Book Review - The Mistake by Elle Kennedy | Blushing Geek

Book Review – The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy | Blushing Geek

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Published by: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: May 6, 2015
Series: Off-Campus, #2
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
296 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.


Reading the title, I already expected this book to be cliché, so to prove myself, I decided to try reading the first page and man! I love it. It instantly got my full attention that I find it hard to put it down. So right there, I stayed put and continued the book.

This story started with John Logan (or simply just Logan), the male lead’s POV. I really don’t want to drop some spoilers but it’s hard not to, so expect some spoiler ahead. Haha, and I’m starting now. Logan’s POV started about having a hard time staying in the same place with his bestfriend and his girlfriend. To make it simple, he likes his bestfriend’s girlfriend. How f*ck up is that?

I had some guessed scenarios about his attraction with his bestfriend’s girlfriend and what’s going to happen next, but surprisingly, it didn’t happen. Since my guess wasn’t correct, I decided to focus on this story’s title, I wonder what that mistake would be. And guess what? I failed with my guess again haha. So yep, even with the cliché title, I have to say that this story is far from being one; the idea may be a bit cliche but the scenes were absolutely not. I am already 80% of this story when I decided to take off, and take note it wasn’t easy. I’m totally hooked and I’m already on the verge of loving it.

The next morning, I dreaded resuming the story since most of the time when I like a story and resume reading them the next day, I’ll end up disappointed. But with this story? Well, it’s definitely not. I had some parts ofcourse that I didn’t like but it didn’t result with me hating it. The remaining scenes were quite childish for my taste especially when Grace (female lead) gave some list to Logan to fulfill so she’ll give him a second chance. 

Haha, now I’m talking about second chances eh? I’m sorry I’m talking too fast, haha. Well, their story didn’t start the right way. Logan’s still thinking about his bestfriend’s girlfriend and has been doing his best to forget about his feelings, that’s when he accidentally knocked the wrong door and met Grace. There’s obviously some sparks between the two of them at their first encounter (maybe not with Logan’s part but with Grace’s). Their “relationship” or maybe its correct to refer to it as a hookup didn’t start right so a painful encounter between the two of them is bound to happen. So yep, now I finally know what that mistake is and who’s committing it. Sorry, I’m not sharing haha.

I totally understand what both of them are going through and what they’re feeling so getting back together wouldn’t happen that fast. All were good until I came to the list part lol. The story’s setting was in College so I didn’t expect such a childish act but hey, there’s no harm to act a little childish sometimes right? 

All’s been doing great after they get back together and there’s still 15% more of this story that I haven’t read yet so I was really dreading what would happen next. But it’s good to know that what I was feeling was a total waste since it didn’t leave me annoyed at all. To tell you honestly, I cried. Dang! I just can’t help it. The scene between Logan, his older brother and father was really so intense that I can’t help but cry. I’m just happy everything turned out great.

I admit that I’m now totally in love with this story, but I have to say that I have some least favorites. The self-pity act of Logan was quite annoying and making some harsh decisions without fully thinking about the consequences really ticked me off. But atleast it wasn’t dragged on too far in this story, plus Logan’s cockiness on winning Grace back was quite entertaining, especially reading his love poem to her haha lol.

For the characters, I have to say that I admire Grace’s. She’s shy and all that’s why a popular Playboy hockey player ends up whipped was kind of cliché but I was glad that the author didn’t make this story boring. And I have to say that I’m thankful to the author for not making Grace’s character annoying like most do. Well, actually she’s kind of funny sometimes especially if she babbles while being nervous lol.

Logan on the other hand, my oh my! I wasn’t that impressed with his character even after reading his first POV but when I read Grace’s and how she adores him? Dang! I got affected and now I’m imagining this hot hockey player sweet talking me about kissing lol. You wanna know what I mean, I’ll give you this part hehe:

“What are you doing?” I whisper.

“Well, you were looking at me like you wanted me to kiss you.” His blue eyes become heavy-lidded. “So I was thinking I might do that.”

So tell me, who wouldn’t be melting with that? Also, aside from being popular and almost physically perfect, I applaud the author for adding some flaws to his character that thinking about it makes me wanna cry. Want some clue? It’s about his family, particularly his father.

Normally, I’ll just talk about the main character but with this story, I will be talking about other characters too. I am really tempted to mention Logan’s brother first but I think he deserves the last spot as his character is really unforgettable.

So who’s the first one? Well, it’s Dean. He’s a close friend and one of Logan’s housemates. Haha, this Casanova is really one funny guy and I really hope he has his own book too in the Off-Campus series. The next one would be Garrett, Logan’s bestfriend. He’s just really nice aside from being handsome. Nah! I think I’ll just make it ALL Logan’s friends including his ex-competition to Grace, Morris. These guys are really crazy, but good kind of crazy haha.

