“The joyous, heartfelt romance we need right now!” — Lexi Blake, New York Times bestselling author
Queen Move, an all-new powerful and moving, not-to-be-missed second chance romance from RITA® Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!
5+ PACT CROWNS
Kennedy Ryan is a wordsmith in every sense of the word. Her prose is so vibrant and eloquently written, that I become absorbed into the story and feel swept away not only in the romance of the couple but in the social aspects of each book.
From the minute readers meet Ezra and Kimba, they will fall in love. Their friendship and the innocence of the beginning of their young love is so tangible, you’ll feel it with them. You’ll see genuine love and compassion between them, and you can empathize with their budding feelings as they get older. The authenticity that Kennedy creates with their relationship in youth translates to how seamlessly they come together when they reconnect as adults.
Ezra and Kimba are the epitome of what romance readers love, the idea that you are destined for someone, and the way in which Kennedy Ryan writes about their connection and their feelings makes their love seem written in the stars. Kimba and Ezra make you feel like even when life gets in the way, true, real love will find a way.
Readers will not only love Ezra and Kimba as a couple, but they will also admire them as individuals, which is one of the aspects I love of Kennedy’s writing.
Kimba is a heroine young girls should look up to. Intelligent, independent, proud, and a hustler, she allows nothing and no one to stop her from her dreams. She is a boss and a queen in every sense of the word. She never yields to the social construct of what a woman should be and what their HEA looks like for her, and she makes her own way in her own time. Kimba is hands down one of my favorite Kennedy Ryan heroines. Her story and journey will resonate with so many women.
Ezra is so much more than the hunky, dirty in the sheets hero we love in a romance novel. Seeing him transform from the boy who is a bit lost and unsure of who he is and where he fits in society to a man who is confident, who owns and claims all parts of who he is is beyond attractive. His ardent love and devotion to Kimba, and his fight for them only adds to all the parts of his character I love. He has so many layers and depth to his character, and I personally love his professional endeavors and how his job lends itself to ideas and movements that need to be heard. The way he leads and teaches and models for others is one of the most attractive aspects of his character. I fell for Ezra because of his ideologies, the way he loves Kimba and his family (and you know the bedroom didn’t hurt).
The secondary characters, like most Ryan novels, are full or rich and vibrant people who add life and dimension to the story. The heighten the themes, expanded in the H and h, and add humor and love where needed. The secondary characters in this one are so integral to some her messages and I adored every single one of them.
With any Kennedy Ryan novel, there are social issues intertwined with these epic romances. They way she integrates them as part of the story is so seamless, adding to the characters and their journey. It provides depth to the characters and the plot. And while there are several themes and topics that resonated with me in Queen Move, the idea of family and redefining the social construct of what family looks like and how it functions rang true. We are no longer a society that operates within one idea of family. This in addition to the character issues Kimba and Ezra face as people makes this book one of my favorites from Ms. Ryan.
With her words, Kennedy Ryan has the ability to make me reflect on social issues that plague society while simultaneously falling in love with a new couple. She makes readers believe that change is real and can happen, providing hope and a call for change in a time period when it might not always feel that way. She makes readers believe in real love, in a person who will see and love the flaws, who will be a partner in all things, and a will push through the hard times with you. She gives readers all facets of great writing – integrity, authenticity, relevancy. She blurs the line between the mislabeled “smutty romance” and the literature of our time.
ARC / BETA COPY
5 We were never lost CROWNS
I have always found reading a Kennedy Ryan story to be a wonderful experience. She is an amazing storyteller and I love that her books contain a powerful message, always sensitively delivered in my opinion, with strong multilayered plots and wonderful characters. Queen Move is no exception.
Life, and the path to true love, does not come easy for Kimba and Ezra. Their idyllic childhood, a time when they were inseparable, was suddenly, almost cruelly and certainly inexplicably whipped away from them, sending each in different directions, to futures they couldn’t possibly have imagined. However, fate and a tragic event place these two in each other’s orbit once more. I wondered then, if young love, conceived in childhood and first experienced at a time when you’re not really sure what love means, could possibly weather the storms of life and still remain strong. If life’s choices, responsibilities and obligations would prove to be too many hurdles for them to overcome.
