Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott [REVIEW]

 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
 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.

4 Football Sports Fan Lover Stars
I love Ginger Scott reads. She’s my go-to author for meaty emotional books with real issues and real people. The Hard Count is a young adult read with a football sports theme. If you are a romance sports theme lover or just love football in general then this book is for you.

I love a good young adult book. I found these types of reads very innocent and I love how emotional the characters are. I’ll be honest and admit I’m not the biggest sports fan reader, only because I have no idea what goes on in football, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the men in tights, but I digress.

The Hard Count is your nice rich girl crushing on the boy from the wrong side of the tracks.  Reagan looks like she has it all, she’s coach’s daughter and the school lives and breathes football. Nico is the poor boy just taking it one day at a time. He’s good at a lot of things, like football but that doesn’t mean he plays for the school.

Regan seems like the perfect girl but the girl has issues. She feels like an outsider in her house and the tension between her and family was just the right amount to keep me interested yet not frustrated and pulling out my hair.

Nico’s family isn’t perfect either and he has his own issues. I really liked his flashbacks because it gave me glimpse of how he grew up and what kind of relationship he has with his brother. I liked Nico and I liked Nico and Regan’s dynamic. They of course do not hit it off at first and it’s cute to read.

Regan is kind of nerdy and she likes to film. She’s the type of Heroine you can relate too and find very likable. She tries to get Nico to play football because she sees something in him and I liked how sweet she is. It was an interesting storyline. 

Overall, the book is pretty meaty, there’s plenty of descriptive writing and a lot of football talk. I liked the interactions between Nico and Regan and since it’s a young adult book the romance is mild. I’m not talking about the steam, but just the overall vibe between the two characters. I found them more like best friends with a little bit of extra, which is fine because of the theme of the book.

The book focuses more on the dynamics in football and how important it is for the school. The book also shows how the people are just pawns in the world of football and if you aren’t good enough you are out no matter how much sweat and tears you put into the game.

I appreciate the theme of the read and the message it conveys. Like I said, this is for any football YA book reader.

An ARC was provided


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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight 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, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
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

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
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

I was lucky to meet Ginger at the RT convention in Dallas. She's is incredibly sweet and generous.  I told her how excited I was for This is Falling in audio. I love meeting authors and it's extra special when they are humble and nice. More photos HERE 

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