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The Hard Count

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  2,770 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries t
300 pages
Published July 15th 2016
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Jennifer Kyle
May 31, 2016 Jennifer Kyle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
5 "Honor. Brotherhood. Tradition." STARS


What is a Hard Count?A strategy used by a quarterback in which they will use a deceptive snap count in an effort to draw the defense offsides. Typically, a good hard count will rely on using a longer count to force an overaggressive defense to rush too quickly. A hard count can benefit the offense in two distinct ways. First, a team could be called for offsides and the offense could gain five free yards. Second, a team could receive a free play and have a
5 stars!!!!!

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This is my favorite kind of YA read. Just the right amount of romance, heavy on the feels, self discovery, family and friendship. Add in the fact that it was a sports romance, that just made it all the better! The Hard Count is not only a beautiful YA romance, it’s also uplifting and inspiring. It had such a wonderful message and makes you want to do better, to be better.

Nico Medina goes to the same school as Reagan Prescott, but he’s from the West Si
Jul 04, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, for-review

4.5 Stars!

The Hard Count is the latest stand-alone book by author Ginger Scott in the young adult genre. I am a huge fan of this author and am completely enamored by her style of writing and the beautiful love stories she pens. She is seriously one of the few authors that can get me to read the New Adult/Young Adult genres. This book is yet another example of a story that will touch your heart and make you believe that love does conquer all. It allows one to believe in the purity and goodness in
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 15, 2016 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

“Just don’t ever stop looking at me… Look at me like you expect more. Look at me like it isn’t going to be easy.” He breathes the words against my lips… “Make me earn it… I’ll earn it. I’ll never stop trying to earn it… to earn you.”

Holy wow, this story had SO. MUCH. HEART!! It was a YA sports romance that drew me in from the first few pages. The author perfectly captured the intense passion of the game in a way that brought tears to my eyes and made me want t

*****5 Stars*****


“In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.”

I absolutely loved everything about “The Hard Count.” Ginger Scott is a magician with the written word. I was reminded whilst reading this book why I love YA books so much. It was filled with love, loss, friendship and family. I’ve struggled to find a great book that really speaks to me and has the ability to stay with me forever. This book has it in spades and then some! This is a story of what happens when
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
My favorite book is live <333


Nico is so much like home; like no home I have ever known."

This story was perfection!! I loved it so much, I was torn between wanting to finish and wishing it would never end, because it was so beautiful! It wasn't a simple romance, it was so much more!! Lately I’ve been reading a lot of sport romances and this one was the best! Everything in this story is special, original and unique!


I love Ginger
Ginger Scott
Jul 02, 2016 Ginger Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I rarely rate my books in here...but damn it...I believe in this one. I hope you all love it too. It's every little piece of me.

Title: The Hard Count
Series: Standalone
Author: Ginger Scott
Release date: July 15, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
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Honor, brotherhood, and tradition. These are words that inspire great triumph and mold the future success of the football team at Cornwall. They also instill fear and desperation to meet incredibly high expectations. At this private school, there's no room for error, no second chances. Winning and being on top of the competition is considered a frantic goal t
Wil Loves Books!
Jul 05, 2016 Wil Loves Books! rated it it was amazing
Whose house is this?
Our house.

I’m in love with this book, period. This was such a great read for me. As a sports nerd and a huge football fan, this book was everything I expected it to be and then some. This book reminded me why I love YA so much and why I should read YA more often. The High School experiences, the anticipation, that first touch, the first kiss, the first love, this book had all of that, and I enjoyed every second of it.

“The difference between our two worlds is impossible not
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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 photo c544a3f8e7b06660d3cc5a152d89b7_zpswf1vscy1.gif“ Special. Loyal. Smart. Mysterious. Important.I want more words for him.”

Before I begin my review, I think I should properly thank Ginger Scott for writing a YA sports romance that is so much more than just the game. Thank you for writing a story that tethers reader’s hearts to a story that shines brighter than Friday Night Lights. Hard Count was pure perfection. It was the quarterback sneak. It was the 40 yard dash to the end zone. It wa
Jul 02, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing

I’m not a person connected to sports. I've never been. I was born lazy.

At school, I used to do everything I could to not participate in sports activities.

