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Hook Shot

Hoops Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Jakobi Diem, Mia Ellis
Series: Hoops Series, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kennedy Ryan presents book three in the Hoops series.

A deeply emotional, standalone romance set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion.

Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad. 

Cheated on, betrayed, exposed. My perfect life blew up in my face, and I'm still picking up the pieces. The last thing I need is her.

A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can't resist. 

Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans from the moment our eyes meet. I promised myself I wouldn't trust a woman again, but I've never wanted anyone the way I want Lo. She's not the plan I made, but she's the risk I have to take. 

A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator. 

Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better, and snatching my breath from the moment we met. The last thing I need is him. I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons. I've seen what trusting a man gets you.

I. Don't. Have. Time. For. This.

But he just keeps coming for me. Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses one by one. He never gives up, and now...I'm not sure I want him to. 

©2019 Kennedy Ryan (P)2019 Tantor

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Looooove

Even though I've read this I just couldn't bear to not listen to it, the flow and the way Lotus blooms through the story and Kenan, the gladiator who had the shoulders carrying so much sadness and anger and betrayal, steals the hearts.

The narrators were choppy with the sentences for me, so it cut me out of flow alot, unlike the narrators of Long shot, who weave a web around you, you don't want to stop listening.

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  • DD
  • 03-05-2019

Hook Shot

I have read a couple of Kennedy Ryan's books, and the Grip series has been my favorite so far, and it still is my favorite. However, I had a few friends tell me that I needed to read Hook Shot, and I'm glad I did. As one reader said, it was sublime. I loved the transparency between Kenan and Lotus. It was beautiful the way they decided to be vulnerable with each other. Actually, I loved everything about this couple. The love notes with verses from the Song of Solomon was FIRE! The scene with -- Oh, I can't tell you the scene because it would be a spoiler, but I will say it made me go and read Psalm 35.

I enjoyed the book so much that I wish they were real and that they were my friends. I'm sure the narrators made me feel this way. Speaking of the narration, it was excellent! As I write this, there is more I want to say, so I will. LOL. The visual I had of the gallery scene is one I could go on and on about. The narrators definitely capture the intensity between Kenan and Chase. The hospital scene, the scenes at Lotus's grandmother's house, and the scene where Lotus had to make an important decision about her and Kenan's relationship were also times I felt the narrators were able to place me in the mind of the characters and allow me to feel their emotions.

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  • LMPD
  • 12-05-2019

What a series!!

This entire series of books is so rich and beautiful. I was waiting for Lotus’s story and it did not disappoint. As mentioned by another reviewer, there are so many themes touched on in this saga and each of them are detailed wonderfully. Worth every penny I paid for this. This is a true love story. Narrators were fantastic.

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  • Jai Walk ❤
  • 09-10-2019

Slow but good

The female narrator voice sounds like Alexa. She doesn't really alternate between the voices, it's like she just read the book out loud. I had to follow along with the Kindle version. I love Jakobi, so his narration made the audiobook bearable (with a 1.25x narration speed)

On a different note, I admired this story, the connection between Lotus & Kenan, the realness, and the dialogue! They didn't let their age difference affect their relationship . I was also happy to hear Lotus's story since she was in the first book.

What I love most about Ryan's work is that she keeps it realistic, unlike some of these fairy-tale far-fetched romance stories.

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  • Paula
  • 18-02-2020

Best of the series!

Now this one is a live story. Loved that there was a real connection between the characters and that they actually spent the majority of the book together instead of either apart or constantly at odds. Best of the series!

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  • Valerie
  • 13-01-2020

Best book of the series!

OMG!! This book had my eyes not just full of years it caused those same tears over flow and spill down my cheeks. This is saying a lot for me since I am the least emotional person I know.. Kennedy Ryan saved the best story in this series for last. You made me think about the spirituality of "love" itself! The power of healing! And what it means to have faith! These concepts are not small things but this is what I felt reading this story. So worth the credit or price of this book. Jakobi Diem has become one of my favorite male narrator, so much so that I search for books to read just because he is reading it. In here he did not disappoint, he made me fall in love with his character as if he was a real person. A man with great character, who loved and protects his women and his family! As for Mia Ellis she was terrific! I can not say that i search for books because of your voice or narration before, but I will after this. To me you didn't sound like a little woman as this character was described but you are as powerful and engaging as she is. I didn't want this story to end! I loved it that much

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  • Christina
  • 30-12-2019

Amazing love story!!

This is my favorite of the Hoops series! Their love story is so sweet and amazing! I couldn’t get enough!

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  • Astrid
  • 22-12-2019

The story is magic! The narration not so much.

Ahhh I love the strong quiet men. Kenan was just wonderful, as was Lotus. Loved their magical, deep connection. Hook Shot packs some angst, a lot of steam and emotions. Kennedy Ryan's writing and storytelling is totally spell-binding and captivating.

Jakobi Diem did a beautiful job with Kenan, Mia Ellis's performance was flat and she couldn't hold her own against Jakobi. There wasn't enough variation between the characters, especially the males ones and it was hard to tell the difference.

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  • Dana
  • 22-11-2019

I tried but couldn't finish

I have enjoyed other Kennedy Ryan titles but this one just made me want to through something... The story line was simplistic and utterly predictable and the narration was slow and tedious. It read like the editor went on holiday.

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  • Sin2sea
  • 01-11-2019

A beautiful and lyrical love story with all the feels

Kennedy Ryan is one of my favorite authors because her words have textures and depth beyond most romance. She dares to dwell into issues that are tough to tackle and she does it with so much sensitivity. This book touched on childhood abuse. when I first read the book I love Glad and Lo so much they almost dethrone my fav Grip & Bristol. I love Jakobi as Glad because I love his intonation and expression.

I have such high expectation for Lo so I was a little disappointed that Mia fell short of the Lo in my head. While I love her tone, I am used to female narrators who expressed themselves with more feeling whether it is anger or joy. Her male voice for Glad is also not my favorite. Romance narration needs a certain cadence for it to be enjoyable. If she want to continue to narrate more romance and I hope she would hope she would put in more feelings in her narration.

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  • Bridgett
  • 08-10-2019

Horrible female narration

I wanted to really like this story but it was so predictable and repetitive. The female narrator was probably one of the worst I’ve heard in a while. Her tone was bad and her male voice was laughable and just horrible. I listened for Jakobi Diem but even his parts were slow and drawn out. I’m not sure if the author meant for it to be this way but these two narrators don’t work well together. The story overall wasn’t anything we haven’t heard or read a million times before. The added family history of voodoo made it a little interesting but she didn’t really do much with it so muh.

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 18-12-2019

Great narration, average story

This turned out to be just an okay read for me and in that, I can't help being a little disappointed because of my love for Kennedy Ryan's books. HOOK SHOT was the anti-climax I didn't want and LONG SHOT was the highlight of the series.

This was a case of like and not love. I liked Lotus, she was strong and tenacious but with a big heart hidden under the barriers she'd constructed out of necessity. I liked Kenan but sometimes I found him a little lacking in hero-material. I find it hard to explain but I think it had something to do with his ex and that whole storyline. I didn't really enjoy his family context at all. The supernatural was just a little turn off for me too.

The narration was excellent and I wonder if I'd have kept going if it wasnt for audio and these narrators. In fact, it took me ages to read because I prefered music to the idea of audio on my commute which is very unusual for me. We'll just chalk this one up 'not my kind of story'