Series: Off-Campus #3
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genres: New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 11, 2016
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: The MIstake, The Goal
About The Score: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.
Once again, I really, really, really need to thank Cora Carmack and her Facebook groups for making me feel FOMO about this series. Best peer pressuring, ever.
My life motto is pretty much anything the Gilmore Girls have ever said, and they’ve said a lot about the joys of talking fast and not being serious. They showed even more benefits to fast-talking banter and witty repartee. So my life motto is pretty much “Live Gilmore.”
And the characters in the Off-Campus series, even the guys, live like Gilmores.
This style of writing and dialogue is what I love, because it’s how I speak. Constant jokes, ones you might not get, lots of pop culture references, abbrevs out the wahzoo, and fast back-and-forth.
And it was really interesting to watch this with Dean and Allie because they sort of try to fight it. They definitely don’t want to admit how well they get along, not verbally at least.
Allie was also a really interesting character – somewhat naive to college hookup culture, which is popular in new adult. But it was because she was experienced in another way and had just been in a long-term relationship for most of college. I feel like most other characters trying to navigate casual sex in a new adult romance, are usually also trying to navigate sex in general.
But girlfriend knew what she wanted and how to get it.
And Dean was another interesting character – playboy hockey star, rich boy, overall all the makings of a college douchebag. But for some reason, to me he just wasn’t. Maybe because except for his debut scene (bravo, dude), he was always so different with Allie so you don’t see that side of him from his own POV as much in this book?
I was very interested to see what their relationship would be like – whether Dean would be the one constantly fucking up (we’re talking quantity, not severity here), or a lovestruck puppy. How the two of them ended up together in the first place (although my guess was right with this one). Stuff like that.
And I was happy not to break my trend of reading about hot dudes were pretty nice guys. 🙂 Seeing Dean teaching and helping people melted my usually dark heart.
And what the fuckkkk will be up with book #4 with that ending? I cannot wait!
About Elle Kennedy:
A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!