“...one of the most engaging and well-written romance books I have read...It's like nothing you've read before. It touches the issues no one talks about in our community. And it's a MUST-READ."
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Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. I've been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I've got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary. And Marlon James - Grip to his fans - is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I've thrown away the key. All that's left is friendship and work.
He's on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true. I manage his career, but I can't seem to manage my heart.
It's wild, reckless, disobedient. And it remembers all the things I want to forget.
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EXCERPTNeither of us has been in a serious relationship in years.”
“That doesn’t mean anything.” I stand and slide my feet into the Jimmy Choos. “You haven’t exactly been waiting around, have you?”
“Damn right I haven’t been waiting around.” He doesn’t get up, but his firm hold on my wrist stops me from walking away. “I’m not Rhyson.”
I look down at him, frowning my confusion.
“What do you mean?”
“Remember when Kai put Rhyson in the friend zone?”
Of course I do. For a long time, my sister-in-law Kai denied the attraction between her and Rhyson.
“When Kai wasn’t checking for Rhys, I assumed he had to be sleeping with other girls.” Grip shrugs. “I mean, he and Kai were just friends. But, nope. He said he only wanted Kai and didn’t sleep with anyone else.”
“Then you’re right.” I tug at my wrist, but he holds on tight. “You’re definitely not Rhyson.”
“It was months, Bristol. She shut him out for months. Not years.”
“I’m not shutting you out.” I release a tired breath. “I’m living my life, and you’re living yours.”
“Right.” He nods and turns his mouth down at the corners. “So, if you won’t be with me, then I’ll fuck whoever the hell I want. If you have a problem with that, you know what to do about it.”
For a moment, our eyes tangle in the dimness. His words sink into my flesh like briars. Every word out of his mouth only proves that I’m right to get out of here. That I’m right not to give in. If I ever gave him a chance and he fucked around on me . . . I’ve seen what that looks like. It looks like a woman as strong as my mother reduced to pathetic, teary drunkenness.
“It’s none of my business.” I shift my eyes away from him and to the glittering city skyline just beyond the rooftop.
“It’s none of your business until you say it is.”
I force myself to look back.
“Don’t hold your breath, Grip.” I say my next words with deliberation. “I mean, it’s not like I’m sitting around saving it, either.”
He pulls me forward, and I press my hand to the hardness of his chest so I don’t fall into him. My knee supports me, pressed against his on the couch.
“Are you poking me?” One strong hand wraps around the back of my thigh, anger marking his expression. “Do you want to know if it bothers me when you fuck other guys?”
I just stare at him unblinkingly. He presses my leg, urging me forward until I’m fully on the couch, fully on him, one knee on either side of his legs, facing him. Straddling him.
“It makes me want to set the world on fire.” His words come softly, but the truth roars in his eyes. “To think of you with them.”
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Back in June I was working at a signing in Cleveland and towards the end of the day I was talking to one of the authors. She asked me who I was going to talk to next and I said "I'm going to go see Kennedy Ryan." This author immediately responded with "Oh my god! Have you read Flow and Grip yet?" I admitted I hadn't read any of Kennedy's books and she was like "Go now! Go buy them and read them! They are amazing!" So I went and bought them.I read a lot for the blog so it wasn't until about a month later that I picked up Flow. I went the park and brought it with me thinking I'd read a couple chapters. Well, once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I finished in no time and then I was mad at myself because I didn't bring Grip with me and I wanted to read it at that very second. Once I got home I remedied that problem and I fell deeper in love with Bristol and Grip.
In Flow, Bristol goes to LA to visit her estranged brother Rhys. When Rhys is unavailable to pick her up at the airport he gets his friend Marlon, aka Grip, to do it. Bristol is a bit taken aback that her brother is not there and she's not sure what to think about Grip. He grew up in the projects and witnessed things that Bristol can't only imagine. But he's also a poet and a romantic. As her brother is kept busy with work, Grip and Bristol spend a time together. And most of that time is just them talking. By then end of the trip, these two have fallen head over heels for each other. But unfortunately for both of them, the trip ends on a terrible note and Bristol leaves absolutely heartbroken.
Grip takes place eight years later and Bristol not only helps run her brother's music label, but she also manages a few music acts, including Grip. They've managed to stay friends despite what happened between them, but there is no denying that they still have feelings for each other. Well, there is on their part, but you can tell that there is still a seriously strong feelings between them. And when those feelings start to come to the surface, Bristol and Grip find themselves doing things to help them forget the other person. Things that start a chain reaction of events that could bring them together or break them apart forever.
For a large part of the book these two are fighting their feelings for each other, especially Bristol. She knows that if she gives into her feelings, she could lose herself in him. And that is the last thing she wants. Eventually these two reach their breaking point and from there on out, it is all about Bristol and Grip. And it is so freaking beautiful. All those years apart and so much lost time to make up for. Them being together is extremely difficult at times, but the pay off is absolutely glorious.
Kennedy's writing is so gorgeous. Her words leave you breathless. They make your heart ache. And they will probably make you cry, like I did. Basically you will feel everything the characters feel. The friendship. The sadness. The joy. The uncomfortableness. (Trust me when I say there is plenty of that.) The acceptance. And most of all...the love. SO. MUCH. LOVE.
The book also tackles some topics that are extremely relevant today. Things that I can't even imagine happening to me. Things I can only learn more about and try my best to understand. Things I may never fully understand because of the color of my skin. And I thank Kennedy for writing about them.
Kennedy, thank you for giving us Bristol and Grip. This is a series I have already told multiple people to read and I will continue to do so, especially since Still is about to release. I can't wait!
She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.
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