Hello my book loves! Today, I have a book review for you of Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan. Long Shot is a basketball romance that has some dark themes. Trigger warnings for domestic abuse and sexual assualt.

Long Shot was my first read of 2022. I am no stranger to romance novels that have darker themes in them, but this one hit different. I think it is because the plot of Long Shot seemed a lot more plausible than some of the other romance novels I have read so I found this one shook me a bit. bit.more than normal.

Overall I am giving Long Shot 4 stars.
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Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?
You don’t.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA’s brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

My Thoughts

While this wasn’t my favourite romance novel I’ve read recently, I did enjoy it. Based on the content of this book feeling heavier than a lot I have read, it took me longer to get through. It almost felt like more of a self discovery and survival book than it did a romance. Nothing wrong with that, just not what I was expecting.

What I liked:

Characters: I really enjoyed our two main characters Iris and August, especially Iris. Iris is such a well rounded character with so much to her. She goes through so much in this book, and handles it in such a way that it felt very authentic. August is a great male lead, but I felt like I didn’t get to know him as much, and at times he felt too good to be true.

Plot: The plot of this book is raw, emotional and believable. I enjoyed how it was a split perspective between August and Iris and we got to see both sides to it. The book takes place over a longer period of time, so you also get to see how their lives change and evolve.

Sensitive Topics: There were many serious topics covered in this book. I thought that the way Kennedy Ryan handled them were superb. It wasn’t too over the top and the way the characters reacted and handled the situations were believable.

What I didn’t like:

Pacing: I struggles with the pacing of this book a bit. I don’t know if I was expecting it to be a faster, or if it was just because it was different than what I’ve been reading recently but it felt a little slow.

Insta Love: Personally, I am not a fan of insta love. While they don’t get together right away, August especially has some pretty intense feelings for a woman he met a handful of times. It was a combination of insta love and a slow burn.

Basketball: I am a sports fan. When I read a sports romance, I want a lot of the sport to be included and prevalent. I want the friendships of the teammates and I want the games. This had a bit, but just not enough for me. Basketball was not as prominent in this as I was expecting.


I really enjoyed this book. It was a great first read of the year. If you’re looking for a romance, with a little bit of spice, a little bit of basketball and can handle serious themes such as domestic abuse and sexual assault, I definitely recommend it!

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