22 October 2015

Blog Tour & GIveaway: Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2) by Ginger Scott

Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2)
by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: October 20th 2015.
Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind.
And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?

Reviewed by Kelly

I love Ginger Scott’s stories. They are deep and wonderful and always leave me in tears! If I could I would give this book 10 stars!!

I have to admit. I liked Andrew the boy in Owen’s story. But I didn’t care for Andrew’s description with the gauges in his ears. I just don’t like it. I know; I judged him by his look. I had a hard time with him. But it wasn’t long before I fell for him and hard.

Andrew and Emma met and fell for each other instantly in high school. Andrew is a genius. He is already taking AP courses and doesn’t really have to work to get good grades. Andrew and Emma had a short time together before one single event changed their lives forever.

Emma is new in town. Emma has a secret. Not that she was trying to keep it a secret from Andrew but more that she wanted to be normal and just didn’t want it to get in the way of living. Andrew knew that Emma knew the story of the Harper boys. But, Emma didn’t judge (unlike me). She wanted to know him. But that didn’t get to happen because there was an accident. Andrew had been invited to one of Owen’s party going friends. He had some drinks and he let someone pressure him into smoking some pot. As I read it, I saw it all in slow motion what would happen next.

But it was far worse than what I thought. Emma wanted to drive Andrew’s car later that night. So he let her. And it ended with Andrew in a reform school. It was hell for him. At first, he thought Emma would be there for him. He wrote her many many letters. She never answered one of them.

Now five years later, he runs into her and he has revenge on his mind. Only nothing is ever how it seems. And Emma and Andrew have to figure how to get around the stupid things they have both done and things that were out of both of their controls.

You know how a story usually goes? Guy finds girl. Guy loses girl. Girl and guy find each other again and get their acts together and live happily ever after? Well, this isn’t how this story goes. Just when you think it’s going to be okay there is another twist. And then another complication. And another twist. And then you have no idea how this can ever be solved. How these two can have their happily ever after. It just seems impossible.

There is a lot to this story. I don’t want to ruin it for you. I may have said too much already. But I love how deep Ginger Scott’s stories go. I love the words she writes on the page and how they suck me in. How she makes me fall for the characters in the books. How she makes me hate the bad guys. How she makes stories real and makes you sit on the edge of the seat holding your breath waiting to see what would happen next. How sometimes I had to put the book down because I was afraid of what would happen next and I didn’t want to confront it! How her characters aren’t rich and how normal people struggle with money. How she brings hard issues to the forefront.

Anyway, If you want a story with a lot of depth, broken families, families that still love you no matter what, medical issues, issues of domestic violence, a Camero, college, losing your best friend, child abuse, doing what you think is right even when everything seems to be falling apart, making stupid choices and second chances than this is a story for you.

"You can be sad," she said. "You can carry that around somewhere inside all the time. It's human, and you deserve to. But your mom would be mad to see you waste even a single day not living. She'd want to see you giving each day your best, even if you have to carry your sadness around; make it your bitch. But don't waste the good ones." She was right. She's still right.

Andrew and Emma are at a diner. Kids are talking smack about the Harper Boys. Emma goes up to them. I love this scene. It's a great thing that I am going to teach my teenager to do when she encounters gossipers and bullies in school or anywhere....
I also want in on this oh-so-fun gossip fest. They all look uncomfortable, and the girl closest to me- the one who moved out of my way-keeps looking over my shoulder toward Andrew, as if she's trying to clue me in that I should keep my voice down. "Oh, I know, you're totally right. I should be quiet, huh?" I whisper. "I'll bet he can hear me." I leave my eyes on hers for an uncomfortable amount of time. There's a flash of guilt in them when I say it out loud, publicly acknowledging that we heard everything. And normally, I'd stop there; she'll learn a lesson from this, and probably not gossip about the Harpers except in the privacy of her own home or at least a month. But that look on Andrew's face sticks with me, so I take things just a little farther. "You know, I hear there's a foster home around here that takes care of kids who lost their parents to horrible accidents or illness. Maybe when we're done here, we can go make un of them for a while, tease them about how they're going to die in car crashes too one day. Or...or...wait! Even better...let's make one of those viral videos where we wake people up in the middle of the night and remind them that their loved one is dead. That would be awesome...no? I can see a chill fall over them all, and the guy who was talking the most five minutes before, swallows hard. We all hear it. I step closer to him, letting my ake smile all back into the hard line my mouth wants to make. "Or, i you'd rather, you can just keep being assholes over here, and I'll go back over there and try to ignore you," I say, pleased at the regretful feelings I've nurtured. "Your call." I reach to the counter, grabbing a bottle of ketchup, then spin on my heels and walk back to Andrew, who's still sitting with his legs stretched out underneath the booth, munching on his fries one at a time.

At the ice rink....
"I don't think I can do this." Her words come out in a quiet, nervous laugh. "Sure you can," I smile. "Look...it's just ice. And it doesn't hurt any more than falling on the ground. I promise. We won't go fast, and I'll hold you the entire time." I will hold you. Please don't find your balance ever, because I will hold you. This is my job, holding you.

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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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