Musical Mondays: Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur

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This song is gorgeous! Have a listen… This song reminds me of Tucker and Sabrina of The Goal by Elle Kennedy :D.

I met you in the dark
You lit me up
You made me feel as though
I was enough
We danced the night away
We drank too much
I held your hair back when
You were throwing up

Then you smiled over your shoulder
For a minute I was stone cold sober
I pulled you closer to my chest
And you asked me to stay over
I said, I already told you
I think that you should get some rest

I knew I loved you then
But you’d never know
‘Cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go
I knew I needed you
But I never showed
But I wanna stay with you
Until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

I wake you up with some breakfast in bed
I’ll bring you coffee
With a kiss on your head
And I’ll take the kids to school
Wave them goodbye
And I’ll thank my lucky stars for that night

When you looked over your shoulder
For a minute, I forget that I’m older
I wanna dance with you right now, oh
And you look as beautiful as ever
And I swear that every day you’ll get better
You make me feel this way somehow

I’m so in love with you
And I hope you know
Darling, your love is more than worth its weight in gold
We’ve come so far my dear
Look how we’ve grown
And I wanna stay with you
Until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

I wanna live with you
Even when we’re ghosts
‘Cause you were always there for me
When I needed you most

I’m gonna love you ’til
My lungs give out
I promise till death we part
Like in our vows
So I wrote this song for you
Now everybody knows
That it’s just you and me
Until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

Just say you won’t let go
Oh, just say you won’t let go

Book Recommendations & Romantic Tropes (part 2)

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Hey guys, here we are for the second post of recommendations based on my favorite tropes. You can see my first post here.


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I love this trope! It’s so great when there’s a romance between someone and their sibling’s BFF, right? It always creates a good kind of tension, with a hint of forbidden romance.

  • Mister O by Lauren Blakely is an amazing example of this trope, because Nick falls in love with his BFF’s little sis… eheh. (have you read it? WHY NOT?)
  • Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling is such a cute YA romance
  • Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij is also a very cute YA romance… about ballet, no less!
  • Three Simple Words by A.J. Pine  also involves this kind of “forbidden” relationship. So good.

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I love it when the 2 protagonists decide to start a casual relationship, not realizing that they’ll fall in love in less than 100 pages. This happens a lot in books, and I love it, eheh.

  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – Miles and Tate get in a casual relationship, but it becomes so much more.
  • Smut by Karina Halle – Well… they start as enemies, become partners and kind of friends, then become f**k buddies, and then… yeah! READ IT!
  • The Score by Elle Kennedy – Dean and Allie have a very good relationship… SO GOOD!
  • Lessons in Gravity by Jessica Peterson – Well… you know how the relationship will turn out, right?! 😉

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Read talk here: I’m a sucker for single dads in books! A guy raising a child? ALONE? Yeah… HOT!

  • My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind – This is not a spoiler, right? Kolton has a little boy, and oh man… they’re ADORABLE!!!
  • The Years We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen – Bridge doesn’t have a child, per se, but he’s raising his little sister, actually like a single dad, so he counts!
  • Six Month Rule by A.J. Pine – Will has a child! He doesn’t shave when he’s not with her. It’s so so cute!!
  • The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott – Houston is a widower and a single dad… *sigh*

This is it, my second recommendations post that fit another three romantic tropes that I really like. So, have you read these books? Which is your favorite trope in books?

Lessons in Gravity (Megan Westfield)

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All eyes are on Josh Knox…

Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world.

This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media & Productions filming every move.

April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews.

The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope.


As you’re probably used to by now, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

Oh man, I’m still not very sure how I felt about this book… I had a hard time reading it, because the pace was just so slow for me. And while the author described beautiful scenery and amazing locations, I found it hard to be interested in most of them, and the enormous amount of descriptive scenes, made the book even slower. I’m torn here, because while I do think she did an amazing job writing this, conveying the setting and characters and relationships, I think that it was just a little bit too much, and it ended up making the book rather boring.

