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Nets and Lies [Kindle Edition]

Katie Ashley
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Book Description

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.

*Warning* This book may cause triggers in rape and sexual abuse victims.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489534660
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Katie Ashley Productions (February 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BANV988
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional and heartfelt read.... February 4, 2013
By K. Bias
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of two high school girls who could not be more different...

Melanie: Girl next door, basketball Captain and star, well loved, good student, sweet girlfriend, and perfect daughter...

Jordan: Rule breaker, poor student, always in trouble, misguided in her affections, flirt, uses sex to get what she wants, and is used to being treated poorly by boyfriends...

But their life paths diverge due to one person....Coach T...He coaches the girl's basketball team and he is the father of Melanie's boyfriend, Will.

It is the story of inappropriate relations, secrets, lies and cover ups. And the repercussions and fall out from what information is told and what information is not.

Is it better to lie to to keep someone out of trouble than to get someone in trouble? Can you lie and keep a secret without it coming back to haunt you? Does it make a lie okay if it might help someone else later on? Is it okay to lie to protect someone you care about even at your own expense?

(Quote)As I started down the blue and white tiled hallway, it became a low rumble--ominous and dark like a storm brewing on the horizon. I glanced at the faces around me, my heart thudding to a stop. The usual goofy grins and wide-eyes of gossipers had been replaced by masks of shock and horror...And then I knew. The masks of horror were for me.

(Quote)In less than a week, everything I held dear had been stripped from me.

It is about struggling to come to terms with events that cannot be changed. And two girls finding their inner strength, trying to rebuild trust and move forward in their lives. I loved the changes in both Melanie and Jordan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Intense February 4, 2013
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"Then I detached. I floated above myself, spiriting away from the pain that rippled through me. It stunned me and paralyzed me. Faintly, I could hear the roar of the crowd in my ears, and the rubber smell of the basketball filled my nostrils."

What happens when lies and the truth start blending together? Will the fear of the consequences outweigh what is morally right and justified? Do you begin to consider the ramifications of every action you make from this point forward and its effect on not just yourself but on others as well? How do you move forward when you have been violated (body, heart, and soul) by the one person you should be able to trust? Nets and Lies is a journey of two girls, who could not be any more different from each other, and how their lives have become impacted by tragedy and the actions of jealousy.

"I choked off a sob. He wasn't even sorry that'd he...raped me."

Melanie and Jordan's journey was emotional and intense. Melanie had it all. She was "Miss Perfect" and Jordan, well Jordan, was broken in all senses of the word. Sex was her form of love. Our girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" was as far from being "Miss Perfect" as you could get. Each girl had her struggle and her own reason for the lie that was told. One out of jealousy, the other out of fear for the lives it would destroy around her. Both however, told them out of protection. There was a strong need to protect the heart, to protect those you love and even to protect the one who wrecked your world.

Melanie finally breaks under the pressure of trying to hide the vileness that happened to her. The lies she told for protection began to surface resulting in the truth being revealed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story that Rocked Me to the Core! February 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First and foremost let me say that Katie Ashley is an amazing and talented author. She has a way with words that draws the reader in and leaves you constantly turning the page to find out what happens next; Nets and Lies was no different. I was completely enthralled with this story. I am glad I was given an ARC and allowed the opportunity to review Nets and Lies.

WOW, what a compelling story. Seriously, this book was riveting and rocked me to the core. Nets and Lies is a story about sexual abuse, heartache, survivorship, redemption and healing. I was completely and utterly sucked into this story from the first chapter. The characters were well developed leaving no unanswered questions once the book was finished. I found myself gasping, crying, and sighing; it brought out a range of emotions in me throughout the book. It's been a long time since a book has pulled so many emotions out of me and left me so impressed. Not only was the story fantastic but the writing knocked my socks off! Nets and Lies left me saying damn that was one hell of a good book. Katie Ashley has done it again :-)

Melanie was a vivacious young woman who had her whole life ahead of her and her future pretty much mapped out. Graduate high school, go to college, play basketball, marry Will, and just enjoy life. However, sometimes our life doesn't quite go as planned. Melanie was forced to deal with the hand she was dealt. She had to make a decision to tell the truth and let the consequences fall as they may; possibly losing everything she loved or continuing lying and risk her sanity! It was a hard choice for Melanie and you truly see her struggles and feel her pain and heartache throughout the story.

Oh Jordan, that girl was a piece of work. She was the complete opposite of Melanie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
If you like Katie Ashley you will love this novel. Very different story. Couldn't stop reading it. Emotional and so true to life.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
The idea of the book was great. The situation between Jordan and Melanie made a good twist. The book had a great concept and kept me interested, but not completely interested. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S.Colletti
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for an Edgy Teen Novel ?
Melanie Reeves is captain of her basketball team and dating Will Thomas and life is going good as she is captain of the team and their team is doing wonders. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
i love these sort of books they keep me wanting to them when i should be in bed i cant put them down
Published 7 months ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars NETS AND LIES
Published 8 months ago by ELLLIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Realistic / This happens
The story was good. Well written. Very tough topics but really hit the right spots. The book had several typos which were distracting. Glad the story stayed together. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Natty Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it months ago and still on my mind
This was such an emotional read. I literally had heartburn the whole time reading it. I read it in less than a day. It is well written and thought provoking. I highly recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional book
4.5 This was so very good. Rape is such a tough subject to read about. KA did a great job telling Melanie's story.This book was so emotionally charged. Read more
Published 11 months ago by elgato
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book was good but not my favorite Katie Ashley book!! It's raw emotion! It's the most horrific thing that could happen to anyone!! I kind of wanted to hear a trial though! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jenny Sons with Through the Booking Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL
I like how finally she finally speaks the truth and her boyfriend is supportive. For the girl who lied, I'm happy her life turns for the better because someone believe's in her. Read more
Published 11 months ago by lavita
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More About the Author

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

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she has spent the last eleven years teaching both middle and high school English. As of January 2013, she is a full-time writer.

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