I’ve only recently gotten into New Adult books and The Deal was recommended to me by quite a few people. Good news because I super loved this book! It was hot and funny and had just the right amount of reality and drama; it felt real, like I could picture being at college with these people. Plus sports!!! It was a really fun book with all the tropes that I love: fake dating, slow burn romance and best of all, hate to love by way of a tentative friendship AKA my kryptonite! Parts of the book were more serious than I anticipated but it didn’t feel exploitive or drama for the sake of drama, which was good. Also ONE DIRECTION REFERENCES. So here for that haha :)
Besides TOTALLY loving Garrett (oh my god) and Hannah, I love that they communicated like adults. It didn’t take half a book to resolve an argument, it took a few pages. So refreshing. They had the most amazing chemistry and I loved how they bantered with each other. And hot damn was this book super sexual sexy. Oh my godddd. Like, my face was burning while I was reading but I loved it haha. I also loved Garrett’s friends, I’m so glad there will be companion books! I also read The Mistake and loved that too ;)
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: February 24th 2015
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, 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.