Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game by Katie Ashley

Title: Don't Hate the Player

Author:  Katie Ashley

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

My Thoughts:

I was supposed to review this book for today's spot, but I am having a tough time with it. Although I was very intrigued by the premise of the book - the search for the girl his deceased friend was going to give a ring to - I was tripped up by the actual story. It is very slow going and in some instances, I guess this could work, the slow build into the heart of the story. But where this book begins with the passing of the friend, it only serves to undercut the revelation of the friend's death at the beginning. It lacked impact - the punch that gets you in the gut and robs you of breath and all sense of reason. So Noah's reaction to it ends up seeming a little over the top to me. I found myself wondering why I should care instead of actually caring and when that happens, I disconnect totally from the story and can't finish the book. Which is a shame because I think this one had great potential.

Giveaway per blog:  (1) Ebook of Don't Hate the Player (all formats available).  OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.   However, all winners must be submitted to us no later than 9 PM on May 19th EST using this form:

Grand Prize Tour Giveaway: 5 Winners will be chosen.  MUST RESIDE IN THE USA TO BE ELIGIBLE ~ Audio DVD of The Proposition & The Proposal (one winner gets both), Signed Paperback of Music of the Heart, Signed Paperback of The Proposition, Signed Paperback of The Proposal, Swag Pack.

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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.

About the Author

Author Picture.jpgKatie 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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