Book Review: The Deal

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

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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: It's been a while since I've read a book purely New Adult so I'm super glad when I went on vacation I chose The Deal for one of my beach reads. While the story hails as a typical bad boy/good girl college love story the elements and plot of The Deal were well written in an easy, effortless dialogue that made it impossible not to fall in love with these characters.

The story is told from both of the main characters first person points of view. Garrett and Hannah's banter, charm, and easy friendship made their relationship quite appealing while giving NA readers everything they crave. Their story goes from fast, funny friends to fun, giving relationship. Neither expected each other to mean to them what they did but once it's realized all bets are off as Garrett and Hannah show us what perfect college love is all about. Each of them brings a great vulnerability to the plot with their back story's but neither let's those vulnerabilities consume their lives. When the angst and eventual conflict hit, the two are so taken with each other the transition feels easy and natural while Garrett Graham will make you fall in love with him all over again. The up-front honesty from both Garrett and Hannah starting from the beginning was refreshing. I just adored these two. I could have continued reading about them and their story for far longer as the easy nature and subtle angst of the two made for delightful reading.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with The Deal and these characters and conversely because I was so engaged it didn't take me long to finish their story at all. And while the next book focuses on two different characters, I very much look forward to reading Elle Kennedy's next in the series.

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