*I received a free copy of Queen Move from Blue Box Press via ARC Publisher. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Published by Blue Box Press on 26 May 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Source: ARC Publisher
Kimba and Ezra grew up together, their families were really close. Until one day when everything changed. Ezra moved away the next day, when they were only 13. For a while, Kimba did what she could to find him - but it wasn't as easy back in the day without Facebook and other social media to help out.
Now, they're both adults busy with their careers, and Ezra has a son. When they meet again, the chemistry between them is stronger than ever, and even if Kimba is doing her best to resist Ezra, trying to do the right thing, feelings just might conquer everything.
Queen Move was yet another masterpiece by Ms. Ryan – compelling characters, a beautiful love story, and important issues handled beautifully!
Queen Move was so good I feel like I should just tell everyone to pick it up on release day. I guess a real review needs a bit more than that, though, so I’ll give it to you – with as little squeeing and gushing as possible 😉
First of all, I already met Kimba in the Kingmaker series, and I loved her there. Learning more about her in Queen Move made me love her even more. She’s a multi faceted character, and while her career has been the most important part of her life for ages, she has this little voice in her head trying to talk about having a family one day. A family that might be very hard for her to get, for reasons I won’t get into here.
Queen Move is written with different points of views, we get Kimba and Ezra, of course, but we also get Ruth (Ezra’s mom). The novel also shifts between the past, when Kimba and Ezra were children and teens, and the present, and I loved getting to know everybody better. If you’re new to Kennedy Ryan, just know that you’re in for a real treat with this novel. And if you’re already a fan – you’ll possibly love it even more than her other books.
There are just so many things to love in Queen Move, the relationships between the characters are so well done. And the issues that are brought up are expertly handled. I was especially touched by how Ezra never felt like he truly belonged when he was younger, with his black father and jewish mother, he didn’t fit in anywhere. And that’s not something I’ve had to deal with, but I felt Ezra’s feelings thanks to the amazing writing.
I also loved how both Kimba and Ezra had strong principles about their lives and their careers. Kimba took good care to choose the next candidate she wanted to help win a political mandate. And Ezra had opened a private school for disadvantaged kids. The fact that they both believed in what they were doing made Queen Move even better in my opinion.
If you want a romance that is filled with yearning, love and intrigue, make sure Queen Move can make it to you on the 26th!
Neither of my parents really know what it’s like to live here as me. To look around and see no one who looks like you. to live with the stares and questions about “what I am”. To feel like a puzzle, pieces hidden and scattered, and always trying to find and fit all my parts together. To see myself not as half this or bi-that, but whole.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 COYER all year long
- 2020 New Release Challenge