Friday, April 15, 2016

The Deal by Elle Kennedy ~ Review

Source:  Purchased eBook

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 love books where one character believes wholeheartedly that the other person is a certain way and they're just wrong.  It's always fun to watch the stereotypes fall.  Such is the case with the bad boy Hockey Player in The Deal.  He may have failed his mid-term but stupid he is not.  And his issues with relationships isn't what you'd expect either.  But the sarcastic Hannah Wells only has eyes for the new football player.  That doesn't make her your typical blond looking to hook-up with a jock.  Nope, she's brunette and normally doesn't go for the athletes.  But when Garrett "insists" she tutor him, both of their illusions are shattered.

Great characters.  I so love Garrett.  My heart just aches for him.  He has secrets he doesn't share with his teammates and his love of hockey has very little to do with his former professional hockey playing father.  Those secrets have molded him until all he wants is to play hockey and be free.  Still, there is so much more to Garrett.  He's a good friend and determined.  Once he discovers the connection between himself and his reluctant tutor, he is relentless in his determination.  And his care of her and her wounds captured my heart swiftly and completely.  I so love Garrett.

Then there is Hannah.  She's been through a horrible experience.  It shaped her in a way she doesn't like.  Parties should be a normal college girl thing but she can only focus on her protection.  And a normal relationship with a guy doesn't seem to be something she is capable of anymore.  She feels broken.  But a kiss teaches her there are guys that turn her on, well one guy.  But he's not part of her plan and he's so not her type.  You keep telling yourself that, honey.  There was this one moment I wanted to rage at her but she chose wisely and was forgiven.  I loved that she learned to trust Garrett.  I loved that they both made each other better.  I loved that Hannah saw the real Garrett and melted.

Then there's the hockey and the college life and the rest of the team and the HOT and sexy times and I could go on and on.  The writing is excellent.  The story has pretending, which I love.  And it's the kind of book you start and never want to put down.  It's the kind of book that has you running to buy the rest of the series.  It's great New Adult.  I really enjoyed it.  

This is where I thank Krista from Krista's Dust Cover for convincing me to pick this one up.  She was reading it when we shared a hotel room at ALA.  Yeah, her reactions while she read had me on my phone making the eBook purchase.  But I put off reading it FAR too long!

This one's awesome, pick it up. 


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