Hold My Breath
By Ginger Scott
NA Contemporary Romance – Stand Alone
Released November 18, 2016
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.
Do you know how to swim? Have you played “Marco Polo” as a kid with your friends? Or did you ever challenge someone to a race to the other side of the pool? For most of us, swimming is just a great way to cool off and a fun time with friends. In Will and Maddy’s case it is life. It is about making it to the next meet, and winning. Beating every person in their path and pushing on another.
Maddy’s parents were Olympic swimmers. They had one child and dedicated everything to training her to be like them. She grew up in the water and that was what she knew. When she met Evan and Will Hollister she found a new passion and drive to be better. Those brothers made her better and her vis-versa. It was a perfect friendship that bloomed into romance. Maddy and Evan were the perfect fit for each other and everyone knew it. They were the all-star couple and would compete with each other. Will, was older and went off to college. Life was great for the two families.
Tragedy is a bitch, and when it comes, it can come destroy someone in more ways than imaginable. It happened to Will. He lost everything and couldn’t handle the cleanup from it. His only saving grace end up being Maddy. Without her he wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things that can help him succeed.
Ginger Scott is an amazing writer. I own many of her books and enjoyed them. This one is incredible for a few reasons. First, we are introduced to two people who have deep wounds that are in desperate need of healing. Second, we have a child, Dylan, with a disability, specifically cerebral palsy. I love Will’s declaration regarding his commitment to Dylan.
“Dylan is only four right now. His disability – it’s lifelong. I’m committing to him for life, Maddy. However long that is for him.”
What person cannot fall for a guy with a heart as big as Will Hollister.
Third, we have a sport that is underrating; but not with the beauty of the athlete’s well sculpted bodies.
I like Maddy, she is a solid person, but to be honest Will is the real protagonist. He comes with a multitude of layers to his character’s development. That man has more secrets than the Pentagon, and when they all come crashing around him he just can’t take the pressure. Maddy becomes his saving grace. She holds him up, when everything else is trying to drag him down. She lifts his spirits when he falls into despair.
Will is trying to take care of everyone around him, but no one is truly taking care of him. Maddy becomes that person that wants to take care of Will.
“He’s breaking himself trying to save so many people, but nobody has ever stepped up to save him. I’m not sure I’m strong enough to, either. But I can sure as hell get him through the next few hours, in the air – in his worst nightmare.”
Will and Maddy’s relationship begins rocky. It smooths out the more they put their pain to the side and focus on their goals. They help each other, and that is a large part of a good relationship.
The story is told from the POV of both characters. There is steam to this book, so don’t think it is only going to be all depressing. It isn’t. This story is about overcoming your own fears. Facing your fears and having a person there to help you though them. A person to lean on. That is what every character in this story is seeking. Someone that they can turn to and rely on. Will and Maddy are that ‘person’ that all the other characters rely on whether it be – winning at a meet, having dinner with someone, listening to a person, helping with everyday task, etc. These two characters are so selfless and yet they make the other strong enough to put boundaries up with other outside forces.
I enjoyed the story and the characters. Is it my favorite of Ginger Scott? No. That will be very difficult, because my favorite of her is Waiting by the Sidelines, but this story (for a New Adult Genre) is amazing. It has character development, an interesting story line, and romance. I think it is worth the read.
“I need you to stay, Will,” she says. “No matter what…if you lose, if I
lose. If this gets hard, whatever this is. I need you to stay until we
figure it out. And even then, I just think…”
She lifts her head, and I cup her face in my hands, her eyes locking on mine.
“I think I just need you to stay,” she says.
I stare at her for several seconds, holding my breath, my mind racing with
all of my demons, with everyone else’s demons, too. I fear none of it is
possible. I’m going to break her heart. Those demons—they’ll destroy her.
But I can’t give her up. I need her to stay, too. Even though I can’t
promise it; even though I shouldn’t, I say exactly what she needs to hear.
I let myself believe it for the breath it takes to speak.
“Okay,” I say, bringing her lips to mine, kissing her softly then closing
my eyes as her forehead rests against mine. “Okay,” I whisper again.
I may have to break this promise, but for right now…for right now, I mean it.
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several 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, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.
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 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).