The Deal

The Deal by Elle Kennedy Book Summary

The international bestseller! Get ready for another binge-worthy romance from New York Times bestselling author 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.

*Originally published in 2015. This is an updated, edited version.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy Book Reviews

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This author has potential however this book was poorly executed. I find her main characters have interesting qualities and “skeletons”. The way the relationship progresses through the story is a little confusing and doesn’t quite “track” with what would happen in real life. It seems like this author just wanted to through an art major and a jock together and “see what happens”. Ultimately I give this book 2 stars. I would say 1 but I actually enjoy the skeletons that she gave the characters.

Such a good book, well written, love watching the characters develop, I would say a light read but there are some triggers. It was a fairly fast read but lovely pace. Would definitely recommend and read again:)

Loved it! Read the whole book in one sitting. Written AND edited well. Didn’t have annoying grammatical errors every other chapter like the majority of online books these days. The book was emotional and laugh out loud funny. There were perfect amounts of descriptions, conversations and don’t forget the steamy parts! The author did an amazing job with the characters personalities. The interaction between them was so real life instead of far fetched and fairy-tale like. I also loved how the book touched on a couple real life traumas that people experience and had the characters rise above their pasts! I definitely recommend reading The Deal!!!

Just a really sweet romance story that kept me interested throughout the entire book!

Highly recommend. I couldn’t put it down.

I was surprised while reading how much I loved this book- by the time I finished it had become my favorite books to date. I’ve read a lot in this genre and I believe it to be better than most. It’s well written, heart warming, trusting, pure, and erotic. I have not read any others by the author but do yourself a favor and read this!

this book was amazing!!!! i felt every page in my soul. so sweet. interesting. i loved garret!!!!!!

I loved the characters and their personalities in this story! My first read by Elle Kennedy but will not be my last. I think I finished it all in 3 days!

Loved it!


This book is just a beginning for how spicy the following books will be

Elle Kennedy is an amazing writer. I finished the book in one day because I simply couldn’t put it down once. Standing ovation from me.

THIS BOOK WAS SO SO GOOD!! i was so hooked on. i need a garett in my life please. the best book i’ve read tbh

So I loved Garrett and I loved how persistent he was with her!! But I ABSOLUTELY hated PHIL FREAKING GRAHAM!!!!! But overall good book, wouldn't be in my favorites but it's a really good read!!

Sweetest love story! I couldn’t put it down! These characters steel your heart from the first page! I can’t wait to read more from this author.

It was pretty good, but I won’t be finishing it due to my own personal issues with my father, made it to thanksgiving and in my head they just walk right back out that door and she does great on her winter recital and they get married and have lots of hockey babies

the spicy scenes were described perfectly. felt very present

Soooo cute!!

I read this book in a duration of two days! It was everything I could’ve wanted in a book. I felt everything Elle Kennedy wanted her audience to feel! Garret is the perfect balance between tough and warm-hearted. He starts as a DB jock who goes from girl to girl and just wants to play hockey to a sweet tender man who never had a genuine emotional connection to another person. Hannah went from being a broken scared girl to being determined of what she wants. Their dynamic was so amazing and the way they needed each other to fix each other without even realizing how broken both were. All I can say is WELL DONE!! This is a number one must read! Don’t think twice about it!

Couldn’t put it down!

seriously love this story, especially Garrett — so much more than just a jock! sweet, sensitive, funny; he’s literally perfect. only thing i detested was how much Hannah used the term “dude” when referring to him in this book. SO CRINGE 😂 other than that: loved it.


To start off the MC are likeable!! Does include lots of smuts? Idk what you would exactly call it. 10/10 book

This book was sooo good I read it in 2 days it was a ride but mature characters that didn’t add unnecessary conflict.

Must read. Great character development!

I heard so much hype about this book and didn’t believe it until I started reading it. It’s so good totally recommend it’s was such an easy read and never got boring which I loved. There was always something to look forward too in the next chapters.

Just read it!!!!

