Release Day Blitz + Review: GRIP by Kennedy Ryan

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Title: GRIP
Author: Kennedy Ryan 
Genre: New Adult 
Release Date: March 2nd, 2017 

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.


"I fell for her before the beat dropped. Between the verses and after rehearsal and in sixteen bars I was intoxicated." 

When I heard Kennedy Ryan was writing a story about Grip and Bristol...I started counting down the days from the get go. I always wanted to see them get together from the Soul Series and I was hysterically dancing when I heard they were finally going to get to tell their story. 

Its taken me a few days to be able to describe this book because just saying it was amazing, wasn't going to cut it for me and it deserves so much more than that. 

This. Book. Is. Life. 

I still can't put into words just how outstandingly spectacular this book was. GRIP was so worth the wait and then some. This story will be stuck with me for years to come. Kennedy is at her best with this book. Definitely one of my favorite books this year that I've read. 

"People think I'm heartless. That I don't care enough. That isn't it. This ache, this would bleeding on the inside of me, it tells the truth of how I really feel." 

From the outside Bristol looks like she has the perfect life. A famous brother, a rich family, parents that are still married, and a perfect job. But what people don't see is...her life is falling apart and it has been for awhile. Nothing in her family is as it seems. 

Bris has built a wall around herself to keep herself from getting hurt. To avoid the ever so charming...Grip. Though Bristol is his manager now, that doesn't sway her feelings for him that she's been holding onto for years. She's not as fearless as everyone thinks she is...she can't just express her feelings so easy like Grip can without the thought of getting hurt. Again. 

"While I've drawn my armor tightly around myself, Grip stood naked in the heat of the battle, stripped all of his armor away and made himself vulnerable." 

Grip is tired of it. Tired of showing his feelings to Bristol, telling her exactly how he has felt and he's gotten nothing in return. He's ready to have her all to himself. But it doesn't look like it's going to be happening anytime soon. Though he would wait forever to have her...he wants her. Needs her. 

He's never had an easy life. Nothing has ever just been handed to Grip. Growing up in Compton...he knows what bloodshed looks like. He's seen the worst. He's been in the worst. But it's only made him stronger and his lyrics speak to people in such a profound way. 

But he's never felt pain like he has at not having Bristol. 

"I want her unhinged. I want her to feel what I've felt every day since we met." 

These two were made for each other. They just don't know it yet. They were made for each other like music is made to touch your senses, they were made to touch each others lives. But will Bristol finally take that plunge and fall for him before it's too late? 

I can honestly say this book was truly spectacular. There wasn't one thing that I didn't like about this book. Just thinking about how beautiful and inspirational this book was, gets me deep in feels. This story is so much more than a's a story about life, love, strength, and redemption. It's a story of hope. 



And DON'T miss where their story started in FLOW. You can read FLOW now for FREE


In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.

Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.

But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,

and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.

From completely different worlds,

all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.

It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights

that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.

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Kennedy loves to write about herself in third person. She loves Diet Coke…though she’s always trying to quit. She adores her husband…who she’ll never quit. She loves her son, who is the most special boy on the planet. And she’s devoted to supporting and serving families living with Autism.
And she writes love stories!

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