The Deal (Off-Campus, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

The Deal

Fantastic New Adult Sports Romance!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: ❤️💙💜💛❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🤨☺️🙃😎🥰

The heroine: Hannah Wells – Hannah was raped back in her home town while attending a party in High School and the whole town turned against her. She is now in her Junior year as a music major at Briar University. She has dated a few guys since the incident in high school but has issues with intimacy.

The Hero(es): Garrett Graham – the captain of the Hockey team, he lives for Hockey and is quite a player in more than one way. His father is a famous former NHL player and Hockey God whom Garrett has an extremely strained relationship with. Garrett needs to keep up his GPA to keep playing hockey and is failing a class he shares with Hannah, though he is doing well in most of his other classes.

The Love Story: Hannah has a huge crush on another athlete who only goes out with women that are of a certain social standing. Garrett tells her that Justin will take notice of Hannah if she is dating someone like him. The two make a deal where Hannah will tutor Garrett and they pretend to date to get Justin’s attention

I liked the narration on this one, and I am liking audiobooks more and more as I hear more of them. The man had a good voice which fit the character. The woman had a slight Boston accent which fit with the character though it wasn’t too pronounced which I liked. The characters banter a lot and these two had great voices for that. I liked that the woman has this deadpan, careless tone in her voice when Hannah is fed up with Garrett.

The story was pretty standard new adult sports romance fare, but I love that. I don’t know how many books I have read where the two main characters are in college, the Hero is a BMOC athlete who needs tutoring by the smart unpopular girl, but I just can’t get enough.

This one had some good side stories as well with each of the main characters having family issues, the storyline about Hannah’s crush on Justin. The romance was good. I really liked the character of Garrett, though he is a player he is a nice guy and I loved that the two of them binge watched Breaking Bad, one of my all time favorite shows.

The story got better and better as it went along, I loved the two main characters and the issues they were dealing with. This felt like a real romance with real life issues. Issues like abuse & rape were handled very well.


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