10 October 2018

Tour & Giveaway: The Lady of Astoria Abbey by Anita Stansfield

The Lady of Astoria Abbey by Anita Stansfield.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance.
Publication: October 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications.
Bess leads a quiet life, intent on easing the burdens of her widowed father. She acts as maid, cook, and assistant in his medical practice—but she is wearied by the thankless work and her father’s lack of kindness. And then a miracle happens. Lady Agatha Buxton of Astoria Abbey is seeking a physician for her ailing son, Hugh, and, sensing that Bess is trapped in her situation, offers the young woman a position as nurse. Despite Bess’s father’s objections, she accepts—and her life is forever changed. Bess and Hugh enjoy an immediate bond of friendship, which quickly blossoms into love. Despite his dire prognosis, the couple makes the bittersweet decision to wed, embracing what little time they have. Their tender union ushers in a season of both joy and heartbreak, and Bess discovers greater meaning in life than she’d ever imagined. As she’s confronted with the sorrow of living without Hugh, Bess finds herself at a crossroads—will she have the courage to trust her heart and allow herself to love again?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I have to say that I had a hard time getting into the book. My mind kept wandering and I wanted to give up. I also was wondering why I agreed to read the book at first. She is totally setting herself up for heartbreak! What would be happy about this kind of book?! But then at around ½ way through, I got into it because things started to fall into place and changed and I cried through most of the last 1/3rd of the book. Ugh, I had such a headache from crying!

There was a twist that I totally did not see coming. In fact, from the description on the back of the book I started trying to figure out how it would end and I was totally floored at what happened! It was not anywhere near how I imagined it would be. I must be as naive as the main character, Bess, was!

Bess works with her doctor father. Her mother died many years ago and Bess finds herself working in the capacity of many people. She is his cook, housekeeper, and his assistant. She never has any time for herself. Meanwhile, her father gets to sit down in the chair in the evenings and read. He has never hugged her, told her he appreciated all that she did or told her he loved her! He is respectful to others and to his patients but not to her. Bess is maybe a little naive on life. After all she has never been out in society as she has been by her father’s side since she was a child. All she has ever wanted was her father's love and approval. But she definitely knows her medicine!

So when this offer to be Hugh’s personal nurse comes up she takes it. She finds the situation empowering. Lady Buxtom is like a mother to her. Bess is kind and finds friends in the people who work in the home too! Bess feels free. She finds love with Hugh. His two friends from childhood are always there to help him with his personal needs and she becomes friends with them. Clive more so than the other!

There is heartbreak in the story because we do experience the death of Hugh and then there is great joy at the end. Sprinkled in with a twist and some surprises that I really really did not see coming! If I hadn’t of had a hard time getting into the book, and not originally felt the chemistry of her love I would have given it a 5 stars. But the ending, so made up for that! I want to say more but you really need to read it for yourself.

"But remember, darling, surrounding a child with love and even providing them with luxuries does not a spoiled child make."
"I don't understand."
"No matter how rich or poor a child may be; no matter how few or many people they have in their lives who love and care for them-it is the love and discipline with which they are guided that makes their character. In my view, being spoiled means being raised with an attidtude of arrogance or entitlement, as opposed to understanding humility and equality and knowing that they need to have respect for all people and gratitude for all things. ..."

If you like stories with a twist, finding love not once but twice in a lifetime, stars, death, ugh I can’t give any more ideas away because they would be spoilers!!






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Anita Stansfield, the LDS market's #1 best-selling romance novelist, is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers.
"With sales approaching a half million, Anita Stansfield has clearly found a niche in this market," said Nicole Martin, Publicist for Covenant Communications. "Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that LDS women deal with on a daily basis."
"I always write for women like me. It's through my interaction with other women that I've found there are some personal and emotional struggles that are typical," said Anita Stansfield. "I hope my writing makes women feel better about themselves and shows them these real problems can be solved through gospel principles."






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03 October 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Proximity by Traci Hunter Abramson



Proximity by Traci Hunter Abramson.
Audience/Genre: Suspense, Romance.
Publication: October 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications.
Tia Parker always seems to fall for the wrong guy. But when she meets Evan Spence at a friend's wedding, it seems like she's finally found Mr. Right. Their spark is undeniable, but reality may extinguish any hope for a future: they are separated by thousands of miles. As the couple struggles with the pitfalls of pursuing romance long-distance, Tia is taken off guard by a new arrival in town. Colby Farren is handsome and charming and has made it clear he's interested in Tia. Yet despite his obvious infatuation, Tia can't seem to get Evan out of her mind. Caught between the attention of two very different men, her complicated love life is soon eclipsed by much more sobering concerns. A break-in at her apartment is just the first in a series of bizarre events, each bringing her one step closer to a dangerous liaison. And knowing who to trust could be a matter of life and death.

