The Deal (Off Campus Book One) by Elle Kennedy

6 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.


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I loved this book. LOVED IT. Garrett and Hannah were amazing. I loved both characters. And despite the fact that the trope is a fairly familiar one (or two), you know smart, pretty girl who doesn’t know it tutors an athlete the entire school love PLUS he pretends to be her boyfriend to help her snag the “right” guy, everything about this book felt fresh and new. It just seemed like nothing I’ve ever read before (and I have read tons).

Garrett was perfect. He was cocky, but always a nice guy. He was a player, but not a manwhore. He may have been with a lot of girls, but you never got the feeling he was using them or degrading them, just …enjoying them. He was smart and an athlete. And in the end he was an amazing man.

Hannah was one of my favorite heroines in a really long time. She was smart, independent and confident without being hard or bitchy. She had a great sense of humor and her playful back and forth with Garret has both hysterical and heartwarming. There was nothing forced or fake about her. Honestly, I wanted her to be my best friend. Hannah had some traumatic events happen in her past, but she didn’t dwell on them and the grace and dignity in which she lived her life was so refreshingly inspiring.

What made this book was the friendship between these two, it was so honest and so genuine and such a beautifully slow build. It is absolutely, hands down, the most believable friendship I’ve ever read between a male and a female. It wasn’t a friendship where one is secretly lusting after the other….it was just a true deep friendship. And, eventually, when the romantic feelings started to build, it was handled with such honestly and integrity, it was perfection. The story was enthralling without being angsty or overly dramatic.

This book I will read over and over again. It will instantly become one of my go to books when I need to read something that wont let me down.

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