To top that off, the book is told in the third person and only from April’s POV, which leaves out a huge gap of information for most of the story.

The characters are also a sore point for me, because even when I understood them, completely, I didn’t agree with most of what they did. April was an especially hard character for me to relate to, because I felt for her, I really did, but at one point of this book I wanted her to just STOP. She was being mean, and not only her actions, but also her thoughts, and I really wasn’t a fan of that. Josh starts out as a jerk, and I could only connect to him way later in the book, when he starts to open up to April. From that moment on, I loved him.

I enjoyed the supporting characters, and I was expecting a lot more drama that didn’t happen, which was super ok. I ended up really liking Madigan and Theo, even though I was a bit skeptical for most of the book.

The romance, hmmm, ok, here’s the deal: the romance was super cute and emotional, but I didn’t really feel that much of a chemistry, or even grounds for that deep connection they seemed to have. I thought it lacked communication. These 2 were in love, and to be honest, they knew nothing about each other… it wasn’t the best.

I did love the plot though, and this book made me cry for a few chapters, and that’s always a good thing, right?

So, even though the writing, characters and the romance weren’t really my cup of tea, I did love the story and the plot, and the way it was resolved. I really liked the inclusion of PTSD and how it can impact your life in the smallest of things. I thought that was brilliant, and so I do recommend this book. I’m just not sure if this author is for me on the long haul.

Let’s Talk About: Problems of Being an International Reader & Blogger… Access to Books

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to delve into a discussion post, but I reckon it’s about time I did it. It’s kind of a good timing to talk about this theme, because I think that the difficulties of being an international reader and blogger and lost on a lot of people, not because they’re understand it, but because it’s not their reality, you know?

I will start by the one HUGE problem of being an INTERNATIONAL READER: ACCESS TO BOOKS!

Yeah yeah… scoff away… it’s ok. Before I became a voracious reader, I would scoff too. But then I wanted to read The Mortal Instruments, and I could only find book 1 and 3 at my nearest (HUGE) bookstore, and I realized that it is a problem.


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If you don’t live in the US, UK or Australia, you might have come face to face with this problem: You don’t have access to the books you want. Sure, it can happen to anyone, but you can find the more popular books anywhere in the US, you can find them in supermarkets in the UK, and I’m guessing it’s not that hard in Australia either.

So, what are the problems in the rest of the world? Let’s talk about it a bit, ok?


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The first logical way to buy a book is going to a bookstore and just get it, right?

But if you live in, say, Portugal or Spain – my experience – I can tell you that buying a physical book can be tough. I mean, not if you’re looking for Harry Potter, or the latest thriller that’s on the cinema at the moment, but you won’t be able to find a new release… anywhere.

You can even facilitate things for yourself and read in english (that’s what most of us bloggers do, right?), but even then, where do you buy it?

I can tell you ONE chain store in Portugal that carries YA books in english, but they only get the new releases a few weeks after, and even so, it’s not a certain thing. Where I was living in Barcelona it was slightly easier because I found an all-english bookstore, and they carried a lot of new releases, from all genre, so that was very cool. And in either place you can simply order it, and the store will get it for you. The problem? THE PRICE!

While books in english are WAY CHEAPER than their translated counterparts, the import increment makes them inaccessible sometimes. For instance, see the example of Fangirl, and its prices in physical stores. Look at that difference!

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Of course, you can counter it by ordering online, and there you have places like The Book Depository or Amazon, and you can get better competitive prices. Still, while TBD doesn’t charge you for shipping, the delivery times are iffy, at best, and the timings depend a lot on where in the globe you are located. Then you have Amazon, and if you’re lucky to have one in your country, you might be able to get free shipping too, and let me tell you: I LOVE THIS. Spain has Amazon, and has free shipping for book orders over  19€, which we all know it’s not hard to get to.

Still, keep in mind that I’m talking about difficulties in two developed european countries, I can’t even fathom the difficulties that some readers from more remote locations might face.

