Promo Tour Excerpt: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

We’re celebrating the release of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott! Check out the excerpt, teasers, and giveaway below!

HOLD MY BREATH
NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016
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:

I wait while he types, bringing my knees up and cupping my phone in my
hands, like I want to keep his messages a secret for only me. When my
phone buzzes with his call instead, I feel my cheeks grow warm, and I
scrunch my legs in tighter as I bring the phone to my ear.
“Hey,” I say.
“How’d you know it was me?” he chuckles.
“I already gave you a special ring,” I lie. “A Fat Elvis song.”
“Wow, Fat Elvis. I don’t even warrant skinny, movie-star Elvis,” he says.
“Fat Elvis is better,” I say, stretching my legs out and crossing my
ankles as he laughs.
“I think we need to explore this more,” he says.
“There really is no debate. His music meant more when he was older. More
emotion,” I reply.
“You mean more drugs,” he fires back.
“Better clothes.” That response makes him laugh hard, and I love the way I
hear it coming from his chest, like it’s deep—genuine.
“I liken myself to more of a Jail House Rock kinda guy, is all,” he says,
finally.
“Hmmm,” I hum, lowering myself so my head is propped against the door, and
I’m now lying on the floor, as close to him as I can be without leaving my
room.
“What, you don’t think I have moves? These hips—they swivel, darlin’,” he
says with a slight twang.
“That they do,” I respond, pulling a few strands of my hair in front of my
face, hiding from the flirtatious words I just said. Will chuckles more,
but after a second or two, it’s nothing but the sound of his room on one
end meeting the sounds in mine.
“Your lip ticks up, like Elvis,” he says, breaking the silence just as I
feel my blush crawling down my neck and onto my chest.
I punch out a laugh and roll to my side.
“Does not!” I say, feeling my face, my mouth higher on one side. Son of a
bitch!
“It does,” he laughs lightly. “Always has.”
I wait for the quiet to settle in again. I wait to be braver with him.
“Just how many things have you noticed about me, Will Hollister?” The
second my question is done, my words are replaced by the rapid pounding of
my pulse, but my face—it’s still smiling. So hard it hurts.
“Let’s see,” he says, and I hear him settling into his bed, his voice
muffling as his phone presses against his face. “I noticed that you can’t
stand having your hair pulled up in anything. When we swim, you pull your
cap off the second we’re done.”
“Well that’s sexy,” I say, covering my face and mentally kicking myself
for letting that one slip out.
“Oh, you wanted sexy things…” he says, and I open my mouth to say no, but
shut it quickly, curious over exactly what he’ll say next. “I have lots of
those, too, besides the Elvis-lip thing, which yes, Maddy, is so fuckin’
sexy.”
“Oh,” I blush, my thumbnail quickly moving between my teeth.
“Let’s see, first, there’s the way your legs curve along your quads, the
muscle that’s there giving them this edge. The athlete part of me likes
how hard you had to train to make it that way,” he says.
“What does the…” I pause, taking a quick breath, “man side of you think?”
I ask, now so red that even my arms look flushed.
“Oh, the man side…” he growls low, a rumble from his chest. “That part of
me likes the ride my hand takes when it starts just above your knee, then
glides slowly up your leg to your panties, my fingertips tracing that
lacey band that runs along the inside of your thigh and up over your hip.”
Holy hell.
“And then there’s the way your neck curves into your shoulder, the way
your hair tickles your skin and makes you get goosebumps—just like it does
when I kiss you there,” he says, and my body shivers at the memory of his
mouth against me.
“Your eyes do this thing, just before you race, where they haze and close
in on their prey. I always imagined what it would be like for you to look
at me like that,” he says.
“Haven’t I?” I ask, waiting a breath while he considers what I’m asking.
“Looked at you that way,” I fill in. “When we…”
“Maddy, I was so focused on every other part of your body that day, I
don’t remember what your eyes looked like,” he laughs.
“Well maybe next time you will,” I say.
“Next time.” I can hear his grin in his words.
“Yeah,” I breathe. “Next time.”
This time.
The quiet comes again, filled only by the sound of his breathing, his
breath a long draw that sounds as a warning in my ear. I chew at my nail,
waiting…hoping.
“Maddy,” he says, finally.
“Yes?” I sit up and crawl to my knees.
I hear his door open across the hall, and I stand, pressing my palm and
forehead against mine.
“Let me in.”

