THE HARD COUNT by Ginger Scott - 5 Stars ★★★★★

At first glance, when looking at the cover and reading the synopsis of THE HARD COUNT, it might be easy to believe it’s just another sports romance. Another football story. Another story about life in a privileged community.

But it’s SO MUCH more than that. And I couldn’t put it down.

It’s a story about pre-conceived ideas and stereotyping. It’s a story about hard-work paying off. It’s a story about unrelenting honesty and integrity. It’s a story about how things aren’t always what they appear to be on the surface. How the happiest family can be the most dysfunctional and the underprivileged family that you’re tempted to feel sorry for is happier and more content than you’ve ever dreamed could be real.

It’s like “Remember this Titans” and “Woodlawn” with a little bit of “The Breakfast Club” thrown in.

Through the turbulent football season at Cornwall Prep High School, the hero and heroine, Nico and Reagan, show us exactly what can happen when people shed their pre-conceived notions, stop placing so much value on appearances, and simply love and care about each other. 

Futures are secured. Personal obstacles are overcome. Families are healed. All because two kids from “opposite sides of the track” refused to give in to the idea that where you’re from or the ethnicity of your birth defines you… and instead just BELIEVED in one another. 

I loved this book. ADORED it. I was both humbled and challenged by the characters. We should all be more like Nico and Reagan.


Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are openwhere 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 themone at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.

Life on top.


My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

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




I hated him before I needed him.

I fell for him fast.

I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world...it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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.

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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  • I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and it has been my absolute pleasure to read and review this amazing story.

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