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Sep 23

All the Way by Kendall Ryan Review

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

His protective streak runs a mile wide.

She won’t let her past define her.

“A TOTAL, UTTER MUST READ.” (Book Fanatic)

If you’re in the mood for EXPLOSIVE CHEMISTRY, soul-mate deep love and tons of feels, get yourself a copy of this standalone romance today!

I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.

It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.

Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.

He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.
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I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.

My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.

I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.

I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.

But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.

Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new standalone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series is for you!

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REVIEW:

I love hockey romances, and I was so excited when Kendall Ryan announced the Hot Jocks series. I really enjoyed the first book, Playing for Keeps, a hybrid romance blending the friends-to-lovers and best friend’s little sister tropes. But All the Way, the second standalone in this series, stole my heart—I absolutely loved it. I’ve been a huge fan of Kendall Ryan’s writing for years; her sassy, sexy, easy-reading contemporaries and romcoms are among my favorite things to read. In All the Way, though, instead of the lighthearted sports romance her readers were probably expecting, Ryan gave them a beautiful and moving love story in.

Owen is the starting goalie for the Ice Hawks, and Becca, Owen’s sister’s best friend, is also the team owner’s assistant. Their longtime friendship made the banter flow between them effortlessly, and I couldn’t get enough of their witty back-and-forth exchanges or their easy relationship. Becca has a difficult past, and six years after the event that changed everything for her, she finally feels like she wants to move on. The problem is that she just can’t gather the courage to do it alone, and even if she could, she wouldn’t know where to start. She makes a request of Owen, the only guy she truly feels comfortable with, and he agrees to help her. I loved these two together, and the progression of their relationship from close, dear friends to soul-deep love felt genuine and natural.

Owen had been living the whole a playboy pro athlete life, and he wasn’t necessarily looking for something more meaningful or anything real, but that’s just what he found with Becca. I loved how patient and gentle he was with her. The build-up of their relationship was so sweet, and I was rooting for them the whole way. They did have their challenges to overcome, but their solid foundation of friendship paved the way as they tacked those issues and transitioned into a couple.

All the Way was a fantastic addition to this hockey-themed sports romance series from Kendall Ryan. Full of heart-string-pulling emotion and sizzling chemistry, Owen and Becca’s sweet and tender friends-to-lovers romance was an addictive, unputdownable love story that I devoured in a day. I loved absolutely everything about this story, and Owen and Becca’s passionate, poignant story is not only a new favorite from Kendall, but it’s also a top favorite for the year. All the Way by Kendall Ryan gets 5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

 


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