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Publisher's Summary

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.

I know - I've been doing it for years.

I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I've got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.

And Marlon James - Grip to his fans - is nothing short of extraordinary.

Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I've thrown away the key. All that's left is friendship and work.

He's on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.

I manage his career, but I can't seem to manage my heart. It's wild, reckless, disobedient - and it remembers all the things I want to forget.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Kennedy Ryan (P)2017 Tantor

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How unfortunate

I found this book to be complex not in character development but in how it degraded black women. Every black woman was portrayed as being vulgar, bitter and unwavering. How typical! Readers have no other choice but to empathize with the plight of the main character a white woman despite that she is the only character that says the n word repeatedly despite all of the black characters in the book. She is described as being elegant while the black women are objectified for their body types and sexuality. How unfortunate! This proud black woman will be returning this horrible excuse for a riveting novel!

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This was hard to listen to!

This story makes no sense and as a black woman I am insulted by the stereotypes. Not sure what was worse, him waiting 8 years, her making him wait because of her parents, him saying her calling his home “our” home was worth going to jail. This was written by someone who does not understand the black experience.

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Horrible from the beginning

The female narrator is TERRIBLE. I love listening to anything by Jakobi Diem but I could not get past chapter two when the Maxine Mitchelle(narrator) began to read for Bristol. This narrator SUCKS!!!!!! I had to stop listening. Sorry Jakobi she is not a good fit to read with you.....

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Loved the story and message!

This was a unique story that dealt a lot with current issues such as racial profiling and prejudice. The hero is such a sexy guy! The heroine just needs to learn to trust in his love, but has been damaged by a childhood where she was pretty invisible. There are moments of tension and suspense. While the sexy scenes are hot! The narration was well performed also.

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I want my Grip!!

All I keep thinking is where is my Grip..Why all Man don’t love like Grip. Such love that consumes. This book is one of my favorite books. Hot, realistic, with a message to society, a love that gives envy and Did I mention hot. Like the spanish song saids ..there are no two loves in the world like ours.❤️👏🏽👏🏽

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Wow this book should be more popular

Well first off this book I dot know why it isn’t popular but it’s soo good! Definitely give this book a chance it’s such a great story!!

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So relevant With a Side of Hot and Sexy

I don’t want to marginalize the messages in this book with my silly over excited review. This book is deep, easy to read and just plain HOT. I’ve read over 500 romance books, and there are only a handful of authors that rise to this level or writing and story. I wish we had a real life grip to listen to his songs. I wish we could see this made into a movie. Or the world Kennedy Ryan creates, made into a movie or tv series. I WISH BOOKS LIKE THIS would be PLACED in MAJOR RETAILERS. It reminds me of a grown up “The Hate You Give”. Grip (through the authors words) gives us that view from both sides and has us witnessing events that we think we may understand. Just to show us that we have so much more to learn.

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Good love story but....

I like jakobi but wasnt a fan of maxines tone and the way she pronouced words...and someone should have told her how to pronounce sa-di-ty. Although I appreciate the love story it would have been nice to show the black woman in a more graceful light in opposed to angry and bitter. Lastly the cover art is misleading as it seems to be a white man when Grip is a black man

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I can't stand Bristol's voice

....but when her and Grip FINALLY have sex, she sounds like a hood porn star and I love it!

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too much

this was just ok....way too much extra words, just alot of extra fluff that was totally unnecessary. only reason I finished it was because I felt like I had invested too much of my time already

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  • chantelle golden
  • 11-02-20

Great

Loved it, obsessed with Marlon and Bristol. Not just a love story. Covers other issues not just boy meets girl.

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  • L Hayes
  • 07-25-19

Another Triumph!!

Kennedy Ryan does it again with this fantastic second chance romance duet. A couple fi d love in the face of diversity and adversity. This is so well researched and written. Brilliantly narrated, this is a duet that I will definitely recommend to all Kennedy Ryan followers, readers and any new listeners. There's a very big message to us all in this book - read and see if you can get it!! Are you bruised??

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  • Mrs D
  • 11-12-18

My favourite book of 2018

An incredibly emotive, thought-provoking story of social justice, love and the positive impact of music and musicians. Made even more impressive by perfectly cast narrators. One definitely not to be missed.

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  • Claire
  • 10-26-17

Good

however, the female narrator is not the voice that's in my head. Grip's voice is spot on.... Kennedy Ryan is humazing.

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  • Dolores
  • 08-30-17

WOW WOW WOW 5*****

Omg Kennedy had had me welling up, not just with frustration but heck the feelings I've been having throughout the entire time What first off with Bristol not admitting or letting Grip know how she TRULY Feels.
But heck the emotion Bris puts herself through whilst she‘s NOT WANTING to admit her dying love for Grip, by setting him up.
But heck THIS is one of the best Books I've read/listened to & I've read some GREAT READS 😖😱😢😢😍😍😍