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.
*This book is New Adult and contains mature subject matter. TRIGGERS for rape survivors and sexual abuse victims***
Nets and Lies was such an emotional and intense story dealing with the very sensitive issue of sexual abuse. Reviewing this one is really hard for me. The tragic event that impacts the rest f the story happens relatively early. I absolutely do not want to spoil any part if this touching story, so I am going to tread very softly in describing the overall plot.
Melanie and Jordan’s lives collide after a tragic event rocks their world. Melanie and Jordan are polar opposites. Melanie is the epitome of miss goody goody. She is the star basketball player and has a bright future ahead of her. She has the perfect relationship with the perfect guy, Will, and their relationship has stayed PG. Meanwhile, Jordan isn’t the boyfriend kind of girl. Instead, she prefers to sample a little bit of everyone. Most recently, she has been sampling a married man.
Life has been going pretty well for both girls until that fateful night when Melanie is violated by someone that she trusts completely. Now, not only is she dealing with the trauma of what she just experienced but this event directly impacts her relationship with Will in SOOOO many ways. Melanie just wants to keep this a secret. But, a twist ties Jordan to what happened with Melanie and Jordan’s need to get revenge on the man that has wronged her brings Melanie’s story to light.
The majority of this story focuses on the journey of Melanie and Jordan after their world’s are rocked by sexual abuse on two different levels. The alternating perspectives between Melanie and Jordan allowed me to really connect with both of them. I was very touched as I watched Melanie learn to deal with the myriad of emotions that flood her on a daily basis and Jordan try to move forward and learn from her wrongdoings.
Shortly after the tragic event that shook their lives, Jordan meets Nick. Nick has a rough past but has been working hard to build a new life. He becomes an inspiration for Jordan to make positive changes in her own life.
I loved everything about Will. In fact, he was almost too perfect. His world was rocked just as much as Melanie and Jordan but he handled it with such maturity. He was so understanding with Melanie and her fluctuations in emotions. My heart broke for him on so many levels. At the same time, his character was completely refreshing.
I thoroughly enjoyed Nets and Lies. It was completely captivating from the very beginning. The abuser in this one blew my mind. He was such an arrogant asshole that made me want to jump into the story and strangle him. I was so relieved that there was a happily ever after and would definitely recommend this one.