Review: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

Title: Hold My Breath
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.

Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.

My Review:
Breathtakingly brilliant and heartachingly beautiful – romance just doesn’t get much better than this.

This is my first Ginger Scott read but it sure as heck won’t be the last. In fact, I’ve already downloaded Ginger Scott Series Starters and I can’t wait to find some time to binge read her other series.

Will Hollister has been in love with Maddy since they were kids but he left it too late to tell her how he felt so she ended up in a long-term relationship with his brother Evan. Tragic events have brought both of them to a place where they may be able to start something but the path to true love never runs smooth.

Will is suffering from stress and depression and his head is in a dark place. I have to give major props to the author for creating such a multi-faceted character who is both vulnerable and strong, flawed and real, swoon worthy and stubborn. Will is shouldering some heavy duty secrets that he keeps hidden from Maddy out of a misguided sense of loyalty/protectiveness. Despite the dark clouds shrouding him, and the expert way Ms. Scott crafted this side of his character, it never felt too depressing to share space in his head. It was credible and relatable without dragging the reader into the depths of despair.

Maddy was also a beautifully nurtured character and I felt for her as she struggled to cope with her feelings. She was so strong in the scenes with Tanya and Dylan and I really admired her character and how she adapted to the situation, pushing her own feelings aside to do the right thing.

I was rooting for this couple from the start and the romance is skillfully developed over the course of the book. I felt all the feels and the sexual tension was off the charts. When they finally got it on it was explosive and well worth the wait.

I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Will Hollister (this is the point where I must apologize to my incredibly jealous husband who freaks out over my really long list of book boyfriends – sorry hun, and as I keep telling you – they aren’t real!!)

I loved the setting for this book and Ginger made it come alive on the pages of my kindle. Secondary characters were also really well developed and each character had their own personality, own strengths, and weaknesses. I loved his uncle in particular and her best friend was a hoot!

A few things really stand out about this book for me – exceptional writing, expert characterization, and emotional complexity. It was a superb read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to romance fans.

I did feel it was a little slow at the start, and some of the physical actions were overly descriptive and redundant in places, but these are minor complaints, and just me being picky.

I want to end this review on a high note; I love this quote and it’s already imprinted on my heart:

“I’ve wanted Maddy since she dared me to beat her when we were kids racing in the pool. I’ve wanted to kiss her since I wrapped my hands around hers on the rope swing, and I know in my gut that I loved her first. I loved her more…and I loved her first.”

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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