Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Giveaway and Review: Going Long by Ginger Scott

They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever? For Reed Johnson, the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. Is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late?

Reed and Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines."

4 Star Review by Nicole Lorenzo

Two years ago Reed Johnson came to claim Nolan’s heart. Now as college juniors they are determined to make their long distance relationship work. They both attend their respective colleges driving back and forth to see each other as much as they can manage. They are truly in love but the pressures of Reed’s impending early draft to play professional football brings forward all of Nolan’s past insecurities. Reed wants her to transfer and move with him wherever he gets drafted, but Nolan is hesitant to transfer schools. She has never felt she was good enough for Reed and she’s worried that he will realize this and break her heart. She’s also worried that if she doesn’t follow him their relationship will be doomed. The decision to transfer schools only becomes harder when Nolan’s world begins to crumble around her and she finds herself hiding things from Reed and the secrets just keep piling up.

“I felt like such a terrible person. Here he was, pausing his own dreaming just to make me happy, and all I could do is think about how I was going to ruin it all anyway.”

Reed knows he will always want Nolan in his life. He loves her, and plans on marrying her in the near future. But the pressures of his early draft seem to be weighing heavy on Nolan. His mother being so cold to her and his new representative turning out to be a sexy blonde and not a dude doesn’t help things.  Then suddenly the unimaginable happens and Reeds vision of his and Nolan’s future is suddenly not as clear. Tragedy, poor decisions and misunderstandings have the potential to end their relationship for good. When Reed learns the whole truth he decides he’s going to fix everything, but can they move forward from here or is it too late?

“Leaning forward, I kissed her softly. It was our kiss, slow, and patient and tender. She didn’t need to know how sexy I thought she was; she needed to know I still loved her. And this kiss was the only way I knew how.”

Going Long takes place two years after Waiting On The Sidelines left off. We find Reed and Nolan making the best of their long distance relationship until pressures, secrets and misunderstandings threaten to ruin their happy ending before it has really even began. This is a story of love, loss, trust and faith and I felt every emotion along with the characters from the second I picked up the book. I will admit I was frustrated at times and just wanted them to get their sh*t together already, but I was truly happy with the ending and the way everything wrapped up so nicely. Overall I really enjoyed this second novel by Ginger Scott- go on and read the series you won’t be disappointed!

“I’ve learned that sometimes love is hard. Life makes love hard, constantly pushing against you and finding things to throw in your way. And sometimes those things knock you down. But then you get up. You get up, because that person, the one you love more than anything on earth… well, putting it bluntly, like my father taught me, they make getting your ass knocked down worth the trouble.”

Nook Going Long

Nook Waiting on the Sidelines

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