I'll be posting all three reviews in the next two weeks. First I posted my review of Flow on September 19th (Click HERE to read), then Grip today, and finally the New Release Still on October 4th. So without further ado...
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. 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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Grip was magical. I love a story that can encompass you completely. After my first day reading till 2 AM, I had a few chapters left and was mad I would have to wait through an entire day of work to get back to it. I skipped lunch to get home early so I could have some quiet time to finish before everyone got home. I might have turned on the TV as a brain fart thinking I'd get to watch the rest of the movie, forgetting the medium this story line was portrayed through. This plot was vividly intoxicating.
There were many points where I would have to look away from the pages, take a breath, then continue reading. I love and I hate when that happens, but I was getting ahead of myself. I was having to calm down because the anticipation to know what was going to happen next was killing me. I'd get so wrapped up in the scenes that I needed to know that instant what was happening, I needed to see the response and I couldn't read fast enough. I love a book that can make me need to know.
The music element in this series is stellar. It's a big part of the magic happening in the plot and it is not just some complementing background element. The board room meetings and release parties are brought into the story in a way that feels like you are in the meetings with them. There is not so much technical jargon that makes it just go straight over your head. The element is brought in and handled very naturally and is eloquently incorporated. I felt a part of every aspect of this plot not just passionately tangled up in the love scenes, but was able to understand the stress, struggle, decisions, and interactions that have to be made in Bristol's position as Grips manager.
I don't know if there was one aspect I loved above the rest, but a favorite was the focus on Grip, which makes sense now that I think about it. This book was alternating perspectives, but the depth you got out of his side of things was unique. I'm used to the girl admitting her fears and self-conscious, inner intentions, but with this book you got that out of the male. It was great to get inside a man's head and have it not be the typical vulgar spew normally sponsored, but him trying to read a girls reaction, trying to get her attention and understand what is holding her back and being patient. It was beautiful.
Kennedy Ryan quenched my thirst. She covered every angle I could possible think that this story could lead and conquered each of them. I applaud her because I have no idea how she did it so effortlessly. She never skimped on any one angle and completely explored each twist. I'm still a bit in awe wondering how she fit that all into one book. I multiple times considered if a detail that was introduced would make an appearance again later and it always did. This plot was so well thought out and brilliant. No stone was left upturned and every detail was brought to light immaculately.
This story was so much more than love, yet there were aspects of love in everything. I realized I was too deep into it when I cried. It wasn't necessarily a sad or happy part, but I choked up with empathy and with pride for Bristol when she stood up to Grip's mom at a Sunday meal. After that instant apparently I had let my wall down and these characters into my heart because I cried about five more times after that. It was pathetic and please laugh because it was ridiculous how connected I got to these characters.
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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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