With all of this in mind though, spending even 10€ on paperback is not easy, when you go through them in a day or two. I had months of reading 20 books, and even working, it would have been impossible for me to sustain that on a regular basis.


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Which leads me to the other great option that international readers have: the ebooks!

Let me tell you, my life changed when I bought my kindle, and it changed again when I found the kindle app for my phone. Kindles rock! Pure and simple.

Still, picking the example of Fangirl above, do you know that the kindle edition costs around 11€ in the US kindle store? YEAH. 11€!!! That’s a lot for an ebook, right?

See, buying in the kindle store takes time and patience if you don’t want to spend the big bucks. You can wait for deals, which is usually what I do, and get the books at a much more attractive price, BookBub is great for this hunting down of deals. But this means you won’t have the books you want, when you want them. Decisions… Decisions…

Because I read a lot of New Adult, finding free kindle books, or great kindle deals, is easier, and even the full priced books are not usually terrible expensive, because most of them are self published. But if you read YA, fantasy or sci-fi, buying ebooks might end up being as expensive as buying the physical copies, the only difference is the no-waiting period to enjoy your book.


disc_4By this time you’re probably wondering: “Ok Cristina, buying is expensive, we get that, but what about libraries?“.

Well… keep in mind that most of the world countries do not speak english as a first language. Ok, now think about this: most books out there are published in english. YA is not a popular genre in some countries, and others ban certain subjects on principal. So… do you think our libraries carry a lot of those books or new releases? Either in english or the translated edition?

Think again… they don’t.

Here in Portugal, most libraries have a huge technical books’ collection, or didactic books. Most will have all the classics, then all the books that have become big movies, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games… they might even have 50 Shades of Gray. But they won’t carry Simon, or Fangirl, or even The Mortal Instruments. They won’t have Sarah J. Maas or contemporary reads about mental illness or disabilities.

And I can bet that this is true for most countries where english is not the first language.

So, how can we, international readers, depend on libraries for our reading necessities? Very simply, we can’t.


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Borrowing physical books is out of the equation, so what about ebook libraries? Or lending services?

This would be the perfect solution, right? If we could have one giant online library that would serve the world, which allowed us to borrow ebooks for a limited time… yeah…

Platforms live OverDrive, that allow you to connect to online libraries all over the world, doesn’t work all over the world. I know. I tried. Most services and platforms like this don’t actually work outside of the US.

Then there’s the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which I think it’s awesome, because if I spent money on this book, why can’t I lend it to my friend? We do it with physical books all the time. I was even lucky enough to be the receiver of Deanna @A Novel Glimpse‘s books, she lent me the whole Falling series by Ginger Scott through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (THANK YOU FOR THAT DEANNA!!!). But while this is really great, I can’t ever do the same. Why? Because I live outside of the US, and while you can lend your US books to foreign friend abroad, said friends cannot return the favor. Heck, I can’t even lend my kindle books to my next door neighbor.

It came to the point that I wanted Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much to read a lot of my kindle books, so I her borrow my KINDLE device. Yeah, Aelin is with Catia… I trust her ;-). Still, we could do this because we live in the same city and I trust her. I wouldn’t be able to do this with anyone else.

This is clearly a problem. 

Our local libraries suffer from the same problem as mentioned above, they just don’t have the titles in their collection, so even if they have the ebook lending system, they won’t have the titles you’re dying to read.

Kindle Unlimited or other platforms like this might solve your “book quantity” problem, but by now, will you really be surprised if I tell you that I can’t access this feature?

I use the US kindle store, because Portugal doesn’t have one, and the US one is the cheapest one, so it’s the one for me. But it recognizes that I’m not physically in the US, so it tell me “NO CAN DO!”. So when I am living in Spain, I can actually access their platform, but I will need to change my base store to the spanish one, and I’ll be losing most of the kindle deals and the prices will be higher. Not an easy choice, right?