 

 

 



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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 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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Review: Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

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Series: Cannie Shapiro, #1
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Publication Date: April 2, 2002
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Note: I received an e-book from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.


Good in Bed is a book I jumped at reading when NetGalley sent out an email announcing it was available to download for a day or two. I hadn’t read any of Jennifer Weiner’s books before, but I wanted to. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new-to-me author.

Sadly, Good in Bed didn’t turn out to be the book I was hoping it would be. From the blurb, Good in Bed sounds like an inspirational story. It wasn’t. Well, maybe the last few chapters were, but the rest of it was complete misery.

While I could completely empathize with Cannie and her entire situation, I didn’t like her. Her poor me attitude throughout the entire story put a damper on the book. I also didn’t like the way she treated people. At one point, I actually considered DNFing the book because I didn’t think I could handle anymore of her.

Another thing I wasn’t fond of in Good in Bed was Cannie’s trip to L.A. It seemed too perfect. Everything was just suddenly handed to her. That entire part of the plot felt out-of-place.

What I did love about Good in Bed was Cannie’s entire relationship with Dr. K. The support and friendship he gave Cannie was really cool. I loved the way their relationship grew over time and changed naturally. Dr. K was a great guy. Honestly, Dr. K is one of the reasons I didn’t give this book 2 stars. He saved it in the end for me.

The other reason Good in Bed got 3 stars is Jennifer Weiner’s writing. While I didn’t like Cannie, I was impressed that her moods influenced my moods. I credit that to great writing. It takes great skills to influence how people feel.

Obviously, I didn’t love this book. It ended up being just okay for me. I think it’s one of those “It’s not you, it’s me.” things because I know this is a very popular book.

Review: Scoring the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two love-matches made.
One to go.

Even though two of his best friends have settled down, Wes Lancaster is determined not to get sucked into some siren’s web. As owner of the professional football team the New York Mavericks and wildly successful BAD restaurant, his lifestyle is full as it is.

Well, it was, until Winnie Winslow, the new, sexy, stiletto-wearing Team Physician trash-talks him in the locker room without batting an eye.

Now he can’t stop himself from wanting her.

The only girl in her parents’ brood of five, she’s as outspoken as she is beautiful and the kind of woman who holds her own—and then some.

Always competitive at heart, if he’s going all in for love…
Wes sure as hell wants a Win-Win.

Prepare to get a little dirty because this one might go into overtime.
Game. On.

Suggested Series Reading order:
#1 Tapping the Billionaire
#1.5 Tapping Her
#2 Banking the Billionaire
#2.5 Banking Her
#3 Scoring the Billionaire


After finishing Banking Her (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2.5) I had to immediately start Scoring the Billionaire. I really, really wanted to know what was going to end up happening between self-professed ladies man Wes and single mom Winnie.

Scoring the Billionaire wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It didn’t have the same rom-com feeling as the rest of the series. There was still Max Monroe’s great writing, over the top humor and super sexiness, but it had a more serious feel to it. Wes and Winnie had more at stake  in this novel than the characters in the other novels.

Wes has been kind of mystery to me in this series. I knew he was a wealthy ladies man who owned a football team and restaurant, but I had no clue what made him tick. His story went a lot deeper than I expected. Wes had some real commitment issues and getting to know why showed what a decent guy he truly was. Even though I wanted to kill him at times, I loved him. Winnie was an amazing woman. She took the toughest parts of her life and made them the brightest. I empathized with her the entire time and understood her hesitation to have faith in a relationship with Wes.

Together, Wes and Winnie were one hot tamale. Their story may have been heavier than Georgie and Kline’s or Cassie and Thatch’s, but it was just as sensual. Every time they were in the same room I was fanning myself. Their connections was so intense!

