Blog Tour: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan. Queen Move is a friend to lovers romance from RITAยฎ Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan.

**QUEEN MOVE will have the special release week price of $3.99. After that, the price will increase.**

Title: Queen Move
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t haveโ€ฆ

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other.
The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood,
the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Taken.

Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I canโ€™t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn’t come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

Excerpt:

โ€œYouโ€™re fucking brilliant.โ€
โ€œHuh?โ€ Ezra asks absentmindedly, paying more attention to the flame under his pan than to my compliment. โ€œWhatโ€™d you say?โ€
โ€œI said youโ€™re brilliant.โ€ I hold up the iPad Iโ€™m using to read his manuscript. โ€œYour book, the YLA story, is incredible, Ez.โ€
โ€œOh. Thanks.โ€ He flashes me a smile and then goes back to his French toast. โ€œThe key to getting this right is the milk-to-bread ratio.โ€
I hop off the counter and walk over to stand beside him at the stove. โ€œWould you forget about your French toast for a minute and listen to me?โ€
โ€œBut itโ€™s stuffed French toast.โ€ He takes the pan off the burner and pulls me into his arms. โ€œAnd I could listen to you all day. What were you saying? Something about me being a handsome, sexy genius?โ€
โ€œUmโ€ฆthose werenโ€™t my exact words.โ€ I laugh up at him.
โ€œI could have sworn thatโ€™s what you said, and Iโ€™m never wrong.โ€ He slides his hands over my ass in a pair of his boxer shorts. โ€œSome even say Iโ€™m fucking brilliant.โ€
โ€œThey probably just like your big dick,โ€ I whisper and blink up at him as innocently as I can manage.
โ€œI get that a lot.โ€ He drops a kiss on my head and turns back to his French toast. I lean down to rest an elbow on the counter and watch him work.
โ€œA lot?โ€ I ask teasingly. โ€œHave there been a lot?โ€
He pauses mid-toast-flip and slants me a glance. โ€œAre you asking how many people Iโ€™ve had sex with?โ€
โ€œI mean, itโ€™s none of my business. If you donโ€™t want toโ€”โ€
โ€œEight.โ€
Eight?
Lord above, only eight?!
โ€œOh.โ€ I straighten and rest my hip against the counter. โ€œWhat a, um, single-digit number that is.โ€
โ€œWhat about you?โ€
What about me? Iโ€™m tabulating years of hook-ups, one-night stands, fuck bois and carrying the one.
โ€œIf you donโ€™t want to,โ€ he says, cracking an egg into a bowl, โ€œitโ€™s fine. I donโ€™t care how many peopleโ€”โ€
โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€
He glances up from whisking eggs, a small frown puckering his dark brows. โ€œYou donโ€™t know what?โ€
โ€œMy number. I donโ€™t know how many people Iโ€™ve been with.โ€
He resumes whisking, his frown clearing. โ€œOh.โ€
The whisking eggs and whirring refrigerator are the only sounds in the kitchen. Iโ€™ve never been embarrassed by my choices. I enjoy sex. Iโ€™ve had it with a lot of people. People I really likedโ€ฆor toleratedโ€ฆbut didnโ€™t want to commit to. Iโ€™ve always been safe and never mean about it. I was upfront, and when someone wanted more, I let them know โ€œmoreโ€ wasnโ€™t an option.
โ€œI just neverโ€ฆโ€ I cross my arms over my stomach, fold one bare foot over the other. โ€œI havenโ€™t been interested in committed relationships. There hasnโ€™t been anyone I wanted that with.โ€
โ€œTru.โ€ He stops whisking and gives me the full impact of his undivided attention. His eyes are placid blue. No shadows or undercurrents. โ€œI donโ€™t care.โ€ Ezra pushes the bowl aside and faces me. โ€œBut there is something I feel like we should be clear on regarding how youโ€™ve handled sex in the past.โ€
Here we go.
โ€œYouโ€™ve never wanted to commit before,โ€ he says.
โ€œRight. Iโ€™ve never wanted any strings attached.โ€
โ€œI know I said we could be just sex, no emotional attachments.โ€ He shoves his hands in his pockets. โ€œBut I feel like I have to be honest with you. Having you back in my life has beenโ€ฆitโ€™s been exactly what I need, and what I felt last nightโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve never felt that way before.โ€
Iโ€™m not even sure my heart is beating, but it also feels like thereโ€™s a tumult in my chest. โ€œWhat are you saying, Ez?โ€
His mouth flattens into a hard line and his jaw hardens to stone. โ€œI want strings.โ€
โ€œY-you do?โ€
โ€œI want strings.โ€ He links our fingers, strokes his thumb across my palm. โ€œRopes, if necessary. I want anything that keeps you with me and me with you and tells everyone else donโ€™t even think about it.โ€
Iโ€™m stunned and incredibly turned on, but that doesnโ€™t take much where Ezraโ€™s concerned.
โ€œYouโ€ฆyou do?โ€ I ask faintlyโ€ฆagain.
โ€œI wouldnโ€™t do well sharing you.โ€

About the Author:
Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller and RITAยฎ Award Winning author, Kennedy Ryan, writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always worked with charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys raising Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedyโ€™s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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