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What a fantastic YA sports romance! Ginger Scott really took the Uptown Girl/lovers from two different worlds trope and crafted an incredible love story in addition to a profound commentary on class, prejudice, and family.
The book was narrated primarily by Kai Kennicott, with a few chapters sprinkled in narrated by Wen Ross. I think this was Kai's best performance that I have listened to to date. It was emotional and captured first love and that youthful hope and innocence so well. I loved the verbal sparring and slow burn between Nico and Reagan. It was the perfect tempo and the scene on the overpass/bridge following Homecoming was so perfectly sweet and tender. Just as moving though, was the importance of family (both Reagan and Nico's) as well as community and the bonds of friendship and brotherhood. This was an emotional listen for me. It had me holding my breath and my stomach flipping and turning in knots at certain points. And yes, tears were shed as well - both happy and sad.
The Hard Count was such an unexpected and wonderful surprise! I can't recommend this book enough!
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Loved this heartwarming story about an unlikely love between two people at complete opposite sides of the track. A very deep, emotional read that I couldn’t put down! I absolutely love Nico and Reagan! This is my first read by Ginger Scott but it’s definitely not my last! She is an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read more by her! Wen and Kai did an awesome job on he narration!