So, after reading all this, you know that being a reader sometimes isn’t easy. You might be lucky and be able to fill your bookshelves, and that’s honestly awesome. Or you might adapt your reading habits, and be super attentive to all the kindle deals out there. Or, like me, 80-90% or your reads might be ARCs from Netgalley or kindle free books.

But one thing’s for certain: having access to books is not easy in some places of the world.

November 9 (Colleen Hoover)

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Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


People… I am IN LOVE with this book! Seriously, I’M IN LOVE WITH NOVEMBER 9! By the way, I listened to it mostly in audiobook, but I had a borrowed paperback to follow it on, and that’s thanks to  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, who lent me her book awhile back… THANK YOU! Also, thank you for “forcing” to give this one a chance, because I absolutely loved it. It’s up there with Ugly Love for favorite book by CoHo.

I don’t really know how to review this book without spoiling the hell out of it, but I’ll start by saying that Colleen’s writing is, as usually, super on point. It’s lovely, emotional, funny and so damn strong. I’m still in awe with CoHo’s writing. It’s just superb.

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Both characters were amazing, it’s incredible how I was able to connect with them and fall in love with them since the first few pages they were in. They are just so imperfectly perfect, and I can’t help but love them. I loved that the character growth throughout all those years was very palpable and real.

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The romance was gorgeous, and painful and hopeful, and painful, and amazing. Did I mention painful? Yeah… pretty painful, especially not good for when you’re listening to a particular hard scene in the middle of a lot of people… damn you CoHo and that awful November 9! I loved to see how much impact Ben and Fallon had on each other’s lives, even though they never saw each other. They were better people because they had each other in some way, and wow, isn’t that beautiful?

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The plot is so twisted and so well done. I have to admit, I did know EVERYTHING that was going to happen, because when Cátia read this one a few months ago, she spoiled it for me – at my request. Still, my knowledge before hand did not take away any of my love and enjoyment for this plot. It was amazing that a story only told in one day a year, packed so much information, feelings and pain.

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I honestly don’t know what to say more, I just want to beg you to read this one, because it’s so beautiful, and while I loved Ugly Love, I do know that that particular book isn’t for everyone. This one, though, it is.

So go read November 9.(or listen to it, the audiobook is amazing!)

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Have you read this one? What are your thoughts on it? Did you cry like a baby too?!

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Deals With Mental Health

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because Mental Health matters! Choose a book that deals with mental health“. For the theme this week I’m using Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden. If you’ve read this book you know that a character there suffers from extreme social anxiety and depression… it breaks my heart.


Original & Favorite Cover COver:

The UK cover is definitly my favorite! It’s so simple, yet striking.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

The book is not out in Portugal, but it is in Spain, and while the cover is similar to the original one, I don’t like it as much. I don’t like the twist of the heart in the bottom?! It seems like they tried to make it “prettier”, you know? And I like the raw version better.

Least Favorite COVER(s):

            

These are my least favorite covers: Danish, German and Brazilian. The Danish one I can’t even… what the heck is that? Then the German version looks like a standard romance novel from the 80’s, does it say YA to you? Then the Brazilian… I don’t hate it, but I don’t see it connecting to the book at all.

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I just wanted to mention these two covers, the US one, and the Slovak. I don’t like the US cover, it’s the same as the UK, but red, and I don’t think it does anything for it. And the Slovak cover, I kind of like it, though not as the original one.

Top Shelf (Kelly Jamieson)

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Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure. 

Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey — and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants. 

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule — and Jared’s playboy reputation — she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.


Guys! This book was so good!! I can’t even… I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be as awesome as it was. I definitly love hockey books, they’re just so yummy.

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed the writing on this one more than I did on Shut Out, even with it being in the third person – and you guys know how I like my romances in the first person, right? Still, I thought it fit with the book, and contrary to some 3rd person’s books, the style didn’t take away from the experience of the characters, do you get what I mean?! The thoughts, feelings and experiences were all awesomely portrayed. I really liked it.