I loved Wes and Winnie, but my favorite part of this story was Lexi. I loved her so much! She was just so special. Her character brought so many amazing aspects to Scoring the Billionaire. She made me have faith in Wes when I didn’t want to. She made me love Winnie even more. Lexi completely stole the show!

Even though Scoring the Billionaire wasn’t quite the rom-com the rest of the series was, I still absolutely loved it. I cannot wait to read the last novella in the series, Scoring Her. I’m looking forward to seeing how Max Monroe finishes off this amazing series. Plus, I want more Wes, Winnie, Georgie, Kline, Cassie and Thatch!

 

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I can’t remember the last time I did a tag, so I’m super excited to have a fun one to share with you. Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions tagged me for The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag. Thanks, Cristina!


WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?

The rush I get when I buy a physical copy of a book is a little insane. I do it so rarely that it’s so much fun. I really try to limit myself on buying books, though. If I start to overflow my bookcase, my husband starts to complain.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?

Honestly, I try not to purchase books too often. I always check the e-book and regular library first. NetGalley is a savior, too.

BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE BOOK SHOPPING – WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

If I’m going to buy a physical copy, it’s more fun to get it from the bookstore. I usually end up ordering them from Amazon due to the cheaper prices, though.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOKSHOP?

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YES! My absolute favorite bookstore is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been there three times and each time was completely overwhelming. So many floors of books.

DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?

Only if it’s one of my favorite authors.

DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT?

My husband would say yes, that it’s zero books. Lol. But no, I don’t. I just try not to buy so many that he’ll notice all of the Kindle charges on the credit card bill.

BOOK BUYING BANS – ARE THEY SOMETHING FOR YOU?

Not really. I just do my best not to buy books unless I have to (ie: new favorite author release or binge reading a series when the library doesn’t have them).

HOW BIG IS YOUR WISHLIST?

I don’t think I can answer that. My TBR expands daily.

WHICH THREE BOOKS FROM YOUR WISHLIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN NOW?

I wish to own these three books because they’re not out yet! I need them! (Click on the book covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages.)

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I TAG:

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Corina @ Happily Ever After
Jill @ Rant and Rave 
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
Tash @ The Bookie Monsters

Review: Banking Her by Max Monroe

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Series: Bad Boy Billionaires, #2.5
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When one Rulebook closes…

Thatch and Cassie have finally found their perfect balance of good and sweet, crazy and playful, and most importantly, hot and insatiable.

But what happens when they’re faced with a surprise neither of them plotted or schemed?

While Cassie seems to be taking everything in stride, Thatch can’t stop himself from worrying about every little thing revolving around the woman he loves.

How does a man handle that kind of anxiety?

Doing the only thing he can to ease his mind without pushing away the woman he loves, Thatch proves that once again, when it comes to him and Cass, you’ll never see what’s coming.

Another Playbook begins…

Wes Lancaster has always followed one guideline for play. He never gets involved with anyone working for his professional football team, the New York Mavericks.

It hasn’t been a hard rule to live by.

Until Winnie Winslow, the new take-no-sh*t team physician.

She’s beautiful, intelligent—and has no problem taking control of every situation.

She pisses him off. She turns him on.

As tension builds and desire heightens, Wes finds himself wondering how much longer he’ll be able to follow his game plan.


Banking Her is a super fun novella that follows Banking the Billionaire in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. You have to read at least that book before reading this one because it continues Cassie and Thatch’s story, as well as beginning Wes and Winnie’s.

Banking Her was a really fun ending to Cassie and Thatch’s story. It made me love this couple even more! Especially Thatch. He was already on the top of my book boyfriend list, but he managed to secure that spot for an even longer time! He’s just so dang sweet — even when he’s being a little creepy! And that’s hard to pull off.

I also loved getting to see Wes and Winnie meet and their attraction start to build. This short novella made me very excited to start Scoring the Billionaire! I think I’m going to have to continue my binge read of this amazingly sexy and funny series!

If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to pick up Tapping the Billionaire and get started! You’re missing out if you don’t!