I also adore Garrett’s girlfriend Hannah. Dang girl, I misjudged you. She’s just a pure saint!

And lastly, Jeff, Logan’s older brother. I was really touched. He’s been pausing his life just to take good care of their father. He’s the oldest so the responsibility would obviously rest on him but I was really surprised to find out that he didn’t turn out bitter about it. Imagine babysitting a drunkard? It’s just pure amazing how he was able to tend to his father and work with their business which is btw their father’s responsibility.

The scene between Logan, Jeff and their father was really so emotional that I’ve been battling myself about what rating I would give this story. I’ve been gearing to give it 5 as it really affected me but I’ve considered some previous scenes and those that I liked the least. I have rated so many books with 4 stars and I don’t want it to be just a part of it because I think it’s just wrong. So now I’m sure it absolutely deserves my 4.5 star rating.

This was my first time from Elle Kennedy so I’m really impressed. It was very easy to read too so that’s really a big plus. And you know what’s great? It has HEA, not the usual marriage HEA, but it’s undeniably HEA. And I love HEA, so heck yeah, this one is highly recommended 😉 Oops, I almost forgot haha. This story has quite a lot of SPG scenes so get yourself ready *wink.
It’s book 2 of the Off-Campus series but you can totally read it standalone. So if you’re into a romantic college/sports romance, I’m pretty sure you will love The Mistake by Elle Kennedy.


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7 years ago

I liked the first book a bit more but I love this series.

For What It’s Worth

7 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Haven’t read the first book yet and reading this comment just intensified my desire to get my own copy.

7 years ago

I didn’t know what to expect of book 1 but I confess that I was completely charmed so I’m curious about this one too now! Really want to try it!

7 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this too Melliane 🙂

7 years ago

Definitely sounds like a great series to start over the summer, thanks for the wonderful reviews and recommendations!

7 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

It definitely is 🙂

7 years ago

I like that the author added depth to this swoon worthy hero. This is an author I have yet to try and this sounds like a good one to start with!

7 years ago

Oh my! I can’t wait for you to try this one 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
7 years ago

I have heard a lot of good things about this series, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. And yeah, I’m a huge fan of abs on covers! 🙂

Great review.

7 years ago

Haha, yeah right? Me too 😉

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I have not read this author’s work. although I have heard great things about her. I can that you really enjoyed this one. Great review.

7 years ago

Aw, thanks Nadene 🙂

7 years ago

I have not tried her books and it feels like I am the last one!

7 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

Hehe, you should start with this series soon Blondeuedd 🙂

7 years ago

Sounds really good!

7 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Yeah it is 😉

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I do love how the book grabbed you on page one and was still solid the next day. Logan’s brother Jeff does sound great. I need to try this series.

7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yay! I’m pretty sure you will love this series Sophia Rose 🙂

A Belle's Tales
7 years ago

I have heard some amazing things about this author, and I’m so happy you enjoyed this one. Love the sound of the HEA — I’ll add this series to my list right now. Great review, Vanessa 🙂

7 years ago

Yay! Can’t wait to read your reviews of this book soon 🙂

Carole's Random Life
7 years ago

I have seen some really good things about this series. I love that it totally hooked you. Great review!

7 years ago

Yeah, and it was really quite a surprise, now I’m looking forward to read more from this series 🙂

7 years ago

Yay! Now I can’t wait to get a hold of all the books in this series 🙂

Shane Morgan
7 years ago

Sounds like an entertaining read. Would love to start this series now after reading your review. Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

7 years ago
Reply to  Shane Morgan

That’s great to hear. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did Shane 🙂

Alyssa Susanna
7 years ago

I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I bought this one and The Deal about two years ago and I read The Deal and loved it. This one… I haven’t read it yet and honestly I’m sure I’d like it but I find the idea of Logan *still* being in love with Hannah (or liking her, whatever) off-putting. And this book is a second-chance romance novel – I don’t do well with those. I think I’m okay with absolutely loving The Deal, and being content with that one. 😉 I hope you enjoy the rest of the series, Vanessa!

Have a lovely weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

7 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

Now I’m totally curious to try The Deal. Thanks Alyssa, hope you have a lovely weekend too 🙂

Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

I absolutely love The Mistake! Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite authors as well!

7 years ago

Yay! We have the same taste. Have you read all the books in the series too? Elle Kennedy is now my favorite author too because of this story 😉

7 years ago

Now I have new books to be added in my TBR haha. I’m not that fan of dystopian let alone erotic, so I think I’ll share the same feeling too about it, but I can’t wait to read all the books in the Off-Campus series. Yay!

Wow, hello back fellow Bisaya 😉

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