The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series | Off-Campus #1
Release Date | February 24th, 2015
Published by Elle Kennedy Inc.
Genres | New Adult, Sports Romance
Format | Audiobook
Add to TBR | ADD TO GOODREADS
Buy | Amazon
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’ve had The Deal on my kindle for so long just waiting for me to read. It wasn’t until I learned that these books were getting new covers that it kick started my need to finally dive into this series. I went and got the audiobook since I had a few roadtrips planned and I was close to finishing with the listen, but just couldn’t wait … so I read the rest!
My love goes deep for Garret and Hannah. I loved what their friendship/relationship transformed into by the end of the book. We got to see the many stages of their relationship before their happy ever after and it sure was a funny, endearing and rather emotional journey. It was definitely more emotional than I expected it to be.
With Hannah and the absolute traumatic moment she faced at only 15 years and learning that Garret suffered years of abuse from his father, there are some heavy moments that generally bring them closer together. They had enough trust in each other as time went one that they were able to open themselves up. And I just loved where their tutoring sessions/chuckling bickering brought them. It was sweet and just cute!
I loved Hannah so damn much, she was such a relatable character. And I oh-so appreciated that Elle didn’t sugar coat the painful thing that she went through. Even now that she’s in college, she’s still bears scars from that day. She’s such a strong, smart girl and that wickedly quick wit that I couldn’t get enough of. It’s darn right near impossible to not love the girl.
Every aspect of this book was absolutely EVERYTHING. Their story was just natural and real, I loved how it went from acquaintance to friends to lovers (or well being together). I was completely lost in their story and didn’t want it to end. It was all oh-so-perfect and now I’m just going to keep on listening to the rest of this series.
NARRATION: The narrator was awesome, I honestly didn’t realize she was reading both POVs, but I’ll sum it up to how amazing she was and reading both. I hope the rest of the series is narrated by her, I’m a fan.