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Book Review – The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Off-Campus, #1
February 24, 2015 by Elle Kennedy Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
342 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.


I’ve been hearing a lot of positive reviews of this book, The Deal by Elle Kennedy which is the first book of the Off-Campus series and since I enjoyed the second book, The Mistake, without second thoughts, I decided to get a copy.  And it’s definitely worth it!

I am actually having a rough week so far, I’ve been sick on and off and been busy at work because our big boss is visiting us here in Cebu to do some training. So yep, I haven’t been active lately and because I’m/was sick, I’m currently out of my blogging funk and so is my reading vibe, huhu.

Even with that mood, I managed to slip this book into my schedule and it took me 2 days to finish it. What a shame eh? It’s not because I didn’t enjoy the story but I’m just really juggling with my busy schedule and with my annoying fever. It keeps on coming back! Actually, I’m still having a cough while writing this review, so please bear with me.

I finished this one last night but just managed to write my review today. I usually write a draft of my review after finishing the book but I was so tired last night, so, tadah. After reading some positive reviews of this book, I was really certain that I will love this one so much. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy and love this one but not love like to the highest level. Maybe it’s because of my current mood or maybe because I expected too much? Well, I dunno.

But hey! 4 stars is a pretty good rating, so don’t get disappointed there *wink.  I certainly love how Hannah and Garrett’s story started. I always love c*cky, over confident and oh-so hot hero and reading about how he is chasing Hannah was quite entertaining, haha. I guess I was already on the third chapter when I realized that Garrett is one of my favorite characters in this series by reading the second book and I was also girl crushing Hannah. I really do have a bad memory lol. 

I’m not very much a fan of pretend relationships but sometimes, I do enjoy reading some, and this one sure is one of them. Ofcourse it’s obvious that their pretend relationship will turn out real in the end but I was still surprised to find out how that happened. No annoying situations were introduced until I reached the part about Garrett’s father blackmailing Hannah. Yep, sorry for the spoiler there hehe. That one was a well-known cliché conflict so I was kind of disappointed. Ofcourse I understand why Hannah did what she did but having to read and watched so many romance stories before, it’s still better to be open about your partner and tell them everything even if you think it will hurt them. But nah, who knows eh?

I think the consolation I got was Garrett’s reaction about it. My! I was really not wrong in loving this guy. Even if he didn’t know what’s up with Hannah, even if he’s hurting, he still didn’t give up on her. And my! I was really laughing at what he did lol. And the confrontation at the male locker was really really funny and sexy at the same time haha. While I’m thinking about that scene, I can’t help but grin like an idiot lol.

Even if it’s not my favorite book in the series so far, I have to say that I can see why many readers love this one. The introduction with the characters and the setting was absolutely better than the second book but it still wouldn’t hinder you to enjoy the other books in this series even if you failed to read this one. Hey, did you forget I read the second book first? Haha. And take note, it received a 4.5 rating from me *wink.

Just like the second book, this one has some family issues both with the main characters and I really love that part. I love that even with the almost perfect characters you can be able to relate with them because of what they experienced and endured. But unlike the second book, it’s kind of a bummer that Garrett wasn’t able to have a proper closure with his j*rk of a dad. Reading how his dad did to him, I was really mad, but the last scene was quite..I dunno, sad? Well, I feel kind of sorry for him actually. But well, who would have known? Maybe he finally realized what he did and enrolled himself in rehab eh?

But even with the lack of proper closure on Garrett’s part, I’m still happy with how everything turned out between him and Hannah. Aww, they truly belong to each other. They’re actually one of my favorite couples so far.

For the characters, I adore Hannah even just by reading the second book, and reading this one totally intensified my fascination for her. I love that even after what happened to her, she’s still as pure as ever, it’s just, is she for real?! I couldn’t imagine what I would do if I was raped. Yep, sorry for dropping another bummer there, I just have to. She’s amazing, now I understand why Logan is crushing on him in the first place lol. I really love her character, the only thing I hated was about the blackmailing thing lol. But so far, she’s good.

For Garrett baby? What could I say, I love this guy. Reading the second book, I always think he’s really nice. But when I was acquainted more with his character, my, it’s starting to fade haha. It’s really not a bad thing, he’s still a good guy, but I was kind of….I dunno…I wasn’t anticipating his pervy side, haha. Aside from the perfect physical appearance and amusing c*ckiness,it was just nice to finally find out about his not-so pleasant past and what he’s been dealing with. I’m just happy how Hannah is changing his life especially about his wrong perception on having a girlfriend.

