Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: The Deal | Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

THEDEALShe’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.

5 stars

Romance |  New Adult | Contemporary | Sports/Academic

I won’t deny that I am not a huge sports fan; in high school I dated several guys who would take me on dinner then rush me to his house to watch the current sports events. Generally SEC Football (WOOT GO DAWGS… gag – so that’s what it is like to choke on vomit…) but anything was valid for watching material on dates like NHL, NBL or NHL. I personally prefer Hockey games if I had to pick something to watch (I liked the fights), but honestly I would rather watch none, I am not a sports watching gal – I know here in the south that is supposed to be bred in southern bell DNA. No no, I am much more keen on sports romance sub-genres. Obviously I love everything PUCKED by Helena Hunting & haven’t (in my opinion) found anything to amount to my connection that relate in comparison. That is until a close friend recommended this series – the Off Campus Series. So I bought it, I bought The Deal. 

Holy nuggets comrades I flipping loved the The Deal and I can already tell I am going to love diving into this series even further. 

So… what to say? At least enough to convince you to pick this up and read it, other than you need to get this book and start this series now otherwise you are missing out…

Well I can say that for starters I loved the main characters Garrett and Hannah. My biggest boost for any romance novel will always be about the chemistry and their growth. Because if we are being honest, if the chemistry is total shit boring, or if the growth of the individual character is lacking then most likely the story will be anti-climatic or dull. That is romance novels in a nutshell; just stating facts. So when coming across two characters that I both connect and adore within seconds of starting the book, I know I am hooked. With that being said I am head over heels in love with Hannah. If I ever make a list of top five bookish ladies this gal would make that list. Her personal struggles, her emotional baggage has a level of depth to it that is beyond powerful. I really just overly enjoyed her character as a hole. She was resilient, witty, strong and emanates this while also feeling more self-conscience or doubtful of herself. She is very double standard, which most woman are, especially ones in her position. Noticing her changes in demeanor while she was in the presence of Garrett made her more bold, more comfortable in her skin which is what she needed. Not saying that women need a man to achieve this but with her situation I think it was important to learn that not all men are jackasses, and she learned to lean on Garrett as a person, there was a respect grown there.

Speaking of Garrett. Oh Garrett is the most delicious of all imperfect heroes. Dripping with a sexy attitude with sarcasm and sexual innuendos, he is also focused and driven with a dash of man-whore habits. Which hockey hunk of man-meat isn’t? I’d be his puck bunny. I have to admit though I wasn’t expecting his outcome, I was somewhat expecting him to be more of an ass hat or some kind of cliche stunt that earns him in the dog house but no, he is the perfect gentlemen. I am sorry to be the one to point out majority of the predictability of romance novels, but it is true, most of the time it is the guys who mess up. Garrett really shined as a male character for me and aside from his personality and my growing love for his character (and his descriptive physic), he also battled with a certain personal struggles. From start to finish Garrett was really finding his place in the universe, more so his own universe and creating his own stepping stone instead of living in the shadows of a legend, both his own rumored legacy as well as his pro-hockey Fathers influence. 

Speaking of the struggles from both characters, this is what brings me to the key factor of why I enjoyed this novel…

The chemistry of Hannah and Garrett was perfection.. oh man let me gush for a second. From the start, Hannah is rebuffed by Garrett, he is on her like a hawk wanting her to tutor him, thus creating this ‘Deal’ that ultimately blossoms into a friendship. This is what I loved about their connection. Although there are hints of an insta-connection, it wasn’t an insta-love factor here. There was attraction which they both admit, but they have a developed mutual trust, confiding one secret at a time and ultimately creating a powerful friendship. I fell for them hardcore book boner comrades because not only is the connection fun with the blinkering between the two but the emotional level of chemistry hits an extreme high with steam factor, sexual tension just everywhere. With their combined personalities clashing constantly just really make their chemistry intensify, they are really great together. Once things start moving more towards a romantic area, they open up more and more about their personal baggage, they really lean on one another for extra strength, thus helping them grow individually as a character by developing together throughout the novel.

I highly recommend this novel, I personally cannot wait to continue this series Kennedy has a refreshing style that I needed. I connected utterly and completely to the characters both on an emotional level but just on an overall mental level and I honestly cannot give one negative comment about this novel. From the different spin on how the characters meet, to their dynamics and development throughout, it was honestly well written and absolutely spectacular outcome. 

Off to read The Mistake! 

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