Saturday 27 June 2015

The Girl I was Before by Ginger Scott Review Tour ~ #giveaway #bookreview #NA

THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE by Ginger Scott is finally here! Check out the review and giveaway below!

 NA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: June 23, 2015

I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.


About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight 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, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

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

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).

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Author and Wordsmith Publicity
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Part 3 in this series

My The Girl I was Before Review ...

  I absolutely love this series and I did like this book but in the end Paige didn't fully win me over. With Paige it's more of a love hate relationship with her.  I knew going in that I may not love her as she was quite the bitch in the last two books.  Sure she had some good moments but her bitch moments outweighted her good moments. 

I know we get to find out why Paige is the way she is.  As she's just trying to find her place the world and find where she belongs.   As part of a twin set it is already tough enough, now add in the fact that Cass has MS, it makes Paige become second fiddle in her family compared to Cass.  With this she tries to pave a way or really bulldoze a path.  But with this reckoning she burns some bridges when she tries to right her wrongs. 

In this sorority world burning bridges is a suicide mission, but once she made the decision to do something she plows straight ahead.   As she's trying to wade her way through the very caddy, bitchy world of her sorority she gets to know Houston.  Who let me tell you steals my heart. 

God! Houston's story.  Heartbreaking.  You can't help but love him.  I guess if anyone is going to bring the best out of Paige it would be Houston. 

~ All I know is that when his hands are on me, I feel safe.  I don't feel the need to pretend everything's okay.  Everything just ... is. ~

Now Houston has to fight Paige's bitchy exterior if he wants to make head way to her heart. 
"Yes it is," I argue.  I hate that I argue.  I always argue.  ( I too hate that you argue ALL THE TIME.  This part of Paige grew a little tiresome for me.)

Thankfully Houston sees more in Paige than I do.
~ Not just because of this, or because of what we did, but because of the girl I get to see, the one who's strong, but scared. ~

As Houston finally makes head way with Paige she decides to do the one thing that most drives me crazy in this romance genre. 

 Ugh! Why must heroines always make such huge decisions without ever talking to the hero.  Why?

After Paige makes her very unilateral decision leaving my poor Houston hanging.  He has to either let her go or make her realize that what they have is real and true.

"Wow, man. Your girl-crush is a bitch,"  Eli says, taking another drink of his beer, looking at me over the rim.  I think he's expecting me to hit him, which I might if he were Casey.  Instead, I laugh because yeah, she's an acquired taste.  But she's also a flavor I'd gladly get drunk on.

Thankfully Rowe gets to the heart of the matter so Paige can get her bitchy head out of her ass.  How she pushed my Houston away for so long baffles me.  Sure he has some baggage, but he's Houston, worlds biggest sweetheart.  How can you not make concessions for him and all that he comes with.

" ... Then . . . I ran into you, and you said to come to the game, so I came.  I'll always come.  I'll always pick you, Paige.  Always ... you."

If it was Paige and anyone else I sadly wouldn't have loved this story but thankfully Houston won my heart and made me see more of Paige then I would have normally.   

" ... But thing is, with anyone else, you'd just be their girlfriend, and with me ... you're kind of my world."

As usual Ginger Scott has written another great NA story with heartfelt characters even if they are bitchy.   She has a way of making you fall in love with these selfless yet have some baggage men but huge hearts.

Did I like this story? Yes.  Was it my favorite of the three? No.   As it's hard to outdo Ty.  Do I adore this series?  Hells Yeah.  Do I hope for more from this series with Eli or Casey?  Yep!

3.5 Houston Loving Thumbs up! 

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