BOOK REVIEW: ‘THE HARD COUNT’ BY GINGER SCOTT

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**A new stand-alone mature YA football romance from Ginger Scott releases July 15, 2016**

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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ARC received in return for an honest review.

 

4.5 stars.

I know I say this all the time, but Ginger Scott knows how to write heroes. It’s a gift she just has. She is one of my favorite authors and anytime I am given an opportunity to review a book of hers, I jump on it. This story was centered around the world of high school football and all that comes with it. Specifically with the hardships Nico faces when he joins the team. It was all beautifully and sensitively written. We also have Reagan whose father is the football coach. She is filming a documentary about the life of people involved with the team.

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Reagan and Nico have shaky history. They love to debate issues with each other in class. Nico is a pro at it and pushes her buttons countless times. After he joins the football team, they start to talk and hang out a little more. I devoured their scenes together. Nico was such a sweetheart with Reagan as time went on and he made sure she knew how he felt about her. Especially when he pushed her buttons, which was often. I specifically loved any scenes with Nico and his family. His mom was great. I won’t delve too deeply into all that goes on in this story but there are some surprises thrown in there.

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I’m kind of hoping Reagan’s brother gets a book now with a certain someone. If you read this one, you’ll kind of get the sense that maybe Ginger is currently writing their story? Or maybe that’s just my wishful thinking. I just love her books and always want more.

PURCHASE LINKS:

Release Date: July 15, 2016

Amazon: https://amzn.com/B01HSM221W

iBooks: http://apple.co/1WMNjb8
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1tuu6yY
Kobo: http://bit.ly/260udA4
Google Play: http://bit.ly/29Bc3j4

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1 signed copy of In Your Dreams, $10 Amazon gift card

Open International

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

ARC AND GRAPHICS CREDIT: WORDSMITH PUBLICITY

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