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Hate the Game

(Love Games #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,663 ratings  ·  402 reviews
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 Universitys picturesque campus, everyone wants a piece of him: coaches, scouts, and pretty
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 27th 2019 by Independently published
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Dilek VT
An ordinary college romance with a bit of sports touch to it.


The heroine, Irie, is kinda annoying. The hero, Talon, goes after her for 4 years. He chases her, asks her out and she keeps saying No to him, thinking he is a d*ck, an as*hole and a man-wh*re.

He is not!

Talon didnt sleep with any girl in all those 4 years because all he wanted was her. She always rejected him and she was always so cold towards him. There was one incident on his freshman
"This victory? Not going to happen."

Famous last words, right? I knew it was going to happen. The pope knew it was going to happen. My nonexistant cat knew it was going to happen. We ALL knew it was going to happen.

What I didn't expect was that it'll be so easy. I think I would have liked this book a lot more if the blurb said something like "... [he's] doing everything in his power to get in my good graces. And I'm starting to believe that he means it." or "And I'm starting to warm up to him."
Decided to read it once someone clarified some of the OW sexual info for me. Hero has been obsessed with heroine since he first met her. The author doesnt do a really good job of explaining why hes so obsessed with her, could have used more relationship development.

Anyway, it was sweet and he chases her from start to finish. It ends pretty quickly and I wish she hadnt had to give up her career for him (even if it works out for her in the end) because ...Im a feminist and Id never do that. Lol.

Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Talon, a star quarterback, has been smitten with Irie when he first laid eyes on her during there freshman year but she won't give him the time of day. Now that they are about to graduate, Talon is more than ever determined to ask Irie why couldn't she give him a chance. 

Irie has been focused to finish college without any distraction named Talon. She's convinced that Talon only wants one thing from her that's why she ignored him ever since. Until that one fateful day, when they became a study
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
If you have seen my review of year 2020 on goodreads, you know that I made a resolution to not read trash romance books this year. I also said that this resolution would be the hardest to keep. Clearly, I am well aware of my weaknesses because I only lasted four days, FOUR DAYS , people. This book is the very definition of trash romance. It's basically a college romance with a misleading title that makes you to think that it's a sports romance? Like, the main character is a hotshot football ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Manho of sorts. That wasnt even my biggest issue.

My biggest issue was the heroine that gave up her six-figure dream job to follow the hero to another town to play football. I thought it was selfish of the hero to asks her of this...more than once. And I thought it was very stupid of the heroine. He kept saying he couldnt turn down his offer, like his job/dream was more important than hers just because he would be making more money.

The dude was already rich, he didnt even need the million dollar
Nova B
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad but not great either. Whats new? Hard to find a great one. ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Hate the game was a deliciously sexy NA football romance with all the feels. I enjoyed Talon and Irie's chemistry and loved how relentless Talon was in getting a chance with her. This story was sexy and engaging and I could not stop reading!

Star Quarterback, Talon Gold has always wanted a chance with Irie Davenport but his four year pursuit of her has always crashed and burned. But as new study buddy partners, Irie is forced to see a new side of Talon she never expected. But with secrets in her
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-but-not-read
New release! Hate the Game is on sale for $0.99 (regular price will be $4.99) on Amazon today (9/25/2019)💞
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love sport/college NA growing up kinda storylines...LOL (it's my weak spot I guess, right after the "enemies to lovers" trope LOL)

cause well, there's a "prooved-safe" outline for them all - a guy wants a girl, she doesn't want him, or she plays it hard to get, he's a manwhore, she's practically a virgin, nerdy shy (or she's sassy and stubborn and stands for herself thus making her very appealing to the guy as he sees her as a challenge) there's push and pull, bickering and banter,
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story. I really liked how firm she was about not dating Talon. It was a well developed story with great characters. I really understood her stance once the whole story comes out. It seems real.

Acquiring athletes for the NFL is not accurate but I overlooked it.

I just really liked how this all played out and the extended HEA was cool.
Ilaria 81
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice and refreshing college romance
Hero ❤❤❤❤
Heroine❤❤❤(no V card 🙂) but first nerdy then involved in the past in a foursome .. well contradictory
Plot ❤❤❤❤(evil step father quite a cliche )
Steam ❤❤❤
Really cute read she is not insta loving the big guy in college and he do not give up
Not predictable
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ugh the chick irritated me through the entire book. She was arrogant and condescending and just a bitch. I literally felt 0 connection with this couple and her past discrepancy was gross and completely not believable especially her attitude about it 👎 ...more
April Symes
Hate the Game by Winter Renshaw is a deliciously tempting college romance full of angst and drama, feels and sweet. Without giving anything away, Talon and Irie are both just amazing characters who will have you rooting for them together and separately.
Talon is a hot jock with a jerky attitude , determined to be the top dog on and off the field while Irie's the quiet girl- the one interested in finishing college and starting her career as an interior designer. 
Theirs is a slow dance yet it's so
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. This was a quick easy sweet read. Not complicated, not a lot of intensity or angst. I was thinking there would be more push-pull and a deeper emotional connection but it was relatively smooth sailing after the initial hurdle. There were some surprises and disappointments. Otherwise enjoyable but somewhat forgettable.
Jennifer Hinson
"Over the years, this has become a sort of game between us. Cat and mouse. Offense and defense. Hes tried every strategy in the book, but Ive managed to stick to the one that always works cold, coy, aloof, and uninterested."

