Book Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

tdThe Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Published: 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Kindle
Pages: 331
Source: Purchased
Dates Read: May 3-13, 2019
Grade: A-
Synopsis: 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. (from Goodreads)


td*I read this for the College Row challenge for Romanceopoly

Readability: 5/5

I was worried the college setting would deter me from this book because I’d get flashbacks or something, but it didn’t. The story flows very well, and I thought the pacing was good and natural.

Characterization: 4/5

I appreciated how Kennedy portrayed Hannah as a rape victim, overcoming her fears and learning to trust Garrett. I also liked how Garrett didn’t pressure Hannah but instead went slow and let her take the reins. While I appreciated the diversity of Hannah’s friends, I thought some of them fell flat. I would have liked some more depth on Justin, for instance.

Setting: 4/5

Ah, college, I miss you sometimes, but I’d also rather not.

Interest Level: 5/5

Hockey romance and studying smashed together? Yes, please. I’d like two orders. One shot of sweet and two of spice.

Total: 18/20 = 90% A-

Favorite Quotes: 

  • “I love the game. I live for the roar of the crowd, the crisp air chilling my face as I hurtle down the ice, the hiss of the puck as I release a slap shot that lights the lamp. Hockey is adrenaline. It’s excitement. It’s…soothing, even.” (50)
  • “I’ve never met anyone who sleeps with so many pillows. Maybe he needs them to cradle his massive ego.” (67)
  • “I’m not a fragile piece of china to him. I’m just…me.” (204)
  • “Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.” (216)

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