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Block Shot

Hoops Series, Book 2
Written by: Kennedy Ryan
Series: Hoops Series
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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JARED  

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat...

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.  

Her anger is...arousing. 

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth, gets me...well, you know.  

If I had a dollar for every time she's put me in my place, I'd be an even richer man.  

I'm a successful sports agent because I assume "no" means you'll think about it. 

I'm sure what you meant to say is, "Coming right up."  

They say even rich men don't always get what they want, but those men don't know how to play the game. 

The trick is to keep them guessing. Take Banner. 

She assumes she's winning, but this game? 

She doesn't even know how to play.  

BANNER  

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I'd have exactly one dollar.  

One night. One epic fail. One dollar...and I'm out. 

I've moved on. I've found success in a field ruled by men. 

Anything they can do, I have done better. 

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to. 

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?  

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats. 

I'll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.  

Oh, I didn't say the struggle wasn't real. 

But I've got that one dollar, and Jared won't have me.

©2018 Kennedy Ryan (P)2019 Tantor
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fantastic

Kennedy did it again.. some authors, they write books but some create life. The way Kennedy creates her character they are living breathing people. After Long Shot it was highly anticipated through the hype and wait for it..
Banner's character mirrors our own insecurities, our doubts, beliefs and desire. The way she wades through the hurdles of life rightfully makes her the lioness. And Jared is the real lion who can tame and be tamed by her. They both are really equinox for each other. Jared is just an apologetical person he is. Secured in his heart and believes. The way he fought for her is fantastic. And now the wait for Kelo. Hope to meet them soon..

Fabulous narration.

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  • Kiz
  • 01-02-19

One of the best audio books ever!

Loved this audio!! Teddy nailed Jared's character perfectly. This will be on repeat for a long time for me :)

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  • NathalieB
  • 01-02-19

A 10/10 listen!

Every Kennedy Ryan novel I read or listen to has me thinking she’s outdone herself, but with Block Shot... oh my god. It is perfection and the masterful narration takes it to another level. This is the elusive 10/10 listening experience I pour over countless books to get to. Finding a book exactly this good, that hits all of the right notes, is a rare and special thing.

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  • Sin2sea
  • 03-03-19

Strong characters & powerful writing makes best audio!

Kennedy Ryan writes such powerful characters that are unapologetic and so real. Banner is a latina who is Mensa smart but struggled with weight issues and Jared is a heartless (or so he thought) who fell hard for her in college but due to a misunderstanding, they parted on very bad terms. I love how strong Banner is and Seraphina Valentine totally brought it. The badass sports agent who a heart of a lion. Teddy Hamilton did a phenomenal job bringing Jared to life in all his dickishness. He loves her with all his heart and would do anything for her. Sooo powerful and the sexy times are crazy hot. Definitely going to my re-listen list! One of the best in 2019!

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  • Melanie C
  • 06-02-19

Real and emotional

Kennedy Ryan delivers another emotional story that is raw and real. Jared is great. While there were times I didn’t feel he showed Banner the respect she deserves, he’s not all the heartless prick he acts to be, and Banner is his world and he’s not afraid to show it or fight for her. But Banner, wow, what an amazing heroine Kennedy gives us in this story. She is one of the best I’ve read. One of a kind. A force.

“Don’t lose your compass, and that doesn’t mean don’t win. Win. Fight. Conquer. You have just as much right to success as anyone who works for it. It may be a jungle, and they may be lions . . .” She pauses, her eyes finding mine again, holding mine. “But the daughter of a lion is still a lion, and this is your domain.”

While there is an aspect of this story I struggle with reading, I still very much enjoyed the story. This is so much more than a love story and involves so many aspects. It’s about self-worth, insecurities, and guilt. It’s filled with fear, selflessness, forgiveness, and love. It makes you think. It makes you feel. It’s heartbreaking and raw. It’s written beautifully and with passion and heart.

“Good people may do bad things, wrong things, but they are still good people. Still capable of doing amazing things.”

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  • NickyL
  • 08-07-20

Amazing

This book was amazing. Jared is the bad boy we all hate to love (but do anyway) and Banner is that girl you want to be best friends with. Don’t expect a gentleman. Jared plays dirty and fights dirty and makes nary an excuse. Banner has a sturdy backbone and just one soft spot that’s going to make her challenge everything she stands for.

I thought it would be impossible to top Long Shot. I stand corrected and can’t wait to dive heart first into book #3.

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  • Kelsey G.
  • 01-05-20

Great writing and narration.

Kennedy Ryan is an epic wordsmith and Seraphina Valentine and Teddy Hamilton brought the story to life with their gorgeous narration!

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  • Claudia B
  • 30-04-20

This Made Me A Believer!!!

