The Deal by Elle Kennedy | Book Review

The Deal by Elle Kennedy came into my mailbox along with the rest of the Off Campus series and that was just the push I needed to read this book. Also? Spicy Booktok has kind of convinced me to try more spicy books even though typically that is NOT my wheelhouse. Once I realized this book had a picture of a girl in her skivvies on the cover — somehow my eyes always skipped over that — I realized I couldn’t read this at work on a lunch break. Oh, no no my friends. So, in bits and pieces I read this book at home.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy came into my mailbox along with the rest of the Off Campus series and that was just the push I needed to read this book.

The Deal is about main characters Hannah and Garrett who are in a philosophy ethics class together at Briar University. There is a big test that everyone fails except Hannah who has managed to score an A Plus. Garrett sees this and begs her to tutor him as he needs to keep his grades up in order to play on the hockey team. So, Hannah and Garrett strike a deal. She will tutor him and in exchange he will pretend to be dating her so that she can catch the eye of a football player she has been crushing on. Only, it turns out that there is some real physical chemistry between the two and maybe the feelings are actually real.


I am a little surprised at how much I liked The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Honestly you should absolutely check trigger warnings before reading — particularly has Hannah has been a victim of sexual assault in her past. I liked the vulnerability between the two leads. We all know they’re going to get together but the way the book goes about that makes it hard to set down. Also, I loved the interactions between the hockey players. They’re a great group and this book does a good job setting up for the rest of the series which will feature various players from this book.

After finishing, I felt a little sad that I couldn’t just quickly go on to the next book as I have some other obligations to meet first. However, I do plan on continuing on with the series. For the first book I’ve picked up that could be considered more spicy than normal, this wasn’t too bad. I did like the development of the relationship and that the plot threads actually did go somewhere.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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