Review: GRIP by Kennedy Ryan (Grip #1)

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“…one of the most engaging and well-written romance books I have read…It’s like nothing you’ve read before. It touches the issues no one talks about in our community. And it’s a MUST-READ.”

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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.


Oh. My. Freaking. Goodness. This book is FANTASTIC. I started reading GRIP last night—after reading the prequel FLOW, of course—and it is the reason I have bags under my eyes this morning and it is also the reason I’m looking worse than a zombie. It is one of those stories that literally grips you and doesn’t let you put the book down even for a second. It makes you want to read every single word. Even comas, point, space and everything that crosses your path.


Let’s start with FLOW (the prequel). It basically tells us how Grip and Bristol met. She flew from New York to Los Angeles to visit her brother. But unlike Bristol, her brother wasn’t very happy to see her again after so many years apart. Fortunately, Grip was there to keep her company and show her around during her week in Los Angeles. And… they felt a connection. They shared a kiss on the ferris wheel and went semi skinny-dipping in cold water and then it was time for Bristol to go back to college in New York.

GRIP starts eight years after FLOW ends. Bristol now lives in Los Angeles and she’s Grips manager. Grip is now a successful rapper. He climbed the charts like it was nobody’s business. They’ve somehow managed to keep their relationship strictly platonic until one night on Grip’s roof where they shared empanadas and a kiss. But now more than ever, Bristol knows there’s not a chance in hell she’s falling into his arms again. There’s no way she’s going to end up like her mom. No. Way.

When Bristol’s character first appeared I thought I was going to loathe her character. I though she was whiny and spoiled but I was so wrong (well, she’s a bit spoiled but not too much). She’s a take-no-bullshit kind of person. She’s incredibly protective of the people she loves and she loves fiercely. I actually ended up loving her character. Don’t judge a character by its suitcase, kids.

I don’t even want to get started with Grip’s character because I might puke my heart out. I can’t even with the amount of love I have for him. He’s the most hardworking, intelligent, sweet man I’ve ever read. He deserves to be on top of all the imaginary charts. He deserves all of the imaginary Grammys. I’m his number one fan and I don’t even listen to rap so that says a lot.


Bristol’s reason for not wanting to start a relationship with Grip was the thing I loved the most and what I hated the most (if that even makes sense). She was afraid of ending like her mother, who loved her husband so much she refused to leave him even though he cheated on her time and time again. She thought that loving someone that much and not being able to walk away meant she was weak. She was afraid of loving without limits.
And I loved that. I loved her reason because that is literally something I think about all the time. I loved it because I feel like that would be my reason too. I’ve never felt so connected to a book. Sigh. I love this book!

Here’s what I hated. The push and pull. There were like a hundred million times in the book where I thought “they’re finally getting together! YES!” and then Bristol would get away from Grip and I just couldn’t. It was torture. I was going insane. I swear I screamed at them to be together already but they refused to listen to me.
But I need to say that it was worth the wait too. I might have cried tears of happiness. The skies parted and the angels sang Hallelujah. My payers were answered.


If you look for the word unique in the dictionary this book will come up. I promise you it is like absolutely nothing you’ve read before. Grip and Bristol are an interracial couple. They are from different worlds and this book talk about problems inside their relationship and also outside that unfortunately happen on a daily basis in the real world and most people try to avoid like the plague. Kennedy Ryan did the best darn job writing this book. Not only does she write beautiful but the woman KNOWS what the heck she’s talking about.

Eveyone need to check out this book immediately. Pretty please do yourself a favor.




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“Neither of us has been in a serious relationship in years.”

“That doesn’t mean anything.” I stand and slide my feet into the Jimmy Choos. “You haven’t exactly been waiting around, have you?”

“Damn right I haven’t been waiting around.” He doesn’t get up, but his firm hold on my wrist stops me from walking away. “I’m not Rhyson.”

I look down at him, frowning my confusion.

“What do you mean?”

“Remember when Kai put Rhyson in the friend zone?”
Of course I do. For a long time, my sister-in-law Kai denied the attraction between her and Rhyson.

“Yeah, so?”

“When Kai wasn’t checking for Rhys, I assumed he had to be sleeping with other girls.” Grip shrugs. “I mean, he and Kai were just friends. But, nope. He said he only wanted Kai and didn’t sleep with anyone else.”

“Then you’re right.” I tug at my wrist, but he holds on tight. “You’re definitely not Rhyson.”

“It was months, Bristol. She shut him out for months. Not years.”

“I’m not shutting you out.” I release a tired breath. “I’m living my life, and you’re living yours.”

“Right.” He nods and turns his mouth down at the corners. “So, if you won’t be with me, then I’ll fuck whoever the hell I want. If you have a problem with that, you know what to do about it.”

For a moment, our eyes tangle in the dimness. His words sink into my flesh like briars. Every word out of his mouth only proves that I’m right to get out of here. That I’m right not to give in. If I ever gave him a chance and he fucked around on me . . . I’ve seen what that looks like. It looks like a woman as strong as my mother reduced to pathetic, teary drunkenness.

“It’s none of my business.” I shift my eyes away from him and to the glittering city skyline just beyond the rooftop.

“It’s none of your business until you say it is.”

I force myself to look back.

“Don’t hold your breath, Grip.” I say my next words with deliberation. “I mean, it’s not like I’m sitting around saving it, either.”

He pulls me forward, and I press my hand to the hardness of his chest so I don’t fall into him. My knee supports me, pressed against his on the couch.

“Are you poking me?” One strong hand wraps around the back of my thigh, anger marking his expression. “Do you want to know if it bothers me when you fuck other guys?”

I just stare at him unblinkingly. He presses my leg, urging me forward until I’m fully on the couch, fully on him, one knee on either side of his legs, facing him. Straddling him.

“It makes me want to set the world on fire.” His words come softly, but the truth roars in his eyes. “To think of you with them.”

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Kennedy Ryan

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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