I hated P.E. and for that only, this story could have failed me big time.
Anyhow, I was curious after reading a few reviews.
I thought that maybe I could skim the boring parts?? And focus on the romance.
Gah! Did I? I did not!

Not sure how the author pulled this off! I mean, getting a 5 Star from me, because there is a lot of football here. I en
Jul 19, 2016 Beverly rated it it was amazing

Ginger Scott is an auto-one-click author for me. I love her stories, but this one might just be my favorite. First this book had so much heart in it, it inspired me and it made think. I loved falling into this world.

The Hard Count is a named after a type of football play. I had no clue what it was, even after I read the definition I was a little confused. However, I had my husband explain it to me and I was like okay, I got it but why? So as read this story I still wondered why. Is it just beca
Jeannine Allison
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First and foremost... I LOVED the message in this one. As the author states in her acknowledgements...
"This book is about more than just football. It’s about family. And it’s about the way people see other people."
And that really shined through for me. People don't always see the best in one another, and sometimes it's not even done in a malicious way. Sometimes people have the best intentions and just don't know any better. It's not okay--it's never okay to treat some
Jodi Bibliophile
Jul 14, 2016 Jodi Bibliophile marked it as to-read
I'm going in...
May 28, 2016 TeriLyn rated it it was amazing

**The Hard Count generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

5+ "No matter how far that is." Stars

Ginger Scott continually awes me with her uniquely gifted YA voice. Her penchant for story telling steals your reading breath from beginning to end in The Hard Count. She quite eloquently captures the very essence of growing up. Her main characters learn and build upon their own ideas of what's right and wrong deciding for themselves where the gray areas lie and where there shouldn't be a
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I'm just going to lead with the fact that THIS. BOOK. IS. INCREDIBLE. I can't remember the last book I read that completely captivated me the way THIS extraordinary book just did. This was my very first Ginger Scott book and within two or three pages I was absolutely addicted to her writing style. Within four or five pages I was absolutely consumed by this storyline. The cover screams sports romance. The prologue whispers of an emotional, difficult journey. The first chapter alludes to the poten ...more
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jul 02, 2016 Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it really liked it
****3.5 STARS****

I liked this one. It had those YA feels. Those coming of age belly flutters. Those first love goosebumps. It was a little slow at the start, but then kicked up and I ended up really enjoying it. I was really invested in these characters. Nico is the sweetest hero. And Reagan is a great girl. I loved them together and apart. And I really, really loved the way Reagan rooted and wanted the best for Nico. Overall this is a good, sweet, story that brought some tender, achy, but lovel
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This wasn't just a story about two kids falling in love, I felt like it was more about family. It was about the fact that no mater where you come from, whither you come from the the poor side of town or the rich, everyone has their own struggles and obstacles that they face. While I appreciated the family feel of the book and the overall message, I wanted a little more romance tbh. I just didn't fully feel their connection romantically. I did feel like they cared for ea
Aug 19, 2016 KAS rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you are looking for a storyline that is gritty, filled with conflict and jealousy, this one is for you. I loved it! It's edgy! It's exciting! It's surprising! It's extremely compelling! It. Is. Just. Darn. Everything!!!

The love story builds and builds upon itself from page one and is completely satisfying!

Reagan Prescott and Nico Medina, are seniors attending the same college prep school and are both academically gifted, but Nico comes from the wrong side of the railroad tracks. They've been
Jun 01, 2016 TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-just-no
Just couldn't get into this one. In all fairness, I've been in one serious book rut and this is the 4th book I couldn't connect to.

It had everything going for it; a YA sport romance with 2 star crossed lovers. But it was really, really, realllllllyyyyyyyy slow. And had an inordinate amount of football talk I just didn't care about. Lately, it's also been really hard for me to get into books that aren't dual POV, mainly because I find being in one character's head for that long cumbersome. And th
5 LOVED IT Stars!
Ginger Scott is an automatic buy for me. This woman always brings out the feels in me when I'm reading one of her books. She always has me melting with that first kiss! This book right here was no different and I loved every bit of it! I didn't want it to end!
So happy I had a few good days and was able to read this because I didn't want to put it down once I started!

Awesome job GS!! Can't wait for more from you!

Jul 15, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Love. Loved. Love. ❤❤❤
Wow, this is an amazing story of struggle, loss, determination, acceptance, finding your place, and having the love of not only family but that one special person. I absolutely love a book that the couple gives it their all, Nico & Raegan dive head first into their relationship and never give up. They embrace each other and the struggles together. Amazing!!!!

