Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review Tour: The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

Welcome to THE HARD COUNT review
tour with Ginger Scott, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. Be sure to check out all
the participating blogs, reviews and enter the tour giveaway!

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
Life on top.
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.
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

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

I love a good young adult romance, add in football to that mix and count me in! Reagan Marie Prescott is smart, outspoken and talented. She's determined to follow her dream to study film after high school. Her dad is the coach of her school's football team, the Cornwell Prep Tigers. On the surface her life should be perfect right? Only there are people out to get her dad ousted from his job, her mom enjoys her wine a lot more than she should and Reagan has fears she doesn't share with anyone. Her nemesis at school is Nico Medina. This guy hates her. He's determined to cut her down any way he can and make her look like a fool. Or so she thinks.

Nico Medina is subtle about it. It's in the way he doesn't look at me, and how he breaths when I speak-the sound of air filling his chest so heavy I think it may just turn into fire and come back at me in flames. 

Nico Medina wants more. He's at Cornwell Prep on a scholarship but doesn't quite fit in. His life with his mom and his brother Vincent is a far cry from the one that most of the rich entitled kids at his school live. His has always consisted of dodging bullets and navigating gang infested waters. But there's never been enough money to get out. Nico is going to get out by using his brains. 

A twist of fate puts him and his football playing skills in the limelight. Before long, it's Nico replacing Reagan's brother Noah's place on the team. But that's not the only change going on. Being from the wrong side of the track and wanting the girl who seems to have it all is not going to be easy. Reagan is fighting her feelings, her family's prejudices and her own insecurities. 

"I wasn't sure what to wear, and my dress is kinda old," I say, flaring the skirt out to the side, letting the fabric slip through my fingers.
"I wear these pants to church every Sunday," he says, smirking. 
"Your dress is far more impressive than my slacks."

There are parts of Hard Count that just hurt to read. Nico is smart and honest and wants the things most of us take for granted-to better himself, to live the American dream and to get the girl. Even when the girl sabotages her own happiness over and over again. 

Hard Count is brutally honest about the ugly side of growing up where it's not just the normal high school drama that you have to fight, but the ugly reality of circumstance. Being poor, trying to keep your head above poverty and escaping gang violence by trying to do the right thing, especially when everyone around you isn't -that is the life that thousands live. At the heart of the story, Nico rises above the forces that try to hold him back. Ms. Scott's writing elevates this story from being the typical poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks story. She always manages to crack open that stone and find the diamond that lies within. 

"In general, Reagan Marie Prescott, I'm so goddamned in love with you that I don't even care about being right anymore."



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


About Ginger Scott

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).

Connect with Ginger

Website:  http://bit.ly/1M8g5bi
Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1U7lDvQ
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Pinterest: http://bit.ly/YHKtlF
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