26 June 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Girl I Was Before (Falling #3) by Ginger Scott

The Girl I Was Before (Falling #3)
by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: June 23rd 2015.
I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.

Reviewed by Kelly

I really was excited to get this book. I didn’t like Paige in the previous books and I wanted to see her transform. And she did! She starts out making a very difficult decision, but that decision, albeit a good one makes her life a living hell. She used to be the one girl that everyone hated and loved at the same time. The big girl on campus next to Chandra in her sorority house. The decision she makes ticks off Chandra and ostracizes her from the sorority house. She has nowhere to go. She doesn’t tell her sister what she did. But she knew when she made that decision her life would be forever altered.

She first meets the “sandwich guy”, aka Houston, whenever she got food orders for the sorority house at the store. She comes in one time with her jock boyfriend who treats her like crap and Houston tells her that she could do better. Houston notices her gruffness but sees something else in her too. Well, Paige is beautiful anyway. She looks like a princess to Houston. When she loses her home at the house, Houston offers her the extra room at his house that he and his mom rent out.

Houston is my hero, my newest book boyfriend and a major selfless guy. His life at home is different than most college age guys. And I love his character, his integrity, his honesty, his selfless actions and how he cares for his family. I love who he is and the secret he has. I am a succor for guys like him. Ugh, there is so much I want to scream out about him but it would ruin it for you. But his secret runs into the mess that Paige’s decision made. And just when Paige decides she has fallen for him, she realizes she needs to walk away from Houston so the plan he has for his family remains intact. She hurts and he hurts being away from each other.

So, I did finally like how Paige became who she used to be before she became the witch with a “B”. I liked how she made decisions that were selfless. And I think way more about Houston for putting up with her during her transformation.

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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 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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