Going Long

Going Long

by Ginger Scott

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They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever?

For Reed Johnson, the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. She was the good girl who made him want to be better—made him whole. Whatever man he was becoming, he owed to her. The life he dreamed of was right there to take—bowl games, national championships, and maybe…going pro. But a hundred of miles of desert between them and four long years of college ahead might prove to be the toughest challenger of all.

Hearts can’t help but want to play defense when they’re wounded, and some wounds seem impossible to heal. But Reed Johnson isn’t the kind of man who backs down from the challenge. He digs in, and he fights—just like the woman he loves taught him to do.

But is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045251822
Publisher: Ginger Scott
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 62,508
File size: 318 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Awards-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Wild Reckless, The Falling Series 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 has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for several 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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Going Long 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿ Since she first saw Reed at fourteen, Nolan Lennox had been his. High school had been a struggle, but what had started out as a friendship with Reed finally grew into what she had hoped it would be. But their love had not always been without bumps. Reed Johnson is feeling the pressure. His football career is about to take off, if he opts to go for this upcoming draft, but that would involve Nolan and he needs her input. Reed has known for a while now, that Nolan is his future, but she still seems to feel insecure at times. She doesn't want to talk about the draft.... she would prefer to stay in the moment, even though she knows it can't be avoided forever. Under the influence of alcohol, false impressions and tragic events, the deep love between Reed and Nolan is once again tested to its limits. And it seems there are a few individuals who are more than willing to drive any wedge deeper for their own benefit. Now is the time to find out whether their love is mature enough to work through the misconceptions and the lies, to find their truth again. ****** Again, fabulous! Ginger Scott's second book of Waiting On The Sidelines is a continuation of the heartbreaking love story of a fragile young girl, Nolan, and the new quarterback hotshot, Reed, who have now entered college. Nolan and Reed are in a more mature, committed relationship, freely expressing their feelings for each other. But they still are not fully communicating everything, still holding back, not quite trusting the other's reaction. That part of their relationship still has to mature, the trust has to grow. Knowing that even if you have bad news to impart, your love will not run away from you. Neither of them quite trust that to be true at this point, and so they keep important information to themselves afraid of what it might cause. The irony is, keeping that information secret is the exact thing that causes all the problems that follow. Secrets always do cause problems, at one point or another. The truth, sooner better than later, is always the way to go. A lesson both Reed and Nolan learn. Communication is crucial, trust is imperative, love is a necessity.  The insight that Ginger Scott shows when describing thoughts and feelings from the perspective of both Reed and Nolan is quite impressive. She makes the characters very genuine. I can follow along in their thoughts and feelings without needing to go outside of myself. It also makes them real enough for me to want to slap them upside the head from time to time! For being dense, for doing something stupid. Just like  I would one of my own.  What can I say......I love the book, I loved the entire story.......it's a REAL story. ¿A captivating and touching story of innocence lost.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many times you read a story when everything is so perfect and falls into place.If you love those books then this certainly not the book for you. This was about the struggles,frustrations real love has to endure.Great series,loved everything from start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Waiting on the sidelines and goin long! Loved them both! So much emotion and lov and anghst! Must read! Couldn' t put it down! You won't be dissapoined!!! Loved Reed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending! This second book brought tears to my eyes! :) AMAZING!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived the first book, and I loce this one just as much, Im realy glad that she made them betoghther through all there tuff times, looking forward to reading more books by this author, I really recommnd for all to read. Great author.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I totally fell in love with Nolan and Reed's story in Waiting on the Sidelines, and I was so excited that Ginger Scott was writing a sequel, because I just wasn't ready for their story to end.  Nolan is one of those characters that just grips your heart and becomes a part of you.  I really connected with her in Waiting on the Sidelines.  I felt her pain, her insecurities, her hopes and dreams, and her fears, and that feeling just continued right on in Going Long.  Nolan and Reed's story begins in Waiting on the Sidelines while they are in high school, and continues until the beginning of their freshman year in college.  Going Long picks up a couple of years later, and continues through college, with a fantastic epilogue that wraps things up several years down the road, which was so wonderfully perfect.  While I totally loved Nolan in the first book, I only liked Reed, but I didn't love him because frankly, he was really a jerk and hurt Nolan badly.  He did begin to redeem himself in my eyes at the end, but he still had a ways to go, and I just didn't know if he could truly be trusted.   I am happy to say that in Going Long Reed won my heart completely, totally owning me.  The book is written from Reed's and Nolan's point of view, which I enjoyed so much, and in my opinion, Reed stole this show in my eyes.  He was amazing.  He did have his hardheaded male moments a few times, but overall he was fantastic.  To experience in his words the way he truly felt for Nolan was beautiful.  Of course I still loved Nolan also.  She really goes through a lot in this book, experiencing the gamut of emotions from one end of the scale to the other.  