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Kennedy Ryan presents book three in the Hoops series.

A deeply emotional, standalone romance set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion.

Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad. 

Cheated on, betrayed, exposed. My perfect life blew up in my face, and I'm still picking up the pieces. The last thing I need is her.

A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can't resist. 

Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans from the moment our eyes meet. I promised myself I wouldn't trust a woman again, but I've never wanted anyone the way I want Lo. She's not the plan I made, but she's the risk I have to take. 

A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator. 

Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better, and snatching my breath from the moment we met. The last thing I need is him. I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons. I've seen what trusting a man gets you.

I. Don't. Have. Time. For. This.

But he just keeps coming for me. Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses one by one. He never gives up, and now...I'm not sure I want him to. 

©2019 Kennedy Ryan (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 05-03-19

Hook Shot

I have read a couple of Kennedy Ryan's books, and the Grip series has been my favorite so far, and it still is my favorite. However, I had a few friends tell me that I needed to read Hook Shot, and I'm glad I did. As one reader said, it was sublime. I loved the transparency between Kenan and Lotus. It was beautiful the way they decided to be vulnerable with each other. Actually, I loved everything about this couple. The love notes with verses from the Song of Solomon was FIRE! The scene with -- Oh, I can't tell you the scene because it would be a spoiler, but I will say it made me go and read Psalm 35.

I enjoyed the book so much that I wish they were real and that they were my friends. I'm sure the narrators made me feel this way. Speaking of the narration, it was excellent! As I write this, there is more I want to say, so I will. LOL. The visual I had of the gallery scene is one I could go on and on about. The narrators definitely capture the intensity between Kenan and Chase. The hospital scene, the scenes at Lotus's grandmother's house, and the scene where Lotus had to make an important decision about her and Kenan's relationship were also times I felt the narrators were able to place me in the mind of the characters and allow me to feel their emotions.

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What a series!!

This entire series of books is so rich and beautiful. I was waiting for Lotus’s story and it did not disappoint. As mentioned by another reviewer, there are so many themes touched on in this saga and each of them are detailed wonderfully. Worth every penny I paid for this. This is a true love story. Narrators were fantastic.

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Listened to all in one day

I really enjoyed the story and was rooting for the main characters. Jakobi Diem is ALWAYS good. But I really didn't care for the female narrator . Sometimes, she just hurriedly read through the story without any inflection. I had to slow down the reading speed at the beginning of the story. But I'm so glad I persevered as the story was worth the listen.

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Best of the series!

Now this one is a live story. Loved that there was a real connection between the characters and that they actually spent the majority of the book together instead of either apart or constantly at odds. Best of the series!

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Slow but good

The female narrator voice sounds like Alexa. She doesn't really alternate between the voices, it's like she just read the book out loud. I had to follow along with the Kindle version. I love Jakobi, so his narration made the audiobook bearable (with a 1.25x narration speed)

On a different note, I admired this story, the connection between Lotus & Kenan, the realness, and the dialogue! They didn't let their age difference affect their relationship . I was also happy to hear Lotus's story since she was in the first book.

What I love most about Ryan's work is that she keeps it realistic, unlike some of these fairy-tale far-fetched romance stories.

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Love the story

Jakobi Jakobi Jakobi like always you do an excellent job. The female narrator…not so much. It’s like she doesn’t like reading the sex scenes. Kennedy wrote such an epic masterpiece. I love how she describes in great detail every single scene.

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No words

This Audible had me in so many emotions, because it seems as if Kennedy was observing parts of me. The Song of Solomon notes did it for me. For sure, you won’t be disappointed.

Jakobi is superb, of course.

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A perfect end to the series

I love the love they have for each other
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POWERFUL! “You know who I am...”

What an amalgamation of themes! So good! Powerful black heritage, trauma, love, spiritual, romance, and sexy story! I love your pen Ms. Ryan.

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Good story, great narration

This was a very well told story of two people in need of understanding and intimate connection. Also, the narrator’s, especially Jacobi Diem, were excellent.

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  • 05-25-20

a 5 star beauty

I took my time with this. I savoured it. And it was worth every second. It was everything.

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  • Micky - bookphenomena
  • 12-18-19

Great narration, average story

This turned out to be just an okay read for me and in that, I can't help being a little disappointed because of my love for Kennedy Ryan's books. HOOK SHOT was the anti-climax I didn't want and LONG SHOT was the highlight of the series.

This was a case of like and not love. I liked Lotus, she was strong and tenacious but with a big heart hidden under the barriers she'd constructed out of necessity. I liked Kenan but sometimes I found him a little lacking in hero-material. I find it hard to explain but I think it had something to do with his ex and that whole storyline. I didn't really enjoy his family context at all. The supernatural was just a little turn off for me too.

The narration was excellent and I wonder if I'd have kept going if it wasnt for audio and these narrators. In fact, it took me ages to read because I prefered music to the idea of audio on my commute which is very unusual for me. We'll just chalk this one up 'not my kind of story'

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  • 05-17-19

Looooove

Even though I've read this I just couldn't bear to not listen to it, the flow and the way Lotus blooms through the story and Kenan, the gladiator who had the shoulders carrying so much sadness and anger and betrayal, steals the hearts.

The narrators were choppy with the sentences for me, so it cut me out of flow alot, unlike the narrators of Long shot, who weave a web around you, you don't want to stop listening.