Friday, September 11, 2015

REVIEW - THE DEAL (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy:

TITLE: The Deal
SERIES: Off-Campus
AUTHOR: Elle Kennedy
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2015
PUBLISHER: Elle Kennedy
PAGES: Approx. 340

RATING: 4.5 Stars!

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. 

...and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

4.5 “Oh So Good” Stars!
Exciting, Sexy and Fun! LOVED this read! 

The Review: 
This read was fantastic! From the moment we’re introduced to the main characters, Hannah and Garrett, you know magic is about to happen... and it does, big time! This read was sweet, enjoyable, sexy and irresistible. The hero and heroine were delightful and fun and this book had a solid story with a light bit of angsts, amazing dialogue with witty characters and there was a wonderful conflict that wasn’t to overly emotional or deep but held just the right amount of pull to keep you completely invested.

Hannah is a music major who has a painful past she’s done well to move forward from but it’s left her scarred and her confidence is a bit shaky. She has a crush on one of her classmates but she’s a bit of an introvert and her fear has held her back from doing more than eyeing him from across the room.

Garrett stands out in a crowd. Between his father's hockey stardom and his own, he’s well known and has a harem of puck bunnies at his disposal. But all the stardom in the world can’t seem to keep him from flunking his Philosophical Ethics midterm. A low grade on the makeup test will bench him for upcoming games and he’ll lose his captain spot on his Division 1 hockey team. However, when he sees Hannah’s high grade, he sees a chance to win and he’s on a mission to get her to tutor him. Only problem is, she’s the one girl he can’t seem to get wrapped around his finger.

These two were hilarious together. Garrett goes out of his way to convince Hannah to tutor him, never giving up, which leads them on a wonderful, eye opening experience. They become friends and then of course more than friends but it’s the way they are with one another that really draws you in. They both had painful pasts, steeped in betrayal but neither of them let it rule their present or command their lives. They were scarred but far from broken, no matter what they thought of themselves.

I admit. I’m a sucker for angsts... heavy, soul crushing angsts. But sometimes you need a break from all that and though this book had it’s fair share of angsts and emotion, it was also light and burden free. The characters are mature. They settle their differences by “talking!”, which was a refreshing switch from the usual formula of misunderstandings and silence. Sure, there were moments when things weren’t communicated correctly, but when these things happened, the hero and heroine didn’t run to their opposing corners and sulk. They faced their challenges head on and it was thrilling to read. I loved Garrett because he never gave up. He might have had moments of doubt, but he knew what he wanted and he knew he was man enough to stick it out. Hannah was a wonderful heroine with her snarky back-talk and grounded personality. I love strong heroines and she was definitely one.

The Wrap Up: 
I’d never read this author before but I can tell you for a fact, I’m all in for all of her other works. I loved this book. I loved the tone of it, I loved the characters, I loved the emotion, the light angsts and the heavy amount of fun. I’m definitely a fan and though I know the next book in the series features one of the side characters (which I’m excited to read!), I can’t help but wish for more Garrett and Hannah. I loved them! Thanks for the awesome butterflies!

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