Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Posted 28 April, 2015 in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Mistake by Elle KennedyTitle: The MIstake
Series: Off-Campus #2
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: April 28, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About The Mistake:

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 hook-ups, 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.
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First of all, shoutout to my CARMCATS for making me want to read an Elle Kennedy book so badly. 🙂 In the street team’s Facebook group, sometimes it feels like her books are talked about as much as Cora’s herself. And I felt SOO left out when I didn’t have an ARC of The Deal and couldn’t join the talks about how amazing it was until it came out. I obviously bought it, but it went into the TBR pile, of course.

So when I got an email about the blog tour for The Mistake, I signed up for that shit without even reading the blurb or looking at the release date. Whatevs, I’d make it work, I just needed to read this book.

So. Glad. I. Did.

I loved it! And I totally get why the other CARMCATS do, too. The bantery, fast-paced dialogue used in the book was my favorite kind! The fast talking sarcasm and wit that you see in Cora’s books, and also Gilmore Girls, which I just so happen to be watching right now (they’re all getting ready for Sookie’s wedding and Christopher’s there and AH! the feels).

In my humble opinion, 98% of the human population talks too damn slow.

I know that when you’re reading you can decide on you’re own how fast the characters are talking, but true fast-talking wit has a certain feel to it. A cadence or rhythm, that you just don’t feel in most books. But it was definitely in this one. And it actually felt more natural to read, because that’s the way my brain and my mouth talk, too.

So I’m 271 words into this review and haven’t really mentioned the characters or plot at all. Ooops!

So, “the mistake.” It was a total douche move, and totally hilarious. I mean, motivation aside, the whole “I’m determined to satisfy you,” this probably made for an excellent time. 😉 But then, yeah, after that? Bahahaha.

And I hate when girls in romance books give guys too many chances, or go too easy on them after they mess up (the opposite applies, too, but I don’t really see it happen). But nah, my girl Grace made him work for his forgiveness. And in the best ways.

The list she came up with was so brilliant. Kind of like a scavenger hunt, but scavenging for forgiveness. 😛

I wish we had actually seen the list of things he had to do, instead of finding out one list item right before it’s crossed off. Because I also feel like we didn’t find out all six (was it six? Or seven?) things that were on it, which was a bummer.

I also really liked the grand gesture at the end. Because it was realistically grand. Other books piss me off with this part sometimes. You read a new adult romance and at the end the college guy pulls together something that no college student has the means (let alone time) to pull together, in like an hour. That doesn’t happen. Logan’s grand gesture was sweet, romantic, and basically perfect, but still realistic. It was cute without being extravagant, which made it even more perfect.

And it was a great full-circle of him accepting his emotions and coming to terms with his feelings, both past and present, for both Hannah and Grace.

P.S. – Speaking of Hannah and Grace, any time they were both mentioned in the same paragraph, I couldn’t help thinking of that adorable show State of Grace, that was on way back when ABC Family was still FOX Family. 😛

So now I’m at 600 words, which I’m pretty sure makes this the longest review I’ve ever written. And looking back, not many of those 600 words are directly about the book. But hey, that’s what you get with a blog with the word “bumbling” in it. 😛 You were warned.

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!

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