Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy: Review


He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA 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. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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Review by Yvette:

I’m just going to get this off my chest right off the bat: The Score was a 3 Star read for me. *whew* Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I will say that I enjoyed the book, although there should be an asterisk after that stating I liked the book…for what it was, which was a lighthearted, sugary-sweet romance. I was looking forward to Allie and Dean’s story, anticipating the playful banter of an opposites-attract romance and, while I got that to a certain extent, I couldn’t help but be disappointed at the relative lack of emotional substance between them. The sexual relationship between Allie and Dean is off-the-charts steamy, starting from a drunken hookup and gradually developing into a legitimate romance. Their chemistry is never in question, yet I had a difficult time accepting the swiftness of their romantic connection considering their relationship wasn’t built on a solid foundation.

Unlike with the previous books in the series, I didn’t feel as though Allie’s and Dean’s characters were as thoroughly developed as they could’ve been. Our first glimpse of Dean finds him in the midst of a sexual encounter, while Allie is introduced fresh off of a break-up with her longtime boyfriend. The premise pretty much sets up the entire narrative, following along with Dean’s carefree, life-of-the-party lifestyle, while Allie vacillates between feeling guilty for moving on and knowing she’s made the right choice to end her toxic relationship. I feel like the book focused so much on issues between Allie and a third party or Dean and a third party, which left little time for Allie and Dean to get to know each other beyond superficialities. It seemed that everything I learned about their characters only scratched the surface of who they were. I’m not one who typically revels in angsty situations but I found myself craving some type of conflict between them that would shake things up.

In the end, The Score was a fun and flirty read, enjoyable, but missing the emotional draw of the first two books in the series. My favorite parts of the book were when the Off Campus crew was together, joking around and bringing a liveliness to the story. Unfortunately, with The Score, I didn’t love the main characters as much as I wanted to. I wanted a connection stronger than physical attraction and I never really felt like we got that from Allie and Dean. Everything we learned about Allie and Dean as individuals and as a couple felt as if the author was telling us why they were perfect together rather than showing and, after falling in love with previous couples in the series, I expected and hope for more.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 Stars

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