Friday, March 17, 2017

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Release Date -  May 6, 2015
Publisher Website - CreateSpace Independant Publishing
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages -  296 pages
My Rating - 4/5
**borrowed for review**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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. 
After finishing The Deal I knew I wanted to continue the Off Campus series. The Deal left me with high expectations for The Mistake and, luckily, they were met. Even though I still think The Deal is my favourite from the series (so far at least), The Mistake offers a read that is a wonderful blend of funny and romantic and fully enjoyable.

Companion novels are one of my favourite formats for series. It allows that feeling of returning to favourite characters while leaving the ones from the previous books to be happy in the background. We have already met the guys that each of the subsequent books will focus on and that means we already have some kind of connection to them. It makes falling to the story easier and Elle Kennedy takes full advantage of this fact. She uses each book to set up the next by giving us a glimpse of the guy who will be the focus of the next book, while still letting the main guy have his moment.

John Logan is someone not looking for commitment. He is going to be tied down to the family business soon enough and that is more than enough of a commitment for him. He meets Grace and that all changes. Their romance is fun. There isn't any other way to describe it. There are funny, lighter moments like the list of 'romantic gestures' John must complete to win a date with Grace. There are also deeper moments as each of the begins to open up and share things about themselves.

The comradery that exists between the group of hockey players who are the focus of this series is, once again, heavily featured. The bond that exists between these guys feels so natural. Their banter is amazing, and they way the tease each other feels incredibly authentic. It really feels like you're getting a glimpse at what male friendship is like (even if I cannot vouch for how accurate it is).

Grace and John both have storylines outside of their relationship that added an extra layer to this novel. I liked that they had things outside of each other that were important to the plot and helped progress things. I think a book is stronger when the relationship isn't the sole focus and that is the case here. I felt like we go to know John and Grace because of what these 'side plots' showed us of their character. It was important to like the individually so that we would want them to be together.

This series is fun, sexy and  filled with some great humourous moments. If you're looking for a New Adult novel that blends great characters with romance this is the series for you. It's impossible not to love this group of hockey players and the ladies who win their hearts.

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