The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: April 28, 2015
Format: eARC, 297 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.
The first book in Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series, The Deal, is everything I love about new adult lit and more. It was different than a lot of the NA out there. It took chances. I loved the characters. I couldn’t wait to see how Elle would follow up that fantastic book and if I could possibly love Grace and Logan as much as I did Hannah and Garrett. And you know what? I totally did.
Logan could see his future very clearly. He had an agreement with his older brother that, once he graduated college, he would return home to the family business – and taking care of their disabled, alcoholic father – while his brother got an opportunity to live his life. His future was bleak, so he was living it up while he could. He loved hockey and wanted nothing more than to have the chance to go pro, but he owed it to his father and his brother. His dreams would have to take a backseat. He wasn’t really ok with that, but he’d resigned himself to it. So, he did whatever he wanted in college. Of course, that included a lot of drinking and hooking up. But all that began to change when he met Grace. He realized he did want more out of life.
I freaking adored Grace. She might’ve been a virgin, but she wasn’t the cliched version I’m accustomed to seeing in books. She wasn’t prudish or unrealistically innocent. She was just a real girl. She was also spunky and didn’t take any of Logan’s crap, which I loved. As great of a guy as he was, he didn’t always make good choices and she wasn’t going to let him walk all over her. I love a girl who doesn’t accept less than what she deserve. Case in point, when her “best friend” Ramona behaves abhorrently, she doesn’t mince words and accept her apology as to not ruffle feathers. It’s not often that I find a female character who is this strong, this honest and who doesn’t come off bitchy or unlikable.
I loved Logan and Grace together. I liked how they each grew together. They really found themselves while finding each other. I loved their banter. They had a ton of chemistry right from the very start – even if they started off a bit unconventionally. The sexy times were hot. Logan gave me the swoony moments I most want from a book boyfriend and I found myself getting emotional as things played out in the book. I was definitely wrapped up in these characters and their story.
The Mistake was a fantastic follow-up to The Deal. This series has rapidly become one of my favorite new adult romance series and one that I talk about incessantly. It’s smart, sexy and has real characters who deal with believable situations. It’s not always pretty. They’re not perfect. I enjoy how these books deal with relationships, friendships and the family dynamic. I love a good bromance and this series absolutely has that.
Now, the wait for Dean’s book begins. I can’t wait to see who reigns him in. I don’t *love* Dean, but find him amusing – if a little gross at times. I’m exited to find out if he can make me fall head over heels for him. I do know this much – he’s gonna have to work for it.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.