Title: Hooked on the Game
Author: C.M. Owens
“Everyone has secrets that define them, a past that has shaped them, and a game they play – whether they know it or not.
Despite the fact they live next door to each other, Kade and Raya have never made an effort to speak, until a wild party, four frat boys, and… a bulldozer.
Sterling Shore was supposed to be a new start for eighteen-year-old Raya Capperton. Everything was working out perfectly until her two roommates were expelled for a prank, leaving Raya with the house she couldn’t afford on her own. Fate intervenes before she has the chance to find a new home, but she struggles to decide if it’s divine luck or the devil’s cruel sense of humor.
Twenty-one-year-old Kade Colton has his life planned out, and everything he does is an elaborate game to aid him with his future endeavors. Coming from money has made Kade’s life easy, but he wants to build his own name – his own future. The thing he doesn’t realize… when you only put forth superficial effort, you only acquire superficial friends.
Raya is torn between being amused or disturbed by Kade and his philosophy, but the drive behind his determination isn’t what Raya expected. Little by little, her hatred fades and is replaced by emotions she never would have believed she could have for the rich jerk she desperately doesn’t want to care about. Too bad you can’t force yourself not to care.
The problem is… Kade’s shiny name can’t be tarnished, and Raya has a jaded tie she can’t cut loose. Nothing about them can work, nothing about them makes sense, but nothing can seem to stop them from trying.”
“Ember is almost forgotten as I stare into the endless pools of blue that suddenly carry such a meaningful depth instead of a guise of shallowness.”
With a line like that, you know it’s going to be a fabulous book.
Oh, wait, sorry, I was being sarcastic. That’s actually the line that made me put this book down.
- I liked the part where the drunk frat boys bulldozed her house.
- Literally everything else.
- The main character is flat and shallow, making fun of all rich kids for being shallow pricks when she herself is shallow as hell for thinking that.
- Her name is Raya. I’m sorry, but that’s a terrible name, especially for a white girl claiming to have come from Utah.
- The entire plot set-up is preposterous. Her neighbor holds a party and random drunk guys bulldoze her house, so the neighbor’s dad forces his son to let his daughter live with him? And he owns that student house? And four cars? Rich people aren’t rich because they throw around money like idiots.
- There are a lot of typos. I know my book wasn’t perfect, so I’m being lenient, but in the first few chapters I found multiple instances of missing quotation marks (lots of them), mixed up words, missing words…
- Nothing that the characters did seemed genuine. Overall, it was written very poorly.
Would I recommend it?:
Even though I downloaded it when it was free, I would still say not to read it. It has a ton of good reviews on Amazon and I have no idea why. I’m thinking it’s because she has a ton of self-published eBooks available, all of which look to be of questionable quality. But hey, more power to her. She seriously needs a cover artist though (this book happens to be like her best cover).