Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review | The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

Welcome to THE HARD COUNT review tour with Ginger Scott, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity.
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Mature YA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Goodreads:  http://bit.ly/1O7xc52

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.


The Hard Count by Ginger Scott has just earned the title as being my favorite Ginger Scott novel I’ve ever read! And that’s saying a lot since I’ve read quite a few of her books. Each and every one unique in its own way, but this one has something special. I’ve yet to pinpoint it, but between the characters, the story line, and all the in-between, this books got that extra spark I love to find when reading.

The Hard Count takes place at a prestigious private school where the football team is more than just that, it’s a tradition. Everyone attends the games, everyone roots for the team, everyone wants them to win. Failure is not an option. With everything riding on Coach Prescott’s shoulders, he takes the advice of his daughter, Reagan, who recommends Nico, a scholarship kid, to take the spot of quarterback after her brother, Noah, suffers a bad break, leaving that spot wide open and everyone wondering just who would carry the team to victory each game.

The book is nothing short of inspirational. The characters, are uniquely their own and some of my most favorite ever developed by Ginger Scott. Reagan reminds me so much of myself and while reading, I felt as if I were viewing everything through the lens of her video camera. Everything playing out in her precise and measured way. And it was hard to resist the tug and pull of Nico. The dedication he had not only for his friends, his family, but for the team that he suddenly found himself leading. It was all very admirable.

I’m finding it so hard to fully put into words just how much I loved this book – without giving too much of it away or completely misrepresenting the story. The football aspect of it was something I also very much enjoyed and made me feel as if I were watching one of my favorite sport movies. The inspiration of it all, yet without missing the “not so happy” parts of what goes on behind the scenes of what many think as the perfect team. The struggles, the stress, the courage it takes to lead such a tradition, and the impact it has on each and every person involved.

If you’ve yet to read one of Ginger Scott’s books, I encourage you to start now. This is one book you won’t want to miss out on! I can promise you that.

five stars.

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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is anAmazon-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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