Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

the dealThe Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: Feb 24, 2015

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.

D.G.’s Rating: 4.5 skulls = A-

Just when I think I can’t take New Adult, a book like The Deal comes along to give me hope for the genre. Along with Easy, this is one of the best New Adult books I’ve read, with a great couple that falls in lust AFTER they get to know each other and who are working very hard to overcome their traumas (it’s New Adult, so of course there’s trauma.)

Garrett is failing one of his classes, which wouldn’t have been so bad if the school didn’t require him to keep a minimum GPA to play in the hockey team. When he finds out that one of the girls in his class is acing the tests, he asks her to tutor him. (“Please, master, teach me how to bullshit.”) To his surprise, Hannah’s not interested until he finds a way to convince her: he guarantees that by hanging out with him, she’ll get the attention of her crush, the only man who seems to crank her engine.

At the beginning, Hannah is not too keen on Garrett – he’s a hot, hunky star athlete and he knows it. She simply cannot believe how full of himself he is!

Do you high five yourself?”

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

But as they spend more time together, they become friends and that’s when the feelings surface (No insta-love! Isn’t that refreshing?) Hannah realizes Garrett is incredibly smart, funny, kind and very sweet. He’s also raunchy and a little bit outrageous, which I simply love in men.

Hell, yeah, keep complimenting me then,” he drawls. “But make sure to use your tongue when you do it.”

One of the best things about The Deal is that both Hannah and Garrett are working hard to overcome their past. Neither is bitter or defensive and they don’t think the world owes them anything because they suffered as teens.They are both good people who haven’t let the past define them. They have their baggage and are incredibly self-aware of how their situations have colored their view of the world.

When you’ve already been disappointed by the one person you’re supposed to trust most in your life, you’re not exactly keen on giving people any kind of ammunition over you.”

Unlike a lot of New Adult out there, there’s a feeling of optimism, like the world is theirs for the taking if only they work hard enough. Which is as it should be. If all young people are bitter and jaded, what hopes do we have for the future?

If you like steamy, fun and touching stories, I cannot recommend The Deal highly enough. It’s so worth the read!

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