From Wall Street Journal, USA Today Bestselling and RITA® Award-winning Author Kennedy Ryan, comes a captivating second chance romance like only she can deliver...
**QUEEN MOVE will have the special pre-order and release week price of $3.99. After that, the price will increase.**
The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can't have…
Dig a little and you'll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you'll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my "awkward duckling" best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.
Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Tell me it's wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way--secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn't come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.
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Lots of Life Lessons
One thing that amazes me about this story is how Ezra is not afraid to express what he wants, even if it may break another person’s heart. “I don’t want normal, I want Kimba.” There has been so many different scenarios that I’ve witnessed in real life where people miss their chances and opportunities because of sugarcoating, pettiness, or misunderstandings. I truly believe in speaking your mind and expressing your thoughts, feelings, and desires completely. In essence, being straightforward. Because if we don’t, we could miss out on an opportunity that effects our entire life. We could miss out on true love and never be completely happy; only try to find contentment in what we’ve had to settle with. Keyword: settle. No one is truly happy with something or someone we didn’t originally want (generally speaking). This book reassured me that being uncomfortably or overly honest is okay as long as I am being true to myself.
I also love how Ezra loves Kimba. The way he describes their souls being created together and not being afraid of being emotional and vulnerable with the woman he loves. He is confident in his masculinity yet gentle and compassionate for his woman. I wonder how Ezra’s character development and thought process would have turned out if a male wrote this book. The thought couldn’t help but cross my mind: a woman wrote this book and created Ezra. Of course he is the perfect man of our dreams. But I wonder if he would have the same heart, emotion, and intellect if a man wrote it. Food for thought.
It saddened me that their love couldn’t be 100% perfect—and it’s all their parents’ fault. What people don’t realize is that certain negative actions will not only effect just them, but it effects everyone else around them as well. What happened between their parents was selfish. Not only did they not consider the children, but they tarnished their adult lives in the long run. They ended up being with the wrong people. The types of people they have nothing in common with, neither beliefs or even opinions. Which in turn, created baggage, issues, and insecurities which could have been avoided had their parents not acted so selfishly. Now they have other people permanently in their lives that should have never been there in the first place. Love conquers all, of course. But love shouldn’t be difficult all the time. I feel for Kimba deeply. She has to share the man 3 different ways when he should’ve always been just hers. And I know they seem happy together. But deep down, if this was a real person, every time she looks at his family she will always feel some sort of insecurity, resentment, or maybe even jealousy. Maybe not a lot. But it will definitely be there in her gut. This is why I choose to be with someone with a clean slate. No baggage. No children. No deep history with a past relationship. I want to be his first, his last, and his only. The first and last woman he proposes to and marries. The first and last woman to conceive and give birth to his children. I don’t like sharing and I definitely don’t want to feel like I have to compete with someone else, or feel like a third wheel at their children’s birthday parties or dance recitals. To find someone with a clean slate is rare in this day and age, and in some cases I may still be young and immature, but at this stage in my life I just can’t find myself being in that type of situation. This book has reconfirmed my way of thinking.
I thank Kennedy Ryan for the valuable life lessons learned and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. 5 stars! Will read again. Can’t wait for the bonus chapters!
Also: I tried to write this review with no spoilers but if I gave anything away, please accept my dearest apologies!
Childhood best friends.... meet again!! After years apart Kimba and Ezra reconnect. Their feelings haven’t changed but life is so different for the both of them. How they get to happily ever after is another beautiful story by Kennedy Ryan. Kimba is a strong woman. She’s got a powerful job in a man’s world and does it well. Ezra is this amazing man with a beautiful soul. And his heart has always been Kimba’s. Their journey takes time, it isn’t rushed, they deal with real issues and at the end... my heart was whole. Kennedy Ryans’s writing is amazing and powerful and real!
Another AMAZING novel by Ryan
Kimba Allen is a grown ass woman. She is ambitious. She’s successful. She has a sexual appetite. She’s confident and owns all parts of herself. (On a personal note, I love reading romances that tell the stories of women outside the twenty-something bubble many romances embody. Love and life exists outside that decade, no? I like seeing it here).
Ezra is a solid man. Not just his stature and build, but his emotional accountability, his ability to communicate, he has an amazing job he’s passionate about... he’s mixed race and the novel deals with very real issues that come up when you are a part of more than one racial and/or cultural world.
I’m a sucker for a love across the years...decades...a length of time that debuted an intimacy that can’t be garnered in a insta-love story. And that’s what this is ... the reader can feel the tension and desire that only years a part can make. A love that is reignited at different times during a life even just in thought.
That is a love I can get behind. Tied together by time and unrequited but inevitable passions. Another one that @kennedyryan1 hits out of the park.