Flow, Grip and Still by Kennedy Ryan
This story is so beautiful. Their relationship is organic and natural, which lends itself to making the relationship be more than just a lust filled vacation fling. This is real. Grip and Bristol connect on a much deeper level, which is expertly conveyed by Kennedy Ryan with every single conversation and interaction the two have throughout the 14 chapters. It is so real, that the reader feels everything these characters feel. They fall with them, hurt with them, and hopefully, they will heal with them with them in the conclusion of their story. What I, personally, love most though about this book is that there are several relevant social commentaries made throughout the book, and not in a preachy way. Through the dialogue, Ms. Ryan sheds light on several issues that plague society, and just as the characters question their assumptions, the reader finds himself/herself doing he same.
More than the characters and the plot, which I am absolutely in love with, this novel is filled with poignant social commentary, and not at all in a preachy way. The many social issues she addresses in the novel, lack of understanding of social issues between both races, lack of acceptance over interracial relationships, lack of social justice for African Americans, as well as the many issues facing inner city kids, are all presented to the reader. Just like Grip does in Flow, Ms. Kennedy offers up these ideas to readers and allows them to wrestle with the concepts, whether previously known or not, to draw their own conclusions. More than anything, though, Kennedy Ryan expresses the idea of tolerance, of acceptance, of trying to understand each other versus reaching for hate and clinging to preconceived notions of each other. And for this reason, Flow and Grip will be novels with staying power.
STILL has it all! The romance between Grip and Bristol is inspiring, because it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. They fight and let their insecurities creep in, but they also love without limits. They chase their dreams together, supporting and sacrificing for one another. They are honest and intimate, not just in the bedroom, but with their words and feelings. They are the epitome of what a relationship should be, and while this would be enough for any romance reader, Kennedy Ryan gives us more. She, through Grip and Bristol, poses ethical and moral questions to readers, making them ponder their positions on societal issues plaguing our world, the ones we see play out on social media and the news. Through her words, we get to see a better way for everyone, catapulting STILL and the whole series into a must read piece of literature. With the addition of STILL to the series, Kennedy Ryan adds a new aspect to the story, which for spoiler reasons, I will not share. But she, once again, examines ideas and choices that aren’t so clear cut, ones that live in the grey area. As always, her characters talk about all options and stand up to others for their convictions and choices, even when it threatens to break them. Like all people who are in love like Grip and Bristol, these unimaginable issue only makes them stronger, even if it seems to tear them down at first. And that ending that Kennedy Ryan gives readers encapsulates every single thing I love about this series and this couple, showing them living and loving each other fully and wholly, still willing to tackle any and all obstacles life throws their way. Their whole journey is inspiring and beautiful.
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.
FLOW is FREE EVERYWHERE!
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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