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From Wall Street JournalUSA Today best-selling, and RITA Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan comes a captivating second chance romance like only she can deliver....

The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have....

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.

Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.

Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. The most clumsy, wet, sloppy...spectacular 30 seconds of my adolescence.

Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.

Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.

Taken.

Tell me it’s wrong.

Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.

When we find each other again, everything stands in our way - secrets, lies, promises.

But we didn’t come this far to give up now.

And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

©2020 Kennedy Ryan (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Ezra & Kimba (aka Tru)

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Audible review. Dual POV. Standalone following the Kingmaker duet. While not required, I recommend reading the duet first as several characters are mentioned that have no relevance to this story and aren't given any detail. I enjoyed both narrators voices but I wish someone would teach Jakobi Diem how to pronounce Bubbe & pho. Trigger warning: cheating is normalized in both the political arena and in both characters' families' lives.

Ezra & Kimba born on the same day, introduced when they were infants and their families were neighbors are now 37 year old professionals. They were separated after their mothers had an affair. 20 years later Ezra has started a school for underserved children and is living with his long time girlfriend and their son. Kimba has overcome her childhood stutter, is a campaign manager and political activist recently diagnosed with perimenopause. When the two finally get together Ezra has just ended his decade long relationship with the mother of his son and hasn't told anyone. They soon find out that she is pregnant with their second child which of course sends Ezra and Kimba in different directions for over a year. Ezra & Kimba reunite for the third time, quickly marry, lose a pregnancy and are pregnant again at the end. JP

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Queen Move is a winner worthy of all the ⭐

Let's start with the fact that Kennedy Ryan is one gifted writer and we can all feel honored to read or listen to her words. We are not worthy!!! I feel I need to bow down to her greatness!! The way the story is so beautifully intricate and layered with emotion and twists for the start that as a listener you can't help but get invested and ignore the world just to listen. This is an amazing comparison to the Kingmaker Duet and for sure one of my favorite audios of the year. Okay... Now let's devote so well deserved time to Jakobi Diem and Eboni Flowers. What a powerhouse of a performance!!! Really!! They deserve a huge standing ovation with all the confetti and champagne because they simply took this story and these characters and they SLAYED!!! This is a must listen, worth the credit and well worth the ride. Just pure magic!! Loved it!

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Kennedy Ryan, Jakobi Diem & Eboni Flowers...Perfection...♥️🌼

I have just begun listening to audiobooks....and I’m starting with books I already love...I am a huge Kennedy Ryan fan...I have read Queen Move more than once...and I love this book...Listening to it is a whole new experience....Plus, I would listen to Jakobi Diem read the phone book...(do they still have those?) and Eboni Flowers IS the bada-s, Kimba... I love the book even more after I listened to it...♥️🌼

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They could have tried.

Good story but the male narrator was terrible. They couldn't find someone who could pronounce the Yiddish and Hebrew words correctly?

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Awesome

Kennedy Ryan you are awesome. I loved this book so very very very much. I could not put it down. The love between Kimba & Israh was something I so enjoyed reading about. The mixture of cultures and race’s were amazing. Thanks to Eboni & Jakobi for bringing these characters to life.

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Sooooo Gooood!!!!

I love this story!!!! This was my first narration by Eboni and I loved it! Jakobi Diem is my favorite male narrator! Kennedy Ryan did it again!!!!

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Narrators were on point

The story was excellent very informative and lovely mixed kids everywhere would benefit from listening to this book

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slow

The story is too slow. The narrators are the only good thing about this book. I couldn't finish it. Bored me.

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Omg

ok so let's just say Kennedy did it again. I can't put this down. The narration was so good. I have so a great love for Jakobi voice and now I'm so pleased with Eboni. great job

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Queen Move

Let me start off by stating the books that I have read by Kennedy Ryan never disappoint. I may not agree with how she tells the story and what I think should and shouldn’t happen but she always delivers a beautiful HEA in the end and #QueenMove is no different. I love the book & wish she would do a short story update of Ezra and Kimba life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-29-21

Need a second book! Amazing

This book was amazing ! Need a second book, it gave me all the feels, would really recommend

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  • Sarah
  • 05-17-21

Ezra ❤️

🎧 AUDIO REVIEW 🎧

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First of all the audio was brilliant as usual for Kennedy books and I couldn’t wait to keep listening each time I had to stop.

