Book Review: Don't Hate the Player...Hate the Game

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.

File Size: 668 KB
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Katie Ashley Productions (April 29, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled

My thoughts: If you're looking for a sexy, hot, smokin' read... this is not your book. It's a great book, filled from cover-to-cover with raw emotion. I found myself tearing up several times while reading it. Maddie is such a sweet girl. Noah is an amazing guy. The way Jake died is horrific. A freak accident. Noah struggles to understand the side of Jake that Maddie knew and he struggles with his own feelings for Maddie. He's pretty down on himself for falling for Maddie, given the circumstances. Noah grows up in leaps and bounds during this book. At times, the dialog -- Noah's dialog -- seemed a little too unbelievable for a guy. But it was very romantic. I recommend this one to someone who's tired of all the hot, steamy, sex and is looking for a lighter summer read with swoon worthy romance.

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark


  1. Oh no, raw emotion?? WHY?? Now I NEED to read it! Those are basically my two trigger words, lol. Great review!

  2. Katie Ashley is becoming one of my favorite authors. The Party, The Proposition, The Proposal, Music of the Heart. I've just finished reading this it's definitely a good read :)

  3. I definitely need to read some more of her work! I've got an interview coming with her soon!

    Megan... yes. You would like this book, I think. I laughed and I cried and cried some more. :)

  4. wow an interview! That's great :)