by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: February 24, 2015 by Self-Published
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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.
One of my friends and fellow blogger Nicole from Books and Starlight recommended me this book a while ago. She knows I ADORE the Rusk University series by Cora Carmack and she said since I loved this series so much, that I would love The Deal. I have to say that this book has made it’s way into my 2015 Favorite Reads list and I have a new #1 book boyfriend. Garrett was fighting Mathias from Never Too Late for a while…a long while but eventually Garrett won. I know, I know! I love Mathias, I adore the guy and I will always fight for him but Garrett…. Hot damn… *fans face while standing in front of very cold A/C* Not exactly working.. Garrett is… It is impossible to describe this perfect and extremely hot specimen! I was expecting a high class jerk but what I got was so much more! Garrett is smart (has A’s on all of this college classes while being captain of the Hockey team), he is hot, he is sweet, very caring, amazing personality, funny, driven, goes after what he wants, has a great sense of humor, the guy has a body that will leave you drooling so much it would fill a bucket entirely.
“Look, I’m the DD tonight, but I’m offering to be more than just your driver. I’ll be your bodyguard, and your bartender, and most importantly, your friend. I promise to look out for you tonight, Wellsy.”
The female protagonist of this book is Hannah, whom I found to be a very judgmental person but let’s face it. Even if we say we don’t judge, we always do so I honestly let that part slide. On a side note of this character, I loved that the author didn’t hide what had happened to Hannah. Some female characters are even afraid of thinking that word so they just don’t say it or stumble while saying it. Hannah would do the contrary—she would think it and say the word in her mind without a thought and I actually liked that because, to me it showed a sense of maturity, knowing that thinking that word won’t kill you. I’m not being insensitive, I promise. If it were someone in real life, I wouldn’t be thinking these things but it’s just that the girls in books are always so scared of thinking that word that it just frustrates me. Again, not how I would think if it were real life. Anyways, Hannah is a very strong girl and one who definitely doesn’t take bullshit. She will call you off on it and be on her way. What I also loved about Hannah is that the girl didn’t swoon immediately over Garrett. It took a long time for her to actually think of him as someone to date or kiss and this rarely happens in books. Also, Hannah was so funny and I have to say, a mood-killer but Garrett would brush it off and just laugh. He’s such a good sport *sighs dreamily* The chemistry these two characters come to have is sizzling hot. I’m pretty sure volcanoes would erupt with this kind of chemistry (it is 1:54 AM while I’m writing this review so if stuff doesn’t make sense, do ignore it). Anyway, the sex scenes were definitely steamy.
“Are you taking human growth hormones or something?” I snatch my hand back, fighting another rush of nervousness. “There’s no way that huge man monster is fitting inside me!” […] “I might have big boobs and a grabbable ass, but have you seen my hips? Tiny and narrow! Which stands to reason that my lady canal is narrow too. You’re going to rip me in half.”
He raises his head and there are honest-to-God tears in his eyes. “I think that’s the nicest thing a girl has ever said to me,” he chokes out.
What you just read above? Yeah, there’s a whole lot where that came from. I read on a few reviews that this book was filled with cliches but I honestly didn’t find a single one. Yeah, there’s the hockey player and the girl who helps him study for a class he’s failing but that’s pretty much it. I actually related to Hannah in one part. I won’t say because it is very personal but let’s just say there’s an experience she goes through with Garrett that happened to me recently and my eyes opened up to a new world (don’t laugh, please). Anyways, the supporting characters were a great addition to the story, especially the hockey team. I had so much fun reading about these crazy guys with hearts that I just couldn’t deal. The only reason I would put this book down would be because I either had to study, work or eat. Other than that, I would read until my eyes would drift off and whatever I was reading would start to not make sense at all (yeah, this actually happened).
My point is you have to read this book. Do you want another reason to read this book? How about the fact that this book has a 4.40 average rating on Goodreads with 54% being 5 stars and 33% being 4 stars… You guys know that it is nearly impossible for a book to have such high ratings on Goodreads. So if that’s not enough reason, I don’t like you. Just kidding but seriously you have to read this book. You won’t be disappointed. I’m recommending this book to everyone I can find because it must be read!
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