Release Launch/Review Tour: The Mistake: Elle Kennedy

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2)
Elle Kennedy
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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.
John Logan has a few issues--a crush on someone he shouldn't,  family obligations, school pressure, and future hockey dreams that may never happen. He has been distracting himself with avoidance, parties, and casual sex. But his life is suffocating him and it is hard for him to find peace with his present and future. The one bright spot seems to be a shy, quiet, funny freshman who came into his life unexpectedly and makes him smile. But due to all of his other issues, he seems to keep making mistakes with her. 

Grace may be younger, naive, inexperienced, and awkward, but she is also smart, sassy, and funny.  But no matter what a catch Logan is, she is not going to continue letting herself get her hopes up and get disappointed by him. She is too strong willed to be just a distraction or a door mat. She won't be used or manipulated and does not want to be hurt or disappointed again.

But Logan begins to realize that maybe he made a bigger mistake than even he originally thought. He has limited time left to enjoy his college life and be happy before having to settle into his future real life, so he needs to figure out what he really wants and what will make him happy.

Grace is gaining confidence and strength and  is determined to make positive changes to her life. And if Logan wants another chance, she is going to make him work for it. I liked that she had a back bone and was not just going to fall at the hockey star's feet whenever he decided to give her attention.

Logan was such a fun character. He was such a hot confused mess in the beginning, but I really liked him. I loved Logan's eagerness to please and resourcefulness. He was sweet, loyal, caring, thoughtful, and not afraid of big romantic gestures. But he was also a jealous, protective man with trust issues and sometimes had a hard time opening up. I liked seeing him take on challenges, but I really felt for him and the struggles he was facing about his future. 

I enjoyed the banter between Logan and Grace. They had a fun rapport and good chemistry. And they were a good fit as far as personalities and bringing out the best in each other.  I also enjoyed the humorous interactions with Logan and his friends Garrett, Hannah, Tucker, and Dean. They totally cracked me up as they tortured each other. Her friends Ramona, Daisy and Morris added a bit more drama and depth to the story. 

This was funny, sweet, romantic, and emotional. Like in The Deal, the characters' lives and family dynamics have some complications and difficult history. It was told in dual point of view which I enjoyed especially when they were not together and we needed to see into their heads. 

I love this engaging series and this group of quirky characters with a hockey/college background. I am looking forward to vain, rich, cocky Dean's story and gruff, goofy Tucker's as well. I also like the football player Beau and he would make a good hero too. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

John Logan wants his best friend’s girl. Watching Hannah and Garrett together is getting to be too much for Logan and he uses any opportunity he can find to avoid them, from partying to one night stands that leave him feeling empty.

Grace Ivers just wants to lose her V-card. When John Logan, the hottest guy on campus, mistakenly knocks on her door, she thinks she’ll finally do the deed. But a series of setbacks mean Logan doesn’t sleep with her, and her freshman year is less than stellar.

When they return to school in the Fall, Logan is determined to fix his mistakes and get Grace back, while Grace is determined to make him work for it.

Logan had a lot of learning about himself to do over the course of the book. For being such a confident hockey player, he actually had quite a few things off the ice that needed his attention. He is dreading a future running his father’s garage and taking care of his father rather than playing hockey professionally, which causes him to react less than rationally when faced with questions of the future.

Grace is such a straight shooter, that even when things are looking down, she doesn’t stay down and fights to find herself again. She is clear about what she wants, and focused on her goals. Though she wasn’t always so sure of herself. Freshman Grace was very different than Sophomore Grace, and I can’t say I wasn’t glad she did so much growing up over the summer.

Her friends were less than helpful, often. Her freshman roommate, Ramona, was probably the worst of all and had me wishing I could reach through my Kindle to smack her. I didn’t like the way she treated Grace, or the way Grace let her influence things rather blindly. But when Daisy, the new roommate showed up, there is a different Grace in the room and I loved the dynamic those two quickly developed.

This story had me alternately cheering and heartbroken for these two. Miscommunication, misinformation, and fear often get in the way of what should have been an easy start for them. There is plenty from Garrett and Hannah, and the other roommates, Tucker and Dean.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1)
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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.

Elle Kennedy
A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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