In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry. Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world, and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it. From completely different worlds, all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?
FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come. GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.
I’ve had Flow and Grip on my Kindle since September of last year and I can’t believe I waited till now to read it! I binged this trilogy last month and I still can’t get over it! In fact, I went ahead and read the Soul series and I still can’t get enough!
First, let me just say that Kennedy Ryan’s writing is so riveting! The way she chooses the words captured me from page 1! And as I’ve said it before, I am not a fan of slow burn romances or novellas, but Kennedy Ryan has changed me in that aspect!
Let’s start with Flow. This is the novella that introduced Grip and Bristol’s romance when they met years ago in their teens. This novella is about that week Bristol spent in Los Angeles trying to reconnect with her twin Rhyson and fell in love with Grip. We get both Bris’ and Grip’s backstory here and while this book is emotional, it’s not as emotional as the other two books in this series. In fact, it’s quite short but it made me want to read the next book, Grip.
Warning, Flow does not end in an HEA or HFN at all, so it is important to go and read book 2 ASAP!
***This is not a cliffhanger.***
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. I've been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I've got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary. And Marlon James - Grip to his fans - is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I've thrown away the key. All that's left is friendship and work.
He's on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true. I manage his career, but I can't seem to manage my heart.
It's wild, reckless, disobedient. And it remembers all the things I want to forget.
Make sure you grab FLOW, the FREE prequel first! FLOW is chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come. GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.
Grip starts a few years later when Grip is now about to break up in the Hip Hop music scene and Bristol is Grip’s agent. This is where Bristol and Grip’s relationship starts to get so dramatic. Bristol has her reasons why she can’t be with Grip, but I wasn’t too happy about Grip sleeping around. I get the reasons why Grip did this, but I still didn’t like it. It wasn’t exactly unfaithfulness but if I was Bristol and a guy has been running after me for years, I wouldn’t like it one bit that the guy is still sleeping around. But that’s just me. And this is actually one of the issues that Bristol and Grip have to face, among other things.
What I loved about this book is the social commentary between an interracial relationship. I liked that it dealt with issues that I didn’t think were issues at all. As someone who didn’t grow up in the US, I didn’t know that interracial marriages could cause this type of reaction – especially between Grip’s family.
Another thing I loved about Grip is the subject of family. Grip comes from a close-knit family and his mother raised him by herself. Grip’s closeness to his mother is quite evident in this book and I absolutely loved it. Bristol, on the other hand, comes from a very affluent, but broken family, in that her brother emancipated when he was in his teens and Bristol was basically raised by nannies. It’s quite obvious that her relationship with her parents wasn’t that great. Again, I love the contrast between Grip and Bristol’s upbringing.
This book really brought me to tears, especially when Grip and Bristol finally confessed their feelings for each other.
Still written by Kennedy Ryan
Publisher Self Published
Publication Date: September 24, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Grip #2
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**STILL is the conclusion of Grip & Bristol's emotional journey. You must read FLOW, the prequel, and GRIP, book 1 before beginning STILL**
I'll be there. Through thick and thin. Ride or die. You can count on me.
The promises people make. The vows we take. Assumptions of the heart. Emotion tells us how we feel, but life...life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions. Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.
For Grip and Bristol, Love started at the top of the world On a Ferris wheel under the stars But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?.
Still follows immediately after Grip and it shows how Grip and Bristol deal with their relationship. There is still the issue with their relationship, but Grip’s mother has accepted Bristol. The one thing that touched me was the problem that Grip and Bristol had in this book. For the most part, the public seems to have gotten over their initial drama that happened in Grip but they are still struggling as a couple, especially since they are trying to manage a long distance relationship. It was interesting to read about a couple struggling with an LDR because I also went through that and it was no joke.
What I liked about Still was the real problem that Bristol and Grip ultimately had to make. This may be a trigger warning for some because it involves a pregnancy. I wasn’t as bothered by it, but I can see how it will bother others. Ultimately, it was awesome to see how Grip and Bristol overcame their conflict.
Flow, Grip, and Still needs to be read in order, with Flow having a sort of cliffhanger. Luckily, Flow is available for free, while Grip and Still are available on Kindle Unlimited. I highly recommend this series. However, I think it would be better to read the Soul series first, which is Rhyson and Kai’s trilogy. I read the Grip series first and I think it would be beneficial to read the Soul series prior to reading this series.
Do you love reading books featuring the same characters in a series?
I’m a bit iffy about it and I think I would appreciate a shorter series instead of a long one.