Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan is an underrated gem

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books.
Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books. /

There is something utterly undeniable about Kennedy Ryan and her writing. Her Hoops series which includes Long Shot, Block Shot, and Hook Shot is the ultimate example.

Ryan is finally getting the recognition she deserves as evidenced by her books being republished by Bloom Books. If anything, it feels like a long time coming for her and her readers.

As someone who has been reading Kennedy Ryan for years, I’m incredibly happy for her and am always happy to feature her on Culturess. That’s why I knew I had to do a feature on Block Shot and why it’s an underrated favorite within the Hoops series.

I’d like to thank Bloom Books for sending me a finished copy to add to my growing Kennedy Ryan collection.

Block Shot is an underrated gem within Kennedy Ryan’s Hoops series.

When I think of the Hoops series by Kennedy Ryan, the first book that comes to mind is Long Shot. As the first book in the series, that makes sense yet Block Shot feels like it suffers from middle-book syndrome. It’s not in the way you might imagine as Block Shot just doesn’t get talked about as much.

Unlike the other two books in the Hoops series, Block Shot doesn’t follow a basketball player but follows Jared who is a sports agent, and Banner who is one of his rivals. While the two met in college, they had a huge falling out and after that, it’s been a cutthroat ride. Of course, the two end up reconnecting at the worst time.

If you’ve read any of Kennedy Ryan’s other books, you’ll know that she manages to rip your heart out and Block Shot is no exception. I won’t give away too much about the plot, but I will say that if you’re sensitive to cancer, then you’ll want to steer clear of this one. As long as you can handle it, then it’s worth picking up.

While it might not be talked about as much as Long Shot, Block Shot tackles the cutthroat world of sports agency, taking care of a loved one and accepting yourself. Of all the heroines within this world, Banner is easily my favorite. She’s one of those characters you can’t help and want to root for from the first page she’s on.

I could give you a million reasons why you should read Block Shot yet only Kennedy Ryan could do it justice.

If that isn’t enough to make you want to read it, then I don’t know what else will. If you’ve read the series before or are just starting it, then you won’t want to miss out on Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan.

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan is out now wherever books are sold.

Will you be picking up a copy of Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan this fall? Let us know in the comments!

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