Review: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

February 19, 2016 2016 Review Challenge, 4 Stars, Book Review, contemporary, ebook, Erotic Romance, friends to lovers, New Adult (NA), Romance, self published, series, slice of life 1 ★★★★

Review: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy four-stars
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Published by Elle Kennedy on February 24, 2015
Genres: Romance
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
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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.

The Deal is amazingly cute! A ton of my Goodreads friends have been reading The Deal for weeks now – and all of them were squeeing about it. I don’t normally read NA (New Adult) but I read this one because of all the praise.

I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and bought it.

As I said, The Deal is amazingly cute. I adored Garrett – he was not what I expected at all. I was also a fan of Hannah. I loved how well Hannah and Garrett completed each other. I also loved the fact that Hannah and Garrett became friends first. And I loved that the snark was strong in both of them. 😉

While maintaining that high level of cute, The Deal handled some pretty deep subjects in (what I felt) was a very deft way: family, abuse and rape.

The only issue – and it was not really an issue, per se, was Hannah’s rape. This rape happened years before the start of The Deal so this is not a trigger warning (unless even a discussion of it triggers, of course). The issue I had (at first) was that she was raped at all but in reality, women and girls are raped daily. Those women deserve to read a book that has someone in it just like them, too. They deserve to read about something so horrible happening to someone that they can identify with – and to read about that person still finding love and having great sex. So, more than anything I guess I was just upset that Hannah was raped, period.

Honestly, if all NA books were like this, I would be a huge NA fan.


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