The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy - 24th Feb

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.


The Deal

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯  Stars

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

BOOK LOVE! We haven’t wiped these happy dopey grins off our faces since finishing The Deal and yep, we were well and truly in book heaven from start to finish and everything in between!!!

If you’ve read the synopsis and thinking to yourself ‘oh I’ve read this type of story before‘, then think again because Elle Kennedy managed to make this NA story feel refreshing and new.

This author has such a beautiful fluidity to her writing, we couldn’t help but get be swept away in her words. The Deal was delivered with sweetness, emotion, heartache, tonnes of humour  all wrapped up in a heart-warming story that had us in fits of giggles one minute, welling up the next and melting in a swoon worthy puddle throughout.

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

We were thrilled this author chose to tell Garrett and Hannah’s story in dual POV as each character’s voice brought a new depth to the story and their inner monologues were priceless and these two characters were ADORABLE! One thing we really loved was that Elle Kennedy gave us a bloke’s pov that actually sounded like…well, a bloke as often it’s difficult to differentiate between the two. Not so in this case. Hannah and Garrett both had such distinctive voices that allowed us to completely lose ourselves in their story.

“Exactly how old is your penis?”
“He’s twenty, like me…but he’s way more mature than I am.”

Hannah is smart, sassy and beautiful, not to mention cute and a bit goofy with a vulnerability that utterly endeared her to us. Hannah isn’t one of the ‘cool’ kids but in our eyes, she was pretty bloody spectacular. Having lived through something horrific it is testament to this young lady that she is as level headed and caring as she is. We loved her!

“You won’t let anything bad happen to me, will you, Garrett?”

Garrett Graham….let’s just pause a minute to remind ourselves of everything we loved about this cocky, smart, loyal, gorgeous (just ask him, he’ll happily tell you haha!) beautiful soul of a man who strives to live up to the constant pressure of being the son of Hockey legend Phil Graham. Garrett stole our hearts. The secrets that lay behind his happy go lucky façade broke our hearts!

“When I’m on the ice, it’s the only time I feel….alive….”

There wasn’t anything we didn’t love about The Deal. The banter between Hannah and Garrett was brilliant and Garrett’s consternation over Hannah’s questionable music tastes had us grinning from ear to ear.

“How do you feel about Lynyrd Skynyrd? Or do you only like bands where the guys coordinate their outfits?” – Garrett

The chemistry sizzled – the backstories were heartbreaking on both sides but the author didn’t dwell on these, instead she delivered them with heartfelt emotion and warmth, while entertaining the reader with some of the wittiest banter we’ve read. The humour didn’t detract from the emotion of the story and the emotion didn’t weigh down the flow of the story either. In fact, it was all balanced beautifully.

“Trust me, the pressure I put on myself is nothing compared to what I had to deal with growing up.”

But you don’t want to hear us go on about it. Grab this book for yourselves and be prepared to lose yourself for a while. We can’t think of a better escape. The Deal can be read as a Standalone but you can bet we’ll be coming back for more!

**ARC copy provided by Omnific Publishing in exchange for an honest review**



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“Wellsy, wait up.”

She looks over her shoulder, frowning deeply. “For the love of God, I’m not tutoring 

“Sure you are.” I shrug. “I just need to figure out what you want in return.”

Hannah whirls around like a dark-haired tornado. “I want to not tutor you. That’s what I 


“All right, so it’s obvious you’re not interested in money,” I muse as if she hasn’t spoken. 

“Has to be something else then.” I mull it over for a beat. “Booze? Weed?”

“No, and no, and get lost.”

She starts walking again, her white sneakers slapping the sidewalk as she marches toward 

the gravel lot at the side of the diner. She makes a beeline for the silver Toyota hatchback parked 

right next to my Jeep.

“Okay then. I guess you’re not into party favors.”

I follow her to the driver’s side, but she completely ignores me as she unlocks the door 

and tosses her purse into the passenger seat.

“How about a date?” I offer.

That gets her attention. She straightens up like someone shoved a metal rod up her spine, 

then swivels her head in astonishment. “What?”

“Ah. I’ve got your attention.”

“No, you’ve got my disgust. You actually think I want to go out with you?”

“Everyone wants to go out with me.”

She bursts out laughing.

Maybe I should feel insulted by the response, but I like the sound of her laughter. It’s got 

a musical quality to it, a husky pitch that tickles my ears.

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire 

yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.

“Do you high five yourself?”

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank 

the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

She snorts. “Uh-huh. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. Perfect, but I’m not interested 

in dating you.”

“I think you’re misunderstanding, Wellsy. I’m not looking to make a love connection 

with you. I know you’re not into me. If it makes you feel better, I’m not into you either.”

“That does make me feel better. I was starting to worry I might actually be your type, and 

that’s too terrifying to even contemplate.”

When she tries to duck into the car, I curl my fingers over the doorframe to keep it open. 

“I’m talking about image,” I clarify.

“Image,” she echoes.

“Yeah. Do you think you’d be the first girl who went out with me to boost her 

popularity? Happens all the time.”

Hannah laughs again. “I’m perfectly content with my current rung on the social ladder, 

but thanks so much for offering to ‘boost my popularity.’ You’re a prince, Garrett. Really.”

Frustration scrambles up my throat. “What’ll it take to change your mind?”

“Nothing. You’re wasting your time.” She shakes her head, looking as frustrated as I feel. 

“You know, if you take all the effort you’re using to harass me and channel it to your studies, 

you’d get an A-plus-plus-plus on that midterm.”

She shoves my hand out of the way, slides into the driver’s seat, and shuts the door. A 

second later, the engine roars to life, and I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t stepped back in time, she 

would’ve run right over my foot.


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