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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

*Guest Posting by Melinda* Nets and Lies by Katie Ashley

Nets and Lies

Book Blurb:

Always awkward in her 5’10 frame, Melanie Reeves finds her saving grace through basketball. Not only is she the varsity team captain, she’s the pride of Coach Thompson, who holds the keys to a college scholarship. Melanie has also found 'courtly' love with Will, Coach T's handsome, ball-playing son. When Melanie is on the court, everything is perfect....until she is forced to face an opponent who doesn't play by the rules. Jordan Solano's power lies in her beauty and sex appeal. Never afraid of breaking the rules, she engages in a scandalous flirtation with the school's married basketball coach. But the flirtation quickly turns into accusation, and Coach T's job and reputation are placed in jeopardy after Jordan charges him with rape. Jordan's own reputation has the school administration unwilling to believe her. That is, until she makes a startling claim - she's not the only victim. Suddenly, all eyes are on Melanie, and it isn't for her amazing free-throws. A man's job, a girl's reputation, and her boyfriend's entire world now rest in Melanie's hands. She has to decide: keep her secrets and protect her future, or put an end to the lies...and lose everything.

Melinda's Review:

I want to start off by letting you know there is rape in this book if that isn’t something you want to read.  It was a good book but a tough read for me. I would give it 3.5 stars 

First you have Melanie who was a senior and the captain of the girl’s varsity basketball team.  She was dating her coach’s son, Will, who was on the boy’s basketball team.  Melanie was saving herself to be with someone she truly loved. Then you have Jordan who was the student that was having an affair with Melanie’s coach, Coach Thompson (Coach T).

One night Coach T rapes Melanie and realizes she was a virgin.  This same night he was suppose to hook up with Jordan. Jordan sees Melanie come out of the Gym that night. Coach T tells Jordan that he can no longer see her. Jordan thinks that Melanie and Coach T are having an affair and decides to get even with Coach T. She reports that she was raped by Coach T and mentions that Melanie was also. 

Melanie has to decide if she is going to tell the truth or lie about being raped.  In the mean time, everyone knows Jordan’s reputation and no one believes that she was raped. She is made an outcast, bullied, and has death threats.  Melanie decides to tell everyone that Jordan is lying about Coach T.  She does not want to hurt Will, or jeopardize her or any of her teammate’s possible scholarships or Coach T’s reputation. 

I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to give away the ending of the book but I was surprised at what Jordan does and how her story ends.  I was disappointed in the sentencing that Coach T got but unfortunately that is what happens in the real world also.  

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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