She is still really insecure in her relationship with Reed, though she tries her best not to show it.  I really can't blame her.  I think I would feel the same way to.  I mean the guy is hot, he is the star quarterback in college with national press coverage, and is already being approached by the NFL for pro football.  He has girls hitting on him all the time, and though he isn't interested in them, it is still really hard for Nolan. She is really beautiful, but she doesn't see herself that way.  They were also at two different colleges, which made things more difficult, and then there were some lack of communications episodes, along with some not so nice people that wanted to sabotage things, which didn't help.  They really endured so much in this book, good, bad, and ugly, but one of the things I really liked about the plot and the way Ginger Scott executed it, was that it was real. She didn't sugarcoat things.   There's was never an insta-love, but there was true love.  It was a love that progressed over years, with all the ups and downs you would expect to see from the teenage years to new adulthood, one that gets knocked down and then gets back up again, because true love never fails.    The secondary characters in this story are really awesome to, and they also felt so real and played such a big part in the story.  You could tell that the friendships that were forged in this group were the kind that are lifelong.  Going Long captured my interest from beginning to end, and I literally couldn't put it down and wound up staying awake until the wee hours of the morning to finish it.  Overall, I loved this series and I enjoyed so much being a part of Nolan and Reed's, along with their friends' journey through rough waters, calm waters, and everything in between, as they carved out their places in life. 
csingh More than 1 year ago
I do love football related stories.  I do think my reading experience could've been better if I'd read the first book. For a while I was thinking as I read, "Hmm there's a lot I don't have a clue about.  I wonder if I went straight into book two?" and guess what?  I had.  Thankfully I wasn't totally lost.  I was quickly able to figure out what'd happened.   I liked Reed and Nolan a lot.  I was hoping their relationship would survive in spite of all the obstacles in their way.  It wasn't just the fact they were attending different schools far apart, but life choices each had to make.   Right after finishing this book I decided I was going to read Waiting on the Sidelines.  I'll report back after having read it.  I'm glad I enjoyed my first book by Ginger Scott.  I hope she continues writing about Reed and Nolan.
AnneR24 More than 1 year ago
I was so happy when I saw Nolan and Reed's story continued on. I wanted to know if they actually achieved their happily ever after. Now, whereas in the last book Nolan and Reed were young and impressionable, naive, etc., in this one they are in college and they've been together a LONG time. Their communication was lacking but there were very good reasons for that. I was happy to see Reed get past that, he stepped up and I'm so glad he grew up to be that man. Nolan- she's always had a hard time believing in herself and I'm so so glad she grew throughout this book and started living for her, believing in herself, and believing in hers and Reed's love. The only thing wrong with this series? It had to end :(                     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenever you asked for a reveiw I just knew I had to write one! I've read many, many books and book series but this is my absolute all time favorite!!! I feel anyone could relate to these books! No, its not your typical love story, its more reality! Thats one reason why I love them so much! Please write more books I absolutely love love love you as an author! I love Nolan and Reed just like their my best friends I would absolutely love to see how their life would play out in such an amazing individual's mind as yours! Much much MUCH love!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book is as great if not better than Waiting.... Love, love, loved this book.
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
5 Game-Winning Stars!! After reading this book, I don’t think I need to do cardio for a week. My heart rate was constantly up and hanging on the edge just waiting to see what happened next. Ginger Scott’s Going Long is the incredible sequel to Waiting on the Sidelines that tells the continuing story of Nolan and Reed. Having found true love in one another in high school after others and events trying to keep them apart for years, they are both off to college; separate colleges. Reed is playing football for U of A while Nolan is going to school at ASU. Their lives are busy, yet they find themselves with each other at every spare moment and Nolan never misses one of Reed’s games. After two years, Reed is NFL draft eligible, causing an internal battle for Nolan. Reed can’t stand being apart from Nolan any longer. These two have set themselves on yet another roller coaster ride of turmoil, temptation, trials, and loss of trust.  Nolan has an experience that no one should ever go through, and she keeps it from Reed, even though it is eating away at her from the inside out.  Reed feels Nolan pulling away from him, but he can’t figure out why until he overhears a conversation Nolan has with the guy from her building. Hearts are ripped to shreds, communication lost, and Reed and Nolan are just trying to figure out what to do next. I loved everything about this book…Even when I really wanted to chuck it across the room. They would always come so close to being okay and something or someone would slide right in and shift their course. I am in love with Reed and adore Nolan. They are truly two of my favorite book characters and true loves. I am always wary of sequels, especially when the first book doesn’t have a cliffhanger, but this one was amazing! (I received an ARC from the author via NetGalley for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!!)
