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Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan

Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5)
by Kennedy Ryan

Rating: ★★★★★
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A jock, a journalist and a second chance . . .

MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.
They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . . except them.

That was then.
But what about now?


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I’m super chuffed Hoops Holiday is my first story by Kennedy Ryan—it is packed with depth, emotions, soaring love, heart-wrenching loss, undeniable passion and second chances, all wrapped up within this sweet short story. Reading this wonderfully written narrative makes me even more excited to eventually read Long Shot.

We both have pasts and we’ve both had pain, but what we’ve never had was each other.

Avery Hughes has flawless charactersation. She’s a bundle of everything admirable—an intelligent and motivated woman of colour, determined to make a name, a change, within a testosterone dominated industry. Her experiences with hurt and loss are showcased with such attentiveness. And her story is depicted with an abundance of detail, it allows readers to empathise with her emotions, understand her feelings and believe in her actions. She’s such a complex and rounded character with so many realistic and relatable qualities!

I shouldn’t toy with him, but it’s kind of fun watching a man so notoriously pursued by women making excuses to spend time with me, even though I’m not exactly sure what he wants.

Beyond the irresistible charm, handsome appearance and NBA legend identity, there’s so much behind Mack Decker. I’m stunned by his raw honesty, kind-heartedness and sensitivity beneath the easy-going nature he exudes—it is damn easy falling in love with precious Decker.

Decker and Avery’s connection is intense; the chemistry undeniable and ever-burning. Full Court Press is capable of becoming a narrative rich in substance, despite being a novella, because of this couple’s relationship that emerges and changes with such a profound amount passion.

In the end, other people can’t complete us, but can love us in our brokenness if we let them. There is a happiness you find with another when you’re first happy with yourself. 

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ARC Review | Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

Yard Sale

by Charleigh Rose

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SYNOPSIS

Mollie
I was freshly fired from my job and betrayed by my boyfriend.
It was a new low for me.
A one-night stand with an arrogant stranger was just what I needed.
I didn’t know that he was a famous snowboarder, or that he’d give me the best sex of my life.
I wasn’t ever supposed to see him again.
Fate had other plans.

Cam
I was young and rich with the whole world at my fingertips.
I was in my prime.
A one-night stand with a hot little tourist on the rebound was the perfect way to spend my weekend.
I didn’t know she’d leave in the middle of the night, or that I’d wake up wanting more.
I never thought I’d see her again.
Now she’s back.
She’s been keeping a secret.
One that will change everything.


REVIEW

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Why has it taken me this long to finally read something written by Charleigh Rose?! Someone slap me, because I have been doing a disservice to myself.

Yard Sale contains an extended epilogue, as well as the enthralling excerpt to Charleigh Rose’s upcoming release, Rewrite the Stars. While the extended epilogue features characters from Bad Habit and Bad Intentions, you don’t need to have read those stories to follow along the extended epilogue. I haven’t read either story, yet the brief amount of information we’re given is enough to follow along and appreciate where the characters are at in life!

And the excerpt for Rewrite the Stars is so intriguing. Who would’ve thought a romance set amongst the carnival could be capturing? I’m keen to read Evan and Sebastian’s interesting romance.

”Love doesn’t wait until you have your shit together. It just happens.”

Of course, there is also Camden and Mollie’s sweet and passionate encounter. From scorching and tantalizing scenes, to tender moments, it is easy to fall in love with this couple.

Needing a distraction after losing her job and her boyfriend, Mollie wants a rebound. And who is more perfect than Camden, a charming and tattoo covered professional snowboarder?

I normally don’t find novellas enjoyable because more often than not the pacing is off and everything is rushed. But Charleigh Rose did wonderfully keeping an even pace and unfurling details bit by bit, keeping the transition from lust to love believable.