Re-read Review: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

Posted June 11, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review, Re-Read Review / 3 Comments

Re-read Review: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle KennedyThe Deal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audiobook, Length: 12 hours and 56 minutes
Narrator: Lorelei Avalon
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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.


In Review My Thoughts

Hey there! It’s been awhile since I did a Re-Read Challenge review – mostly because it’s been awhile since I reread a book… oops – but, as you know, this type of review looks quite a bit different than reviews you’ve read here previously. 🙂

WHEN I First Read

February 2015 (eARC)
First Re-Read: June 2016

WHAT I Remember

Garrett and Hannah were characters I just couldn’t get out of my mind. I might not’ve remembered all the tiny details, but I definitely remembered the basics about how they came together. I even remembered a lot of what happened with them after they did. The Deal was one of my favorite books of 2015 and is still easily one of my favorite NA books of all time. It’s a trope that’s been done to death, but it still felt fresh and real in this book and that’s why I loved it as much as I did.

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

I wanted to reread this one because, like I said, it was one of my favorite books of 2015. I picked it up in audiobook format and I wanted to give that a try. It started out with me using it as incentive to go to the guy – I was only allowing myself to listen to it while working out at first – but I just couldn’t resist the pull of it during my four hour drive yesterday and, once that was all said and done, I had to finish it in Kindle format because I was that addicted to the whole story and, while I knew how it all ended, I NEEDED MORE. Seriously, give me all the Garrett and Hannah and no one gets hurt.

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I love everything about these two and this book. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, so it was no surprise how much I loved this book when I first read it last year. I can honestly say I loved it just as much, if not more, this time around. The characters are just flat-out amazing. They’re so real and unique and complex. The banter had me literally laughing out loud. The sexy times were smokin’ hot. Hannah and Garrett are, quite literally, one of my all time favorite bookish couples. I read a lot of NA books and a lot of contemporary romance and these two will always stand out for me. And, as an added bonus, the audiobook version of this one was really, really good. Lorelei Avalon nailed Hannah and Garrett. Her timing was perfect and, somehow, she managed to sound different to me when she was voicing each character. She gave a great performance!

WOULD You Re-Read Again?

Absolutely. 1000% yes. I don’t think I’ll ever want to give these characters up.

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Fuck, I want to kiss her again. I want to feel her lips on mine. I want to hear that throaty noise she made the first time I sucked on her tongue.

“I’m broken, and I wanted you to fix me.”

“Oh my God, are you kidding me?”
He looks startled. “What’s wrong?”
“Are you taking human growth hormones or something?” I snatch my hand back, fighting another rush of nervousness. “There’s no way that huge man monster is fitting inside me.”

“Stop laughing at me. I’m serious,” I insist. “I might have big boobs and a grabbable ass, but have you seen my hips? Tiny and narrow! Which stands to reason that my lady canal—”
A howl rips out of his mouth. “Lady canal?”
“—is narrow too. You’re going to rip me in half.” 

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.”


About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. 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.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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