Series Review – Off-Campus #1-3 by Elle Kennedy

Book Review - Off-Campus 1-3

The Deal, The Mistake and The Score (Off-Campus #1, #2 and #3)

Author: Elle Kennedy

Publication: February 24th 2015, April 28th 2015 and January 11th 2016

Publisher: Elle Kennedy

Format: Kindle Edition 342 pages, Kindle Edition 297 pages and Kindle Edition 361 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Read: May 2015, November 2015 and January 2016

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The Deal Cover

The Deal

4 Stars

Synopsis
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.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
funny, sexy, realistic, some drama, sports and music entwined, heavy topics, honest.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
funny, engaging, addictive, easy to read, entertaining, distinct between point of views, detailed

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Hannah is sarcastic and sweet. She has a really strong personality and she’s confident and determined. You end up seeing her bold and assertive side but in the beginning she’s a little bit clueless which just makes her that much more endearing.
Garret is kind of an ass in the beginning. He’s really persistent which came off as annoying at first but then became quite cute. He’s really honest and sweet but also cocky and really confident He’s stubborn about certain things but you know from his background that he knows how to be vulnerable and it makes him that much stronger.
Apart from them, the side characters were amazing which bodes well for the rest of the series since it’s a companion one.

The Mistake Cover

The Mistake

4 Stars

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 hookups, 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.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
funny, sexy, realistic, again some drama in this one, a bit of angst, family relationships, forgiveness, working hard

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
engaging, entertaining, funny, sweet, distinct between different point of views, realistic, honest, emotional

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Grace is really smart and super sassy. She’s a little of a pushover in the beginning and kind of shy., but she’s also a really good friend and slowly becomes confident with herself. She’s really self-assured towards the end and I love her development.Logan is a little clueless but really darn cute. He’s really confident and determined once he gets his mind on right and boy, did he work it out like no other. He’s also really invested in his family and unfortunately, self-sacrificing when it comes to them. But he’s really honest and I really enjoyed him as a character.

The Score Cover

The Score

5 Stars

Synopsis
He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
hilarious, sweet, heartfelt, honest, emotional, sexy, with some unexpected twists, incredibly entertaining

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
funny, engaging, entertaining, sweet, distinct between characters, honest, emotional, real

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Favorites of the series so far, guys! These are my babies!
Allie, whom we meet in the first book, is sweet and a bit heartbroken and vulnerable. She slowly finding herself again and showing how caring, and outspoken she is. She’s outright hilarious, maybe more so than Dean who’s a crack up and she’s kind of a wild one, once she feels comfortable enough to show her full self.
Dean is my boo. He’s my beautiful, no filter, jock with a heart of gold. He’s really sweet and caring but kind of player with no problems what so ever with that description. He’s really smart and he’s quite the complex character while at the same time presenting himself in the simplest terms. Very straight forward kind of guy.

Emotionally

 This is one of my favorite New Adult series of all time now. Every book just gets better and better as far as characters and plot goes.

The first book started things off with a bang. I inhale read it this book during a readathon and I absolutely loved it. The plot is fun. We follow Hannah who is determined to get her crush’s attention when Garret in need of a tutor desperately, strikes a deal with her so they both get what they want. It’s kind of obvious and predictable what will happen in the story once you read the description but it doesn’t ever take away from how fun and genuine it is. The banter between the characters is super funny and their chemistry is really intense. But it’s a lot deeper than most people expect when you first start reading. Serious topics like rape and physical abuse are discussed in this book but not in a way that brings down the atmosphere of it, but that show that everyone has their own issues and the outside isn’t always the same as what’s going on on the inside. I really appreciated that Elle didn’t make the characters spotlessly perfect or too dramatic or over the top, because it made the whole book feel realistic. The story is just so fun and honest that you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. Hannah captured by attention right off the bat, she’s amazing. She’s fierce and sassy and strong. Even if she’s a bit lost on what she really wants in boys, she’s really clear on her passions and her life goals and it was so great to see in a female character. She’s had to deal with tough things but she’s overcome them and come out stronger on the other side and her determination to not let those things have control of her is commendable. Garrett comes off as a real cocky ass at first, he’s really persistent, sometimes to the point of being annoying but after awhile, you see his heart and his intentions and can’t help but root for him. He’s so determined to be his own person and do well by himself and he’s so kind and gah, I just loved him so much. Their relationship developed beautifully although slowly and I love how it wasn’t rushed for the sake of it. The side characters shined a lot in this book as well and it was really awesome to get to know them a little bit to prepare for their appearance later.

