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    Exceptional

    Exceptional NA story. Highly emotional with characters that will touch your heart in so many ways. Will has suffered incredible loss and still shoulders responsibilities that would crush most people. Those burdens threaten to drawn him as he tries to make a comeback in the swimming world. The love of one woman may be the only thing that saves him. Definitely a book for the must read list. I highly recommend it.
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    Well Written, but Hard to Connect with Couple.

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Shirtless male in water up to his waist. Strong title font in white. Weaker author & tagline font. Synopsis sounds lighter than my recent reads. It's been a few years since I've read a book by this author and look forward to the opportunity to do so again. > > Looking Deeper < < Dual first-person POV, clearly defined and easy to follow. Will went through hell, then hit rock bottom. Now he's trying to claw his way back into the light while holding on to a pretty big secret in order to protect the girl he's always loved. A girl that was in love with his brother. How can she both despise Will for surviving and still love him, just a little, at the same time? Maddy does not know, but the feelings have her insanely tied up. They're both competing for the last time, trying to make the US Olympic swim team. With so much on the line, will they be each others strength or the one thing that tears the other apart? I have to admit, I was not a fan of the way this book began. It left me wondering if I'd missed something, it was confusing and disorienting - to me. Maddy initially hated Will, thinking the "wrong brother" survived, never taking into consideration that while she lost her lover, he lost EVERYONE and survivor's guilt, panic attacks, and a rather huge secret he swore to protect nearly drove him into the Reaper's open arms. Will was a stronger character, although his self-doubt and self-loathing was detrimental on his well-being. Alone, the characters were good, average. Together they were still okay, average. They had history since childhood and although some of that came through, it wasn't enough to feel a tangible bond. The secondary characters acted as supportive fillers to the plot; there when you needed them without being too intrusive... except Holly, she seemed to try to steal the scenes she was in. Interaction and dialogue were mostly natural and believable. There were several self-imposed obstacles in Will's way, but not so much in Maddy's. As a couple, they just needed to have an open and honest conversation to know exactly what they felt for one another was mutual, but it never seems to be that easy when dealing with new adult books. The predictability was low, as were any fun surprises. The conclusion seemed solid enough, no big loose ends and an implied HEA was provided. Overall, the concept of the plot was what drew me in and it was a great concept. My problem stemmed mostly from not finding that connection with Maddy and Will as a couple. They seemed more like friends with benefits than any true, deep from the heart loving relationship. It might have just been my perspective of it though. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.85 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from WordSmith and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I will leave my Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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    This was a great story and I really enjoyed the fa

    This was a great story and I really enjoyed the fact that it handled some heavy subjects without being too maudlin or melodramatic. In case it isn't clear, this isn't really a story with a love triangle, so if that isn't your thing, this book very well may be! :) I liked Will a lot and I really liked the dynamic between him and Maddy. They were well-suited for one another and I liked how they pushed each other to be better versions of themselves. I appreciated the backstory and the way it was presented worked really well to reveal everything and help the reader really get to know and understand the characters. There are little twists here and there and I felt they were well-conceived and well-executed. This is a story about Olympic-level swimmers, and the details were vivid and detailed without being too much for someone who doesn't swim professionally. The sexual tension & chemistry was a bit slow-building but had a good burn once it was there. Which was perfect for this story!
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    Beautiful, tragic and heartwarming

    Wow, this book had a firm grip on my heart right from the beginning! This is my first Ginger Scott book and I’m so glad I picked it up. The blurb grabbed my attention (ok, so did the cover…I do have eyes after all!) even though it’s kind of vague. I’m so glad it didn’t give away any more than it does. The buildup of the story was perfect! It’s steady and well developed…as the story unfolds and we learn about the tragedy in their lives, it just keeps building layer by layer. You can tell there’s a big secret coming but I liked the way it’s wasn’t thrown in my face constantly or drug out throughout the whole book to torture me, it’s a little subtle with just enough tease to hold your attention firmly. It becomes a very large part of the story itself and the story is beautiful, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I absolutely loved Maddy and Will. Both characters are strong, solid characters and they are so selfless that it will bring tears to your eyes. There isn’t anything that Will wouldn’t do for his family and he’s been torturing himself with it for years; but now it’s time to start healing and take what he deserves…it’s his time to shine in the Olympics and he’s ready to go after his girl. The author has written their story in a way that shows their vulnerability, hope and pain in a way that makes it a story that you feel, not just read. And their story? Wow, is it ever tragic and beautiful! Scott has a new diehard fan!
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