Reviewed by Kelly.

So I thought this was going to be a triangle love story. But it was so much different than I thought! I am so naive sometimes! I knew that this was a suspense book but ….

I was just reading along and wondering who she would pick. My first thoughts are always the person first mentioned in a story. But I was really liking Evan and saw that they were really cute with each other.

As the story moves along, you start to get subtle hints of some trouble. Then later they aren’t so subtle as the story plot thickens. I realized my naivety not too long before our main character, Tia, did! Because Tia is just like me; a little naive. She trusts people and why shouldn’t she? Her friends are the whole police department!!

My heart began racing when the suspense part got started. Time was ticking and I needed to go to bed but also needed to find out how this would all end! Now I need to read about some of the characters in this book that had a book of their own!

I really can’t say a whole lot more without ruining it. So go and get it!

If you like athletic trainers, high school personnel, hiking, suspense, Paris, High heat in Arizona, Cold temps of cottages, classic antique trucks, police, security devices, stories that have just a little violence (can’t explain without giving the story away), chocolate croissants, the man of your dreams than this might be for you!



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Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write more than twenty bestselling novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists and five-time Whitney Award winner. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.






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12 September 2018

Tour & Giveaway: The Neverland Inn by K.C. Grant

The Neverland Inn by K.C. Grant.
Audience/Genre: Women's Fiction, Food.
Publication: September 1st 2018.
Daniel Cavanaugh has it all—a lucrative career as a lawyer, a gorgeous fiancĂ©e, and his future mapped out for him. So why is he feeling increasingly dissatisfied with his life? When the assignment to handle his late grandmother’s estate takes him to the California coast, Daniel welcomes the escape. Staying at the nearby bed-and-breakfast isn’t really his style, but he soon realizes the inn may hold the key to the answers he’s been seeking. Spindrift Cove has few opportunities for a young unmarried woman like Sarah Michaels. Even so, she enjoys her solitude as owner and chef at the Neverland Inn. She thrives on catering to the needs of her guests and treating them to her fantastic cooking. But when Daniel walks through her door, he immediately tests her patience. Though he is handsome and well-bred, she finds him insufferable. Soon, however, the tranquility of the inn works its magic, and Daniel and Sarah forge a sweet and unexpected connection—until the life he left behind in the city demands his return and it seems that a happily ever after may not be on the menu after all.

Reviewed by Kelly.

First off, this book should come with a warning! Do not read when hungry! The first chapter had a description of the textures and cooking a meal and it made me salivate! It sounded so good! Several times, I got up to see if I had the ingredients to make that recipe listed here or there! I could just taste everything the author described!!! I did end up putting the book down so I could eat! Otherwise I would have never finished it!

Daniel seems very frustrated with his life. He is living what his parent’s expectation of his life should be! He has a gorgeous fiance. He is in his father’s law firm and is expected to be a partner some day! There is no time for happiness or doing what you want to do in life. So, when his grandmother dies, he goes to take care of the estate. He loved his grandmother and she was the only one who let him be a boy and loved him unconditionally! When he gets there, he decides to stay for a day or two extra. He just needs a break. But when the hotel has no rooms for the extra days, he books a room at the Neverland Inn.

When he goes out to the town to eat, his car is towed and he has no choice but to rely on Sarah to get him back to the Inn and wait for the owner of the compound to open up. While Daniel can be frustrating, he warms up to Sarah and her town and relaxes for the first time in forever.

Sarah believes in people, her town, and her magical Neverland Inn! She loves to cook, caring for people and helping out her friend who teaches special education. She thinks she can help Daniel relax and when he does, they begin to see each other in a different light!

Where I loved the story, I didn’t really feel the chemistry between the two. Maybe it’s just me!

If you like stories with the innocence of children, head injuries, believing in people, grandmothers, aunts, lawyers, teachers, recipes that make you salivate, then this might be for you!!




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K.C. Grant loves to write! From bad poetry at the age of seven to not-too-much-later attempts at a novel where the main character was a talkative red-haired girl (yes, that wasn't very creative) she has loved to create stories. In her adult career, she has written for family oriented magazines like BackHome, Parents and Kids, The Washington Family and LDSLiving. She was so excited about the release of her first novel in 2010, "Abish: Daughter of God." A sequel, "Abish: Mother of Faith" continues the story of Abish and focuses on the mothers of the stripling warriors.

K.C. will also get to continue her fascination with the setting of Mexico (this time with a modern twist) when her suspense novel titled "Venom" which came out January 2012.

She also belongs to three writers' groups and various other organizations that keep her very busy.