I loved their story, it showed me a lot about how things can be and how powerful women can be.

I loved their romance and felt so sorry for Ezra at points. If your looking for an amazing hero it is him, he sweet, sexy, loving, amazing dad and just couldn’t help love him.

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  • NL
  • 12-16-21

This story never gets old

I always enjoy revisiting it again and again. One if my top favourites from Kennedy Ryan

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  • Bev
  • 11-19-21

Wow,wow

what a fantastic book and so well read.
made from a fantastic author and narrators.
powerful women 👏🏾
it makes you laugh and cry like no other, 2nd chance at finding love.
thanks for letting me have this book xxx

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  • BPW
  • 11-05-21

Reminded me of the show Scandal

Great book, couldn’t stop listening. The love making in this book was extremely intense and intimate. I’d recommend this book a million times!

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  • Michelle
  • 11-04-21

wasn't for me


2.5 stars
This book is the 3rd book within the "All the King's men" series, I will admit I haven't read the previous two books. That being said I wasn't lost at all, I genuinely thought it was a standalone.

Ezra and Kimba have been friends since birth, even sharing the same birthday. They thought their friendship could overcome everything, however, life happened and they moved away. Years later at Kimba's father's funeral, these two friends are finally reunited but not for long. Years later, they find each other again and are both determined to stay in touch this time around.

I loved Kimba and Ezra's friendship. They experienced so much together and here they are years later, still protecting and supporting each other, no matter what life throws at them. Kimba is fantastic, she is so strong, I loved her willpower and determination. She is literally the queen. Ezra is so sweet and I loved listening to his POV!

Even though I loved the characters and the storyline had a few twists and turns and secrets that needed to be uncovered. I found this book lacking (SORRY!). There was a lot of dialogues that I found was unnecessary and also very repetitive! A lot of important issues were raised in this book and I loved reading about the different cultures. Ezra and Kimba navigate through life and it was great to read but I wanted more. There were a lot of chapters and if I'm honest, 1/3 of it could have been cut out and it would have still impacted me the same way. If I'm completely honest I wanted to DNF after 20% however, I pushed through and it did get better.

Would this book inspire me to read the previous books? No, sorry. Yes I enjoyed it and I am glad I listened to it, but I wouldn't be re-reading this book. Sorry.

Overall, I enjoyed reading about the cultural differences but other than that, sorry, I do not recommend this book.

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  • Ferbooks
  • 10-15-21

Fantastic

Wow! A beautiful story of two people who lost each other during childhood. They were separated from each other from age thirteen and had not seen each other for more the two decades later. The love and friendship they had never died, even after so much years apart and many obstacle, they found their lives together. It was a pleasure listening to this book. The story is amazing and narrators did an excellent job bringing it to life. Books like these makes audio plus worthwhile😊

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  • FaithSelina123
  • 03-30-21

The Fairest Book Of Them All

Badass book is Badass. Queen Move is Kennedy Ryan at her best. Brilliantly funny, smart, loyal heroine, and an amazing hero. These characters feel so real to me, and this is one of Kennedy's best attributes when it comes to her books. If you liked Kimba in the Kingmaker and Rebel King, you will love her in Queen Move. The narrators weren't bad either. Fabulous.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 10-08-21

Kimba's story

Ezra was Kimba's childhood friend.
They are parted under mysterious discord between their parents.
They meet up again at Kimba's father's funeral, 20 years later.
They knew their future was together, but the past had to be dealt with.

The narration was suitable for the story, but I find many American accents, grating to listen too.

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  • Author
  • 12-25-20

Secrets, second chances and triumph.

I had to read this book before the year was out, and I couldn't put it down.
Kimba and Ezra had be enthralled by their tale from the first page.
Seeing them grow up, gp through the awkward and challenging stage of pre-teens and also navigating the 80's a black child and for Ezra being a biracial child who is a Jew opened a a world of a story not really found out there.
I loved the story of their parents and the camaraderie of two families raising black kids and trying to overcome the difficulty outside trying to out-do your efforts.

Kimba and Ezra as grown up is so well rounded. Life is so complicated when we grow up and Aiko made things as frustrating and awkward and difficult and I liked how kennedy Ryan told this story.

The affair, the open marriage propasal, the lost lovers second chance at love, the para-menopause and struggling to have kids, watching people have kids and also balancing work. And in the back ground.. family secrets.