They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me.
We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.
And then he disappeared.
Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream.
I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.
He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.
He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.
This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.
There are magical gems in this book world of ours—those who deliver the kinds of books that do all sorts of crazy things to your heart. You can tell they pour their souls into their work, leaving you breathless and hungry for more.
This is the third book from Ginger Scott and all I can say is damn. She creates magic. Romance, friendship, family, heartache–she delivers it all in one brokenly beautiful package.
This is not your typical boy meets girl, sweeps her off her feet and ride off into the sunset story.
We meet Josselyn Winters when she’s a young girl playing at recess and having fun with her best friend, Taryn. Their favorite things to do are play softball and have races in Joss’s yard. Of course there’s a boy–Christopher, a lost, quiet boy who only wishes for a friend. Joss includes him in a race and on that particular day her world changes. In a heartbeat all she knew and loved is torn to shreds and Christopher is the one person who rescues? her.
Flash forward to years past and Joss is a trouble seeker. She drowns her pain in bad decisions and phony smiles. She’s brass and balls on the outside, but on the inside she’s slowly sinking. Softball keeps her occupied and she is amazing at it, but it doesn’t distract her from the pain she bares. She prays for the day she’ll meet another boy like Christopher–one who will make her feel safe, loved and not so alone.
Wes Stokes comes into the picture—he’s the beautiful, shy type and Joss is slowly swept off her feet. Their friendship is formed through their love of the game—she’s actually one of the few people who can take any pitch he throws.
“I love the way you see me. I do… You make me want to live up to your expectations. I’m afraid I’ll disappoint them, though.”
Over time, their friendship grows and Wes and Joss become more. This isn’t an instalove romance. You’re with them as they discover their feelings and it will make your heart melt.
“You have always made me feel like I belong,” Wes says, brushing another soft kiss over my lips and resting his head on mine, his eyes closed.
“You have always made me feel like I matter,” I say back, my head shaking at the memory of his embraces during my darkest times.
I won’t give away anymore of the details than I’ve already shared. But what I can tell you is that you will laugh, you will cry, and most of all you will FEEL. This is the kind of book I love.
“The quiet boy loving the firecracker girl…”
Ginger Scott has become one of my favorites. I know that when I dive into one of her books, I will be lost for hours in the characters and plot that she creates. Her writing is incredible and her ability to put you there—right in the fields with her characters—whether hearing the crack of the bat, seeing the stars filling the sky, feeling the touch of a first kiss. It’s so bright and brilliant and clear, your “in” the book, not just reading it.
About Ginger Scott
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 pretty much ever. 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).