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Publisher's Summary

Set in the dynamic worlds of professional basketball and entertainment, two of Kennedy Ryan’s most critically-acclaimed series—HOOPs and Hollywood Renaissance—collide in this tale of forbidden romance.

I met Nazareth Armstrong when I was eighteen years old. From the beginning, my brother warned me to stay away from him. Told Naz to stay away from me.

Our hearts didn’t listen.

I shared one magical night under the stars with my brother's rival, thinking it was the start of a once-in-a-lifetime something. But one awful moment ended it all.

Years later when we meet again, we’ve both pursued our dreams, lived a little, found success…but never found love. What began as a tiny flame when we were young now threatens to consume us. I’m more drawn to Naz than ever, but his complicated history with my brother makes whatever this could be…nearly impossible.

But Naz accepts impossible as a dare.

Through his clever maneuvering and dogged determination, I find myself on a yacht with him and his friends cruising through the Mediterranean. It’s a whirlwind set ablaze. Away from reality, surrendering to the tender heat of his touch, I forget that everything could burn.

*This is the love story of Takira, who first appears in Reel, book 1 of the Hollywood Renaissance series. Characters from the HOOPS series also make appearances, but you do not have to read any of those books to enjoy this one.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 

©2022 Kennedy Ryan (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Foreword © 2014 by M. J. Rose

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Wholesome and sexy

Kennedy Ryan just writes the kinds of books that does something for my soul and body. It well written, connected and delicious! Every I listen to her book re-introduced to luxury and beauty!
The performer where incredible as well bring the story to life! I just deeply enjoy it! Thank you so much

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Love and Loyalty

I am always lost for words after a Kennedy Ryan's read. Whether it's the way her words are brilliantly read, or spoken I can never quite articulate how wonderful her storytelling is. I love everything about this story. The travel; the friendships; the cultural representation; the love and the loyalty of all characters, and the way they are all represented is how I feel Kennedy is thoughtfully choosing her words for her readers. I am a little bias as I love her past narrators, but Winston James and Marissa Hampton can both be my new obsessions. Kennedy Ryan is a force, and whether you gravitate towards her or away, she'll definitely leave her energy.

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Interesting enough

I love Kennedy Ryan books for the great balance of interesting characters, smart storylines and steamy love scenes. While the love scenes were undoubtedly hot, I found the characters and storyline a bit thin. Interesting enough but in my opinion not her best work. Admittedly when I preordered this book I didn’t know it was a novella so with a shorter book perhaps the fullness of characters is a bit harder to achieve.

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I enjoyed this story. The narration was great also. Kennedy writing is always going to pull you in

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I AM COMPLETELY SPEECHLESS!!

How!?!? Just how in the world does Kennedy Ryan do it!? This novella had no business being as piping hot, insanely sexy and just downright addictively exquisite as it was!
Takira was just a whole vibe. Point, blank period. I loved her energy. I loved how she was unapologetically herself. I want to be her best friend while simultaneously green with envy because Nazareth Armstrong is the man of my dreams.
This man has to be one of my absolute favorite heroes written!!! The way this man cared and just wanted to cherish his woman to the fullest?! Not even the things like flying her out to a yacht to cruise to the Mediterranean or surprising her with gifts but the small things like bathing her, rubbing her feet just because. It’s the little things for me. I legit got tears in my ears when he wrapped her hair up because I’m sorry what!? Who is doing that?! Then this same man would whisper both sweet nothings and the filthiest words in your ear before he had you walking funny for days from blowing your back out in all the most delicious ways. Bring a bucket and a mop. If it was ever possible for a fictional man to ruin you for the real life ones, Naz is that one!
My heart overflowed at getting reunited with my beloved Hoops family! The Close-Up was a novella that moved me like the strength of full 500 plus page novel. Kennedy Ryan ma’am, my hat is off to you. This was my first audiobook narrated by Winston James and Marissa Hampton and these two were absolute perfection!!

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Worth the Wait!!

This was a binge listen. I was super excited, did the pre-order, and waited. Yesterday morning... it was on! Kennedy Ryan does not miss.

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