Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott ~ Excerpts, Teasers & Giveaway

You know how much I love a good romance, and I think this one will be great! I haven't read anything by Ginger Scott before, but I'm dying to know more about Andrew Harper! 
Title: Wicked Restless
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #2
Genre: Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Published: October 20, 2015
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Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.

Scars are left behind.

And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?

Ginger's Favorite Quotes from the Wicked Restless

I don’t know her name, and I’m not sure I’ll like her when she speaks. But I know I’ll never forget her. Her smile, however fast it comes and goes in this moment, coincides with the first full breath I’ve taken in years.”

This is a little inner dialogue Andrew has the first time he lays eyes on Emma. I love it because it isn’t insta-love. But it is insta-whoa. I think that’s what we really go through in high school. We’re too young to really understand what the attraction is we feel to someone, and we don’t know what to call it or how to quantify it. But damn do we feel it.

Her sound fades as her eyes open and her gaze meets mine.
Inches. There are inches in life. Inches that make the difference between a race, that determine your height or pants size, that might mean you make it to the train on time.
I’m living in inches right now, inches and breaths.
Beautiful inches.
“I like you, Emma,” I say. My heartbeat fills my throat; I swallow and feel the heat take over my chest and arms and hands.
She doesn’t answer with words, instead letting her lashes sweep shut while I take in the dusting of freckles along her cheeks. Her lips part with a shallow breath, her bottom one trembling.
“Andrew,” she breathes out my name. It’s a whisper. Like I’m a secret.
Maybe I am.

So this is more of a really short passage, but it’s one of my favorites. I love this little moment that only lasts a handful of seconds. It practically wrote itself. I had the thought of how time passes and how close they were, and the vision of how everything looks when you’re so close to someone, about to kiss someone, but you lack the courage to do it. Inches. Slow eyelash sweeps. Lips parting. If I were filming this, the close-up would be beautiful. I swear.

 “Everywhere, Emma. I. Hurt. Everywhere.”

When Andrew says this, it’s really the first glimpse he gives Emma into what’s happened to him—both physically and emotionally. It’s such a simple proclamation, but even saying it hurts him. It’s about him trusting her, but still walking this line where he blames her and can’t align the fact that perhaps he shouldn’t. It’s about more than bruises and cuts. It’s about the stuff she can’t see.

“You have no idea how you bewitch me, Emma Burke,” he says, his teeth dragging his bottom lip, his tongue caught in their snare next. “No idea.”
His eyes wander around my face, and in that instant I see it—Andrew Harper is worshiping me.

Ahhhh, that word. This quote I love simply for the word ‘bewitch.’ I stared at this moment on my screen for a good long while before the right word hit. This is a lot like that first time he saw her, but he’s older, he’s been through a journey, as has she. This moment between them needed to be more than a crush, more than just a boy thinking a girl was cute. It’s that moment on the way to being in love. Bewitched.

I spend most of the time at home alone pacing my room before leaving to pick up Emma, switching out my dark gray T-shirt for a long-sleeved black one and slipping on my gray jeans. I look like Owen when I wear this, and I think there’s a part of me that feels his confidence in my veins when I resemble him.

I love this little moment where a young Andrew is getting ready to take out a girl. He isn’t overt about how much he idolizes his brother, but he does. He admires his older brother so very much. I wanted that to come out in small hints and glimpses. He sees his brother as confident and strong, and he wants to emulate him. Sibling relationships are so vital to many of my stories—but none more than in this story. 

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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