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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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BOOK REVIEW:’SAY YOU’LL STAY’ BY CORINNE MICHAELS

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arc received in return for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

This one was a bit angsty. It had me in tears as soon as the dedication. And then again about 2% into the story. I don’t even know how to review certain parts of this without giving anything away but I’ll try.

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Zack and Presley were high school sweethearts destined to be together forever. Everyone around them thought it. They thought it. However, life had different plans. And life sure does like to kick Presley down. Something else happens to her that was very unexpected. When I read it I yelled out “What the hell?!” I had to put my kindle down for a few minutes. Fast forward a few months later when she sees Zack again. The sparks still fly but they both have to figure things out a bit before going there again. Zack is sweet, romantic, protective and willing to do anything for the people he cares about. Presley had a lot happen to her and had to cope the best way she knew how until she learned she had people around her that cared and wanted to be there for her. There were also some fantastic side characters. I loved Zack’s brothers and am so happy they’ll be getting their own books as well.

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Once again, Corinne captivated me with her storytelling and I enjoyed going on this emotional ride. This series is going to be a good one, you don’t want to miss it.

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COVER REVEAL: ‘THE HARD COUNT’ BY GINGER SCOTT

Check out this amazing cover for THE HARD COUNT by Ginger Scott! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR and pre-order your copy today!

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THE HARD COUNT

Mature YA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

Scheduled to release: July 15, 2016

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BLURB:

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.

 

EXCERPT:

“Why are you mad at me, Reagan?”
He says my name, and the word falls from his lips soft and sweet. No judgement, no challenge. My lip falls loose from the hold of my teeth and my eyes flutter shut for a long blink. I open again to find him still waiting, still looking at me.
“I don’t know,” I say, with a small shake of my head.
“But you are,” he says, and I nod with the same slight movement, sucking in my bottom lip and breathing through my nose.
“Yeah,” I say, my lip falling away and my eyes only able to look at his
cheek.
I’m holding myself tighter than I ever have, my fingers actually digging into my sides, my nails rough against my skin through the fabric of my gray Cornwall sweatshirt. Nico doesn’t flinch once. His eyes stay on mine when I give in, and his expression doesn’t shift from the gentle, sweet one he’s held.
His right hand lets go of my elbow, moving to the few strands of hair resting against my forehead, falling over one eye. Nico takes them with his thumbs, moving them behind my ears, his eyes watching his movement then settling back on mine.
“You’ve worn your hair down ever since I said I liked it,” he says.
I breathe in long and deep, letting myself feel this moment—all of it. I have worn my hair down. I did it hoping he would touch it, but never once actually thinking he would.
“That’s how I knew,” he says, and my forehead crinkles. He smiles on one side, repeating the gesture and moving the long wave of blonde hair from my face again. “That’s how I knew I was more than just some guy you wanted on your dad’s football team.”

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About the Author:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless and In Your Dreams. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com. When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘GUN MOLL’ BY BETHANY-KRIS & ERIN ASHLEY TANNER

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4 STARS.

Melina has no one in this world. It’s pretty heartbreaking to read about how when she needs people, she now has no one to turn to. I couldn’t imagine a world without my family. She meets Mac one night and the sparks fly. They have some really cute banter. Mac and his sister made me giggle. He is such a sucker for his family. And what’s a Bethany-Kris novel without some organized crime thrown in? One of my very favorite themes in romance books. Mac has his work cut out for him in getting Melina to trust him and want to be close to him. I enjoyed this one. The only thing I had a little issue with was how often Mac called Melina “doll.” It’s just a pet peeve for me, I’ve never liked the use of that pet name. Otherwise, another solid read. Can’t wait to see what’s up next.

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘THE DANCE’ BY ALISON G. BAILEY

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5 STARS!

 

This book surprised me. I wasn’t expecting all the subject matter involved in it. It threw me for a loop. Those sometimes are the best reads.

Bryson (I love her name!) is with Will. They get married and live happily every after… no, not really. A lot of things go down and most of it is very unpleasant. Bryson shared a moment with Hart her senior year of high school. It was sweet and I just wanted to push them together at that point. It wasn’t to be though. This book takes you through the years after high school and everything that happens between Will and Bryson. She does manage to see Hart around town here and there over the years. Something happens later on and she is finally able to have a conversation with him and see him almost every day. I loved those moments. They were so sweet and fun together. I feel like saying anymore will give the whole book away. Just be prepared for some angst in this one.

This is a book about learning your worth, letting things go, being able to put your anger aside to help someone in need and also sweet sweet love that makes your heart soar.

 

PURCHASE: Amazon