The story is told entirely from Reagan’s perspective, but it works. However at times, mostly before the 55% mark,
Robin Hill
4 stars.

I learned a couple things about myself while reading this book. First of all, it’s confirmed. I do not like books set in high school. I thought maybe I just didn’t like Gossip Girl type books where the high school aged characters act and talk like adults, but nope, I just don’t like reading about HS period. I struggle to get invested in a romance between kids. I know at eighteen, they aren’t technically kids, but I have a seventeen (almost eighteen) year old, and to me, she’s a kid.

Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 04, 2016 Jacqueline's Reads rated it really liked it
4 Football Sports Fan Lover Stars

I love Ginger Scott reads. She’s my go-to author for meaty emotional books with real issues and real people. The Hard Count is a young adult read with a football sports theme. If you are a romance sports theme lover or just love football in general then this book is for you.

I love a good young adult book. I found these types of reads very innocent and I love how emotional the characters are. I’ll be honest and admit I’m not the biggest sports fan reader, only bec
Jul 01, 2016 AJ rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book totally took me by surprise. I’ve read books by Ginger Scott before, and I know she writes captivating, intense and emotional stories, but this one is something just a little bit different - a dramatic, mature YA sports novel that is heartfelt and inspiring. Beautifully written and with a gorgeous romance tied in, it’s something special, and I really loved it.

Nico Medina is a boy from the wrong side of the track. Of mixed ethnicity and raised in a dangerous neighbourhood by h
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The Hard Count by Ginger Scott
4.5 stars!!

“Ugly doesn’t have a color. It lives among selfishness and hate. And as much as this story is about football…it’s also about that.”

The Hard Count was one inspirational story penned by Ginger Scott. A book of traditions, beliefs, blanket misconceptions, prejudices and honour. A book whereby talent prevailed rather than the amount of cash and social standing your parents had, a book whereby a coach believed in the underdog and put his own reputation and
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Aug 16, 2016 Sophie "Beware Of The Reader" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA fans of trumy well written stories
4,5 stars

An ARC has been kindly provided by Captured Press, via, in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is about so many things it’s amazing how the author treated them all without being just too much but rather flowing so effortlessly one into another.

It’s about football of course but it’s also about family and prejudice. It’s about making errors and learning from them, mending your soul, going past your jealousy and insecurities to become a bigger man. It’s about kicking bac
Carmen Rae
What’s a girl to do when she literally has a dozen books she has to read? One clicks a different one and reads it in one sitting because it’s the new Ginger Scott novel of course. I have been waiting a month to read this book but I managed to stop myself pre ordering it because I knew I had too many other books to read but of course I couldn’t make myself sit down and read any of them for the last two days waiting for this one to release so I caved and spent a rainy Saturday in bed and I couldn ...more

Whoa. I wasn’t expecting this book to WOW me as much as it did. Amazing book, believe the hype!

Hard Count is a beautiful, engrossing story about young love, football, dreams, hope, brotherhood, determination, jealousy, and family. This incredibly well written book touches on sensitive topics such as racism, hate, and socioeconomic status - the very things that tends to draw a line between humans. Ginger Scott blew me away with all the feels and pretty much everything about this story! I will r
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  • Stealing Home
  • Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1)
  • Anything but Minor (Balls in Play, #1)
  • Even the Score
  • Sacking the Quarterback
  • Out of Bounds (The Summer Games, #2)
  • Playing by Her Rules (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #1)
  • Wilder (The Renegades, #1)
  • Burn Down the Night (Everything I Left Unsaid, #3)
  • Stroked (Stroked, #1)
  • Always (Spiral of Bliss, #6)
  • Swear on This Life
  • Across the Ring
  • Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1)
  • Change of Heart (Fostering Love, #2)
  • The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby, #3)
  • Furious Rush (Furious Rush, #1)
  • The Debt
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
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“Make me earn it,” he says, pausing again to take my top lip between both of his. “I’ll earn it. I’ll never stop trying to earn it…to earn you.” 8 likes
“Reagan, your world…Nico’s world…same fuckin’ world. You come from different parts, but who cares? You meet in the middle.” 4 likes
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