You know when you see an author's name and just know they write good stories? Thats what I thought the moment I saw Winter Renshaw's name.... and how RIGHT I was. This was my very first read by her (I don't know how I've missed her up until now) and it has landed on both my
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I dont normally post reviews on here BUT MAN I need to vent about this book.

Why why why in 2020 are there still romance novels with male leads who act like f*cking Neanderthals? This mans literally saw our female lead once (without even speaking to her might I add) and said MINE. He was instantaneously inlove with her and decided that she was the one for him (whether she agreed or not). He then proceeded to spend FOUR years hitting on her and begging her to go out with him, even after she
Whoo Gives A Hoot
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Hate the Game by Winter Renshaw is a beautifully captivating slow burn new adult sports romance that had my heart all twisted up. Talon Gold and Irie Davenport were complete opposites, even if he knew she was the one that kept getting away. With college graduation upon them, neither one of them expect things to suddenly change, but one they did...there was no going back.

Winter Renshaw's storytelling ability always manages to captivate my attention
Uggg....this book frustrated me. I did
like our hero Talon. He was sweet and
only ever wanted Irie. He was diabolical
in his pursuit of her and I really liked that.
He never gave up. Irie was so frustrating,
that I had a really hard time liking her.
She was wishy washy and boring, and
really unbelievable as a character. What
makes me really not like this book was
Irie's big reveal....what has molded her
into the woman she is today. The big
secret that stops her from having a
relationship with Talon.
Anne OK
Quick, easy college sports-related romance that pits two strong-willed college seniors against the other. He's all about the word "yes" and she's a definite "no" -- but wait a bit and it may turn into a "maybe." The norm college star quarterback on his way to a multi-million dollar NFL contract and the odd duck girl with a chance for a different life upon graduation -- one that doesn't include him. It's a wild romp with a little blast of angst and heartbreak -- a broken nose and a stepdad from ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are starting to read romance
I really liked it, it was cute and easy to read. There wasn't much romance built up, there wasn't much character development either, at least that's how I felt it; The book could have been so much better, sooooo much more, but somehow I still liked it a lot, I mean it... a lot, so a 4 star reading to me.
Me gustó mucho, incluso cuando le faltaban tantas cosas y pudo haber sido mucho mejor. No sé cómo, but aggg lo disfruté mucho.
I love aunt Bette

What is it about me that sends you running?
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good read. Irie and Talon are in college. She continuously rejects him. However, one night she starts to see he isn't the person everyone thinks he is. They end up dating but it's one of those short term because I'm leaving and you can't change my mind things. Once you read about her past it will be understandable. Although, his family life is messed up too. The important thing is in the end they get their HEA.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

This book was brain fluff when I needed it most. It was easy to just sit and read it, cover to cover, without interruptions.

It wasn't an angsty story, it wasn't overly dramatic (although there was some drama), and it wasn't even that interesting. It was just a nice steady story about a superstar athlete who has wanted the one girl since he first laid eyes on her in their first year of college and the girl who has studiously avoided him, rejected him, and judged him without knowing
Jeeves Reads Romance
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive gotta admit... this book is nothing like I expected it to be, but I loved it. Winter Renshaws writing is always great so I knew I was in for a good read, but this book is sweeter, cleaner, and lighter than Ive come to expect from her books. Its a New Adult romance with a hero you cant help but fall for and I loved the journey.

The story follows a college senior and the star quarterback who has been pursuing her relentlessly since freshman year. Irie knows Talon only wants her because he cant
Lula Pantoofle
So Irie is never ever going to go out with college quarterback star Talon. Nope. Not ever. Ever I tell you. Then she does. The end.

This was a slightly angsty, college sports romance. Talon is the cocky jock. Irie is the not impressed studious geek girl. He chases her and persuades her to date him which I enjoyed.

It was very readable. Each character had their own history which was revealed over time and brought them closer together. I would say it lacked that lighthearted, college feel. These
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a dnf for me. Im sorry for the slut shaming, but here goes. I really resent the author for misleading us about the h. There are the random references to a big trauma that she had faced. All signs point to some kind of rape. The reader is deliberately made to think it was rape. At around 67% its revealed that the big trauma is that she voluntarily had a 4-way with her boyfriend and 2 guys on his team. She makes sure to state that it was 100% consensual and that she loved it and had never ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is almost like a coming of age book where both characters have had hardships in their life, they just mask it to the world.

Irie has been hurt in her past by an ex-boyfriend who was on the football team, therefore when Talan showed an interest in her her Sophomore year she new that she would never reciprocate. Fast forward to four months until the end of college and although Talan has always tried to make
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 ⭐
I read this book in one sitting, it was quick and easy to read.
But it was also really boring. I kept waiting for something to happen but no such luck. There was no connection between main characters. Irie was judgmental and completely unlikable. I didnt buy into Talon pining for her for four years. Once she agreed to go out with him everything was easy and predictable. I was really expecting more based on the blurb.
The only thing that surprised me was her secret from high school. But even
Stacey Timmons
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Talon Gold! I want him as my friend. Not a boyfriend because he's perfect for Irie! Lol. And Irie? Damn, she was awesome. I totally get why she was reluctant to date Talon when she tells him what happened in her past.

I loved that Irie had lasted nearly 4 years without giving in but also happy that she gave him a chance and that he never gave up on her, even when she pushed him away time and again.

I would have liked a bit more of a showdown with Mark but it was just enough to satisfy
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was a cute football romance. Quarterback falls for the girl who never gave him a chance. It was pretty predictable but it was light hearted and fun! Steamy for sure! I think if your looking for something light and sport related and you dont mind steamy sex then youd love it!

Steam 🔥🔥🔥.
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