Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy ~ Review

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)Source: Purchased.

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy

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.

After reading and loving The Deal, I was so ready to continue on with the Off-Campus series...but also nervous because hype. But I took the plunge anyway with book 2, Logan's book. The Mistake. A title that makes me even MORE nervous. But I gave it a chance anyway and did end up liking it.

It's a bummer, though, because I can't really sing this one praises the way I did The Deal. I liked The Mistake but I definitely didn't love it. The easiest way to explain is to break this down.

What I enjoyed about The Mistake:
- The second half of the book. I'll talk about the first half in a minute, but the second half was so good. I was into it and very much invested.
- Logan. He's hilarious. Definitely the kind of guy that's hard to take seriously at a first glance but he's such a great guy. Kind and loyal and caring and so, so funny. I loved him.
- Grace. Her confidence? The best. She set her standards and stuck to them and I admire that every day of the week. And then once someone becomes important to her, she's got their back. She's just freaking awesome.
- Logan and Grace together. They had a rocky start and it took a bit for them to really mesh, but I love them as a couple. I especially love that Grace have Logan a list of things to do and he did them. They're cute and sweet and I'm a fan.

Now for things that I didn't particularly enjoy about The Mistake:
- The first half of the book. So here's the thing--the book is called The Mistake. Which means someone (more than likely, almost definitely, Logan) was going to make a mistake. So I spent the first chunk of the book waiting for the mistake to be made and things to fall apart. This took away from the experience of reading the first half because it took me so long to really get INTO the book.
- Something about this one just didn't feel as...natural as The Deal was. As I said, I'm a fan of Logan and Grace, but the way their stories and relationship (and their relationship *conflicts*) unfolded almost seemed kind of forced sometimes. Especially on Logan's end, honestly.

Overall, The Mistake didn't exactly live up to my expectations but I did end up liking it. And I have this suspicion that I'll like it better on re-reads (now that I know I can relax more in the beginning)--because I WILL be re-reading. This whole series is total re-read bait. I love it.

3 stars - I liked it, but suspect I'll like it even better on re-reads.

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