Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Genre:  New Adult/College

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... and it’s going to be oh so good.

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.

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.

So I'm all about a good bad boy with heart, and that's exactly what I got in The Deal. The story wasn't super original... in fact I read a similar book a few days later with the same type of premise, but Elle Kennedy did it better.

I loved Garrett and Hannah from the word go.  Hannah has a past that has changed her, and from the summary where it says, "Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on..." you can probably guess a little bit about what one of those changes might be.  She's trying to get her life back, and that includes feeling more normal and getting beyond some of the troubles of her past.  Part of that is her crush on a guy that seems out of reach.  An so she works with Garrett to make her crush jealous in exchange for help on his school work.

Garrett was an amazing character.  He could have anyone, but after their first encounter, he wants Hannah.  I loved how very careful he was with her, how he worked so patiently to pull her walls down and to enjoy life, and all that that entails.  He never gave up on her despite the walls she puts up.  On the other hand, I loved how strong she has become in moving on from her tragedy. She was strong, but self-sacrificing in such a sweet way, that you just had to love her.

The writing in this book was cute at times, funny at others, sexy a lot, and poignant.  This was my first Elle Kennedy book, but I will definitely look for more stories by her.  I am looking forward to the next installment of this series.

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