A BOY LIKE YOU
YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 3, 2017
BLURB:They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed
to save, but I know who saved me.
We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me
from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a
blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.
And then he disappeared.
Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While
death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with
scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into
darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has
taken away my desire to dream.
I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they
weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.
He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer,
and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for
him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first
saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes
constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it
He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else.
Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.
This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew,
is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from
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About the Author:
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, and Hold My Breath.
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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When Joss was nine years old, a strange chain of events caused everything good in her life to deteriorate. Her parents' marriage imploding, a near-fatal accident, and an odd boy named Christopher all had a part in altering her life forever. Her safe world is no longer, and her savior has disappeared without a trace. Now seventeen, Joss is hurting, and covering it all up in anger and bad decisions.
Baseball is in her blood. She has a rare, natural talent that was once nurtured by her father. But since her mother left, he's lost himself inside a bottle. When he's actually present enough to know she's there, she only hears criticism. Daily life is a struggle-a never ending cycle of misery that she tries to numb herself to escape from.
I don’t hate my father. I hate that I love my father still.
The path she's hurtling herself down is leading to self-destruction. Being on the softball team is the one thing that gives her any pride in herself, but not even that is enough to motivate her. Even her friends are kept at a safe distance. I really empathized with poor Joss. Even though she was making dangerously stupid choices, I was always on her side rooting for her. She may have frustrated me a time or two, but in her situation I felt as if her behavior was a natural inability to cope.
I didn’t have hope or wishes or dreams or plans— none of it. I had the next day. And then the next. And I filled the in-between with whatever distraction I could find in the moment to get me through. And then Wes Stokes showed up and changed everything.
Wes, the new boy in town unsettles her from their very first encounter. He seems to look deep down inside of her where no one else has cared to look before. He sees more than the coach's tough, hostile daughter. Her harsh words roll right over his back, and takes everything in stride. Wes was just everything. The kind of character that has a beautiful soul that shines out of every word and action. Patient, loving, and so wise for his age. When her private hell is exposed, he immediately becomes her champion. Standing behind her, ready to catch her when she falls.
Finally having someone who supports her and pushes her to make the right choices is something she desperately needed. Let me tell you, this was one stubborn girl. She's afraid to trust, afraid to hope. But it was impossible to not want to try with Wes' encouragement. As they grow closer, she discovers things about him that don't quite add up. This mysterious element had me so curious through the book, trying to work out what he wasn't ready to reveal. I loved how Ginger was able to keep me guessing. I thought I kind of knew what was going on with him, I just wasn't quite sure why or how. But along the way, I was swept away by their beautiful romance and how their past and present connected.
What I loved just as much as watching Joss and Wes fall in love was seeing Joss fight for the happiness she once believed she'd never have again. She faced incredible trials and tragedy at such a young age, but in the end you know this girl is a survivor. I love this author, because she writes from the heart and it shows. These characters were brought to life so completely. I got to see their despair, hopes, dreams, and everything in between. This book had everything! It was not just a simple story about young love, it was much more.
The last 15% of the book was gut wrenching and so INTENSE. Ginger Scott hit a line drive of emotions right into my gut, I was so overwhelmed. Though the end is left unresolved, part two of the duet releases in early summer. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, but this one leaves us in a place of hope rather than anxious suspense. There are a lot of threads left hanging, and I'm so excited to see how they all tie together in the conclusion. Even if you don't typically read Young Adult, I would highly recommend reading this. It's fresh, beautifully written, and full of surprises. Read it!
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