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05 September 2018

Tour & Giveaway: The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore



The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance, War.
Publication: July 2018.
The day of her parents' garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger the largest man she's ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steele is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British.
Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I am so glad I didn’t live in those times. No air conditioning, no cars, war in my backyard, and the marriages of convenience or for reputation or just because with their being no affection to begin with. I admire Jacob Steele for marrying Lydia. He is a very good person and yes things work themselves out in the book. But it still is a rough road. You have to learn to trust this person and be able to communicate. And then there is everyone's doubts and fears, and these two have some! I love how they work things out! I love how the book ends. I love the talk on the care of the wood on the ship and in Jacob’s home. I love when something that is made is very carefully crafted and loved!

I also enjoyed the fact that I grew up in Maryland and know where all these places are and have visited them. I am sure it was much more forest in those times than all that I grew up seeing. After all, I ate at a McDonald’s last time I was in Bladensburg! And I love the view on the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. But it is really cool to be able to see everything clearly in my head!

I think Jacob and Lydia are definitely made for each other. They are yin and yang! Jacob is a large looming man who once was an orphaned child who protected the other children and watched them all find homes accepting him and his best friend Alden, His fear is to be alone. But he is afraid to make a stand with Lydia when things go wrong. He just goes back to closing his heart and just silently accepting it. Lydia gives him options several times but they come out as statements and if Jacob continues to do nothing he will lose her. There are a few very tender moments when Lydia is attending to him and she often worries about him. But Jacob is a fool and doesn’t know what to do with his own words!!

And I loved the little trivia at the end. You really should read it! It is a wonderful adventure!

I think a book about Alden will be coming next?? I will definitely be reading that one! Alden cracks me up. He knows how to talk to anyone and he is a natural at it! There is only a hint at something that has happened to him in the past and I want to see him happy and married!!



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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.






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04 September 2018

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction.
Publication: September 4th 2018 by Shadow Mountain.
Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions. If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.

Reviewed by Kelly.

In the back of the book are questions to reflect on. It is always interesting to read them and find things I hadn’t thought of while reading the book or finding a different take on it.

I appreciated that there were 2 couples in this book. One older and one younger. Time changes things for older couples.

Peter is a very honorable man. He will do anything to keep out of the scandal that the rest of his family (excluding his uncle Elliott) seems to thrive in! He has worked hard. He has a new hobby of raising and breeding dogs. He is still a little new at it. His wife died several years ago and while he still loves her memory, he hasn’t moved on. He doesn’t think he should nor does he have the time. He has 2 well behaved children who do child like things like jumping in the mud or running and sometimes arguing with each other. What kid doesn’t. Peter knows to let them be children for awhile and correct them respectfully and lovingly.

Julia applies for the governess position in Peter’s home. She wants to live her own life and make her own decisions but her mother, Amelia, seems to try to interfere to have her try and find a man to marry and have children with. We learn more about Amelia and follow her story too. Julia is 28 years old and is resigned to a life without children of her own. She is happy serving others. Julia is kind, sincere and polite. She misses her father who raised dogs and showed her all there is to know about them.

When Julia goes to the interview in the beginning of the book. I was reminded of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There were 3 applicants that day. The first one was a bigger woman, the second one was a small woman with a seriousness to her and then there was Julia who was just right for the job! Hehe! But at first, Peter did not pick her. She rattled something in him. He found her attractive and he didn’t like the feeling one bit. So she is in the hallway and witnesses Peter tell the (what do you call a person who finds people for a job) man that he will hire the second woman. Peter looks at her but doesn’t say one thing. Well that choice was absolutely horrible in more than one way! In the end, Peter has no choice but to hire Julia. And she turns out to be just perfect for his children and household. But of course, we all know this!!

All along, his two closest family members see the budding relationship in them. But Julia doesn’t see it yet. Yet she admires him. Julia is kept in the dark about a lot of things. Peter can’t handle his growing attraction to her. His parents were a scandal and he doesn’t want to be like them. But you can’t stop your heart from loving who you love. Julia’s mother wants her out of the home and Peter will turn her out as soon as he finds another governess. Then, per one of her family’s request, has a dinner party with Amelia and Uncle Elliott and his other family member who is now married who used to be the governess. Let Amelia see the household and that it is a good home and honorable. Amelia only sees red. She used to love Elliott long ago and he left her so she thinks that is the way with all the Mayfield men. Julia doesn’t know why her mother and her were invited to dinner.

Any way, I love how this story unfolds and how past things are corrected and how others communicate and how love blooms not for just one but for 2 couples. I love the meadow full of primroses in the book. I had to look them up so I could see what they really looked like. Yes I know they are on the front cover but I wanted to see what they looked like in real life!

