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Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

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.

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Hold My Breath

Review

From the prologue, reading Hold My Breath had me doing just that.  I held my breath through the reveal of each heartbreaking secret and the pain of each of the characters experienced.  

It’s a story of survival, of reframing your history, and ultimately, a story of love conquering all.

Maddy and Will have been friends since childhood, swimming together every day at her family’s club.  Will’s brother, Evan, ends up being the boy who steals her heart—until he is taken by tragedy.  

Four years later, Will and Maddy reunite in the pool to train for the Olympics.  Things aren’t just tense in the pool and history didn’t happen the way Maddy wants to believe it did.

Will is an amazing hero in this story.  There are so many secrets, responsibilities, and guilt that he is juggling, it seems like he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.  I wanted to give him a great big hug though most of the revelations that just keep coming, one after another.  

Maddy is a fantastic heroine.  She is so strong, understanding, and caring–exactly what Will needed to deal with the heartbreaking agony he was in.  This story is emotional and heavy, but there are so many wonderful moments, too.

While it the blurb sounds like a typical sports romance, the athletics seem to take a backseat to the drama and the healing that happens in the story.  

The writing is beautiful, the characters are realistic, and the story is so multi-dimensional.  Scott sprinkles so many inspirational gems throughout the story and I highlighted a ton of quotes.  

This was my first book by Ginger Scott, but I will definitely be reading more by her in the future!

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About Ginger Scott

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).