Release Day Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

the mistakeThe Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: April 28, 2015
ARC provided by the author via Nina Bocci PR

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.

D.G.’s Rating: 3 skulls = B-

I soo wanted to like The Mistake. I really, really wanted to like it. But no matter how much I loved Logan, the heroine spoiled it for me.

Grace started well enough. She was a bit OCD, nervous around guys and the type who let her best friend call the shots. I liked her at the beginning, but I just didn’t like the person she became after the “mistake”. At this point, you are probably imagining that man-slut Logan took advantage of sweet, inexperienced Grace but he just did something that wouldn’t have been an issue if he had been a woman.

He decided not to have intercourse with Grace. After they had already gotten naked.

This turned Grace into a resentful, childish, self-involved drama queen, because “he rejected me! he humiliated me!” I won’t explain Logan’s reasons because they simply don’t matter. He thought they shouldn’t have sex, end of story. Just like a woman has the right to stop sex at any moment, a man can do the same. What’s good for the goose and all that.

Of course I understand her being hurt and humiliated (I mean, who wouldn’t?) but not for one moment did Grace take stock of the situation and realize that maybe she assumed too much. You see, before deciding to bestow her virginity upon Logan, she knew exactly 4 things about him: 1) He’s a star hockey player, 2) He sleeps around, 3) He likes action movies & 4) He’s local. The first two she knew because he was famous at school, the last two because he volunteered the information. She never shows one iota of interest in him as a person, she never asks him one thing about his life or interests, not even his major or freaking hockey. She just thinks that since he’s a man-slut and he’s fooled around with her a couple of times, of course he’ll jump at the chance to divest her of her virginity. When he doesn’t, she’s outraged.

Myself, I thought it was pretty decent of Logan to be honest with her. Yes, his timing sucked and he could have been more tactful in such a delicate situation but how things turned out wasn’t all on him. If only she had taken the time to listen to him and not be so affronted because she didn’t have the free use of his penis, then she would have understood that he was actually a good guy trying to do the right thing.

The worst part is that both Grace and Logan act like he did an unforgivable thing and he spends the rest of the book trying to atone for his “mistake.” It was galling, I tell you.

After that, she decides to stop letting people walk all over her – which in general I would have approved – but I didn’t like how she goes about it. She gets the habit of saying she’s not something and then behaving exactly in that manner. She doesn’t hold grudges she says, but then she ignores her best friend Ramona and Logan for 3 months. She doesn’t play games, she says but then she asks Logan to complete 6 tasks to go out on a date with her. She never forgives Ramona for something she did (if she had forgiven her, she wouldn’t have kept Ramona at arms length) and starts treating Ramona almost as a chore she has to put up with. This was a friend who fought bullies for her in high school and Grace cannot even forgive her or realize that she was part to blame for the uneven balance of power in their friendship – after all, Ramona walked over her because Grace let her.

What saved this book was Logan and his friends. Oh and Evelyn and Pace (two minor characters) were freaking hilarious! But Logan was simply marvelous. He was so loyal and honest, not afraid to “man up” no matter how unpalatable something seemed. He has a horrible situation at home and he’s willing to compromise his future because he wants to do right by his family. Like almost every character in the book, I thought he was crazy to consider such a thing but I knew his heart was in the right place. I’m not sure though that I believed how the situation with Wellsy was resolved and I didn’t get why he was so hung up on Grace but Logan was a great hero. I just wished he didn’t have such a self-involved drama queen for a girlfriend. Even at the end, when Logan is going through a difficult situation with his family and even having panic attacks, she turns it around so it’s all about her. What kind of woman can’t cut her boyfriend some slack when he’s upset? I mean, really! I thought that SHE should have apologized to HIM. Instead, we have him doing a big gesture and I just imagined her demanding he grovel in public for the rest of his life for every offense, real or imagined.

I’m not sure whose books is next – I’m very curious what’s the deal with Dean. I’ll definitely read it because I love these guys but please Ms. Kennedy, no more double standards! If you are going to make a point in your book that a woman has a right to own her sexuality, then please don’t ruin it by saying that a man can’t do the same.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thanks to Elle Kennedy and Nina Bocci PR for providing a review copy of this book.

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