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Reed Johnson. Be still my beating heart. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would! This is the perfect follow up and conclusion to Reed and Nolan’s story. They will forever be in my heart as my favorite characters.  Going Long is the continuation of Reed and Nolan as they go through college. It fast forwards a little after 2 years. I enjoyed this as we were able to see them mature as people and in their relationship.  This book contains everything I love about Reed and Nolan as the first book and even more. Their undeniable connection deepens as so does their love.   Reed and Nolan attend colleges hours apart. They make sure to see each other when time permits. However, with Reed in football, time together is not always possible. The love between Reed and Nolan is put to the ultimate test with a series of events. Jealousy, insecurity, and trust become an issue for these high school sweethearts as they begin to spend less and less time together. This part of the book was really hard for me. The series of events that occur were complicated. Now Reed and Nolan are grown up dealing with some deep and hurtful things in their relationship. Their love is tested and challenged in unimaginable ways.  I think the author executed these issues in the best way possible. As mature as these issues were, it felt real and genuine. I love that we were given both POV of Reed and Nolan in this book. It gives the reader a chance to see their journey from both sides. Despite the issues between Reed and Nolan, they fight and push through for love. For love is patient and kind. Love does not falter. Love always persists. You do not give up on love Reed and Nolan is the epitome of this. I’m not sure any review can do this book justice. It is definitely a favorite of mine forever. Any fan of YA, Coming of Age, or even NA needs to read this book. The writing is amazing and you become easily attached and connected to these characters. I am so glad that Reed and Nolan got a second book. Their story was far from over and this was the perfect conclusion to their story. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this book, so I hope this review gives some insight of why I loved it so much.  If you are a fan of true, deep-rooted love, this is a MUST read. The epilogue was just amazing! It tied up the story perfectly! Again thank you to Ginger for giving me the opportunity to read and review both of your books. I am a fan of yours forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completed the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with their story. So really and relatable. You could feel the emotion while you read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an ok book.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
With a nice segue, Going Long picks up two years after Waiting on the Sidelines. Nolan and Reed are in a committed relationship, they attend different colleges in Arizona, but they use every free moment to see each other. Reed wants to enter the NFL draft at the end of his junior year while Nolan wants to stay put to finish her degree. She doesn't want to change schools or depend on Reed financially if she were to go to wherever he is drafted. So full of insecurity and focused on what-if’s, Nolan’s stress and avoidance become epic as she convinces herself that they are doomed to break-up. It’s the first little tear in their seamless relationship. Subsequently, a life-changing event occurs, one that brings back high school nightmares for Nolan, and the angst and drama start, when she chooses not to confide in Reed. The angst of Waiting on the Sidelines just about did me in, and I wasn’t prepared for the same level of angst in Going Long. In hindsight, that sounds naïve, because YA and NA romances are all about the angst. I loved Nolan in Waiting on the Sidelines, but I struggled to like her in Going Long. Nolan is still basically a good girl, but she didn’t show much growth in maturity from her high school days. Nolan makes one fundamental mistake over and over—she doesn’t trust Reed enough to communicate everything to him. Her insecurities mushroom into major league anxiety and depression that lead to some very poor decisions an unhealthy behavior. Here again, Ms. Scott tackles some very real college-student issues. Nolan’s one redeeming moment was her epiphany that her lack of trust is solely to blame for any problems she has had with Reed. Reed left me wanting in Waiting on the Sidelines, but he grew up and got focused on what matters to him: Nolan and football, in that order. Going Long is told in a dual-POV narration, giving the reader a greater insight into the inner workings of Reed Johnson. Going Long is Reed’s moment to shine as the mature one, the one who has it together, the one who resuscitates the relationship. Speaking of that resuscitation, part of the major drama is an unopened voicemail. Much of the plot teeters on that pivotal voicemail. It does take a big stretch of the imagination, but sometimes a small seemingly insignificant thing can cause a wide circle of ripples. Beyond that, Going Long is a highly relatable, college romance. The stress of a long distance relationship, increasingly demanding schoolwork, and other forces and temptations chipping away at the fulcrum of a relationship are very realistic. Honorable mentions to Buck, Reed’s bigger-than-life and full-of-love dad as well as to his long-term assistant, Rosie. Along with Nolan’s parents, they are role models for acceptance and love. Sean, Sienna, Sara and Trigg are stalwart supporters of Nolan and Reed, and the two couldn’t have survived daily life without these incredible friends. Millie and Dylan, Reed’s mother and brother, are the poster children for uptight social climbers everywhere. Ginger Scott has never created two more unlikable characters! Going Long, is about what it takes to go the distance in a relationship—both friendships and romances. Ms. Scott’s messages about communication, stress and mental health are excellent conversation starters for parents and younger readers. This book cannot be read as a stand-alone novel—at least not with the same level of character understanding or plot appreciation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Scott for writing such a breath taking book. I honstly couldnt put my nook down. I was reading it every second. Hoping for a third book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured me since book 1 Waiting on the sidelines . At first I was pissed at Reed for treating Nolan poorly and making her suffer. She's been pinning for Reed since high school. They had many downs.This book made me cry, laugh, curse you name it. It had a wonderful ending and I really hope there's a book 3 in the making
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I quickly became attached to the characters and couldn't put these books down!
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In "Waiting on the Sidelines" you met two very real teenagers struggling with all the very real issues of high school. In "Going Long" their love - and all the trials - continues. I laughed, and cried, right along with these amazing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wow! Couldn't stop reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first one more then this one, but this is still worth reading. The situations between Nolan and Reed are more mature in nature. I think the author did a nice job of finishing up their love story.