REVIEW : Hate The Game by Winter Renshaw

Talon Gold is a lot of things: good at football, bad at love. Obsessed with scoring, refuses to play by the rules. Cruel. Relentless. Brilliant. Intoxicatingly attractive.

Despite his demanding reputation and propensity for being the most arrogant a-hole ever to strut Pacific Valley University’s picturesque campus, everyone wants a piece of him: coaches, scouts, and pretty little campus fangirls with pouty lips and perfect top knots.

But Talon … he only wants a piece of me.

And four straight years of infuriating rejection means I’m almost positive he’d take a night with me over a national championship trophy.

But I’m no fool—he only wants me because he can’t have me. And with graduation approaching, time is running out. He’s more desperate than ever, pulling out all the stops and doing everything in his power to get in my good graces.

They say, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

But to that I say, “Why not both?”

I have my reasons …

Sorry, BMOC. This victory? Not going to happen.

Talon Gold is the King of Dicks.


I’ve always enjoyed Winter Renshaw’s writing and Hate the Game was no different. This book was unexpected in a good way. Things aren’t as they seem when it comes to these characters and to this story.

Talon Gold. Star quarterback, big man on campus, pro prospect. Has been going after one girl since Freshman year and now he has the opportunity to take a chance. Irie Davenport. Interior design student, hard worker, has a dream internship and wants NOTHING to do with Talon.

I loved Talon. When he was first introduced you got it from Irie’s POV and she saw what pretty much everyone else did. The jerk, the player, pretty much your stereotypical football star. But as the story progressed you learned so much more about the man. There is truly more to him than what meets the eye and you can’t help but fall in love with this character. Not only did I love Talon, but also Irie. She is hardworking, she is focusing on just finishing up her college career. She has also had so many struggles in her personal life that she had to overcome and she is truly amazing and a better person than the rest of her family. The two of them together had so much chemistry and you could feel the instant bond they formed, whether they wanted to admit it or not.

Hate the Game was full of angst but it was also sweet. I LOVED every single minute of this story.


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