The Deal Review by Elle Kennedy

Title: The Deal

Series: Off-Campus #1

Author:  Elle Kennedy

Genre: New Adult, Romance



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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.

My thoughts:

This book was absolutely addictive, I’m putting it in my top favorite list, best New Adult of the year by far. The characters, all of them even the secondary characters were realistic, easy to love and intriguing, not something I can say every author is capable of achieving. A friend recommended it and as soon as I read the first few pages I was enthralled, finished it in a day and had the biggest book hangover ever!


I’ve never been a hockey fan, but damn, now it’s become my favorite sport. (GO BOLTS!) I Loved, adored, crushed and absolutely stalked Garrett Graham-all star Hockey player. He was just too adorable in all the right ways. I loved his confidence and arrogance, I know that sounds like the typical guy in every NA book but not Garrett, he is different trust me. He wasn’t ashamed to be himself to let it all out, which was super refreshing. The boy is unapologetically honest and crude with all his blush inducing sexual innuendos. I was cheering for him from the start, from the very first time I read his Pov and totally cracked up. His voice and personality absolutely shined through the pages.

“Yes, Hannah and I are friends. In fact, she’s the only female friend I’ve ever had. And yes, I want to keep being Hannah’s friend. But…I also want to sleep with her.”

Hannah was no less loveable, I can’t say I relate to the heroines in most books, they mainly tend to annoy me with all their drama and unwillingness to make decisions but Hannah was a welcoming change of pace. She is a strong heroine, determined and unafraid to push forward and speak her mind.

I was floored by all the humor and witty banter. It was laugh out loud funny, I mean come on: Stripper tits, man monster, penesis everywhere! I had to wipe tears from my eyes several times from laughing so hysterically. I must’ve looked like an insane person to everyone around me.

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?” “Two,” I reply cheerfully. “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.”

I was very impressed with the way the author did not revert to typical writing clichés to pump up the drama or create fuzz. It was refreshing to see these characters actually talking and letting their opinions known instead of just allowing convenient misunderstandings mess everything up. I kept expecting for things like that to happen and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t. That’s probably why I felt so close to the characters, their voices rang with truth and conviction, not just a set up for failure in order to achieve unnecessary angst. My highest  praises to Ms. Kennedy for a job well done.

Hannah and Garrett fought for each other tooth and nail. Their connection was believable and heartfelt, they weren’t afraid to call each other out on any bullshit and actually used their words to fix their problems. I know right, who knew you could actually talk things out and use honesty as a tool instead of drama

Their relationship was adorable, I couldn’t get enough. I mean there are books in which some parts drag and you just want to skim through to reach the end, not The Deal. I think is safe to say I might need a reread soon.

I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I absolutely couldn’t get enough. LOVED IT!



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 currently writes 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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