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review 2019-01-13 23:20
Holding
Going Long - Ginger Scott

This is book #2, in the Waiting On The Sidelines series.  This book should not be read alone.  It is best read as a follow up for the first in the series, and the series should be read in order.

 

Nolan & Reed's story continues as they are growing up and sometimes apart.  College has a lot of ups and downs. Certainly has people trying to interfere.  

 

Reed only wants Nolan for the rest of his life.  His only other love, is football.  If he can have both he will be a happy man.  Trying to convey that to others, however, is just frustrating.

 

This is a more intense story about this great couple.  I am totally fangirling and loving every page.  I find their story to be rich and compelling.  A deep story of love, loss, and forever.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-12 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Out In The Offense

 

Title: Out in the Offense

Series: Out in College #3

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: January 10, 2019

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 54k

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Football, Coming out

 

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Synopsis:

 

Christian Rafferty is a talented quarterback with a big secret. He’s determined to make the most of his final season on the football field, and if possible, avoid any confrontations with his conservative parents about his future. It shouldn’t be difficult; he’s become adept at keeping his public and private lives separate. However, when a math class threatens to derail his plans to graduate on time, he realizes he may need outside help. Rory Kirkland has a reputation for being a tough guy. He’s a former wrestler and recent college graduate who needs a real job. Until he finds one, tutoring is a decent temporary gig. Luckily, his brain is his biggest asset.

 

Rory is a genius. He credits his sport for helping him deal with angst and rumors about his sexuality when he was younger, but he doesn’t care what others think anymore. He likes his new status as an out and proud bi man; and he recognizes something of himself in Christian. But Rory didn’t count on falling for him. When an unlikely friendship collides with intense attraction, both men begin to realize that coming out on offense just might be the surest path to love.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

"Can I do anything to help?” I asked, setting my backpack on one of the two barstools at the narrow counter space.

 

“Nope. As soon as the veggies are sautéed, we’ll be ready to eat. Want something to drink?”

 

“Yes, please. Water is fine. Where’s Buttons?”

 

Rory pulled a water bottle from the small fridge behind him and handed it over, then pointed at a basket next to the sofa.

 

“She’s hiding behind that basket. She’ll make an appearance if she decides you’re worthy. In the meantime, there’s bread in that basket on the counter next to your bag. Help yourself. I’ll bring dinner out.”

 

I thanked him, then twisted the cap from the water bottle and took a generous sip before rounding the corner in search of the bread. I was ravenous. I bit into the baguette with gusto before turning to check out my surroundings.

 

Rory’s apartment was tiny. Probably half the size of mine and much older. But unlike the rough exterior, it was…pleasant. Surprisingly so. A short wall delineated the narrow kitchen from the main living area. There was just enough room for a sofa, an ottoman, a TV console, and a smallish television. Two barstools were tucked under the small peninsula by the cut-out in the kitchen wall. The palette was basic “dude”…dark leather against stark white walls, though a large red throw rug anchored the room and provided a nice splash of color. It was simple—but tidy and very clean.

 

“Your place is cool,” I commented when he entered the room, carrying two plates and a large bowl.

 

“Thanks. Let’s sit on the sofa. We have more room to eat there,” he said decisively as he set his burden on the coffee table. “Help yourself. I’ll get some forks, napkins, and extra veggies.”

 

I obeyed and quickly got to work, scooping chicken fettucine Alfredo onto both plates. Rory joined me a minute later, handing over the silverware before taking a seat next to me. I shot a bashful sideways glance at him as I reached for a napkin.

 

“Do you eat like this every night?”

 

“It’s really nothing special. I make sauces in bulk and freeze them. Then it’s just a matter of adding protein and veggies. By the way, this Alfredo is a healthy version. If you want to drown it in parmesan, feel free. I won’t be offended. Cheers.” He tapped his water bottle against mine and winked.

 

“Cheers. And thanks again. This is incredible and very unexpected.” I smiled as I twisted the pasta around my fork.

 

“You’re welcome. You sounded anxious, but you said we’re cool. Are we?”

 

“Of course.”

 

Rory tilted his head and shot me a challenging look. “Then kiss me.”

 

“Um…now?”

 

“Yeah, now. The other night could have been a fluke. Instead of wondering, let’s get it over with. One kiss should be enough to tell. C’mere,” he commanded, leaning sideways.

