BLOG TOUR STOP AND 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!

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JARED

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.

BANNER

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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My Review

I’m a HUGE fan of smart romances…of romances that understand the consciousness of the times and uses this medium to not only enlighten readers about certain life lessons but also to prove that the only obstacles that are insurmountable are the ones that people are too afraid to attempt.

Even though Block Shot is only the second book that I’ve read by Kennedy Ryan, I knew after finishing Long Shot, the first book in Ryan’s Hoops series, that her romance stories were intellectually rich, thought provoking, and so well written that it was beyond easy to get swept up in the storyline and in the characters themselves, longing to truly understand what makes them who they are and how their paths seem destined to cross despite the extenuating circumstances that surround them on all sides.

‘I’ve always known how to play the game, Ban. Always calculated what every move would yield and how I would come out the winner.’

Jared Foster couldn’t have described the way he approaches life any better than the quote above, and what’s even more striking about this statement is that it guides both his professional and personal life, allowing him to pave his future and to earn EVERYTHING that he’s always wanted despite the odds against him. But when it comes to his feelings for Banner Morales, there’s not a game plan in his repertoire for him to follow because with her, his logic almost ceases to exist and while he may want to continue his cutthroat sports agent demeanor, Banner lives by her own set of rules and values, and with her in Jared’s life, he can’t help but be changed by Banner’s passion, by her heart, and by the way she loves with all of her heart and soul.

Banner Morales is my spirit animal; she’s who I want to be when I grow up…if that was a possibility;) Her strength…her backbone…her intelligence…she is inherently good and it’s that goodness that guides her…that shapes who she is. Kennedy Ryan crafted Banner’s personality in a way that speaks to readers…speaks to our own insecurities…our own distorted self-perceptions. I loved witnessing Banner’s growth in a realistic and authentic way, and even though she’s a work-in-progress throughout much of the story, what we learn about her and what she figures out about herself are ideas that allow Banner to finally she herself…her heart’s desire over anything else.

Due to her authentic voice, her ability to shed light on societal norms and issues, and the way she constructs her stories and thoroughly develops her main/secondary characters, Kennedy Ryan has quickly become one of my favorite authors. The fact that Ryan allows her hero and heroine to make mistakes…to make bad decisions even though they’re good people at their core enables readers to identify with these amazingly multifaceted characters and as they work towards their second chance, we can see ourselves in these characters’ happiness and struggles and feel comforted by the fact that they never gave up, which means that even seemingly hopeless situations can be overcome.

5 Poison Apples

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Excerpt 

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 Kennedy

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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