Blog Tour: The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

Blog Tour:  The Girl I Was Before by Ginger ScottThe Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott
Series: Falling
Published by Wordsmith Publicity Publication Date: June 23, 2105
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Synopsis

Synopsis

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.

Also in this series

This is Falling (Book 1)

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You and Everything After (Book 2)

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I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“No heart is perfect. But yours…yours is big.”

Every single book in the Falling Series has been phenomenal.  The Girl I Was Before was nothing less than those.  I knew that when I picked up this book by Ginger Scott that I was about to fall in love again, with the series and her characters.  Truth is, it was just what I needed, at just the right time, to lift me out of a little slump. 

“Tonight I will enjoy knowing that nice guys do exist.”

Houston is a sweet and strong young man. When we first meet him, we get the impression that he might be a bit awkward and odd.  But, we also recognize the gentleman in him that is looking to step out and grab the “right” young lady.

“I have a feeling that Paige comes with a lot of things.  Just like Barbie, she has…accessories.”

Paige is a staple from the last two books in the Falling series. We think, entering this book, that we know exactly what to expect from her, and that we could not possibly be surprised by anything that she does or says. She is sassy and smart-mouthed, allowing those to be her mask from others.

“We just stand there and look at each other, two paths that missed their mark and somehow ended up connected.”

These two characters embark on emotional journeys, coming together to bring us a story that lifts our hearts and spirits.  We see a story of love and second chances in moments and times when it might seem impossible.

“But the thing is, with anyone else, you’d just be their girlfriend, and with me…you’re kind of my world.”

It was with great sadness that I read the words “The End”. The Girl I Was Before moved me. It caused me to laugh, love, and feel.  It created such an amazing escape from reality, and reminded me of the beauty of the written word. Told in dual points of view from both Houston and Paige, I saw a true picture of every detail in the story.  The characters were complex and surprises were plentiful.  Of course, development of the main characters was one of the most important aspects of the story. But, there was a side character who sprinkled her magic fairy dust all over my heart and captured it.  If you are a lover of NA books and have not yet read this series, take the plunge. 

“There’s a tunnel, but you only find it if you’re brave enough to look.”

Excerpt

She doesn’t say anything more as the seconds keep ticking by. I keep mentally begging, until I feel her hair tickle my chin as it slips to the side, along her back, along the bareness of her neck. It’s moving. She’s moving. She’s leaning her head to the side, her change in position long and subtle as her hand comes up to sweep the rest of her hair out of the way, her body leaning more into mine, her neck exposed.

I’m about to kiss her neck, and yeah, I’ve kissed her mouth, so this shouldn’t be a big deal. But this feels like a very big deal. I’m Dracula, and she is letting me have her, giving me a taste, knowing I won’t be able to stop. This is definitely submission. She’s submitting, right? My lips barely brush that part of her neck that dips into her shoulder, even this slight touch makes me want to bite and taste her more. But I’m careful; I’m slow.

“Paige,” I whisper, a mimic of how she said my name a minute before. She sighs when I speak, and I smile. I kiss more, letting the full weight of my mouth caress her skin. This time, she moans.

My hands act on their own, palms sliding up the tops of her legs until I reach the gathered material around the bend of her waist and grip it tightly, my mind consumed with the vision of what it would look like if I just ripped this damn dress off. I flex my fingers against her and feel the brush of her panties along the tips. The sensation makes my breath falter, so I return my focus to her neck, letting my tongue have its wish as I taste my way up her shoulder to her ear, tucking the delicate lobe between my teeth, letting my tongue run over the harsh metal and rock of her earring.

I’m content to stay here, to do this, for as long as she’ll let me. Then I feel her hands slide down my arms and reach into my fingers, squeezing before the sharpness of her nails drags slowly back up my arms. She makes it to my biceps before she can’t reach any farther; she lets her hands drift from my skin, bringing her arms over her head, reaching for me, my hair, my neck. The motion causes her body to arch, her legs shifting up and down, almost like she’s trying to rid herself of her dress.

My hands obey—pulling up the gathered material while my mouth continues to memorize every contour of her neck. My knuckles brush along the lace top of her panties, against the smoothness of her waist, the length of her belly to her ribs until I feel the material of her bra against the tips of my fingers. I pause, waiting for those two voices to show up on either shoulder, for good and evil to battle it out and let me know what I’m supposed to do next. But Paige isn’t waiting for either of them.

“Touch me,” she whispers…

The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

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About Ginger Scott

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 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).

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