Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2017

Hold My Breath - Ginger Scott

Title: Hold My Breath
Author: Ginger Scott
Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Captured Press for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.
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.

Getting into a new novel by Ginger Scott goes like this: She announces a new book on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using a hot photo model as the cover person, preferably posting an edited picture of a quote from that book already. Then, you get excited and find out about the release day, you count down the days until it‘s out, but in the meantime, Ginger teases you with more graphics, more sneak peaks and comments like: „You‘ll fall in love with * insert name here *.“ And when it‘s finally released, you either read it as fast as you can, because you can‘t put it down, or you force yourself to read as slowly as possible in order to cherish every written word, every tiny scene between the two characters. I‘m type B of these two, because how else would I survive waiting for yet another book by Ginger Scott? The wait is almost unbearable.

But… I am not putting any pressure on her with that last sentence I just wrote. I am very stunned by how fast this woman manages to throw books our way, being a mom and a wife. That‘s really impressive.

So, back to the book. Hold My Breath is a bit different from the other books I have read by Ginger. I think that‘s mainly because the characters are bit a older than usual. That being said, I feared I might not like the characters or the book itself as much as I wanted to. But in the end, that doubt evaporated. Luckily. Will and Maddy‘s profession is a different one as well – they are both swimmers. Oh, I love that Ginger decided to write about those. All the abs, whew! Sports romances aren‘t usually my thing. If it had been another author, I‘m not sure the writing and the story would have been as good as it was here. But that‘s the author for you – able to write about anything and everything, always finding the right voice to do so.

This could be a TV show. I could totally see it becoming one. The drama, the feelings, the story… Everything is made for that. And then it‘s not. It‘s the kind of book you want to keep for yourself, the one you want to re-read if you feel lonely or in need of a good book. Ginger‘s books are all like that. They feel too precious to be made into something that could never fully capture the emotions you felt while reading them.

I liked Will far more than I liked Maddy. But that‘s handsome and loving male characters – I can‘t resist them. What I did like, though, was that they both kind of depended n each other. It wasn‘t just Will helping Maddy finding herself, but he grew as a person because of her too. I think these parts are always important. I don‘t like it when it‘s just a one-way street and the other characters stays the same through every line.

The quotes were amazing in this one. Whenever Will opened his mouth, you just knew he‘d make you swoon. And Maddy was a tough one, not the easiest to get along with, but a true soul. They made sense together, they belonged togeher. It was obvious right from the start to the reader and I‘m glad the author didn‘t try to force her characters to get together with anybody else. That‘d have been unnecessary drama.

With each book she writes, her characters seem more grown-up and more mature. They don‘t waste their time on the small things, but manage to cope with the big things, the massive rock-sized things in their life. I like to believe that readers will be able to survive a hard time by reading a Ginger Scott book. Her novels always contain important topics, so I like to believe she makes a difference in somebody‘s life. That sounds so over the top, but I‘m being serious.

This is just another masterpiece by her. If you haven‘t read any book of hers yet, I suggest you might start with this one, since it‘s brilliant and newer than the rest. If you‘ve already read her other books, what‘s stopping you from picking up Hold My Breath?

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