The Deal & The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Title: The Deal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: February 24th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
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 adored this book. Elle Kennedy had me hooked from the first chapter.  The Deal was one of those books you take with you everyone just so you can keep reading it.  I was lugging my kindle all over the house, I needed more and more.  Between the great story line and steamy scenes, I was flying through this book.

The Deal does have common character roles, popular athletes and a smart but quieter girl. Before you think, "Oh,  no this sounds predictable and I have seen it before," STOP! Don't worry, while The Deal does focus on two very stereotypical roles, Kennedy keeps the dialogue fresh and the characters like-able.  My favorite three aspects of this book are Hanna, Garrett, and the hockey team.  Hannah is a strong female character who is not afraid to give grief and attitude.  The banter between the two is fantastic.  I loved how Garrett, a former player, was not a jerk to Hannah (at least not for the sake of being plain mean).  He wanted to protect her and be a good guy.  Lastly I loved the hockey aspects and the teammate's secondary roles.

Go read The Deal!  It's full of fun banter, hot hockey players and a smart girl.   Both characters grow over the course of the book with the reader along for the steamy but heart warming, aww-inducing read!

Title: The Mistake
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: May 6th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
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.


The Mistake is a companion novel to The Deal.  It stands alone but the reader gets brought back into the college hockey team's world.  This book focuses on John Logan, another hockey player.  Logan tries to run away from his problems and end up at the Freshman dorms where he meets Grace.

As the story progresses the reader learns more and more about Logan's back story and family.  The story also follows Grace through her up and downs and self-reflection.  The dynamic between the two is steamy without any attachments and feelings.  Those come later.  Unlike book one, this book is less of a slow build but rather a roller coaster romance that starts right away.  The writing style is incredibly readable between the alternating POVs and adorable moments.

I hands down recommend this series if you are looking for a fast and steamy read!  I cannot wait to see what The Score has in store.

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