Today we’re exicted to share our review for
The Hard Count by Ginger Scott
with all of you!

We love this book (and this author)!
Check out why in our review below!!

About the Book:

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 Review:

Whose house is this? This is Ginger Scott’s house!!

Every time I pick up a Ginger Scott book I think the same thing…I can’t possibly love it more than the previous Ginger Scott book. But you know what?  This author proves me wrong every single time.  Every book is better than the last…every story touches me more deeply…every hero wins my heart unconditionally.  Ms. Scott has once again delivered a book that tore my heart open and forced me to see the world in a different way.  This is a story of survival, of dealing with bias, of overcoming cultural and economic differences, and of how difficult life can sometimes be…no matter who you are.  But it’s also a story of hope, of strength, of perseverance, of family, of brotherhood, and of love.  So, as I’ve done in the past…and will probably do again in the future…I have to admit that this in now my favorite Ginger Scott book.

At its most basic level, this is a book about football and how it brings together a girl and a boy from different sides of the tracks. But that description does not do it justice.  The intensity with which this story is told and the passion with which it was obviously written elevates it beyond other stories of its kind.  As always, the writing is brilliant.  Ms. Scott carefully crafts each thought and selects the most perfect of words to convey the feelings she wants the reader to experience…and experience them we do!

Book Rating Breakdown
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Degree my heart was ripped out
Overall:

I suppose I should tell you that I loved both Reagan and Nico. Each struggled with their own burdens but together they were strong.  Nico was a hero from the very beginning of this book…the way he dealt with a very difficult life, the way he loved his family, and the way he strived for more and worked to get what he wanted all made him an amazing character.  Reagan, often overlooked by her family, had a fierce need to do what was right and to become something more.  Although each had the right to use their circumstances as a crutch, it was wonderful to see that, instead, they used it as motivation to make things better.  And even though I don’t fully understand either of their worlds, at least, none of this is my current reality, their strength, their tenacity, and their bond spoke deeply to me.

By now I’m sure that you’ve guessed that I liked this story very much and you’re probably sick of my gushy flailing. So I’ll just end this very simply by saying…

This book is something special…do yourself a favor and experience it!

About the Author:

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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