 

I set my fork down and met him halfway until our noses brushed. Then I waited for him to make the next move. He stayed stubbornly still. When I couldn’t stand the growing tension, I pressed my lips to his. And wow…amazing.

 

Rory was a great kisser. He had the simple art of give-and-take down to a science. He molded his mouth to mine and gently pushed his tongue inside. The connection was sweet but bold. It was more about discovery than possession. I hummed as I snaked my arm around his neck, pulling him closer. He sucked my tongue, then bit my bottom lip playfully before pulling back.

 

“Definitely not a fluke," he said with a devilish grin.

 

 

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Out in the Offense (Out in College, #3)Out in the Offense by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is #3, in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Christian has been keeping secrets. When he meets his new tutor, and has a wild and almost uncontrollable reaction to him, it makes keeping secrets harder. Can he grow and learn it is easier to just be honest?

Rory has been hurt before. His wanting Christian does not change the status quo - nor the fact it is basically forbidden. He cannot stop feelings once they start.

This was another great addition to the series. These amazing characters have such depth and courage. I loved devouring each page and could not wait to finish the story.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Meet the Author:

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won First Prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

 

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review 2019-01-12 05:01
New
Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting Series) (Volume 1) - Ginger Scott

Nolan meets Reed when he transfers in to her school.  He quickly becomes a sports legend.  She very soon has a serious crush.  Only she knows popular and herself do not meet.

 

Reed has an instant like with Nolan, and calls her a friend.  He is like any typical boy and wants to most out of high school.  This means both sports and girls.  

 

Their story is definitely a qualifier for the slow burn.  There is immediate tension, and angst and so much more.  These characters are very compelling.  I enjoyed reading about their start to romance.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-12 04:42
Growing
Out in the Offense - Lane Hayes

This book is #3, in the Out In College series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Christian has been keeping secrets.  When he meets his new tutor, and has a wild and almost uncontrollable reaction to him, it makes keeping secrets harder.  Can he grow and learn it is easier to just be honest?

 

Rory has been hurt before.  His wanting Christian does not change the status quo - nor the fact it is basically forbidden.  He cannot stop feelings once they start.

 

This was another great addition to the series.  These amazing characters have such depth and courage.  I loved devouring each page and could not wait to finish the story.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2019-01-02 07:10
Excerpt Reveal - The Hail Mary
Are you ready for a peek inside The Hail Mary by Ginger Scott??? One-Click the first two books in this amazing series today and preorder your copy now! The Hail Mary releases January 18th!


 
The Hail Mary by Ginger Scott
Adult Contemporary Romance
Release day: January 18, 2019
 
 
Blurb:
 
The Hail Mary
Waiting Series Book 3
Adult Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age Trilogy
 
Sixteen years is a long time. In a marriage, it’s a milestone. On the gridiron, it’s a miracle. Reed Johnson wants more time for everything, but time is funny that way.
 
It can be cruel.
 
With a body that can’t quite take the hits it used to and a heart tired of being torn in two different directions, Reed is faced with a reality he’s not quite ready for—life without the game. He became a man under Friday night game lights and in college stadium tunnels, and without the grit and the glory that’s earned ten yards at a time, he’s afraid of what kind of man he’ll be.
 
But there’s more than a game at stake now.
 
Reed’s wife, Nolan, is afraid too. She’s seen what can happen when the love of her life pushes himself too hard, and she can’t escape the nightmares she relives after almost losing her entire world to one single play on the field.
 
There is no compromise when it comes to football. Same goes for the heart. You’re either all in, or you get crushed. For Reed and Nolan, the clock is ticking down. Time…it does that. One way or another, they’re going to have to make a choice.
 
This is their hail Mary.
 
This is win or lose.
 
(The Hail Mary is book 3 in The Waiting Series, which follows high school sweethearts Reed Johnson and Nolan Lennox through football, life, love and everything messy that goes along with it. The series begins with Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long.)

 
 
 
Excerpt:
 
Behind us, my brother’s voice bellows over some touchdown I’m sure he’ll tell me about the minute I step inside. For as much as I love this game and it gives me life, I really hate talking about it like a fan. It’s like seeing behind the scenes at Disneyland—magic gets lost. 
 
I know Nolan won’t want to talk about the Sunday games.
 
“You wanna go for a walk?” I say without giving my brain a chance to stop my mouth from asking. 
 
Nolan laughs at first, but when she sees I’m serious, she glances over her shoulder then looks back to me. 
 
“Alright,” she smirks. 
 
