The Deal (Off-Campus, Book 1) by Elle Kennedy

The Deal (Off-Campus, Book 1) by Elle KennedySeries: The Off-Campus #1
on 2015-04-09
Pages: 340
AmazonNarrator: Lorelei Avalon
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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.

Hannah Wells and Garrett Graham were two really adorable characters. Their journey began when the hockey jock (& history major) asked the music major for help on passing the Philosophy class. In exchange, Garrett promises to help Hannah get a date with Justin, whom Hannah has been crushing on for the past year.

This is my third book by Elle Kennedy in a month and I find her writing style and story telling engaging. The author did a good job developing the characters and keeping the story interesting. Both characters gave each other the strength to overcome some past issues and heal the pain associated those events. It was a really good audiobook. Garrett had a very terse relationship with his dad and the author approached the issue of abuse with sensitivity and grace. I also like the fact the author made it very clear that such behavior was not only dangerous, but unacceptable. I was rooting for the victims to get away from such a mean-spirited bully. I was impressed with Garrett overcoming his background to be a good boyfriend to Hannah. This is a series I plan to continue.

I voted for Him and this book in 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards. I hope Elle Kennedy wins in the romance category. She has had a good year in my opinion.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Review: Something like Summer (Seasons, Book 1) by Jay Bell

Review: Something like Summer (Seasons, Book 1) by Jay BellSeries: Seasons #1
on January 8, 2011
Pages: 290
Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

This book was really amazing. It exceeded my expectations. This book was a journey of self discovery and love. It wasn’t easy or comfortable but it was authentic.
Bravo Jay Bell.
This book featured Ben Bentley, a high schooler that came out at 14. He found love with a closeted jock but it ended abruptly as fear of real life forced Tim Wyman to make a painful choice to remain closeted. Fast forward to College and Ben has a mature relationship with Jace. This new relationship is 3 years strong until the past, specifically Tim comes back and wants Ben back. Past & young love versus Current & mature love, who will be Ben’s future? Can he have both men in his life without hurting anyone? Tough choice!

Well written, engaging characters, loved the best friend Allison, loved the pace. I found myself fully inverted in Ben. Awesome coming of age book and a book about a subsequent chance at getting love right. Everyone in this book really evolved and matured. That is one of the things I enjoy, witnessing growth in the characters. I really want to read the subsequent book soon.