Lorraine reviews Don’t Hate the Player…Hate the Game by Katie Ashley!

Posted May 14, 2013 by Holly in Reviews / 0 Comments

For Noah Sullivan being the best friend to a douchebag and player like Jake Nelson has never been easy. It’s been a rocky road since kindergarten when Jake duct taped Noah to his chair before recess. With just six weeks to high school graduation, Jake accidentally blows his drunken ass up on his grandfather’s tractor, and Noah finds himself immersed not only in a whirlwind of grief, but on a quest to find a mystery girl from Jake’s past. 

While cleaning out Jake’s room, Noah and Jake’s dad make a startling discovery. Instead of the obligatory porn collection or pot stash, they find a ring, but not just any ring. Its half a carat of commitment in a platinum setting-proving even man whores have taste. After Jake’s mom pleads with Noah to find the girl who meant so much to Jake, Noah begins a modern day Grail quest to track the girl down.

Since Jake was a notorious player with a legendary collection of trophy panties, Noah finds himself in over his head. There are the usual suspects like Avery, the Ice Princess Jake dated for appearances, or Presley, the school mattress Jake dated for convenience. But the trail begins to point to the most unlikely of suspects: Maddie, the Valedictorian and choir girl who was trying to help the unmotivated jock graduate–the girl who also has surprisingly caught Noah’s eye and meddled with his heart. 

Hanging out with Maddie shows Noah a different side of Jake–one that was deeply human and surprisingly douche-free. And the more he tries to solve the mystery of the ring and of Jake, the more Noah starts to discover about himself and of love.

Don’t Hate the Player…Hate the Game
We live our lives thinking we know all there is to know about our friends.
We grew up with them, shared classrooms, partied together and even arrange
to attend college together but what happens when you discover your best friend
has been keeping secrets from you? Noah Sullivan is about to find out!
Jake Nelson, mischievous as a child and popular jock in high school, man-whore,
a player who devoured his share of pretty girls and best friend to Noah dies in an accident
and a whirlwind of secrets leave Noah devastated, not only had he lost his friend
now has to live with the fact that Jake kept things from him. Grief and the overwhelming
desire to find the truth lead him to Maddie Parker one of Jake’s secrets!
What a powerful story about friendship and the heartache that follows as Noah
recalls their life growing up and his determination to unmask Jakes final days.
A shocking discovery in Jake’s room, an engagement ring has Noah Playing detective to
find the one who was to receive it. Not an easy task, being a player
Jake was involved with three different girls, the rich Ice princess Avery Moore,
Presley Patterson the slut who slept around and Maddie Parker, the virgin daughter
of Pastor Dan Parker.
I loved Noah from the start, his devotion to his friend never wavered even as the
events of Jake’s life unfolded. Maddie was a strong presence not only in Jake’s life
but she was the glue that held Noah together and you’d hope that somewhere down
the line she and Noah would get together. Friendship is a powerful force, but finding out
your best friend has a side to them you’ve never seen can wreck havoc within. When
discovered you find you have a better acceptance of who they really are. Then you
let go and find peace. A beautifully written story not only about friendship but also of
love, understanding and the ultimate, forgiveness. 4****


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