Title: Long Shot
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Rating: 5 stars
The book is unlike anything I have read before and utterly destroyed me. I am talking ugly crying here. The book was powerful, raw and intense that makes you feel everything.
When August first meets Iris, he feels the connection and the spark between them. He is able to talk to her so effortlessly and is able to open up to her about important things. Like how they are both mixed race and how they feel they don’t always fit in. He feels a soul level connection with her but the timing couldn’t be more wrong.
Iris’s first meeting of August becomes one of those defining moments in her life. It becomes her ‘what if’ moment. She wonders if something in her life could have gone different and how that moment could have changed her life. However she is stuck on the path she’s on and determined to survive it.
August and Iris have an unexplainable bond from the moment they meet. Things are difficult between them and it seems impossible that they will ever find their way to each other. but it’s something that is meant to be. These two grow through a difficult journey both individually and together.
“It’s only in the contrast of night, when things are darkest, that the stars shine. Iris is my constellation. She took the darkness as her cue to shine. It only made her brighter, stronger, and tonight, her hard-won glimmer lights up the sky.”
The love between August and Iris defies all odds, but is well worth it. Long Shot is a beautiful romance but it so much more than that. It’s a story of survival, strength and perseverance. This is my first book by Kennedy Ryan but won’t be my last. She came onto my radar last year and I can’t wait to read some of her other books.
“Ours is a love that reimagines—that peels back the sky at high noon searching for the stars, collecting them like shells in a bucket. We bathe in stardust, drink from the Milky Way, and dance on the moon. We pierce the firmament, peer into infinity, and tread on time and space. There is no before. There is no after. Now gives birth to forever. This moment may die, but this love never will. Time is not a line. It’s a circle, and we, August and Iris, we stand at the center.”