need to be addicted to.”

"I know it’s farfetched. I know it’s irrational to stake my entire college career, my future, on the dreams Rhyson isn’t even dreaming, but to hear Grip affirm my lunacy chafes."

Her brother ran away from their family because his parents took advantage of him for money because he was a piano prodigy. He started doing something else, related to music, and she came to him and said that he should come back and she would be his manager. Girl. Leave this guy alone. I know he is your brother and you want good for him, but he was miserable. Also, the fact that she choose her future career based on his talent, even though she didn’t talk to him for years (it was his fault as he thought their parents made her reach out to him to go back to his piano career), was just plain ridiculous.

“Don’t you have any dreams of your own?” he asks."

Yes exactly. I know her family had some music business, but she planned her future based on her brother's passion. The one he ran away for from, because he was unhappy about it. Quite sad and not very smart.

Grip and Jimmy were the only characters I liked.

Maybe it's just me, but when I picked this novella up I expected something different.
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857 reviews1,774 followers
May 4, 2023
what a magnetic prequel!! one word out of Grips 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 lines. oh, and how about this,

“Her fingers on my skin are poetry. Her lips, prose. The rhythm of her heart against mine, iambic. Every touch, eloquence.”

ladies, as hard as i try to keep my cool, im nothing but a puddle of goo.


“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.”

second of all, this book had one of my favorite cliches (ferris wheel rides on a funfair date) nailed to a perfection.


“We both gave each other space to be misunderstood, because we really wanted to understand.”

third, i loved that this short novella was full of meaningful and eye opening conversations about rap music and many insights on what its like to be a black man in America and other race related topics.


this prequel was brilliant. its got a set of dimensional protagonists from different social backgrounds and opposite upbringing, a string of thought provoking dialogues about a few life challenging issues, a substantial plotline that i cant wait to explore more in the next two books, and a heart fluttering spark of a romance.

(Note: Originally Read in 2019, but Shelved on the “2018 Reading Challenge”)
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434 reviews724 followers
March 1, 2017
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 himself in a colourful way. Loves in a bright way, and this is the prequel to Grip and Bristols love story. This is how they met. Long story short Bristol comes to meet her twin brother Rhyson to work their issues out yet she spends most of her time with Grip, talking, chatting about everything including poetry and the good and the bad. They want something maybe that they shouldn't and that's just the beginning...

Kennedys writing is poetic as ever! She makes you think, ponder and love her characters. Pick it up NOW it's FREE for a limited time ~ http://amzn.to/2lwnfBt

That is all, onto Grip!!

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Author 34 books7,836 followers
October 3, 2017
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...
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1,333 reviews359 followers
December 28, 2017
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 that the black community suffers from huge injustice. I'm certainly not racist. But with this conversation the author just lost me.
Or maybe it's my tiny exhausted brain that was lost.

So not liking the beginning.

I also was indignant towards Rhyson. Who would abandon his twin sister! Really! Did he have no heart?

Lucky for me the book or rather the characters grew on me. When Bristol showed her vulnerability. When she showed she was open-minded. When she proved that she wore her heart on her sleeve I began to like her.

But then Grip had just to be a coward. Sorry the authors says he si a poet he ... but what he did was just not right.

My rating falls between 2 stars in the beginning and 4 stars by the end.

Will I read Grip? Yes as I hope I'm on an upward trend with the story.
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1,344 reviews388 followers
February 27, 2017
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 and lovers will feel the buzz of this incredible story!

Kennedy Ryan constructed, first and foremost, a beautiful friendship. Her prose radiates vibrancy making readers feel alive within the pages of this story. Your heart and your mind are challenged to believe in these two, understand them and their plights, and ultimately fall deep into their love story. This budding relationship starts by happenstance and the foundation for their friendship laid with building blocks of blunt honesty. The immediate comfort they feel in each others presence is a breath of fresh air. And the way in which they present themselves shows their fight. How important decency, kindness, and understanding are to each them. As an avid reader I love when characters make me think as well as feel - Grip and Bristol provide each in spades.

What I love most about this relationship is the intense loftiness of it's importance to today's times and issues. Built partially within social constructs of race and it how it effects everyone Kennedy Ryan provides provocative and intelligent conversations that stimulate both Grip and Bristol as well as the reader. A welcome and open surprise to both these characters that strengthens and seals their connection.

This romance proves culturally and socially important. It's also full of unrelenting passion. Passion for each other, a understanding of needing passion for yourself, and passion for their crafts and their futures. In Flow Kennedy Ryan sets readers up for greatness, for what is sure to be an EPIC journey through love and friendship and that fierce passion. It's an amazing start to what will no doubt be an amazing love story. I can't wait. A must read for ALL readers who love complex, stimulating relationships and truly marveling story-telling.

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1,227 reviews570 followers
September 16, 2017
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 around each other. They reveled in each other's company and their conversations flowed effortlessly, layered with so much intensity. I couldn't remove my eyes from the intoxicating prose and words of Kennedy Ryan. Grip and Bristol were amazing and turned out to be very complex and multi layered characters. I loved the range and depth of their conversations which were a great mixture of race and culture. Also their own views and opinions of today's and the 90's society played a huge part of this story and I appreciate that Ryan chose to go that route with Grip and Bristol. My impression and love for both of them only expanded and I got so much more excited as the story progressed.

I can easily tell that Kennedy Ryan is a huge fan and admirer of poetry. Her prose feels just like that. Poetry. Her words flows with ease, gently pulls my along like a wave and I'm immersed. I'm in another world, the world of Kennedy Ryan and that's definitely the place to be.

5 BadAssDirtyChocolateCharmStars

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