The Close-Up: A Hollywood Renaissance/HOOPS Novella <— HE’S HER BROTHER’S RIVAL ALERT!! And to celebrate this release, Kennedy Ryan (as well as her publisher, 1,001 Dark Nights) are sponsoring today’s newsletter with some fun stuff about the book!
The author says:
I’m so excited to FINALLY bring you a story that brings something new for two of my most popular fictional worlds—HOOPS & Reel—and also tells us more about old faves! I hope you enjoy the glow up and the catch up The Close-Up brings!Trini heroineNBA Baller2nd Chance RomanceCelebrity make-up artistItalian yacht cruiseBrother’s RivalYou can read this novella if you haven’t read the HOOPS novels, but if you have, Iris/August, Banner/Jared, Lotus/Kenan will be there!
Set in the dynamic worlds of professional basketball and entertainment, two of Kennedy Ryan’s most critically-acclaimed series—HOOPs and Hollywood Renaissance—collide in this tale of forbidden romance.
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.
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
And now for a fun tidbit about the author and her latest release!
Q: If you could watch one scene from this book be played out like a movie, which one would it be and why?
A: The heroine Takira is Trinidadian, and her culture, the foods, the traditions, make their way into the story. I loved this aspect of the book, and one of my fave scenes is when she’s “teaching” the heroines from the HOOPS novels to dance, to “wine” on the deck of a yacht in the Mediterranean. It sounds like so much fun.