I wonder who will be next in the family to get a book. In the beginning there is a geneology line written out. And Elliott has a campaign to find acceptable spouses for his nieces and nephews. Upon that marriage, they will receive an inheritance or gift. I loved the one bestowed upon Peter!

If you like flowers, dogs, honorable men, overcoming family scandals, riding on a horse for 50 miles, parents mistakes, second chances, finding love again, being your own person, communicating, than this might be for you!!





I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children






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31 August 2018

The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch

The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction.
Publication: August 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications.
Standing before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor. When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend, Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.

Reviewed by Kelly.

While this book took me a few chapters to get into it, it was a really fun book to read!! By the end, I was laughing at some of the banter Rose and William had!

Rose was friends with William growing up until they weren’t friends! It just appeared that William became unkind with Rose. Then Rose would just say things to annoy him because she didn’t know why he was ugly with her.

Background is that William’s older brother married a woman from another country and out of their social cast. William’s father disinherited his brother and William became the new heir. William’s father expected William to marry with only the highest class! William’s mother became despondent and became kind of bed ridden over the loss of her older son. William will do whatever it takes to make his mother better.

Rose now 18 finds herself wishing for the old William back. She also comes across several things that make her think he does care for her after all. But because their communication is just ridiculous and neither really says anything for sure, you don’t know why William is acting ugly to her! Then there are moments when he is kind to her and Rose gets whiplash over it! And her feelings for him become a tangled mess.

I loved and laughed over how it was all resolved! Because the two are really good for each other! They are good hard working and very caring people who don’t really care about social class!

In some ways, this book reminds me of Pride and Prejudice.

If you like books with social classes, petit fours, apples, climbing trees to get the apples, dancing, ridiculous hats, banter, roses and rose gardens, fat cats, chimney sweeps, and laughter than this book might be for you!




Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.






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27 July 2018

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

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My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father's business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby's life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

But appearances aren't always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.

Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband's brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.






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A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

 

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01 July 2018

Giveaway: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

Cry Baby by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Romance.
Publication: June 22, 2018.
Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.

He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.

He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.

Loyal.

Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.

Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him
sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.

He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.

He was falling in love.

And it was going to tear him apart.


Praise...
“Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It's hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days afterward. Bravo, Ms. Scott. This boy-man stole my heart and I don't want it back.”- L.J. Shen, Bestselling Author

Review by Kelly

This story is just so heart wrenching! I was sucked in the moment I read the first paragraph. Tristan and Riley’s worlds are so different and as they get to know each other, they both want the best for the other! Tristan is placed in an honors class and he doesn’t know why. His work isn’t that hard. Riley is in the same class. But they met when Riley was moving into the house down from Tristan’s. He stopped briefly to help her with some heavy stuff. She learned he played basketball down the street every night. She just didn’t know he was part of a gang. That knowledge came later. Riley wants to be a professional basketball player someday. She is really that good!

Tristen is a good kid trapped in a bad life situation and with the thought he could never leave his life. If he did, he would be killed! Tristan did what he was told but he never killed anyone himself! He also cares about people. His best friend is Paul, aka Joker. He looks out for everyone. He doesn’t do drugs or alcohol. Except for the one time, Dub (the head of his gang) forced drugs into him when he was really young.

Riley isn’t accepted when she goes to the court down the street, where later everynight, drugs are sold. She is told she doesn’t belong there by Tristan himself. They all ignore her except Lauren. She likes Riley and they become friends. Riley does something on a whim to prove that she can fit in with the boys. Where they learn to like her she never really gets accepted there. But Tristan and Riley have some kind of connection that can’t be ignored! I feel the pull they have to each other.It’s easy to see how both of them can be great leaders!

Okay, so like I said before, I don’t like sports. I just don’t get into it. But when Ginger Scott writes a book she puts sports in it and she explains things and she makes the characters so in need of something that I want them to win, to excel and to be happy in life. And I wanted Riley and Tristan to both have their deepest desires to come to fruition. I want Riley to become someone that people notice and not someone on this itty bitty last minute girls basketball team that has only a volunteer for a coach. And I want Triston to somehow free himself of this life in a gang and to live and be happy. Is that too much to ask? I guess it is sometimes. As for them, you will have to read the book to find out how their story ends!

There is a quote at the end that is what becomes part of their lives. I want to share it but it might be a spoiler so I won’t!

I did find myself crying a few times. Life can be so unfair and Ginger Scott writes these stories that may not be a perfectly ever afters but good enough to be happy with life ever after!

If you like basketball, stories about gangs and gang life, scholarships, realizing the truths in life, friends that stick with you no matter what, then this might be a book for you!

Content: language, one sex scene, violence with guns and fighting.








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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several 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, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

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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