(Off-Campus Book 1)
by Elle Kennedy
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.
First of all - look at that cover. This is why I can't justify buying romance sometimes - I tend to be critical of covers, but I really don't like seeing half naked people on my books. I don't mind seeing people, mind you, it's the half naked part that annoys me. It doesn't offend me - it annoys me. But what do I know? the Romance genre is one of the best selling, so I am in the minority.
With that aside, I gotta say - I loved this book! Here are some reasons (yes, there's a list this week):
- instead of insta-love, it's more like insta-attraction, which is more believable to me
- an honest and nice jock
- passionate woman who has more than just the man as an interest (she sings, is a good student, and has her own set of friends)
- believable backgrounds of physical abuse and rape
- seemingly natural progression from physical attraction to real intimacy (trust)
- problems didn't just disappear! characters had to actually talk about them and face them
- not everything was wrapped up with a bow
I really liked the progression of the stories - I came to care about both Garrett and Hannah. I also enjoyed the care that went into both of their back stories. A really great story - totally recommend it.