Friday, May 10, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Don't Hate the Player...Hate the Game by Katie Ashley


 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.

Our Review
3.5 Star Review by Annie
Don’t Hate the Player is a sweet sad love story that will have you tearing up in the first chapter, and all through the rest of the book. Katie Ashley will have you riding on an emotional roller-coaster from start to finish.

Noah and Jake have been best friends and partners in crime for over 12 years. When times got tough they were there supporting each other and have always had each other’s back no matter what.  So when Jake is tragically killed in a freak accident Noah is left trying to pick up the pieces.
“If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me” Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jake was always the manwhoring player, but sometimes things aren’t always what they seem. Noah learns that Jake has been living a double life. When Noah finds an engagement ring in Jake’s room it takes him and everyone else by surprise. How can a guy who has never been in a serious relationship think about marriage?  Noah is on a mission to find the girl who has stolen Jake’s heart.

“You've been my beacon of light in my storm of grief, and I don't know if I could live without you.”

Maddie is the typical preacher’s daughter and Jake’s tutor, but she has seen another side to Jake that no one has. So when Noah needs someone to lean on, who better to turn to after all Maddie is sweet, caring and really hot.  Noah really sees something special in Maddie, but is torn between going after something he wants and respecting his dead friend.

“Life is hard, but it's even harder when you don't wanna face it.”

Through Noah we relearn some of life’s important lessons, and are reminded of how resilient we can be when pushed to our limits. Katie Ashley does a great job at showing us that sometimes unexpected things happen that you have absolutely no control over, but you just keep going on and take one day at a time.

This book is definitely geared more towards they YA audience. This book started off slow, but it started to pick up momentum half way through! 

 About The Author

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
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