The second book is my least favorite but even then, it’s amazing and entertaining. I was a little anxious to read this one because of how much I loved the first book but I wasn’t disappointed. The plot is real sweet. We follow Grace as a freshmen looking to explore her sexuality and then moving to her life as a strong, confident sophomore. I really enjoyed the plot and how it moves at a day to day pace of the character’s lives. It was focused a lot on the main relationship and how it develops on the second try and not on the first. It also focuses a lot on family and friendships and how a person can feel a certain obligation to that person or that relationship where it ends up causing more harm than good to you. It was really fun to read but also a lot more serious than the first book. Also there were quite a few very swoony style kind of scenes which took the romance to the next level and I enjoyed them quite a bit, they just aren’t my favorite couple of the series. Grace was an amazing protagonist. She’s sassy and strong and aware of herself and the things she wants out of her life. I love how she stood up for herself and wasn’t going to compromise her choices just to forgive a guy who did her wrong even when she really likes him. She made him work for it. And Logan rose up to the challenge which I found totally awesome. He finally figured out what he wanted (a bit late if you ask me) and he was not afraid to stick his neck out and work to win Grace back. I really loved how uninhibited he was, he made a complete fool of himself sometimes but it was really endearing and it showed his determination. Which also helped with all the problems that were happening in his family relationships. This one was just adorkable.

This is by far the best book of the series so far. I laughed my butt off the whole time. The plot is so much fun. Allie, whose recently broken up with her on and off boyfriend as she works on staying firm on her decision and stays over at her best friend’s boyfriend’s house. She stumbles into/cockblocks Dean who was about to have a very awesome sexual experience and while she’s unimpressed by his charms, they still have hot sex after a night of drinking. Again the plot line is a little predictable but it’s just oh so entertaining! It’s funny, sexy, heartwarming, painful and just plain real. Their relationship isn’t just something that happens, it develops slowly over time from convenience to friendship to more. They care about each other and the banter and push and pull of their relationship is amazing. They push each others buttons but at the end of the day, they really and truly care about the other person and want them to be the best they can be. To be quite honest with you, this is how my dream relationship would play out, just like Allie and Dean’s. There’s also a few other things going on in their lives beside each other but it just makes things so much more honest and genuine and I loved to see their personal development as well  as the relationship one. Allie is one of my favorite female characters. I was apprehensive about her at first since we’d only gotten a glimpse of her in The Deal as Hannah’s best friend, but she’s fiesty and sweet at the same time. She’s really honest with herself but also a bit insecure and vulnerable after her bad relationship. I loved that she tried to take the time to be with herself and think on what she really wanted in her life. Dean is amazing! He’s my favorite guy from this whole series. He always stood out as super funny in the other books but there’s a lot more to him than his candidness and humor. His personality is so much deeper, he’s really smart and caring and great with kids and I adored him. There’s a death in this book that really hit me hard. I was not expecting it in any way and it was one of the biggest plot shockers I guess you could say that I’ve ever read. I still can’t believe it happened.

Overall, this is one of the best New Adult series I’ve ever read. It’s so realistic and hilarious that you can’t help but be in love with it. I can’t wait until the fourth book comes out in September.

So that’s it for this review! If you’ve read from the beginning, bless you. I hope you all go and buy these books and read this awesome series because it’s great. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

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12 thoughts on “Series Review – Off-Campus #1-3 by Elle Kennedy

  1. […] I’d be really surprised if you haven’t heard about this series but I still have to recommend it! This is a self-published companion series about a group of amazing guys who play hockey and  their woes with women. This is a series that is absolutely entertaining, full hilarity but still with genuine moments and great themes. The last book is my absolute favorite and I can’t wait for the fourth book to come out this September! If you’d like to see more of my thoughts, you can check out my series review for the first three books here. […]

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  2. the books are just so good and addictive :), I wish this series would go on forever to be honest. I was so shocked by the death in The Score… I didn’t see it coming at all, I actually thought he would get his own book and I was going to love it, because he was so awesome. 😦
    My favorite couple is Garrett and Hannah, though my favorite book is definitly The Score. And least favorite is The Mistake, though it was still awesome.

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