It took one day to read this book. Read it

Read the whole book in 2 days, literally couldn’t put it down, and was devastated when it ended. Such a great book! Loved it so much!!

I finished it entirely in one day it really grabbed my attention from start to finish.

Wow. This book was incredible. I couldn’t set it down. I love hockey so much so the fact that there is a book with romance and hockey!!!! It gave me all the emotions. I love the spice and will definitely read this over and over again.

I so Loved this story. The banter between Graham and Hannah was delitefull. Just a fun loving emotional story. Excellent book.

Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Didn’t enjoy the writing one bit, though the plot was okay.

I finished it in two days! I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait for the rest of the series. Have to keep this review short and sweet so I can read the next one!

So Good Read it in five days!

Bestttt boookkk EVAAAA😖😖😖❤️❤️❤️

It captivates you from the beginning and the characters feel so real. Great read.

This might be one of my favorite books in recent memory. Touching on hard issues but still finding spaces to be vulnerable and funny. Great read that I legitimately couldn’t put down. I read the entire thing in 12 or so hours…didn’t even sleep! Seriously…incredibly good

Awesome read !! Could not put this down !!

great book about building relationships and past struggles!

Well written and interesting story about different situations between students and interesting themes about abuses father and domestic violence. Well Recommend

Stayed up wayyy late to finish this! This was one of those “can’t put down” books for me. Plenty of steam, but also a good story line. Looking back, there were a few problematic scenes. But while I was immersed in the book, I didn’t really notice them. Definitely check the trigger warnings before diving in. I was clearly late to the game on this one, but I’m so glad I read it!

OH MY GOD! I fell in love with this book! It’s probably one of the best books I’ve ever read!!!

Read the whole thing in one day!! Loved it

As an avid reader, I can honestly say this has been the best book I’ve read in months. I couldn’t put it down for even a second. I almost wanted to restart it but then remembered there are more to come. Starting The Mistake next (obviously)! Don’t pass this book up, if you’re reading this review take it as your sign. READ. IT.



I don’t know why but, I didn’t expect to like this book any where near as much as I did. It wasn’t until I was finished with it that I realized it’s a series! I can not wait to dive into the next book! So good!

Sweet love story. Couldn’t stop reading.

This book was so good! I could not stop reading it, I bought the paperback copy and downloaded it onto my phone so I could read it whenever I had a few extra minutes to read! 10/10 would recommend!

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okay here me out. im not one to usually give bad ratings buuuttt this book was okay. i didn’t like the automatic seitch between hating eachother and being in love eachother. when i read books like this i love reading the chase and that part wasn’t long enough for me. there are also too many smut scenes for my liking (1 or 2 would be fine) but if you’re into more than you’re gonna love this. i’ll finish on a good note, i couldn’t put the book down for the first 200 pages. there was a lot happening and it was really interesting.

So good couldn’t put this down so sad I’m done the book bc now I won’t be reading abt this couple anymore but at least there are others!😁

Loved it!! Everything about them was so cute

I’m giving this a 3.8 / 5 it’s a cute and complicated romance that makes you want to keep reading and reading. Totally in love with Garrett but my girl Hannah doesn’t get enough credit shes SUCH and amazing character. Anyway, it was worth the read and if you’re in a reading slump this will get you out!

I finished this book in one day and could not put it down!

I got poked into this story from the first chapter. Garrett continued to prove how much of a gentleman he truly is. I was able to dive into this story. I loved the writing, such an easy read with a great plot and character development. I loved that we got both perspectives. I hadn’t ever enjoyed a book from both perspectives before, but this book was just so good. I actually think I preferred Garrett’s perspective better. The spice in this book was also on point! Loved every second reading this book. Please read trigger warnings.

This book was amazing but I will say their relationship changed quite drastically I wish it was a smoother transition but overall I did love this book ❤️❤️

Great storyline of how to over come trauma.

I downloaded this book because I wanted a cheesy, light hearted, maybe a little spicy, fast read. Instead I found all of that and something heartwrenchingly relatable. The way you wrote about Hannah’s trauma was exactly what I needed to read right now. Great book.

