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Hoops Shorts: A HOOPS Novella Collection by Kennedy Ryan

the_love_librarian's review

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fast-paced

5.0

The HOOPS novella collection includes Full Court Press (Avery + Deck's story) and Fast Break (Quinn + Ean's story). I recommend reading Full Court Press after you've read Long Shot and Block Shot. Fast Break can be read before or after Hook Shot. 

Fast Break - I loved Quinn's character when she was introduced in Block Shot. She held out for the type of love she deserved, and Ean more than showed her how devoted and interested he had been for years. It was quick and to the point, but the author was still able to deliver emotions, intimacy and a great epilogue with a time jump that made me smile! 

jessy5's review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

craesreads's review

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4.0

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌶️🌶️🌶️ 

🏀 𝐅𝐔𝐋𝐋 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐓 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒 (formerly appeared in Hoops Holiday), which is Avery &Decker’s story.

* Suicide
* Journalist
* Single dad
* Basketball Romance
* Second Chance Romance
* Interracial Romance (BWWM)

𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊𝐄𝐑
* Ughh I loved this novella so much! It was so good! I usually want more out of novellas but not this one. It had everything. There was the heavy topic of suicide throughout that was extremely touching &definitely relatable for those that have dealt with depressed or suicidal loved ones.  But Avery &Decker’s love story made me melt. I loved every second of it. 


🏀🏀 𝐅𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊, which is Quinn &Ean’s story.

* Self harm
* He falls first 
* Basketball romance
* Disability representation 

𝐐𝐔𝐈𝐍𝐍 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐄𝐀𝐍
* This was a sweet &spicy novella! This novella also carried the heavy topic of self harm &digging yourself out of depression. Ryan Kennedy does such an amazing job on these topics. I loved how hard Ean worked to show up &put in an effort for Quinn. Even when she wasn’t sure about him. The spice was spicing in the best way! 

* I’m so sad the series is over but so happy I read them! I highly recommend this entire series including these novellas!

zoeys_momma05's review

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emotional funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

heymichelle360's review

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emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

courtney_s's review

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emotional inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0

** Audio Review **

FULL COURT PRESS - Avery and Deckers story
OVERALL:  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
•Storyline: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
▪︎Spice Level:  🌶🌶/ 5
•Swoon level:🫠🫠🫠🫠🫠/5
•Bookshelf Worthy: 📚📚📚📚📚/5
•Platform: Kindle Unlimited (ebook) and Audio
•Recommend: Yes
▪︎Re-read/re-listen: Yes
•Trope: Basketball Romance, Single Dad
•Narrators 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧/5

• Thoughts:
I was thinking as I had listened to Long Shot. Man, do Avery and Decker have a story?.. Book Besties. they sure do! And let me tell you how happy that made me! EXTREMELY.  we get Avery and Decker wrapped ever so sweetly in this Novella bundle. I loved their quick, fast-paced love story. I was happy and enamored the entire time! No words. I just loved it! The end. Stick a fork in me! 
Narrators: Jacob Morgan and Mari. I mean Hello is Jacob Morgan. Boom winner! Mari, she is new to me! And I loved her!!! She was fantastic and I definitely look forward to listening to other books she narrates.  

FAST BREAK - Quinn and Ean
OVERALL:  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
•Storyline: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
▪︎Spice Level:  🌶🌶/ 5
•Swoon level:🫠🫠🫠🫠🫠/5
•Bookshelf Worthy: 📚📚📚📚📚/5
•Platform: Kindle Unlimited (ebook) and Audio
•Recommend: Yes
▪︎Re-read/re-listen: Yes
•Trope: Basketball Romance
•Narrators 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧/5

• Thoughts:
Quinn and Ean!! Whhhaaaaatt?!?! Oh my friends it was beautiful! I was excited for Avery and Decker! I was practically giddy and acting like a 7th grade girl because the cute boy smiled at you!  With Quinn and Ean. This story was so awesome! I can't get over how much these two complimented each other and how much I adored them as a couple. I can honestly say. I do wish this novella could have been a little longer. But I am being selfish because of how much I liked them as a couple and wanted their story to just continue. 

Narrators: Connor Crais and Andi Arndt are the narrators. So naturally, it was epic and you will hear ZERO complaints from me! They Re both talented narrators and I know my ears are in for a treat! 



batam's review

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emotional inspiring tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.5

This could have been two pretty good books. Too short for me, but lovely though! 

dian0005's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

filthylittlereader's review against another edition

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5.0

I’m amazed at the powerful punches these two novellas packed. Per usual, Kennedy Ryan delivered!

Full-Court Press
“I don’t look at Avery like she’s dessert, I look at her like she’s the main course.”

From the moment they met via Deck only in a towel, I could feel the chemistry then. The attraction was palpable. But, time wasn’t on their side. Years later, Avery and Deck discover those feelings haven’t went away. Deck was ready to go all in. Understandably, Avery had hesitance in starting a new relationship but Deck was patient. I loved his willingness to wait and the way he truly cared for Avery and wanted more than a fling. Avery was full of grit and determination, you couldn’t help being inspired. Their story was emotional, sexy sweet and one you won’t want to end. And wow, just when you thought it couldn’t get better, you have Jacob Morgan and Mari narrating and they did a phenomenal job. They brought out all the emotions for a story you truly felt.


Fast Break
“She turns my head. She speeds my pulse. She makes me want to slow down.”

Ok so I am a full on sucker for the “he falls first”! Ean was a dreamboat. I loved how was tenacious in going for what he wanted. From changing meetings last minute to flying out for a day, he was willing to go whatever it took to prove to Quinn he was the man for her. Quinn though, my gawd she was more than a survivor, she was straight up #goals. It was the resilience for me. Her and Ean’s story hit you right in the feels. It was a sizzling hawt romance that you will devour and have you wishing for more. Conner Crais and Andi Arndt just slayed the narration. They made the perfect Ean and Quinn and brought this story to life.

darkromance_queen's review against another edition

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4.0

Kennedy is one of my favorite authors and even her short stories / novellas are full of steamy sensual loving couples with strong FMC and amazing stories lines