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Off Campus Series: The Deal and The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Having tried both new adult and adult contemporary romance by Elle Kennedy, I definitely prefer the former. I will be purchasing the next book(s) in her Off Campus series as soon as they become available or I have less than 10 books in my To Be Read pile, whichever comes first.

The Deal

Cheat From Amazon: 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. 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.

I am guessing that the study partner/jock trope in New Adult romance is the equivalent of an arranged marriage/rake trope in not-new adult romance, and it’s one I happen to really enjoy. Two people are plonked together and inevitably find their way to love. Garrett pursues Hannah quite diligently to be his tutor and then confidently to be her boyfriend.

The Deal is the book I am currently making a point of loaning to friends. Wading into the new adult romance genre, I’ve been zooming around Amazon trying to find good books. Kristin Callihan’s Game On series was a good start, (thanks, Malin) but Kennedy’s books are even better and the stellar reviews are warranted. The characters feel real, the story telling is sincere, and they’re a lot of fun.

The Mistake (Logan/Grace)

Cheat From Amazon: 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. 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.

This second book in Kennedy’s Off Campus series had both a lighter tone and a little more melodrama than The Deal; fortunately, it was balanced with a heavy dose of humour and a willingness to take time (ARE YOU LISTENING OTHER ROMANCE AUTHORS?) to build the relationship. Grace and Logan are thrown together and experience instant chemistry, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have issues to sort through first individually and then as a team. Logan was sweet and determined in his own cheeky way, while Grace always knew who she was, but learned to trust herself before being able to trust Logan. It’s not quite as good as The Deal, but it was worth reading and time will tell if I feel like revisiting it.

Next up in the Off Campus series is The Score about the guy who has spent the past two books getting busy with women in Logan and Garrett’s living room. He’s insouciant and louche and I was very curious to read his story and find out why he never actually brings women to his bedroom.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

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One Night of Sin and One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

These two books passed the time pleasantly enough, but were nothing special or particularly compelling. The first was cheap and highly recommended, the second was cheaper and had equal reviews. I didn’t bother with the third in the After Hours series.  Elle Kennedy has a large back catalogue I am looking at and I can already recommend to of her new adult romances, The Deal and The Mistake, more highly.

One Night of Sin and One Night of Scandal are for all the well-behaved women out there who have longed for a big, tattooed bad boy.  Not just nightclub owners, but also former MMA fighters, the men are big softies hiding behind tough, traditionally, emphatically masculine exteriors. The women are romance novel average which means that they have ordinary careers, but are gorgeous, secretly wild, sensual goddesses, but then aren’t we all.

One Night of Sin

Short Version:  Bad boy who’s not so bad, nice girl who needs to cut loose. Relations lead to a relationship.

Long Version Cheat from Amazon: When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants. Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

One Night of Scandal

Short version: Bad boy and nice girl who have been secretly pining for each other while she dated his best friend get their chance.

Long Version Cheat from Amazon: Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman–especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.  Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules–and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them.

Links to my other reviews can be found on my complete reading list of books sorted by author or Author Commentary & The Tallies Shameful.

The Complete Reading List by Author

Short Version: Recommended books are in bold, reviewed books are linked, these are ruthlessly streamlined recommendations lists –

So You Want to Read a (Historical) Romance
Ten Great Romance Novellas to Get You Started
Plus just for funsies: The Worst Romance Novels I Have Ever Read

I have more content based lists over there on the right  –>

Annual Reading Tallies & Author Commentary 2012 – 2017
On reading romance: Emotional Version and Pseudo-Intellectual Version.

My AUTOBUY List (Links Will Take You to a Summary of the Author’s Catalogue)
Tessa Dare (on double-secret probation right now actually)
Laura Florand
Lisa Kleypas
Julie Anne Long
Courtney Milan – The. Very. Best.

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Albert, Annabeth Waiting for Clark (Bryce/Clark)
Albert, Annabeth Save the Date (Randall/Hunter)
Alexander, R.G. Ravenous novella (Declan/Trick/Jennifer)
Alexander, Victoria Love with the Proper Husband (Marcus/Gwen)
Alexander, Victoria Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover novella (Robert/Amelia)
Alexander, Victoria The Prince’s Bride (Rand/Jocelyn)
Alexander, Victoria The Importance of Being Wicked (Winfield/Miranda)
Alexander, Victoria Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagements novella (Winfield/ Felicia&Lucy&Caroline)
Alvarez, Tracey In Too Deep (West/Piper)
Andre, Bella The Way You Look Tonight (Rafe/Brooke)
Ann, Jewel E. When Life Happened (Gus/Parker)
Ashe, Katharine In the Arms of a Marquess (Ben)
Ashley, Jennifer The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Ian, not surprisingly/Beth) – GENRE OUTLINE
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