Title: Hold My Breath
Series: Stand-alone
Author: Ginger Scott
Release Date: November 18, 2016

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.
"I needed joy.
My joy."

Reading this book at a time when I needed it the most feels like some kind of fate. I've felt incredibly discouraged lately about the world around me. But I've been consistently reminding myself to look for joy, even when it's hard. Well, I found joy within these pages, between the lines of this heartbreaking yet hopeful story of two swimmers drowning in tragedy, in memories, in impossibility. This book is a beautiful reminder to push on even when things look bleak, that nothing is impossible, that no matter how dark things feel, all you need is love and good people in your corner. The story of Will Hollister and Maddy Woodsen quite simply stole my breath, broke my heart, and then left me bursting with joy. Hold My Breath is inspirational, it's powerful, it's painful, it's uplifting. I don't think I could have possibly loved this book more.

"The hurt is almost good. It reminds me that something real was in my heart once, and as much as I want to run away from it, in this moment, I also want to hold onto it."

Will and Maddy's story is both devastating and magical. The course of events that have paved the last few years of their lives are tragic. But their reunion, their chemistry, the all consuming attraction between them can't be described as anything less than delicious. The juxtaposition of pain with pleasure, between humor and heartbreak, been loss and love in this book is everything. It's why I read, to feel all these things, to volley between hurt and hope, to both love and hate the circumstances that threaten to break me right along with these characters. It's why I read.

As far as leading men go, you'll be hard pressed to find a character more battered by tragedy than Will Hollister. I won't give you the details of all the ways life has tried to defeat this man, I'll just tell you that, while my heart broke for him, he completely captivated me with his determination and his strength, even when he didn't believe he had it in him. Will is the hero in a story he wasn't trying to win. And Maddy is the light and the hope and the fire Will needs to bring them both back to life. Together, Will and Maddy just explode. I already can't wait to re-read this book, to relive every moment, every memory, every smirk and kiss, every secret and every breath. From the first page to the very last, this story owned me.

Ginger Scott has quickly become one of my absolute favorite authors because of how she tells a story, because of how she develops her characters, because of how she so sharply and smartly paints such a luminous picture with her words. Hold My Breath is everything my romance-reader dreams are made of. Heartbreak. Longing. Fierce attraction. Second chances. A reluctant hero carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. A heroine who can't escape the past. Sexual tension and swoon-worthy dialogue that I just couldn't get enough of. A complex storyline woven seamlessly within a sexy sports romance that is heavy and emotional but peppered perfectly with moments of tenderness, humor and joy. It's everything, this book, and I never wanted it to end. Breathtaking. Captivating. Heartbreaking. Unforgettable. Hold My Breath is a MUST read.

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“I need you to stay, Will,” she says. “No matter what…if you lose, if I lose. If this gets hard, whatever this is. I need you to stay until we figure it out. And even then, I just think…”

She lifts her head, and I cup her face in my hands, her eyes locking on mine.

“I think I just need you to stay,” she says.

I stare at her for several seconds, holding my breath, my mind racing with all of my demons, with everyone else’s demons, too. I fear none of it is possible. I’m going to break her heart. Those demons—they’ll destroy her.

But I can’t give her up. I need her to stay, too. Even though I can’t promise it; even though I shouldn’t, I say exactly what she needs to hear.

I let myself believe it for the breath it takes to speak.

“Okay,” I say, bringing her lips to mine, kissing her softly then closing my eyes as her forehead rests against mine. “Okay,” I whisper again.

I may have to break this promise, but for right now…for right now, I mean it.

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 and In Your Dreams.

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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