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

OMG! This book! This book is everything!
It had me gripped and caring about the characters from the start. A page tuner to say the least, I had to know what was going to happen. It made my heart race and made me bite my nails...and I am not a nail biter.
Jared and Banner made me want and want and want that hot ripeness they oozed, that hard to contain sexual chemistry that would not be denied.
And the narration was perfect! Teddy Hamilton and Seraphina Valentine breathed life into this story effortlessly. I loved every word uttered from their mouths.
Thank you Kennedy Ryan for writing this book and getting narrators who did justice to your work. You all get the Gold medal of excellence!!

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 15-11-19

Teddy Hamilton is all you need to know

So far this is the best in the series. Teddy Hamilton is by far one of my favorite narrators. This was a great second chance romance. A misunderstanding ruined what would have been the start of a relationship between Banner and Jarred. When they cross paths years later Jared does whatever he has to do to get Banner back.

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  • Cre O.
  • 14-11-19

Breathtakingly beautiful

OMG this book was amazing. It was refreshing having a female lead that was so strong and no nonsense. Jarred was the perfect alpha, and together they were fire! I loved Zo too (hope he gets his book, but I doubt he will 😔). Jarred stole my heart though. I guess because of WHO he was at the beginning of the book, so sweet and caring, even his asshole tendency in the second half of the book could not erase who I knew him to be. The narration was amazing. DEFINITELY A MUST READ!!!

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  • Carla
  • 26-08-19

AMAZING. EVERYTHING I NEEDED,

The intro was hard. Really hard. I didn’t like reading Banner’s body opinions, it was a hard listen. The intro being short but not lacking in drama or even dare I say it, trauma… The courtship and self-growth is so worth it!
Her self-talk was hard to listen to, the negative body talk is extreme and difficult to digest. And I am saying that from my own perspective, as a possible victim to this kind of self-ideology, it was a hard listen. I once (and still) struggled with those negative thoughts, especially in this day and age with social media and such. I have always fought hard for my own self esteem and confidence. There are periods in my life when I could actually relate to those thoughts and periods in my life where I would scoff at that and metaphorically slap my past self for feeling those things. Why am I dedicating so much time to this part? Banner’s character shows that even though she fought hard for herself as well, these dips in confidence, esteem and eating patterns happen constantly. I also got to thinking about conversations I have with close friends, girls not my size, and they struggle with these thoughts, with these confidence killing talks they also have in their minds. Some beautiful and what I consider strong friends will speak so ill of their body. And I will just sit and mentally gape at some of the things they think and want to shake them. So even though Banner’s size and the sporadic self-hatred may seem extreme to some readers, it’s important to remind ourselves that these extreme thoughts a plus size woman has, happen to thinner, smaller women. And if you feel like I felt reading them, which was disgust and even anger, then it should be taken as a moment of reflection, especially when you feel inadequate. Use Banner the anger you have towards her thoughts and slap yourself back to reality. You are beautiful, worthy of love, you are sexy and seducing.
Other than that, I will say Jared Foster her love interest, is slightly alpha, but I am just going to say it, I LOVED it!!! They were each other’s exact match, and remember when I mentioned wanting to slap the negative talk out of Banner’s mind/ our heads? Well he was the human embodiment of this. He was unapologetically fierce in his admiration to Banner, it was so yummy to read. And his “alphaness” (not a word I know) was exactly what some women look for in that instant. I take care of myself, I constantly make decisions all day, I carry the burden of a million different people, please tell me how you want it. HAHAHA!!! Banner’s internal dialogue says it all, “A possessiveness I never thought I would want.”
Before I go, FREGGIN BANNER is such a bad bitch, she negotiates and has a work ethic that blows me away!!!
Oh and how about Jared, “I wouldn’t want to stop her. Banner is mine and wholly her own.”
GAH!
Kennedy Ryan did it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-20

Wow just wow

What an amazing book can’t believe I slept on this writer this book was well written and deep. I loved Jared and the way he went after what he wanted giving zero Fucks enjoyed this book sooo much I have already purchased my next 3 Kennedy Ryan books....

oops guess I won’t be speaking to anyone for the foreseeable future haha.

Get this series just saying don’t sleep on it.. emotional and thoughtful well written and deep.. has some theme some will find hard to read but if you are tired of the same old romance books you well love this series...

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  • Nancy
  • 12-04-20

Readers be warned on the premise of this story

I rarely leave reviews, however I was so excited to listen to this book after looking through the reviews and in turn was grossly disappointed at the premise of this story (and surprised that not one review highlighted this). You cannot romanticize cheating and pull off a heroine that is supposed to be an amazing human when they have no respect or care for someone they love so deeply, even if only in friendship. It's a contradiction in on itself and the only reason I kept reading was to see if there was any redeeming her... there wasn't. It actually bothers me that it didn't bother anyone else. I understand everyone is flawed, but you can still differentiate right from wrong, and I felt like we were being forced to see Banner in a positive light. I just couldn't. Hoping that any reader that feels the same way reads this before they purchase the book. Cheating is cheating people, no matter what bow you wrap it in.