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Hoops Shorts: A HOOPS Novella Collection Kindle Edition
Two novellas from Kennedy Ryan's critically-acclaimed HOOPS Series!
Full-Court Press (formerly appeared in HOOPS Holiday)
Avery + Deck's Story
Single dad 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.
But that was then.
The only question is...what about now?
Quinn + Ean's Story
I was a world-class runner once.
My dreams had wings spun from wind and speed.
Every time out of the blocks was a glorious flight.
But then I crashed and burned.
When I lost my leg, I thought it was the finish line
Little did I know, life was just beginning
Now they call me “America’s Titanium Sweetheart.”
(What can I say? It tested well. LOL)
The life I thought was over is moving so fast.
I have my own gym, a fitness app, a clothing line, and an endless trail of endorsements.
One thing there’s never time for? Love.
One thing I don’t have time for? Games.
Come real, or don’t come at all. In a field full of players, I’m looking for a real one.
Otherwise, I won’t stop.
I had hoops dreams. I wanted to be like Mike, jump like Magic and soar like Dr. J.
But a college injury grounded me. What I thought was game over, actually opened up a whole new world.
Fast forward to now. I’m coaching some of the NBA’s best.
They call me The Machine because I’m obsessed with stats and data, and my near-photographic memory means I remember every play.
I see the court clearly. But I never saw her coming. Quinn Barrow stops me in my tracks.
Pursuing my first championship, there’s been no time for love.
I’m more than willing to chase her, but will she slow down long enough to be caught?
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Narrated by: Conner Crais and Andi Arndt
Narrated by: Jacob Morgan and Mari
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Avery & Deck's Story
Single Dad 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. But that was then. The only question is...what about now?
What to expect
- Single Dad Romance
- Second Chance Romance
- Interracial Romance (BWWM)
- Sizzling Sports Romance
Quinn & Ean's Story
Ean I had hoops dreams. I wanted to be like Mike, jump like Magic and soar like Dr. J. But a college injury grounded me. What I thought was game over, actually opened up a whole new world. Fast forward to now. I’m coaching some of the NBA’s best. They call me The Machine because I’m obsessed with stats and data, and my near-photographic memory means I remember every play. I see the court clearly. But I never saw her coming. Quinn Barrow stops me in my tracks. Pursuing my first championship, there’s been no time for love. I’m more than willing to chase her, but will she slow down long enough to be caught?
What to expect
- He Falls First
- Sizzling Sports Romance
- Disability Representation
- ASIN : B09Y8C65Z7
- Publication date : June 23, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 3708 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 216 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B0B3P129XB
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,579 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“I don’t look at Avery like she’s dessert, I look at her like she’s the main course.”
From the moment they met via Deck only in a towel, I could feel the chemistry then. The attraction was palpable. But, time wasn’t on their side. Years later, Avery and Deck discover those feelings haven’t went away. Deck was ready to go all in. Understandably, Avery had hesitance in starting a new relationship but Deck was patient. I loved his willingness to wait and the way he truly cared for Avery and wanted more than a fling. Avery was full of grit and determination, you couldn’t help being inspired. Their story was emotional, sexy sweet and one you won’t want to end. And wow, just when you thought it couldn’t get better, you have Jacob Morgan and Mari narrating and they did a phenomenal job. They brought out all the emotions for a story you truly felt.
“She turns my head. She speeds my pulse. She makes me want to slow down.”
Ok so I am a full on sucker for the “he falls first”! Ean was a dreamboat. I loved how was tenacious in going for what he wanted. From changing meetings last minute to flying out for a day, he was willing to go whatever it took to prove to Quinn he was the man for her. Quinn though, my gawd she was more than a survivor, she was straight up #goals. It was the resilience for me. Her and Ean’s story hit you right in the feels. It was a sizzling hawt romance that you will devour and have you wishing for more. Conner Crais and Andi Arndt just slayed the narration. They made the perfect Ean and Quinn.
Written in dual first person POV. Good amount of sexy times for the length of the novella. It tells the story of Jag (August’s coach, Hoops book 1) and Quinn (Banner’s bff, Hoops book 2). It’s quick and mostly lighthearted but there are discussions of Quinn’s suicidal ideation and recovery from amputation. Has a HEA and can be read as a standalone.
Lyrical and poetic- 2 words you wouldn't think to connect with a sports romance, but that's what you get when Kennedy Ryan is the author. If you've read any of her other books just know, even though this is a novella, the writing is everything you've come to expect from her. Avery and Decker's story is a compelling second chance romance that will have leave your heart soaring and asking for more.
Ms. Ryan can sure pack a punch into a limited amount of words. And you know you're going to get some sort of life lesson when you read one of her books, and Fast Break was no different. If you don't come through this story inspired and wanting to do more with yourself, Quinn would be disappointed!
I loved how persistent Ean was with Quinn, without being overly stalkerish. She was leery of falling for his charms, and who could blame her after all she'd been through. But he made sure to show her that he "saw" her, and that was just so swoony and endearing
The first short was about Avery and Deck finally taking a chance on the chemistry between them. When they first meet it was energy and something else between them. Life happens and they move on separately. Ten years later they find themselves with a second chance. Avery is now a big time journalist and Deck is finding his way post amazing NBA career. Their paths cross and that undercurrent of energy still runs between them. Needless to say they struggle with the demands of their careers, but Avery struggles to overcome her past relationship that came to a devastating end. Deck however is so sweet, patient, and understanding as he encourages her to take the time to heal because he wants it all with her. I admired their love because I was tired for them as they found ways to ensure that their relationship worked.
The second short I had not read and it had me boohooing. Quinn was running in the Olympics when her life would forever change. She wakes up and realizes everything she had pushed herself for was no longer possible. She found herself wondering if there was anything to live for. Enters Banner one of my faves from the Hoops' series to help her find a new purpose. That purpose eventually leads to the admiration of Coach Jagger. I mean she had the man enthralled; jumping through hoops like he wasn't an NBA coach with a tight schedule. Fear and self doubt damn near ended them before they got started. Luckily Jag stayed the course and they both got to experience a love neither of them knew was possible.
I gave y'all the sweet version of both stories, but in the midst of all this love there was some firework love making that added all types of spice. Two short reads worth the time. In fact read the ENTIRE Hoops series, I'm telling you, you will not regret it.