BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: HOLIDAY HOOPS by Kennedy Ryan

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HOOPS Holiday, a Christmas bundle featuring all-new, never-before-published content by Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

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MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . .

except them.

But that was then.

The only question is…what about now?

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** Hoops Holiday consists of FULL-COURT PRESS, a HOOPS novella originally published in the TEAM PLAYER Anthology. It has been expanded with all-new, never before published content & epilogue.

It also includes Christmas-themed bonus material for LONG SHOT (Iris & August) and BLOCK SHOT (Banner & Jared).

*All HOOPS Stories are standalone, and can be enjoyed individually or in order.

My Review

For ten years, Avery Hughes and Mack Decker have always been each other’s big question mark, and even though the ‘what if’ game wasn’t truly played for most of that time, it’s clear when they reconnect a decade later that their attraction to one another has remained despite their less than stellar introduction otherwise known as ‘the towel incident.’

Kennedy Ryan crafted Avery and Mack’s novella with the kind of writing and character development that I’ve come to love from this gifted author. Ryan has a way of fleshing out what’s at the heart of her heroes and heroines and presenting that information so flawlessly that it’s beyond clear who these characters are and why they belong together despite the circumstances or outside interferences that seem to think otherwise.

Avery Hughes is my kind of heroine – intelligent, witty, passionate, driven, and more than capable of holding her own in a male dominated profession. And while she doesn’t necessarily wear her heart on her sleeve, her emotions do tend to control her actions and with what she’s had to endure over the past year, I completely understand her fears and her second guessing when it comes to giving into her feelings for a man who could destroy her heart so easily.

Mack Decker has always been a man of action – a ‘full-court press,’ so to speak, and he demonstrates exactly how strong of a work ethic he has when it comes to getting what he wants and there’s no doubt that he wants to claim Avery like he should have done all those years ago. I loved everything about this hero, but it’s his honesty that made me swoon!

Full Court Press is a story about unanswered questions…about missed chances…about what might have been…about the one who got away or the one who didn’t stay around long enough to see what they could be.

It’s a story about unwavering chemistry despite the obstacles…about a natural connection that deserves to be explored…about two highly intelligent, sports-minded people who both want to feel again in the ways that only the other one can provide.

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

Soft and fresh like petals.

I’m a jock. Not a dumb one, but a jock nonetheless. I don’t describe a woman’s lips as soft and fresh or compare a kiss to flowers. Besides the few years I was married to Tara, if it opened its legs and said yes or please, I fucked it. I always rushed it. A man’s got needs, but I got in and I got out. This woman, this kiss, I have to savor. I’d be a fool not to. It’s a first kiss. I understand the difference now between the first time you kiss someone, and a first kiss. This is a discovery of tongues and lips and heat. An introduction of our souls, if that doesn’t sound too pussy-ish. It’s how I feel, though. Like as our lips brush back and forth, as our tongues tangle, as I taste her, mouthful by delicious mouthful, I’m learning her secrets. I’m telling her mine. My hand slides from the door to flatten into the warmth of her back through the silk blouse, bringing her incrementally closer. The air shifts and takes the shape of lust; assumes the form of want. The sound of her moaning, the slight lift and fall of her breasts against my chest, testifies that she feels it, too.

The elevator dings, and our bodies go still even as we keep exchanging breaths and heartbeats through our clothes; even though my mouth is still poised above hers. I have her against the door, and every curve of her body is impressing itself on me, making sure I’ll never forget how right we fit together. I look over my shoulder toward the elevator. The doors open, but no one gets off. That interruption was enough to bring her back to her senses, though. God knows I can’t find mine.

“Um . . . you should go,” she whispers, a muscle rippling along the smooth line of her jaw.

I bend to breathe over her mouth, so she can taste our kisses lingering on my lips. “Or you could invite me in.”

Her scent and the warmth of her body take my senses hostage. I smell her and want to kiss her again so badly it stings my taste buds. Her eyes already regret the last few moments I thought were so perfect. I can’t calm my emotions or my body that quickly.

“You don’t want to come in, Deck.”

“I assure you I do.”

A short laugh, deceptively light, breezes past her lips. She glances down to the floor and shakes her head.

“I’d make the worst one-night stand ever,” she says.

“One-night stand?” I take her chin in hand and lift, forcing her to look at me. “I’ve waited a long time for this path to be clear. No conflict of interest. No other people standing in our way. I don’t know exactly what I want, Avery, but it’s damn sure more than one night.”

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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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