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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Reel’ by Kennedy Ryan

Reel, an all new epic CONTEMPORARY STANDALONE love story from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

“Emotional, layered, sexy, and deeply satisfying, with stunning prose and a sweeping storyline, REEL is everything that has Kennedy Ryan fans devouring her books.” – Lexi Ryan, New York Times bestselling author


A Hollywood tale of wild ambition, artistic obsession, and unrelenting love.

One moment in the spotlight.

For months I stood by, an understudy waiting in the wings, preparing for my time to shine.
I never imagined he would watch in the audience that night.
Canon Holt.
Famous film director.
Fascinating. Talented. Fine.
Before I could catch my breath, everything changed.
I went from backstage Broadway to center stage Hollywood.
From being unknown, to my name, Neevah Saint, on everyone’s lips.
Canon casts me in a star-studded Harlem Renaissance biopic, catapulting me into another stratosphere.

But stars shine brightest in the dead of night.
Forbidden attraction, scandal and circumstances beyond my control jeopardize my dream.
Could this one shot—the role of a lifetime, the love of a lifetime—cost me everything?


5 ‘The ​Magic Hour’ Stars!

ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

One of my most anticipated reads this year was Reel from Kennedy Ryan. Her books have always been in my most expected list ever since I read anything written by this amazingly talented woman. Kennedy is one of a kind, she gives her readers so much more than a love story, and she makes you think about what happened and is still going on in our world. Of course, Reel was no exception, portraying a forbidden love story between a rising star and her director while filming a Harlem Renaissance biopic.

So, Reel is the first installment in Ryan’s Hollywood Renaissance series, and it focuses on the lives of Neevah “Saint” Mathis and Canon Holt. Neevah is working on Broadway, working on an exciting project but not in the spotlight. That completely changes when Canon, a very famous movie director, discovers her and strongly believes he has found the star of his new film. The motion picture is all about Dessi Blue, a striking woman that has a one-of-a-kind lifetime which needs to be told to the world. But things get complicated because Neevah and Canon are very much attracted to one another from the first moment they lay eyes on each other and it’s not easy to have that kind of relationship in Hollywood, especially for a rising star working in her first movie.

“ I want that light. I want that heart and that vulnerability and strength. There is so much inside of you, Neevah, and I’m warning you now that I want it all.”

Again, I don’t know why I am surprised. Kennedy Ryan stand that I am, I should be more than prepared to enter the worlds she creates but I am always amazed by her incredible talent. She is more than able to create a wonderful new crew of characters in a world that looks like it’s not easy to be in. Neevah not only is waiting for that moment to be discovered but she is also escaping the betrayal of her sister and dealing with the autoimmune disease that is complicating her new life. And Canon seems to have the perfect life, but he is still suffering for the death of his beloved mother. Together, these two become something else. A unit neither was expecting. A connection impossible to miss. A chemistry that burns the pages. I was 100% into Reel and its characters, Kennedy is a master of smart and powerful romance and this one was no exception. I loved it from start to finish and I am sure many others will do it too. I do have to say though, it’s very difficult to improve what Queen Move did to me! lol But this was a beautiful start to this new and fascinating series.

I’ve kissed the star. I’ve felt its burn and held it close.

Therefore, I am rating Reel with 5 STARS because it sure has all the elements I love about Kennedy’s outstanding creations and it left me wanting more of this couple and this crew of characters! So excited we are always getting bonus epilogues! haha Neevah and Canon are a wonderful couple and their story (and Dessi’s) was powerful, intense and so beautiful to read. I just love whatever Kennedy writes and I cannot wait to read whatever is next! This series will be AMAZING, I have no doubt!

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“Bravo . . .A true literary audio experience!” – Alexandria House, Amazon & Audible bestselling author

Narrated by Eboni Flowers and Jakobi Diem
Featuring Nicole Small
Vocal Performance by April Christina
➜ Audible:


“Turn around.”

It’s a guttural command.
 He bends me over the arm of the couch, and my hands hit the cushion for support, to steady myself. At the sound of the condom tearing, my inner muscles contract, bracing for him. He spreads my cheeks and, slipping his whole hand between my legs, cups the trembling flesh. I’m unprepared for the swipe of his tongue. For the subtle abrasion of his beard scraping the inner skin of my thighs. For the sound of him eating me. I push back against his face, helpless, no shame. Digging my nails into the cushions, I widen my legs to give me more, to take more for myself. He grips my thighs, holding me steady for his devouring mouth until, with a sob that sails over the rooftop, over the city, I contract around his delving tongue. The orgasm hits hard, tightening the muscles in my thighs and calves. With staccato breaths, I bury my face in the couch, biting my lip to the point of pain.

“Canon,” I beg. “Stop teasing me and—”

He shoves in, and the words tumble back down my throat, recessing into the shock of this pleasure.

“Jesus.” Need shreds my voice to ribbons. 

He coasts his hand up my back, gently cuffs my neck. Ass in the air, I rise up on my toes, begging for breath, petitioning for more dick. He gives it to me, pushing impossibly deeper.

“So damn good,” he grunts behind me.

I hope I never get over how perfect he feels inside me, like I was molded to his specifications. Shaped for his dimensions. I moan and reach my hand back to pull at one of my cheeks, widening the way for his cock. It feels like he goes where no dick has gone before, deeper, better. Somehow I feel each thrust in my heart. His every touch plays on my emotions, and tears sting my eyes. His hand tightens at my hip, and he slides the other hand up my arm, finds my hand on the couch and laces our fingers together. He sets a frenetic pace that sends the blood singing through my body again. The cushion absorbs my scream as I come, and I punish the soft cotton with clawing nails. With his voice strangled, his fingers fisted in my hair, he comes. 

Collapsing against my back, a heavy, happy burden, his breath stilted and warm at my neck, he snakes one muscled arm around my middle, clutching me. After the urgent, feral coupling, it’s a cherishing hold. I cross my arm over his at my waist and tangle our fingers. It’s fragile and sweet, this moment, like flakes of sugar disintegrating on your tongue when you’ve barely had time to taste.

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The Author

A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Kennedy Ryan and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. A RITA® Award winner, Kennedy writes empowered women from all walks of life and centers those who have found themselves perennially on the margins of traditional storytelling.

Her Hoops Series (Long Shot, Block Shot and Hook Shot) and All the King’s Men Series (The Kingmaker, The Rebel King and Queen Move) have been optioned for television.

An autism mom, Kennedy co-founded LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable initiative, and has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for autism families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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