Hold My Breath

Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

3.5 stars!

“The hurt is almost good. It reminds me that something real was in my heart once, and as much as I want to run away from it, in this moment, I also want to hold onto it.”

Hold My Breath is the story of two swimmers, Will and Maddy. Growing up Maddy was in love with Will’s brother, until a tragic accident happens and Will survives and his brother dies. Four years later and Will wants to reenter the swimming world and he’s been training for it. This brings Will back into Maddy’s life, and all of his feelings for her from years ago return. The more time they spend together the more they ease back into their old friendship.

Ginger Scott knows how to pack an emotional punch into her books, I always know I can expect a good drama from her. This was a good slow burn romance, a bit slow at the beginning but it picked up pace near the end. Good for fans of sports romance and emotional romance.

”I’ve wanted Maddy since she dared me to beat her when we were kids racing in the pool. I’ve wanted to kiss her since I wrapped my hands around hers on the rope swing, and I know in my gut that I loved her first. I loved her more…and I loved her first.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for review

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How We Deal With Gravity

How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

3.5 sweet stars

“I probably shouldn’t even be in here. This is something best left to her family. I’m nobody. But God, do I want to be somebody for her.”

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Avery is a single mother raising her autistic 5 year old son practically alone after her husband left her. Avery does the best she can, but as the only parent in her child’s life, it’s an uphill battle. Mason is a washed up rock star and he hasn’t even hit his thirties yet. He returns to his home town after his failures and movies into Avery’s house at the invite of her father. Both knew each other in high school, but Mason begins to fall hard for Avery now that he has returned home.

Ginger Scott is a master of the sweet romances. I personally, am not a gigantic fan of books that are sweet. I liked the idea of this book, but the romance burned too slowly for me, and there was a bit of instalove on Mason’s end that really irked me.

What really makes this book stand out from other new adult romances is Scott’s depiction of autism. My mother is a special education teacher and professional, has been for over 20+ years so I feel I have a little bit better understanding of this subject than most people. Scott hit the head on the nail with the everyday struggles Avery faced, from out of this world tantrums, to small things such as encouraging eye contact. I say bravo to Ms. Scott for obviously doing her research and in turn doing great justice to single mothers raising autistic children everywhere.

Overall, a nice heartwarming, romantic read.

ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You and Everything After

You and Everything After (Falling #2) by Ginger Scott

3.5-4 stars!

“Sometimes, we meet people that set our shit right. And you were like a bullet. You pierced straight…right about here.”

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This was such a sweet book! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book in this series, it was a little too cheesy for me. But when I saw that Cass and Ty were getting their own book I HAD to read it, because they were so great in the first book.

Cass has MS (multiple sclerosis) a disease that affects the nervous system and is often unpredictable. College is a fresh start for her, one where she can live without other people knowing about her condition and where she can escape her less than stellar past. Ty was in an accident at the age of sixteen when he became a paraplegic. Ty is the brightest guy in the room, always the life of the party, the one to crack a joke. Behind his facade he has darker feelings, anger, regret longing, but he hides them from everyone else.

Both Cass and Ty meet at a party, and then later discover that Cass has signed up for personal training sessions with Ty at the school gym. The two have immediate chemistry, but both of their pasts have the potential to haunt their future.

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I really enjoyed this gem of a book. It was the perfect amount of sweet without venturing into the cheesy zone. And believe me, I hate cheesy romance. I loved how complex Ty and Cass were as characters, and that this book focused on their personal struggles in addition to the romance between them. The two of them understood each other in a way that most people didn’t get, and it made them the perfect couple.

This book paralleled the first book, This is Falling, so as readers we got to see what Ty and Cass were going through while Rowe and Nate had their drama. One of the best parts of this book for me was seeing Paige through Cass’s eyes. Paige was portrayed as sort of a vapid bitch in the first book, so I like that we got to see another perspective of her and get some reasons behind her actions and choices. She’s not the best sister, and not the best of friends, but she really was trying to do what she thought was best. I’m actually really looking forward to her book.

This is a fun, sweet, New Adult romance that had me smiling through it. I think technically you have to read the first book before this one, but since I didn’t like that one as much, I say skip it. I think the reader could understand what’s going on.

PS: Paige and Cass are from my hometown. Woo!!!

This Is Falling

This Is Falling by Ginger Scott

3-3.5 stars

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Sadly, I don’t think this was the book for me (sorry Jasmine! *hides* lol).

This Is Falling is the story of reclusive Rowe, yet another new adult heroine who does not see that she is amazing and has the popular hot guy fawning all over her within a matter of minutes. Normally I’m all for the damaged heroine plots, but for some reason this one didn’t really stick with me. Maybe if the author told Rowe’s story earlier on in the book I might have cared about her issues more? Anyways, this is the story of how Rowe and Nate meet and fall in love within a 3 weeks time period.

“And it happens all at once—just looking at him, I fall in love. But it doesn’t matter—because I can belong to no one.”

Don’t get me wrong, this book was really sweet and I did enjoy it, but it didn’t have much of a wow factor for me. So, I liked this book, but did not love it. I didn’t find anything particularly special about either of the MC’s and honestly, Nate just always seemed too goo to be true.

“I’m not angry at Rowe, I’m angry at myself for falling for her—for falling for a girl who can’t let herself be mine to love.”

What I did love about the book, was the side characters Cass and Ty. I am pretty darn excited that they get their own book! But on the subject of Ty…. Why the hell was he on the third floor of the dorm and not the first? I would think it’d be an issue if he couldn’t get to and from his room because the elevator broke down. (I lived in a 9th floor dorm room, believe me when I say that the darn elevators actually do break down in dorms!) Sorry to rant, but that really bugged me.

This book was also way too much instalove for my taste. So in the end, I would say this book was enjoyable, but I didn’t love it. I think other people other than me would thoroughly enjoy this and I’d have no problems recommending it.

“You are the face in all of my dreams and the smile I see when I close my eyes. Your voice when you sing in the shower late at night, when you think you’re alone, is like music to my ears.”

*ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*