Then I loved loved loved the characters. Sidney and Jared made sense, they were so imperfect perfect people. Sidney was so strong and determined, having gone through through what she did was terrible, but she came out ok(ish), and it took guts to keep going after everything. I’m a person that never really gave much thoughts about having kids, but still, finding out that you can’t has to be devastating, and it has to be a blow to a woman’s self worth. I thought Jamieson was able to convey this explendendly. Well done.

Jared was amazing, I loved him. He was a guy that fought for what he wanted, and didn’t take things for granted. Also, he didn’t run away from his problems. I thought he was so level headed, while being so fierce at the same time. And oh so HOT. Also, it’s so hot when a guy is the one who wants the relationship parts, right?

I absolutely loved the romance. It does start with insta lust, but the build up is slow, and we get how they fall in love. They become part of each other’s lives, they talk, and lean on each other, and they have amazing chemistry. The whole relationship was so well done.

The plot was a bit predictable from a certain point on, even though I didn’t see a couple of things coming. I did see a major one though, and while I liked the result, I kind of wish it hadn’t happen?! (hit me in the comments if you want to know why I say this).

All and all, I really loved this one. It’s an amazing romance, with great characters, a great message and a HOT, STEAMING and beautiful romance. Read it!

Top 5 Wednesday: Ships that haven’t sailed… YET!

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Favorite Non-Canon Ships:

These are the couples you love, but they never got together in canon (canon meaning: what actually happened in the text). Or that did get together, but weren’t together in the end of the series. Or a couple you ship but it’s actually impossible for them to be together because they are from different worlds, franchises, etc. Let your shipper heart run wild. I know mine will.

I’m going for Ships that haven’t sailed… YET! Because this is such a hard theme!


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WWW Wednesday: October 19th 2016

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


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This week I’m reading Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson, I’m about halfway done, and I’m really enjoying it; then I started The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras yesterday, just to test the waters; and finally I’m starting Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield today as a buddy read with Cátia.


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I recently finished Tempting Fate by Brinda Berry, Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine, Sweet Girl (The Sweetest Thing #2) by Sierra Hill and Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry. I really liked all of them!


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Next I’ll read All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard, and then I’ll try to get to My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill (let’s see if I can make it this time), and then Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen, I need to read book 1 and 2 to finally get to the ARC of the third one.

Cover Reveal: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

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Is it hot in here??? Check out the cover of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott!

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HOLD MY BREATH

NA Contemporary Romance – Stand Alone

Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016

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BLURB:

Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.

Evan got the girl, and Will… he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.


EXCERPT:

The song breaks for a guitar solo, and I count the seconds, knowing that she’s going to slip away the moment everyone in here begins to clap. I won’t ask her to dance again. I won’t torture myself or push my luck. But I’ll remember this. As bad of an idea as it is, I’m glad I did it. So many painful memories woven into this place, I needed this one good one. It might just be the best memory I have out of everything in my life. I feel her shift in my arms, and when I pull away slightly, Maddy’s chin pushes into the center of my chest, her eyes blinking slowly while she looks up at me. Two shots and a beer are about to talk to me right now. I smile softly and nod.

“That was a much better dance,” she says.

I chuckle, tilting my head back to laugh before bringing it forward slowly, resting my brow against hers. My eyes look down at the curve of her lips, lower at the line of her jaw, and even lower at the swell of her breast under the soft black cotton of her dress. A heavy breath escapes
me.

“I make you nervous?” she asks.

I don’t answer right away, instead closing my eyes and swallowing again. I don’t even care if she can feel it. I drag my hands up her body to her neck until I’m cradling her head in my palms, my fingertips flirting with her hair along her neck and my thumbs caressing her jawline.

“That’s what you said…before. You said you didn’t dance well because I make you nervous,” she says, her words coming out slow and sleepy.

My mouth smiles against the top of her head, and I give in, opening it enough to press a kiss against her, hoping only the strangers are our witness.

“Yes, Maddy. That’s right,” I say. “You make me incredibly nervous.”


About the Author:

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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 and The Hard Count.

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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