Series: Hoops #1
Published by Self-Published on 03/20/2018
A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA...
Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl?
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.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go
*Certain aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.
“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.”
Wow. What an emotional ride Long Shot was. I feel emotionally wrung out. But what a painfully beautiful story.
In the last year or so, I’ve stopped reading the synopsis before I read the book. Sometimes I’ll read it after, sometimes I won’t read it at all. I don’t read teasers, or excerpts. I ignore basically everything about a book before I read it because I find that I enjoy stories more when I don’t know what to expect. Looking back, I can’t decide if I wish I’d have read the synopsis first or not. I think I would have had some warning, so I could steel myself, but I think it also may have kept me from reading it.
The heart speaks in whispers, but sometimes by the time we listen, it’s too late.
This is not an easy book to read. I tend to avoid heavier subject matter in books because reading is an escape for me. It’s about enjoyment and decompressing. It’s about leaving worries, stresses, life, responsibilities, and my anxiety at the door. But there’s also so much beauty in books like this one, and I need to remind myself to take more risks. I could have missed out on this one and I wouldn’t trade it for a lighter read if I had a choice.
This book has parts that are ugly and raw. It’s hard to read, and at times so tempting to look away. But then there were these glimpses of just absolute pure beauty. There was hope, and strength, and love, and so many things that compelled me to keep reading.
Kennedy Ryan did a fantastic job with this book, this story, these characters. The love between August and Iris is so pure and tangible. You can feel it coming off of the pages. Even the supporting characters were extremely well-developed and left a lasting impression. At the heart of it, there’s a really beautiful love story. But there’s a cloud of terror and heartache that hangs over the entirety of it.
And as Ryan addresses at the close of this book, this is not fiction for so many women. These things are their lives, their reality. And I think that’s what’s most painful. At the close of this book, I felt hope, but I also felt bone-deep sorrow for the people who live it. It doesn’t end for them when the pages run out. Bravo for Ryan bringing something so important to the forefront and addressing it in a way that helps you understand how so many can’t “just leave”.
Life isn’t a road that forks or a line of numbered sliding doors. There is no alternate universe filled with only right choices. There’s just this one—just this life, and we go where our choices take us and grow wiser from our mistakes.
I absolutely, one hundred percent recommend this book to everyone. While what I just described doesn’t sound enjoyable, I can assure you that within lies a really beautiful story and one worth reading. I did actually enjoy it. August and Iris will stay with me for a long time.