Book Review: The Score

The Score (Off-Campus #3)
by Elle Kennedy

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

TeriLyn's thoughts: The Score is my new favorite of the Off-Campus series! Dean Di Laurentis and Allie Hayes shine right off the pages. Their banter and dialogue takes us on a mature NA adventure in which I found myself flipping furiously through the pages. Elle Kennedy has a distinct NA writing voice; told from both Dean and Allie's points of view, her characters experience college at full force as her expert writing enraptures the reader from beginning to end.

Dean's charm captured me from the first book in the series and I couldn't wait to read his story while likewise Allie's charisma grabs your attention. Both strong, interesting characters coupled together their story become explosive. Already friends, Dean - the player, the seemingly uninterested slacker - wants to show Allie - the drama queen, the relationship nester - the "Life of Dean" subsequently while introducing her to "Little Dean". He has so much to offer the world and Allie. Their romance blossoms from friends, to screw buddies, to something very sweet. The way Elle Kennedy unfolds the story ... well I couldn't stop reading even though I really wanted to savor every single sentence. There's just something about these two, their humor and wit, their intelligence, and how well they mesh together and help each other grow throughout the book in a very subtle, unconscious way that makes you want to read about them forever. As the major conflict reveals itself I found myself reeling. It took a turn that I didn't expect and how Kennedy unravels that was quite brilliant. The Life of Dean is a happy place to be, indeed. I'd love to read a novella in the future about these two as they have such natural chemistry in connecting and enchanting a reader.

This is a great series and in true Elle Kennedy fashion the moment at the end when she gives us a tease of what's to come next couldn't have been any better. I can't wait for the elusive Tucker to charm us in The Goal. A definite must read series!

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