As usual, this one is a very easy to read story from Elle Kennedy because the words and terms used were very reader friendly especially to someone like me whose English is not a native language. I guess the only thing that was quite a challenge to me was the abundance of sexy scenes haha. I’m a young at heart that’s why I always love YA, but ofcourse there were times that I think I love NA more haha.

If you love romantic sports stories, then you’ll absolutely enjoy this one.

P.S. You can read it standalone.

Special mention: Dean, you’ll next in line  so get ready haha *wink


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6 years ago

So many people have loved this series, so glad you are really enjoying it as well! Wonderful review. 😀

6 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Thank you 🙂

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

I haven’t read this author but this book sounds really good.

6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, this series were really good Mary, I’m confident you’ll enjoy them too 😉

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Hope you’re feeling better, Vanessa! Isn’t that how it always is- get sick and the boss visits? LOL

Glad you enjoyed this one and your blogging funk and reading funk are over.

6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Haha, true Sophia Rose. I’m feeling fine now but I’m still having a cough 🙁

Thanks Sophia 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh man. Hope you’re feeling better! Love Kennedy. I haven’t tried this series yet but thinking I’ll love it. It’s one of my favorite tropes, too, so yay!

6 years ago

I’m feeling quite better now but I’m still having a bad cough 🙁
Yay. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this series Anna 😉

6 years ago

I haven’t tried her books yet!

6 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

This series is absolutely the perfect book to start if you’re planning to read from Elle Kennedy. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it too 🙂

Carole's Random Life
6 years ago

I am going to have to read this series soon. So many people love this series. Great review!

6 years ago

Yay. I’m pretty sure you’ll love this too Carole 🙂

Christy LoveOfBooks
6 years ago

I had a great time with this book, especially that confrontation in the locker room scene. 😀 Feel better!

6 years ago

Hehe, that’s one of my favorite scene too

6 years ago

Even if it wasn’t as good as you thought it would be I’m glad you had a great time. It’s sometimes complicated when you have high expectations before starting a novel

6 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yeah, true. But at least this one didn’t disappoint me that much 😉

Geybie's Book Blog
6 years ago

Awesome review, Vanessa. This is one of my two favorites in the series. 🙂

6 years ago

What’s your other favorite? My! I can’t wait to read Dean’s story

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I am yet to read this author. I heard great things about this series, I guess I need to check it out. Great review Vanessa.

6 years ago

Yay. Im pretty sure you’ll enjoy this series too Nadene 🙂

6 years ago

Expectations will get you every time lol I remember loving this one and the second not as much (but still liking it).

For What It’s Worth

6 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Yeah, that’s true. Expectations is such a bummer, but atleast I was still able to enjoy this one hehe

Alyssa Susanna
6 years ago

I liked this book a lot! I think I felt very similarly to you – I enjoyed it a lot but didn’t love it like some. I adored the book but didn’t bother to read the rest because I’m content with this one. Garrett was my favorite!!!

Fantastic review, Vanessa! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

6 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

Garrett was my favorite too hehe. Thanks Alyssa

A Belle's Tales
6 years ago

Aw, we’re so sorry you’ve been sick! Hope you feel better soon! So glad you liked this one, even if it didn’t wow you as much as the second one. But it sounds very enjoyable; thank you for putting this on our radar! Wonderful review 🙂

~Mckenzie & Michele

6 years ago

I’m still having a nasty cough, but I’m feeling better now. Thank you 🙂

Yeah, this one really is enjoyable. I’ve heard many readers who love this one of all the books in the series 😉

6 years ago

Sorry to hear you’ve been sick, sometimes that can influence your enjoyment of a book. It does sound like a good series and I heard a lot of positive things about it. I am not a big fan of pretend relationships either, but I have read some books that handled it well. The characters and romance sounds well done with how you describe it. Great review!

6 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Aww, thanks Lola.

6 years ago

Great review. I love that these can be read out of order and as stand-alones. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while. I hope you’ve finally kicked the cold and are feeling better.

6 years ago
Reply to  Kristin

I usually hate cliff hanger, so I always prefers this kind of series as they can be read standalone 🙂
I’ve kicked the cold but the cough is still here, but I’m feeling better now. Thanks Kristin

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