GRIP By Kennedy Ryan
Grip By Kennedy Ryan is a book that I feel everyone needs to read. This was my first novel by her, as well as my first interracial couple, and I am completely speechless. Her work is so good that I’ve been thinking all night (since I finished) on how in the hell to explain this masterpiece. SO I’ll do the best I can
Grip starts off 8 years after the prequel Flow left off (Free on Amazon).
Bristol and Grip have both gained a lot during this time. Bristol is at the top of her career having finally gotten her brother back to making his own music, while managing Grip and other artists on their record label Prodigy. While Grip is getting ready to release his debut album “Grip” expected to become number 1 in the country/ world!
Through the 8 years and current events,Bristol and Grip’s profession/ sort-of friends relationships are starting to take over all of their thoughts and emotions.Becoming more than what either of them can handle. Grip wants nothing more than to be with Bristol and pick up the pieces of their spring break fling. While Bristol reluctantly does whatever she can to push Grip away so that they can stay a neutral relationship and make sure her heart stays safe.
Because both of them come from different backgrounds, there is so much to learn from this story. It is such a multi-dimensional relationship between our main characters. It breaks down the struggles of African-Americans in Grip’s life and rhymes. And it breaks down the naivety that Bristol has grown up with being a “rich girl from the Upper East Side” and just how different their worlds are, but also how similar/ and how they can make their world’s better together! The topics in this book are sooo relevant and discussed with such detail and confidence.
“Dwell in possibility”
Both of the MC’s are facing problems that haunt them in their own ways, inside and out. Between bouts of jealousy, some eye-opening life lessons, and a danger lurking around the corners. But there is such a strong and intense connection that neither of them have been able to deny and can’t seem to keep them apart even when things get tough and the unthinkable happens
“There’s a web that traps us together, silky and fine, tensile and fragile. A sticky mess I’ve never wanted to escape until now.”
Both Characters are great. I loved the intensity that surrounds Grip’s character. He’s got his “chocolate charm” that makes him so love able. While Bristol cares deeply about the people she loves, and with her no bullshit attitude she brings a lot of character to the table. But what got me was even though I love the build up and angst, I kept feeling like Bristol couldn’t get out of her own way (or head) and see what was right in front of her. Which drove me a little nuts
“We splinter into a thousand pieces in her kitchen, becoming more together than we were apart. More than we were alone. With whispered promises and words of love, we exchange hearts.”
Grip is an emotional read that is like poetry coming off of its pages. It has strong, insightful words that make you think about the world we live in as you read. It brings out more a family dynamic then most romance books do and tales of bravery and triumph. Overall a really fantastic read and I applaud Kennedy Ryan for creating such a wonderful story. I cannot wait to see where our Mc’s go in the next book “Still”, I Highly recommend!!
***This is not a cliffhanger***
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.
Make sure you grab FLOW, the FREE prequel first! FLOW is chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come. GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.