The Hard Way by Katie Ashley: Review & Giveaway

The Hard Way by Katie Ashley: Review & GiveawayThe Hard Way by Katie Ashley
on August 29th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Sports
Pages: 300

Cade Hall has always been the golden boy of the gridiron. Because of his talent at football, coupled with his father’s wealth, he’s always gotten his way. But when a night of drunken debauchery lands him in hot water with the college athletic board, neither his influential father nor his charming grin can save him. He finds it a total buzz kill when he is sentenced to community service with troubled youth at an inner-city shelter. But his nightmare is only beginning when his greatest high school regret is the very one in charge of the program, and she has him by the balls in more ways than one.

For Avery Prescott, senior year was a nightmare of epic proportions, and Cade Hall played the lead villain. After she fled her small town for college in the bright lights of Atlanta, she thought she had escaped the painful memories of her past. She never could have imagined Cade would waltz through the door of the outreach program she presided over. But Avery has news for Cade--she isn’t the same shy, doormat of a girl she was in high school. Since she holds Cade's football future in her hands, she’s more than ready to make payback a real bitch.

Will the two stay in the defensive zone or discover that sometimes life's greatest lessons are learned the hard way?

Stacia says…

Pretty much from the first page, we learn what a trouble maker Cade Hall is. And due to his most recent drunken antics, he is in some pretty hot water with the school board; trouble that even his influential father can’t get him out of. The last thing he wants to do is spend his summer working at a inner-city youth community center- especially when he lays eyes on the one girl that has always been his biggest regret.

“In every ‘manwhore with seeminly no soul’s’ world, there is one girl he regrets. One girl he thinks about from time to time. One girl he measures all the other ones against. One girl he even cries about when he’s shitfaced. Mine was Avery Fucking Prescott.”

 Avery Prescott gave her heart to Cade Hall when they were in high school, but after he literally crushed her, she hoped to never see him again. But, being that she helps manage the center that he is scheduled to do his community service, she has no choice but to deal with him. Cade and Avery’s story is told between past and present and in both of their POV’s (point of views). Usually I am not a fan of stories flip flopping back and forth between the past and future, but it actually flowed pretty smoothly. I loved all the references to John Hugh’s movies, because I am a HUGE fan and I always love when the cocky, spoiled main character can redeem himself- which Cade definitely did! If you are looking for a friends to lovers story that is heartwarming at the same time- then you will enjoy this book.THW2



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About Katie Ashley

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