Series: Grip #0.5
on February 25th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she's a college student finding her way in the world, and he's an artist determined to make his way in it.
From completely different worlds, all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It's a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?
FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.
GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been staring at my computer for more than thirty minutes trying to form the right words to say. Flow made me want to read Grip right away. This prequel introduces who Marlon “Grip” James and Bristol Gray are before the fame and success. The novella had me 100% invested in their story, and 100% craving for more. This story is presented in a beautiful array of lyrical prose, showing social issues, various family dynamic, and a slow-burn romance spanning eight years.
Business student Bristol flies to Los Angeles from New York on spring break to be reunited with her twin brother, Rhyson. Ever since her brother emancipated from her parents, Rhyson’s moved on and never looked back. Bristol is hoping they can start over with her visit, but things don’t bode well when her brother doesn’t pick her up. Instead, his best friend meets her and drives her to their uncle’s place.
Grip has been tasked to pick up his best friend Rhyson’s estranged twin sister from the airport. He has his expectations on Bristol, but she blows it all to the wind with her breathtaking beauty, gorgeous legs, and stimulating conversation. He doesn’t expect to connect with a rich girl from New York with an Ivy League background, but there he was, having the time of his life with his best friend’s twin. The week flies by, and the two have bonded as if they’ve been together their whole life.
I usually don’t like instant love stories, or anything instant, really… But if written and executed just right? I’m putty in their hands. “Just right” doesn’t even give justice to how Kennedy Ryan wrote it. Bristol and Grip have that instant connection when they meet. The physical attraction is there, yes, but it transcends that.
Flow is a quick read, but it’s easy to see the strain in Bristol and Rhyson’s relationship, Bristol’s pain in losing her brother and having no emotional support from him and her parents, and her determination to start over with him. There’s also Grip’s perseverance in reaching his dreams as he works day and night, and his passion for his poetry and craft.
Flow is a contemporary romance novella told in alternating POVs. It shows the start of a wonderful romance between two like-minded characters who are both complex and realistic. I am recommending this to readers over the age of eighteen, and of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Seriously. Please read Flow and Grip. This book opened my eyes even more to what’s happening in the world, but it’s not a bad thing. Opening one’s eyes, that is. The rest of the world could use a little bit of eye-opening right about now, too.
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