Review: Memphis by Ginger Scott


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Ooh! This book nearly knocked me out with the unexpected twists and turns that lay in wait, and they made an already good read even better. Ginger Scott knows a thing or two when it comes to writing excellent young adult (YA) and new adult (NA) fiction, and she's kept her reputation with this wonderfully written love story between two people trying to find their place in a world that seems to nothing but throw them one punch after another. They're tested time and again and they can choose to roll with all the punches or to finally take up one fight and win it all.

Twenty-five-year-olds Memphis Delaney and Olivia Valentine meet in the boxing gym owned by her father. Her return is one that she had hoped she would never have to make because it would mean she was just like the woman she never wanted to be; his arrival there was one brought on by trying to follow the broken legacy of a man he never knew. She knows better than to fall for a fighter, and he knows better than to allow himself to be distracted, but fate has other plans, and these two are in for the fight of their lives...and for their unexpected love.

From their respective back stories to the trajectory of their lives in the now, Memphis and Liv seemed to be headed for the very moment that they were to meet--as if it were meant...destiny. These were two people who didn't have the kind of childhoods that would mete those who bore them awards for parents of the year. However, they strove to be better, to get away from the shackles of their pasts. Maybe it took them meeting and falling in love for them to realize that they were meant to fight together--that they finally had someone in their own corner.

These two persevered through a whole lot, and it was easy for me to fall in love with their story and want to cheer them on. I adored Miles Dickerson, his gruff but giving demeanor proving to be the pillar of support that Memphis needed, and while a latecomer, Charles de la Rosa was an unexpected game changer. There was quite a bit of this story that was thankfully more than the usual, but then it's Ginger Scott, so I'm not even surprised. Memphis didn't go for some instant knockout. It bobbed and weaved, jabbed and hooked--absolutely knocking me over. Five stars. ♥

Date Read: 24 February 2018

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