Flow, Grip and Still by Kennedy Ryan
From the minute readers meet Grip in Flow, he exudes charisma. There is just something about him that draws that reader in, and just like Bristol, we are helpless to resist his charm and his aura. His passion for social issues, his exuberance for educating the ignorant, his love of music, and so much more make him a three dimensional character. What stands out the most about his character though is his recognition for open and honest dialogue in order to better the state of society and the many issues we face. Even in this novella, we get more than this socially conscience hero, we get a man that transfers his passion for his social issues to his desire for Bristol. During their short period of time together, we get to see how he could love her, how he could be with her, and how these two have something special together, which only makes the upcoming novel that much more exciting to get my hands on. I just have a feeling that he is going to be someone special.
Grip is still the man readers fell in love with in Flow, incredibly passionate about music, about its ability to change the world, and about Bristol. Readers watch him try to win Bristol back, to show her how he feels, and to get her to admit her feelings for him. As with all people, he has a breaking point, and when he reaches it, when he chooses another path, he shatters my heart right along with Bristol’s. Even with the heartbreak inflicted by his choices, readers cannot fault Grip. He has been pushed there, he has been hurt, and he is trying to keep his own heart from completely breaking. Grip, however, doesn’t stay down for long, and he comes back for the woman he loves with gusto, forcing her to break down her walls. What will really solidify readers’ love of this man is his dedication to their relationship. With the numerous social issues that plague their relationship, he stands firm BESIDE her, reinforcing the idea that you love someone for who they are not the color of their skin, their social status, etc, but who they are as a person. Grip’s character is so complex, deep, socially conscious, passionate, protective, just everything a reader wants in a hero.
Grip is a special character, probably my favorite hero EVER. I know that is a crazy claim, considering I’ve read almost read 300 romances in 2017 alone. It is, however, completely true. He is the one hero who I love completely, not one aspect of his character is a turn off. His love and devotion to Bristol is unparalleled, especially in this novel, and he loves her in a way that we all want to be loved by a person. He accepts her fully, never trying to change her or push her for something she doesn’t want. Grip also exudes passion in all parts of his life: his love for Bristol, his work for change with Iz, and his love music. What really pushes him over the top in STILL, though, is the end and how he chooses to handle every aspect of their awful and unimaginable ordeal. After STILL, I respect this man more than I ever did, and I can say with absolute conviction that he is the type of person I not only want, but he is the type of person I dream of for my daughters one day.
Special Note: As I read over these musings I have made on Grip throughout the whole series, it has come to my attention that I spout his laurels over and over again, but let me be clear that this man has flaws. These chips in his armor make him real and complex, and it shows that everyone has areas to work on bettering, areas that we need to grow in and people we can learn from. It is one of the aspects of his character that I love the most. He, and really Kennedy Ryan, is so open to the fact that we all need to learn to correct ignorance and have open and honest dialogue to enact change. These different sides to his character make him more “real” and, in my eyes, more perfect.
FLOW (The GRIP Prequel)
If I could undo your kisses
If I could un-feel your touch
If I could unhook this heart from yours
But I’m trapped in the memory of what we were
Stuck with the reality of what we are
Tempted by the promise of a future
Afraid of possibility
I don’t know how our story ends, but this – this is where it started.
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Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
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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I’ll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.
The promises people make. The vows we take.
Assumptions of the heart.
Emotion tells us how we feel, but life…life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.
For Grip and Bristol,
Love started at the top of the world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?
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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.
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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