Thursday 13 September 2018

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan


“Kennedy Ryan’s writing continues to amaze and inspire. She is a genius wordsmith and a prose poet. And in Banner Morales, she has created the perfect heroine for this day and age. Don’t miss this read. It’s everything.” — Emma Scott, Bestselling Author 

Block Shot, Kennedy Ryan’s enemies-to-lovers, second-chance standalone romance is LIVE and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!


Book Description:


If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat...
The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.
Her anger is...arousing.
Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth, 
gets me...well, you know.
If I had a dollar for every time she's put me in my place, I'd be an even richer man.
I'm a successful sports agent because I assume "no" means you'll think about it.
I'm sure what you meant to say is "Coming right up.”
They say even rich men don't always get what they want, 
but those men don't know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.
Take Banner. She assumes she's winning, but this game? 
She doesn't even know how to play.


If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.
One night. One epic fail. One dollar...and I'm out.
I've moved on.
I’ve found success in a field ruled by men. 
Anything they can do, I have done better.
They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.
And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?
Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.
I'll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.
Oh, I didn't say the struggle wasn't real.
But I've got that one dollar, and Jared won't have me.


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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“En las buenas y en las malas.”
“What could possibly come between us.”

Kennedy Ryan does it again. This author is so insanely talented it is scary, and the fact that she churns out winner after winner is testament to just how much she has honed her craft. Long Shot is one of my all-time favourite books, and while I loved this one just a smidgeon less, this book holds its own and then some. I have worked in sports management more or less my whole working life, and I love reading books in and about this area. The cutthroat day to day life, the pandering to clients all in a dog eat dog world. However, how this book started was genius, and Kennedy Ryan really drags you into this book kicking and screaming as you learn about our hero and heroine from their college days.

“I would say may the best man win…But we both know you’re a better man than I am, and I have no intention of losing her.”

Banner was a fantastic heroine, and I saw a lot of myself in her to a degree. It was the fact that I could relate that really ingratiated this character into my heart and soul. Banner was a nerd, she was a little chubby and quiet. Banner kept herself to herself and immersed herself into learning and bettering herself. Banner had high ambitions, and with her fierce determination and unwavering resilience, I always knew that she would make it. So it was no shock that when we catch up with these two years later, she was a force to be reckoned with, a woman succeeding in a man's world and not only succeeding but flourishing and wiping the floor with her male counterparts.

“When day and night are absolutely equal, it’s equinox. Banner is my equinox.”

What differentiated Banner from the rest was her empathy, her loyalty to her clients and ingrained work ethic of always putting her clients first. It was this that made her a formidable force. Block Shot is a character-driven, thought-provoking story, chock full of emotion, character connection and fantastic dialogue. For the first time in a long time, the character that made this book was the heroine, this was definitely Banner’s story. Banner was such a well rounded, lovable character and every reader will be championing her along.

“Aftershock. How the earth tremors following a seismic disruption. A result of great upheaval at the core. And at the epicenter lies Jared Foster.

Jared as a student was a far cry from the man that rocks up years later. Jared was at their affluent college on scholarship – just like Banner – and tried his hardest to fit in. Jared wanted to join the secret societies to advance his future career, he was handsome, and the women were literally falling at his feet. While Jared took advantage of those girls, it took meeting Banner for him to realise that there was more than the rich daddy’s girls that constantly graced his bed sheets. Jared and Banner connected on an intellectual level first and foremost, and their friendship soon blossomed. The chemistry was always present, and while Jared kept his feelings close to his chest, his hand is forced to open up and tell the truth.

Banner has low self-esteem, and it is no surprise that she  was wary of Jared’s affections and when what should have been the best moment of their lives turns into the worst, their connection is severed forever, or at least until they meet again, many years later.

“I want to make love to you with the lights on.”

Kennedy Ryan nailed this book, and with her latest books, she has tackled some subjects and tropes I never thought she would and yet she pulls them off to perfection.  This book tugged at every heart string, the growth in both characters was exponential, and while Jared’s heart had hardened, it only took Banner's presence to soften him up to the college student he once was. Jared had found his forever back in college, and now he had found her again, there was no way he was letting her go. Jared as an adult was the epitome of the alpha asshole, success driven and work was his life, his be all and end all. While Jared thought he had already had to fight, he now had the fight of his life and Banner wasn’t going to make it easy.

“I saw you first.”
“I had you first.”
“I want you back.”

With a little best friends to lovers, love/hate and second chance, this book has something for everyone, and with Kennedy Ryan’s lyrical prose the reader is transported into Banner and Jared’s world with startling clarity. As I said above, the character connection was on point, the dialogue exceptional and the story as heart-breaking as it was stunning. I cannot wait for this authors next book. I need her words in my life. 

Enter the BLOCK SHOT BOSS Giveaway!


I stretch my arm toward the wall and turn out the lights.
With the light snuffed out, my other senses rise, hunting for her in the dark. The smell of her hair and her quick, shallow breaths. My sight adjusts until the heavy black curtain completely obscuring her fades to gray. Light from the outer room spills under the door, revealing just the shape, the outline of her, but still camouflaging details. I cup her cheek, taking a moment to appreciate the softness of her skin, the silky hair brushing my knuckles. I’m not an idiot. She wants the lights out because she’s self-conscious, but from my perspective, she has nothing to be ashamed of.
“I think you’re beautiful, Ban.”
“You do?” she asks, her voice hushed.
My words surprise me as much as they seem to surprise her, because I don’t say shit like that to girls. The prettiest ones usually seem to already know, which makes any admiration I’d express redundant. But Banner . . . she’s so beautiful, and I’m not sure she knows.
“I do.” I push the hair away from her face.
“Uh . . . thank you.” Her laugh isn’t much more than a breath. “The lights are out, so I’m not sure that compliment counts.”
“I know your face by heart. You have seven freckles here.” I swipe a finger over the straight bridge of her nose and drift down to caress her full lips and the tiny dent in her cheek her smile displays. “And a dimple right here.”
I explore the smooth skin of her nape, under a heavy fall of hair.
“Now I want to know your body, too,” I say softly. “Take off your clothes for me, Banner.”
After a sharply indrawn breath, she raises her arms. The rustle of her clothes—the sweatshirt, jeans, socks, shoes—being discarded whisper in the dark. I approximate her by touch, reaching for her arms and closing my fingers around the softness, the velvety skin. I lower my head and run my nose along her neck, discovering.
“You always smell so good.” I’ve wanted to tell her that since the first night we studied here.
“Pretty Pastel,” she replies, her laugh low, nervous.
“What?” I pause.
“The smell. It’s my dryer sheets. The scent is Pretty Pastel.”
“I like it.” I resume my exploration, running a palm over her shoulder, her collarbone until I find the soft, full weight of her breasts, testing them in my hands, cupping them, holding them, brushing the nipples with my thumbs until they pebble and her breaths come harshly.
“You like that?” I ask.
I see her head nod in the semi-darkness. “Yeah. It feels good.”
Her touch startles me in the best way, her hand finding my face, traveling over my mouth, eyes, and hair. I sense her approach, feel tiny pants of breath on my lips, and anticipation has me panting, too, shortens my breath and sharpens my senses. Her mouth seeks mine, eager and sweet when she kisses me. Her pleasure, her excitement matches, answers, fans mine.
I guide her back down to the couch, and with a hand at her shoulder, urge her to stretch out. I’d shave points off my GPA for a glimpse of her, but she doesn’t want that. I get it, so I settle for a taste.

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About the Author:

A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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