The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Had The Deal on hand for weeks now. Kept meaning to read it and only needed a little shove to actually do it (so many books, so little time). Then the wonderful Nina Bocci sent me the arc file for The Mistake.

And little shove I got right there.

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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.

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DID YOU SEE THAT COVER? UNF….

The Deal was really good, and I loved it. And I felt for Logan. I really did. Even if he was a man-slut.

I was really worried when he met Grace and thought Kennedy was going to make her his rebound (even though there wasn’t even a relationship to rebound from). But then this lovely, clever author one upped me and my (apparently) very basic line of thinking.

Logan is amazing. He’s loyal, he’s gorgeous, he’s sexy and confident. He’s also a very very very good son, brother and friend. And he’s a little bit of a martyr. Which pissed me off, but I got over that fast.

Grace is… really freakin’ great. She knows what she wants and she’s not a pushover. I loved her personality; knowing when to roll with the punches (her mom’s antics) and when to stand for herself (her bestie Ramona).

Her relationship with Logan were pretty unorthodox from the minute they met to them actually getting together. I felt that Grace really triggered Logan’s growing up into a man in every count – his family, his responsibilities, his friends and coming to the basic understanding that he wants what Garrett and Hannah have – a solid relationship.

There was a great moment when Hannah decides to confront Logan and shows him the wrong in his way of thinking. That’s when Elle Kennedy basically sucker punched my line of thinking and I absolutely love her and this book. For this moment in the story alone!

I can’t wait for more of this series and will be checking more titles from Elle Kennedy, for sure. I feel like I missed out on a lot not reading her until now.

My rating: 5

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