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THE HARD COUNT
Mature YA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Google Play: http://bit.ly/29Bc3j4
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.
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 End.
1 signed copy of In Your Dreams, $10 Amazon gift card
My 5 Star Review
Ginger Scott is an auto-one-click author for me. I love her stories, but this one might just be my favorite. First this book had so much heart in it, it inspired me and it made think. I loved falling into this world.
The Hard Count is a named after a type of football play. I had no clue what it was, even after I read the definition I was a little confused. However, I had my husband explain it to me and I was like okay, I got it but why? So as read this story I still wondered why. Is it just because it’s a trick play, where does this title really come from. As I finished the story I think I got it and maybe I am way off, but to me it was everything Nico was.
See Nico is a scholarship student at an elite private school. They have an excellent football program the call the traditioninstead of team. It sounds crazy, but after listening to the first speech I was pretty caught up in the tradition myself. This program makes or breaks people and Reagan’s dad’s career is on the line. When her brother the star quarterback is injured they are in desperate need of saving.
Reagan recommends her archenemies from class, Nico. Reagan thrives on being the brightest and Nico is there at every turn challenging her. This time Reagan sees Nico as a solution. While he doesn’t play for the tradition she knows he is a talented football player and can save the season.
So in the beginning this felt like a football story, but as it progressed you see it’s so much more. See Nico is from West End, the “other side of the tracks.” His family doesn’t have the resources Reagan’s family does, but they have heart and are a true family. Where I think the title comes from is Nico’s ability to see things from all sides. See a hard count requires the quarterback and line to be prepared. It requires reading the situation and going with your gut. Nico was able to see things others couldn’t see. He was able to unite a group of people from different worlds. He used his instincts and heart to break tradition.
This story does have a fantastic love story between Nico and Reagan, but it took a backseat to the epic story of building community and uniting people from different walks of life. That doesn't mean I didn't love their love or fall in love while reading their story. I loved them for each other, there was a genuineness to their connection that made me smile so big.
The Hard Count will make you think and hopefully make you love. It made me cry from happiness and sadness. It gave me cold chills and had me on the edge of my seat. It was addicting without being over the top. I’ll warn you this one might start a little slow, but give it time and you will fall in love too!
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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).
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