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!
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 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.