Synopsis via Goodreads: JAREDIf 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.
BANNERIf 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.
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Block Shot is the second installment in the Hoops series by Kennedy Ryan and after Long Shot gutted me to pieces, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. Though this book is a sequel, it can be read as a standalone and if you have yet to read a book by Kennedy Ryan, Block Shot is a great place to start.
Jared Foster and Banner Morales were friends in college on the verge of becoming something more until a misunderstanding caused everything to fall apart. Ten years later and Banner and Jared are both sports agents working at rivals firms in the same city. They butt heads and compete to get the best new players signed all while fighting their feelings for one other. But when Jared and Banner find it harder and harder to deny the attraction between them, it’s only a matter of time until their desires take over and once they cross that line, there’s no going back.
Kennedy Ryan brought her A-game with this book because the writing, the romance and the characters were all on point! Let’s start with the writing. I keep saying that Kennedy has a way with words and once again I was moved by them. This book grabbed me from the first page and I wasn’t let off this roller coaster of emotions until the last page. I have so many passages highlighted because her words are freakin’ gold. I also loved the fact that Kennedy tackles real life issues head on in her books and how inclusive her stories are. Like I need more romance authors to take chances like Kennedy so we can have more stories like this one!
I loved Banner’s character so much! Hard-working. Determined. A badass with killer instincts. All these words describe Banner and even though she’s such a strong female character, she’s not without her insecurities. Kennedy Ryan has this way of stripping her characters down and allowing us to see them at their most vulnerable moments and it’s why I was able to relate so much to Banner. Her thoughts, her fears, her insecurities are all ones that I too have felt before and I low key hope to find my own inner lion just like Banner did. Jared on the other hand is a total alpha-male and while I’m not quite fond of these types of heroes, I easily found myself falling for him. He comes off as an asshole who only cares for himself, but when it comes to Banner, that ego is dropped and he melts in her hand like putty. It’s honestly so adorable and I loved that Banner brought out this softer side to him. Jared is so patient and caring and he sees Banner as his equal and treats her as such. The man is the total package and Kennedy has written yet another book boyfriend for readers to fall in love with!
The chemistry between Banner and Jared was off the charts! I totally felt the intensity of their connection and loved watching these two head-strong individuals try to find a way to make things work. It’s not an easy road for Jared and Banner as they both have their own baggage to work through, but I enjoyed seeing them work through these obstacles and I was totally in tears by the end. Banner and Jared are definitely my new favorite OTP and I just want more of them!
Though I have a lot of good things to say about Block Shot, there was one thing that rubbed me the wrong way. This story has one particular trope that I really don’t fuck with and I felt like it created unnecessary drama. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I just wish this trope wasn’t used because it kind of put a slight damper on my mood while reading this book.
All in all, Block Shot was an intense and emotional read and if you’re still sleeping on Kennedy Ryan’s books, then you are missing out! I can’t wait to see what Kennedy has in store for our next couple, Lotus and Kenan. I already ship these two so hard and I just know their story is going to be amazing!
(Signed PB, $25 Gift Card, Hustle tumbler, GIRL BOSS Journal & pencil, lip balm, BLOCK SHOT Candle):
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.