Monday, April 27, 2015

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy: ARC Review


He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

Releases: April 28, 2015

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About the Author:

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:

There’s nothing more satisfying than having a book meet your exceedingly high expectations. The Deal is one of my favorite books of the year so, going in to Logan’s book, The Mistake, I expected nothing short of perfection and Elle Kennedy delivered yet another laugh-out-loud comedy with a sweet, sexy romance and a touch of gut-clenching angst. The Mistake is less sports-centric than its predecessor, focusing more on the character development of protagonists, Grace and Logan, whose burgeoning romance is impacted by their attempts to figure out who they are and what they want from life. With The Mistake, the author has proven the Off Campus series to be a consistently funny, emotionally compelling read with whip smart dialogue and inviting characters.

Heroes in romance novels are typically suave, eloquent specimens of near-perfection, which usually has me rolling my eyes thinking a guy would never say or do such and such. Elle Kennedy is particularly adept at writing male perspectives, so every conversation between Logan and his hockey teammates was downright entertaining to read because they talked and acted like actual college students, hurling expletive-filled insults at each other and lacing every other sentence with sexual innuendo. The author has a relaxed writing style, which, combined with characters that trade witty barbs and good-naturedly rib each other, give the narrative a lighthearted, fun feel befitting of the characters’ personalities.

Like with The Deal, The Mistake is notable for the connection between its two main characters. The combination of a somewhat socially awkward freshman girl and a popular playboy hocked player may seem a bit off-kilter but Logan and Grace hit it off right off the bat. Logan seems like a typical jock, hooking up with a new girl every night and while that’s true to a certain extent, the perennial jokester and unapologetic playboy from the previous book happens to have worries and responsibilities that reveal a more serious side. As a college freshman, Grace is under a different kind of pressure trying to navigate the world of adulthood, albeit clumsily. She is a regular victim of foot-in-mouth syndrome which is as amusing as it is cringe-worthy. As mismatched as they may seem, they have an undeniable chemistry and an easy friendship that just works.

Logan and Grace may take a while to get their you-know-what together (see: the book’s title) but I enjoyed every stumbling step of the way. Side note: I just want to thank Elle Kennedy for not reducing Grace to a doormat. I've lost count of how many times I've cursed out a heroine for putting up zero resistance when a guy comes crawling back after majorly screwing up. Yes, I loved Logan and forgave his foolish tendencies but I appreciated that Grace had a backbone and made Logan use his considerable charms to get back on her good side. Overall, The Mistake was an unforgettable read that kept me glued to my Kindle from page one to that absolutely perfect epilogue. There are books I read and enjoy then move on to the next one and then there are books that leave a lasting impression so that once I’m finished, I actively looks for books with a similar storyline, hoping to recapture that same magical quality. The Mistake is, of course, the latter.

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

Rating: 5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I'm so stoked for this series. I can't even put my finger on it as to why, but I am. Thanks for the review.