I nod toward the driveway, and we both step at the same time. As much as the area has grown, our family’s place is still set off from most of the rest of town. That won’t be the case when we sell off the back acreage, but it’s the right developer and the right time. Still—I’m going to miss the lonely feeling of our main road one day. Lonely isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes, it clears your head. 
 
“Please say this wasn’t the tattoo boy that made her go to the desert party,” I say, feeling my fist tighten in my pocket just at the mention of him. 
 
Nolan laughs lightly.
 
“No, Reed. You’ll be glad to know that this boy is a quarterback,” she says.
 
“Ah hell.” I roll my eyes and look up at karma. 
 
“Yep. He’s fifteen. Sophomore.”
 
I want to finish her sentence with “and he’s dead,” but that’s just my daddy blood boiling. 
 
“She’s a freshman. And she’s not allowed to date,” I say instead, knowing that’s not true and won’t be enforced. Nolan lets my rant go without acknowledgement, so we walk a little longer in silence, our legs turning on instinct to head into town. 
 
“Is he good at least?” I grumble my question, and when she doesn’t answer me right away, I glance to my right to catch her grin. 
 
“What?” 
 
“Nothing,” she says, teasingly. “It’s just…he might have broken your freshman record for passing yards. And he maybe wears your number. And his name might be Ryan.”
 
I stop walking and she takes a few more steps away from me before turning and walking backward to face me. 
 
“I’m kidding…” She points at me and laughs. All I can do is shake my head. My relief is short, though, because she’s only kidding about that last part. 
 
“His name’s Bryce. He’s a nice kid. Just a little…misguided.” Her eyes dance on mine with that word, the same one her mom used to say about me when we were in high school. 
 
“I’m going to hate him,” I say, catching back up to her stride.
 
“Nah…” she says. 
 
“I disagree.” I’m firm about it. I don’t care if the kid ends up winning state. I won’t like him. Wait…
 
“How’d they do at state last year?” I ask.
 
She doesn’t say it out loud. It’s in the expression she wears, mouth higher on one side and eyes lifted. My daughter is dating a mini me. Damnit all to hell. 
 
The sun is getting higher, and I know Nolan’s starting to feel the heat on our walk, so I offer to turn around, but she insists we keep going. I don’t fight her on it because these roads have a healing power to them. It’s why Nolan wouldn’t let my dad sell everything and move into a care place, why she moved in and why her and I both agreed this was where we wanted Peyton to go to high school. We can afford for my dad to be anywhere, which means we can also afford to bring therapists and doctors to us. This little piece of our history is too important. 
 
The press box comes into view and the scent of barbecue hits my nose at the same time, making me salivate. 
 
“Fundraiser?” I ask.
 
“It’s homecoming week.” Noles flits her gaze to me for a few seconds, and a thousand memories flood in. I’d give anything to get a redo on some of our school dances. On homecoming, especially. 
 
That’s why she was alright with the heat. She knew this destination would scratch at my soul. It does the job. 
 
“Come here,” I say, slowing down my walk as she gets a few paces ahead. She turns to face me and I reach out my hand. 
 
Bashful eyes haven’t aged a day, I swear to God. Her mouth curves in suspicion—as it should. I curl my fingers, gesturing for her to take my hand, and my head tilts to the side.
 
“Come on, I won’t bite,” I say, and her head turns a fraction to the right as her eyes dim. 
 
We stay in this standoff for a few seconds, eyes locked and every chase in our past flowing through our minds. I don’t mask it well, and when I reach for her she squeals and takes off in a sprint toward the field. 
 
“You know I’m going to catch you!” I call after her as she rounds the fence and swings the gate closed behind her in an effort to slow me down. 
 
I grab the top and swing my legs over in a jump, a little impressed with myself when I don’t biff the landing or get hurt. Noles glances over her shoulder, her long hair a twisted mess that covers most of her eyes, but she still sees me. Her laughter gets wild, this giggle that’s so damned reminiscent of the school girl I fell for two decades ago. 
 
We make it to the track and she slows up, giving in for my arms to lift her up over my shoulder and walk her the rest of the way into the end zone. I spin her a few times until I’m dizzy and then I let her body slide back down to the damp grass, my arms still around her. 
 
This feels good.
 
It won’t last. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the first two books in the series today!

 
Start with Waiting on the Sidelines here-https://amzn.to/2pU4JXy
Going Long is book 2, and find it here -https://amzn.to/2yk3lSC
 
 
 
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, 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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