The Close-Up- Review
What began as a tiny flame when we were young now threatens to consume us.
The Close-Up, an all-new riveting and emotional Hollywood Renaissance/HOOPS novella from New York Times bestselling author Kennedy Ryan and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!
I met Nazareth Armstrong when I was eighteen years old. From the beginning, my brother warned me to stay away from him. Told Naz to stay away from me.
Our hearts didn’t listen.
I shared one magical night under the stars with my brother’s rival, thinking it was the start of a once-in-a-lifetime something.
But one awful moment ended it all.
Years later when we meet again, we’ve both pursued our dreams, lived a little, found success…but never found love. What began as a tiny flame when we were young now threatens to consume us. I’m more drawn to Naz than ever, but his complicated history with my brother makes whatever this could be…nearly impossible.
But Naz accepts impossible as a dare.
Through his clever maneuvering and dogged determination, I find myself on a yacht with him and his friends cruising through the Mediterranean. It’s a whirlwind set ablaze. Away from reality, surrendering to the tender heat of his touch, I forget that everything could burn.
*This is the love story of Takira, who first appears in Reel, book 1 of the Hollywood Renaissance series. Characters from the HOOPS series also make appearances, but you do not have to read any of those books to enjoy this one.
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About Kennedy Ryan
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® and Audie® 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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Kennedy Ryan absolutely slays with most of her books and that’s extra true for The Close-Up. Honestly, I finished this book and immediately reread Hook Shot. The Close-Up is a cross over between the Hollywood Renaissance and the Hoops series which means we got to revisit with characters which I always love. But even more so, is the beautiful love story between Naz and Kira. They met as teenagers and had a night that could have been more but life got in the way. When they reconnect, sparks absolutely fly between them and light up the page. Seriously, this book is fire. In a short amount of pages, Kennedy Ryan captures the chemistry and the emotional bond between Naz and Kira and takes us along for the ride. While there are both external and internal challenges trying to keep them apart, the bond between Naz and Kira is so strong that you know they will work things out. This book is a little taste of what makes Kennedy Ryan’s writing for addicting and once you have a taste, you want more!