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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.


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.


Kennedy Ryan

10 September 2018

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A few quick steps bring Banner back immediately in front of me and she pokes her sharp little nail into my chest. “Block that.”

She blocked my shot.

I knew what it meant seeing her leave Lamont’s room, but it’s only when she voices it that I truly appreciate what a masterful move this is.

“Karma’s a bitch, huh?” she asks, satisfaction stretching her mouth into a wide smile.

“Apparently, she’s not the only one,” I reply admiringly.

Her smile holds, but her eyes narrow and frost over.

“Remember this bitch next time you and your pride of lions think about insulting me,” she spits, lightning in her eyes, thunder in her voice. “Or assuming I got where I am any way other than hard work. Remember this moment when I handed you your ass, Foster.”

Her anger, her indignation hit me with a blast of heat that burns through all my reasons and rationale and excuses to cover up what I have known deep down.

This woman is my match. 

She is bright and good. And I can be dark, bad when I have to be. Sometimes when I don’t have to be, but just want to be. She is day and I am night. When day and night are absolutely equal, it’s equinox. Banner is my equinox. My equal. The revelation rattles around inside me, but my face, my surface remains smooth.

The game we’re playing just changed, and she doesn’t even know it. Banner is smarter than I am, but my gut is better. My instincts are sharper. I’m a weather vane. I feel shifts in the air, sense coming storms before she does. That sentience is my greatest advantage.

“So how’d you do it?” I ask easily, not missing a beat and giving nothing away.

“Effortlessly.” She angles a look up at me that is both withering and full of pity. “While you were entertaining Cousin It at strip clubs, I was talking to Lamont’s mother.”

I lean back against the closed door to listen. I really don’t care how she did it. I just want her to stay a few minutes longer so I can take my time appreciating every magnificent inch of her.

“Ahhh.” I nod and turn down the corners of my mouth. “His mother back in Atlanta.”

“I flew there straight from Denver, actually. Even attended a Sunday service and helped pay for the church’s new roof.”

“Wow.” I don’t care about the church’s roof. “You pulled out all the stops.”

“They really did need that new roof.”

She smirks and turns to leave, but I cuff her wrist with my hand to stop her. Her surprised glance collides with mine over her shoulder. I subtly tighten around the delicate bones of her wrist, push away from the door, and step into her comfort zone, close enough for our scents to mingle and our breaths to mix in the tiny bit of space I’m allowing. I’m crowding her, but I don’t care. Every minute that passes, I care less about Lamont Christopher, and his cousin and his mama, and their church and their roof.

“You really showed me,” I say, pitching my voice low and dipping my head until our foreheads almost touch, intimacy cocooning us in the open, in the hallway. Her pulse sputters through the warm skin under my fingers. Her breath catches and her eyelashes flutter in rapid blinks. She swallows, the muscles of her throat working under the velvety skin. I’d love to sink my teeth into that tendon; to mark the slim column of her neck. I want her to wear me and carry my scent everywhere she goes. She’s the only one who has ever stirred anything primal in me.

Her eyes shift from my hand encompassing her wrist to my face, a mask I’ve smoothed free of all the urges and feelings and things roiling under the surface. She tugs at her wrist, but I don’t relent.

“Let me go.” Her voice is husky, but calm.

“Of course,” I say politely, releasing her.

With one last searching glance, the one trying to figure out what’s changed, what’s going on, she turns and leaves.

I’ll let you go, Banner. 

For now.

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I’ve read Long Shot and as with everyone else, that was an emotional ride which I loved. An intricate and layered story. One of those I’d describe as “this broke my heart and fixed it all back up” then, “you must read this one”.

Long Shot is currently my fave. It’s real and packed full of the feelies. However, I have a feeling Block Shot may very well replace LS as my fave. I’m currently 15ish% in and loving it. Thank you kindly for the chance ❤️❤️❤️

So hard to choose my favourite.. there’s so many. My most recent favourite is Misadventures with the Boss. Block shot is next on my reading list. ?

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to read Block Shot!!!! I love Kennedy Ryan’s books. She is one author who pulls out every emotion in me when I read one of her books. If I had to choose a favourite Kennedy Ryan book I would choose Long Shot. You know when a book makes you cry that it has really moved you. The story was so beautifully written. I loved that Long Shot wasn’t an easy, light romance. It dealt with heavy issues that are very much present in today’s society. Kennedy handled these issues with the utmost respect and told a story that will stay with me forever. Long Shot is one of my top favourite books I have ever read. I can’t wait to read Block Shot and learn all about Jared and Banner’s story!!!! The excerpt you posted was amazing!!! It drew me in and I need to know what happens next!

I’ve still only read long shot but have the grip series and the soul series (notnsure if that’s what it’s called) on my kindle. Loved meeting her at B.B. she is such an amazing and genuine person thanks so much for the chance!

I’ve only read Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan and it’s one of my new favorite books ever. It definitely had an impact on me and I cannot wait to read Block Shot and also her other works.

I’m new to Kennedy Ryan’s books and this one sounds like a really great read. Thank you for sharing the excerpt and for the chance to win!

Flow is the only one of KR’s that I have had the pleasure of reading but I absolutely loved and identified with it and can’t wait to read everything else she has written. Thanks for the chance.

Gah…I don’t know how to choose my favorite Kennedy Ryan book. I love all things Grip, but Long Shot and Block Shot were both so incredible too!

Loved Long Shot and Loved Block Shot. Both books are entirely different and evoke different feelings so I can’t decide which I loved more. But to be honest, each of Kennedy Ryan’s books I read are favorites!!

It is so hard to say cuz I lover her books so much! Grip series would have to be my favorite, altho this series comes in a very close second. Wait! Jared is pretty swoony tho and Banner is the best heroine! *sigh* Love Love Love Block Shot! Thanks for the post and chance to win!

Long Shot is not only my favorite Kennedy Ryan book, it’s one of my favorite books EVER, so needless to say I am SO looking forward to Block Shot! ?

Oh man! I LOVED this book. Jared is awesome but BANNER is just phenomenal! While Long Shot is up there, I have to say my favorite Kennedy book is Grip/Flow. Thanks for the chance <3

I have absolutely adored every Kennedy Ryan book that I’ve read so far! Grip is such a BEAUTIFUL character that I think Grip will always remain my favorite!

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