Book Review: Still by Kennedy Ryan

Series: Grip, #2

Release Date: September 24, 2017

Rating: 5 / 5

Bought from Amazon. 

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?

Kennedy Ryan wrote a compelling and beautifully put together final book! From chapter one to epilogue, Still was a memorable masterpiece, each chapter purposeful and a story on its own.

My love for Grip and Bristol immensely grew from Flow to Grip then to Still. They tickled my emotions in the first two books through their larger than life personalities but they ultimately took a piece of my heart in this one. More often than not, I’m just a bystander as a reader. But reading this book felt like I was part of something big. Grip and Bristol definitely raised the bar for heroes and heroines! I for one have been longing for major characters who are not only written to entertain and satisfy fantasies, but collectively there to empower – and these two definitely fulfilled that little crack.

This book moved me in so many ways unimaginable! It brought me to tears and it made my heart grow bigger through the laughter and the good times. Its banters were engrossing, its dialogues were thought provoking and the sexy times were scrumptious. In the words of those who have read and loved this book – It. Was. Everything.

Still was not your plain, old, vanilla romance but rather one that encompasses variety of flavors. It didn’t only challenge issues and systems that hold back but also tackled navigating relationships amidst biases and prejudices. I applaud Kennedy Ryan for taking the leap of faith in capturing both the good, the bad and the real aspects of its themes. All while keeping the chemistry and burning love of the characters so alive. I love it when an author gives a piece of herself in her writing and Kennedy Ryan without doubt shared her soul through her addictive and skillful prose.

I found the conflict of this book so far removed from the issues already told from the other books. To be honest, I didn’t see it going in that direction at all. I loved that it complemented the subjects presented and gave more depth and power to its message that in the grand scheme of things, in love and anguish, there is no color or culture that divides.

A book this thought provoking and commanding should not only be recommended to romance readers alike but also to those who read other genres. I even want to cajole those who have never picked up a contemporary since their existence to take a chance on this.

Still crushed my heart, elevated it, and sealed it with steadfast love worth remembering. To sum it all up, Still uplifted my spirits! You don’t move on from this kind. And you will never be the same again. You just rally through, carrying remnants of every emotion you felt and every message passed on. Hoping that someday soon you get to read and experience something as touching and amazing!

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