Kimba is an amazing woman, her personality and achievements were written in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel proud of her. She’s strong and astute, independent and intelligent but still with some insecurities which make her real and hugely likeable. Certain obstacles in her life seem almost insurmountable, but she deals with them at her own pace, in her own way, selflessly, unapologetically and with class and dignity.
Whereas Kimba is the more logical thinker of the two of them, Ezra is motivated by his heart. He has no doubt that he’s found his soulmate when he sets eyes on Kimba again after so many years, but the stars are not yet aligned. A true gentleman, he’s honourable and respectful and hugely supportive. A good man. It was wonderful to see him grow from the awkward child of the past, not really knowing or understanding where he fit into the world, to the confident, successful, charismatic sexy man of the present. I loved him. In fact the very talented Ms Ryan has created two remarkable characters in Ezra and his Tru. Characters who were incredible in their own right but spectacular together.
Queen Move is an emotional and poignant romance. An unconventional, often frustrating, journey to love, but one which is so worth it in the end. I finished the book with happy tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.
5 Soulmate Crowns
Kennedys words are pure magic, they wrap around you like a warm blanket covering you in the complexity and prose that is singularly her, making you fall in love with every word she writes. Queen Move is beyond anything I could have expected, she blew the writing world apart with this beautifully written masterpiece.
“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson
I’m been dying for Kimba’s story ever since first meeting her in the All The Kings Men Duet. Kennedy always writes her heroines with this ferocity that makes you want to be more. They are strength personified and they always leave me with a sense that we can do and be anything we want! Kimba is without a doubt Queen, Kennedy wrote her with such realism that you feel as if you know her and you want to be apart of her life. She is so smart and determined nothing can stand in her way. But what I loved the most was when you saw her soft side, the parts that she kept hidden away so that she wouldn’t get hurt. It was those moments when I fell irrevocably in love with this character and everything she represents.
Her body is made with a reckless disregard for resistance.
Ezra is legit PERFECTION. This man with his violet eyes and wicked tongue will have you forgetting your own name. He is without a doubt a flawless match for Kimba. From the time they are children until the meet again, they have always been with each other even if it was just in memory. And it’s that connection that begs to break free when they come face to face again. The passion and intensity between them are palpable, every time they’re together you can feel it. It fills every room they are in growing and burning just waiting to burst free and incinerate everything in their path with the strength of it. I’m honestly surprised by Kindle didn’t burst into flames.
He tastes like French toast and possibilities, and I’m ravenous.
This story has you remembering the innocence of firsts, of childhood promises made with reckless abandon and the belief that things will always be this way. I loved watching Kimba and Ezra grow up together and the journey they took to become the people they are today. Kennedy made me believe in soulmates, everyone wants that soul deep all consuming once in a lifetime kind of love. The kind that makes your heart race and your soul ache. The kind that gives you not just butterfly’s but whole tidal waves that turn you inside out. That’s what Kimba and Ezra have, that kind of connection that makes you feel as if you were made just to love this person. Their story brought tears to my eyes and a deep ache to my soul, these two are absolute perfection and I am obsessed with their love!
It was perfect. A snow-globe moment where all my particles are still drifting to the ground, resettling into a completely new person.
Kennedy is always meticulous with her research and brings forth important issues that are relevant today and that wholeheartedly need to be addressed. I love that every time you get swept away into one of her stories it opens your eyes to prevalent matters in the world. Kennedy’s stories will hit you on a visceral level, you can’t help but have a physical reaction while reading. Her words are so poetic and intricate that you easily get lost to her words, so much so that you won’t want to come back. Kimba and Ezra are FLAWLESS, everything about them is real and natural, consuming the pages and leaving a permanent mark on your soul. Their journey wasn’t easy but it was them, and it was worth every second.
Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy.
The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…
Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other.
The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood,
the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.
Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn’t come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.
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About the Author:
A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.
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 Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
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