Reviews: Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Series: Billionaire Bad Boys
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Uninhibited. Sarcastic. Confident. Beautiful.
With a thriving photography career that allows her to travel all over the world and capture the hottest of men behind her camera lens, Cassie Phillips is the woman who can’t be tamed.

Adrenaline-junkie. Jokester. Billionaire. Hot-as-sin.
At six-foot-five, with muscles for days, and that perfect playful smile, Thatcher Kelly is the kind of man you don’t want to deny.

Wild for wild.
Prank for prank.
The two most unlikely of people may be the only ones to see that some personality traits only run skin deep.

Uncensored. Hilarious. And too damn hot to put into words.
Grab a fan and get ready for one hell of a ride because when the opposite of opposites attract, things are bound to get a little messy.


I’m really kicking myself for putting off reading Banking the Billionaire for so long. I’ve wanted to read it since I finished both Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires, #1) and Tapping Her (Bad Boy Billionaires, #1.5), but I got sidetracked with my ever-growing TBR. I’m so happy I was in the mood for a rom-com and downloaded it. BEST. DECISION. EVER.

To give a little series background, Banking the Billionaire is the second book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I would highly suggest reading both Tapping the Billionaire  and Tapping Her prior to reading this book. The first book introduces the reader to Kline and Georgie. They’re the ones who introduce Cassie and Thatch to each other. The Tapping Her novella “finishes” Kline and Georgia’s story while also giving us a first look at Cassie and Thatch getting to know each other. Both are hilarious and help set up all of the crazy fun that’s to come when Cassie and Thatch fall for each other in Banking the Billionaire.

Banking the Billionaire is probably the funniest rom-com I’ve ever read. It was the perfect mix of crazy characters, hilarious situations, and witty dialog. I laughed out loud more times than I could count. My husband kept shooting me weird looks while I was reading because I kept laughing nonstop while he was watching some suspenseful TV show. I couldn’t help it! It was just so hilarious!

I absolutely adored Cassie and Thatch. Cassie was crazy and outrageous. She would do just about anything to get a rise out of Thatch. She’s definitely someone I would love to have as a best friend. Thatch was just crazy, but also cocky and sweet. He’s currently on top of my book boyfriend list at the moment. They were the perfect match. Both were headstrong, adventure seeking, fun-loving pranksters. They just simply got each other.

Not only was Banking the Billionaire funny, it was super sexy. Normally, there are just sexy moments in a book. In Baking the Billionaire those moments were endless. Cassie and Thatch had this amazing chemistry. They were so sexually attracted to each other. Their thoughts constantly revolved around their sinful desires and when they were going to be acted on. And when they got down and dirty, it was off the charts steamy.

I cannot say enough how much I loved Banking the Billionaire. It just so much fun to read. The minute I was done with it, I had to pick up the next novella in the series to get more Cassie and Thatch. I could read about them forever!

If you’re a fan of sexy romantic comedies, you really need to read Banking the Billionaire and the entire Billionaire Bad Boys series. Start at the beginning and enjoy the ride. It’s so worth it!

WWW Wednesday: November 23, 2016

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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I was so excited to be approved on NetGalley for the fourth book in Karen White’s Tradd Street series, The Guests of South Battery. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Melanie.

My daughter and I are still about half way through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She had a lot of late night activities last week, so we didn’t get to read together much.


Recently finished:

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You’re probably wondering how I flew through 7 books and 1 novella this past week. It has everything to with the fact that I abandoned my TBR at the beginning of the week and Washington weather has been…rainy. After reading the horribly frustrating Taking Chances last week I needed some rom-com in my life. (Hence all the half-naked men covers. Enjoy the beauty!) I binge read the first 4 books on the list. Once I was back in a reading groove, I was able to pick my TBR back up.

The Sexy One
Banking the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2)
Banking Her (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2.5)
Scoring the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys, #3)
Kiss Cam
Spiked
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)
Compromising Positions

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

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I’m super excited to read an ARC of I Hate Everyone, Except You next. I loved What Not to Wear when it was on TLC. I can’t wait to learn more about Clinton Kelly.