ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘The Hard Count’ by Ginger Scott.
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Title: THE HARD COUNT
Author: Ginger Scott
Publishing date: July 15th, 2016
(Review based on an advanced readers copy)
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**A new stand-alone mature YA football romance from Ginger Scott releases July 15, 2016**
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.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘THE HARD COUNT’ by Ginger Scott:
“The Hard Count” is a lovely stand-alone novel by author Ginger Scott. The story-line is a coming-of-age story with wonderful characters that each have charisma and bring something intriguing to the novel. This story is a part of the Young Adult genre with a nice mix of sports aspects and contemporary romance to it. “The Hard Count” is written from the two main characters’ P.O.V.’s(point of views) which are Nicolas “Nico” Medina and Reagan Prescott.
Nico Medina grew up in a part of town where traditions exist, neighbors know each other well, but it also became a place where danger lurks sometimes around the corner. Nico would not allow himself to give up and give in to what his older brother Vincent became a part of for a while. It wasn’t easy but he knew it was not what he wanted in life. So for now, he’d keep his head down, not draw attention to himself, and try to survive in a place where stray bullets could find you at any given moment in the East End side of town. Now with the potential to have a promising future in a shool 11-miles away, can he do more than what’s expected for someone that comes from a tough part of town? Will Nico be able to keep away from the trouble or will it find him one way or another? And what secret burdens, weight and talent does Nico hide?
Reagan Prescott is the twin sister to a quarterback brother, the daughter of the school’s football coach and a socialite mother. As she works on making good grades, making her documentary meant to help get her into her dream school, and getting through the trials of high school, she has one person who makes the ride bumpy. His name is Nico. He debates her, he is arrogant and he’s not afraid to show his dislike for Reagan. As Reagan learns more about Nico, she begins to realize that not everything or everyone is what they seem to be. Will Reagan’s life change for the better or fall apart due to unforeseen challenges?
This story is such an enjoyable, compelling, and entertaining read about growing up, potentially finding someone special, and of course the great game of football! Author Ginger Scott always finds a way to intertwine beautiful romance with an enthralling blend of sports entertainment. I recommend “The Hard Count” for readers who can enjoy a wonderful story that shines hope on sometimes difficult situations such as this story that brings to light issues involving a some race issues as well as title/reputation issues. Very fascinating! Check this one out indeed! 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘THE HARD COUNT’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘THE HARD COUNT’:
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