Release Day Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

the scoreThe Score by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #3
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: Jan 11, 2016
ARC provided by the author via Nina Bocci PR

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.

D.G.’s Rating: 3.5 skulls = B

The Score was good light read, both funny and sexy. I enjoyed it, but I felt it was a fluffy clone of the The Deal, without the depth.

If you remember from The Deal, Allie is Hannah’s roommate and BFF, the one with the on and off boyfriend. After the latest break up and a set of somewhat convoluted circumstances, she spends the night with Dean in his house, where a (fade to black!) drunken hook up ensues. Even though Dean has pretty much slept with half the female population in campus, Allie proves to have the Magic Hoo-Ha and after having her, another WILL NOT DO! (*snort*)

There wasn’t much I can say about the relationship, as it followed a predictable pattern from the other books in the series: they hook up, they become official, they break up and get together before graduation. They were nice and funny together but there wasn’t much about them that was particularly remarkable or touching.

Given Dean’s almost pathological man-whore behavior and his refusal to date, I thought there was going to be a deep dark wound somewhere but nope. We learn that the ‘Life of Dean’ is pretty sweet: he’s handsome, rich, athletic, smart and charming, with a great family. I loved that the author broke the “rich family = horrible parents” stereotype but besides an issue with a high-school girlfriend, Dean has it pretty good. Which was the point of some heartbreak for him at the end, which I felt should have had more ripples than it did.

The best part of the book for me was Dean’s realization that he had a calling, although the author should have acknowledged that he wasn’t good enough of a Hockey player to get drafted – this is the way of life for college athletes: only 7% of NCAA Ice Hockey athletes go pro. I think this could have been a great plot, Dean wanting to play professional Hockey but realizing he wasn’t good enough and that he couldn’t have everything he wanted. But instead, the author let a great opportunity pass her by and portrayed it as if Dean didn’t want to play Hockey professionally. Romance heroes don’t have to be good at everything!

I liked Allie but again, there wasn’t much remarkable about her (with the exception that she was a great lay.) The “crisis” alluded in the description is pretty much non-existent: she learns that maybe she doesn’t want to do what she thought she always wanted. Shocker! A college student whose plans change after graduation!! This was, again, solved a tad too conveniently considering that she’s an actress. Given that the unemployment rate for actors is over 90%, it was simply CRAZY for her to take the risk she took at the end.

The way the book ended shows a lot of promise for the end of the series so I’m really looking forward to Tucker’s story.

Series Reading Order
1. The Deal
2. The Mistake
3. The Score

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

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Comments 4

  • I’ve seen rave reviews for the first book in the series, but have yet to pick it up. But argh, you pointed out so many things that the author could have done differently, which would have made this one a lot better. I’m a big fan of realism in my contemporaries!
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    • The first in the series is FABULOUS so I totally recommend it. I just feel that the rest of the books in the series haven’t lived up to that first book (although I have hopes for the last one.)

  • Where I live, hockey is a religion. I know parents of hockey kids who have been pressured to send their children away to school to increase their child’s chances of being noticed by hockey scouts. At least this character got an education which is more than can be said of the usual routes to the NHL.
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    • He’s rich so hockey is an extracurricular activity for him and his parents don’t want him to play professional hockey because “that’s now what a DiLaurentis does.” But I know what you mentioned definitely happens!