Title: Queen Move
Author: Kennedy Ryan
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Erza and Kimba
Source: ARC – Courtesy or Author/publisher
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
I have only read King’s Duet series from this author and I loved the immense knowledge on each topic this author had mentioned in that series. I knew this book will be adept and she didnt disappoint. In this book she has shed light on racism, women empowerment, revolutionizing education for underprivileged kids, American politics and political strategies, social discrimination, cultural differences and to some extent on identity crisis.
Kimba is a black woman who runs a political advisory campaigning firm. She has never regretted her decisions in life and have always worked and run towards a making what she wanted in life. Erza is a biracial African-Jewish who is currently a revolutionary educationalist working towards education for underprivileged kids. Erza’s influence from Jewish culture is substantial. Erza and Kimba have known each other since babies. These two were inseparable best friends during children. Their families become from neighbors to enemies on one fine day they get separated. Now after 20 years they have become successful and influential people in their own field. Kimba is sexy, confident, knowledgeable, intelligent and strong heroine. Erza is a perfectionist. I cannot tell more about main protagonists as they are more mature, practical and intelligent, read and know for yourself.
This book highlights the culture difference from baptism, Buddhist to Jewish. How a Friday Shabbat in a Jewish synagogue is different than having a boisterous playing cards and going through six-packs like no tomorrow in an African family. When I read the acknowledgements of author in last and she has mentioned that CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open workspace for Natural Hair) is real, I never knew it existed. While discussing political strategies, they talk about women rights and education. This book bought wonderful feelings and emotions.
“I’m not sure you can call it just Christmas when there’s Baptists, Buddhists and Jews”
Overall, Queen Move is a delightful story with phenomenal plot with several twists and turns in a thrilling way along with a romantic angst love story and highlight on several social aspects. What else do you need in a book? She has covered everything adequately. Go ahead and enjoy reading it.
Blurb as per Goodreads
The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…
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.
Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’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.