I must say that I rather enjoyed this book. The writer tackles not one but two tough subjects and I thought it was done with grace. I really enjoyed the male lead in this and many times burst out loud laughing. Will read more from this author.

i can’t say this book was incredibly well written. and i can’t say it was perfect and flawless. but i can say with full confidence that i enjoyed the hell out of it. it was fast paced and everything i was looking for when i picked it up. i have my critics but they aren’t worth it. when i review books i don’t usually poke out details of every single right and wrong word in every single chapter. all i care about is if i liked reading it. and did i like reading the deal? yes. 100% yes.

Really good reading! Couldn’t stop and I finished it in 2 days. I like how some details in the story make it different from usual and more common stories. Loved it! :)

A quick, easy, sexy read!

Once I started this book I could not stop reading. Instantly loved the bickering between Hannah and Garrett! Cannot wait to read more from this author.

This is so god damn good, lord have mercy. I love Garret and Hannah, I’m 100% sure you will too!

Loved everything about this story, even the cheesy parts.

I would 100% recommend reading this book. I usually am not able to finish reading a book, but I was able to finish this book in two days. I would usually get bored while halfway done with reading a book, so it was nice that it felt like something interesting was always happening, so i never got bored while reading the book.

The storyline wasn’t rushed. You were able to feel everything that the characters were going through and the buildup of the relationship felt natural. The romance in it and the more intense scenes were very well written!

It started off AMAZING... but it got pretty “meh” later on when the two main characters finally ended up together... I wanted there to be more drama, more heart wrenching jealousy type stuff... but no, they fell In love in a matter of 2 months of knowing each other... And just when the whole hyped up “daddy issue” thing happens, the resolution was so anticlimactic...

at this point in life everyone needs a garret in there life like omgggg HES SOO FUNNNYYYYYY

Never felt the need to review with an actual comment till now. The Deal is smart, funny and sexy without being raunchy. Well written story line with great dialog between the characters. Five out of five from this reader!!

AHHHHHHH I LOVEEEE THIS BOOK. 100000/10 recommend. Beginning was kind of slow but bear with it. It gets sooo much better. Needless to say, I’m in love with Garrett.

I have to say, when I downloaded it I didn’t have high expectations for it. I expected the old run of the mill mediocre romance. But boy was I wrong! These two have made it to the list of some of my favourite couples! The writing was thoroughly enjoyable. The banter between the characters made me laugh. The issues they had were handled in a realistic manner. All in all definitely a new favourite!

I read it in 2 days, it was absolutely amazing!!

Sweet evolution of plot. I’ve read it several times, and really enjoyed the story however the ending was a bit anticlimactic.


First book i ever read in one sitting :)

One of the most laugh out loud books I’ve read in a long time. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Great read!

I couldn’t put it down.

this book so good. read it right now. you won’t regret it.

Loved this book. I found it to be very witty (chuckled aloud to myself while reading a couple times) and the characters had good depth. Very steamy but very heartfelt as well. Definitely recommend.

omg this book was so a quick and easy to follow! the author has such a way with their words that i can easily pictures as real people:) 1000 percent recommenced to anybody looking for a good read!

Wow!! Such a good read, I couldn’t put it down.

Enjoyed reading Garrett and Hannah’s story. I loved their chemistry and how they both heal past traumas together and move forward. Would have loved a longer epilogue

I blazed through the pages. The story tackles difficult topics in a manner that’s grounded in reality.

Absolutely amazing! Couldn’t put this book down. The was the author writes makes you feel as if you’re living as the characters. 100 percent would recommend to anyone wanting a great read!

so addicting, absolutely loved this book

I LOVED absolutely every MINUTE of reading this book! And I’m happy to say I read it all in one day because I couldn’t put it down even when I knew I had to get some school work done lol.

I rarely give 5 stars, but felt this one deserved the top spot. Loved the characters, sweet, funny and passionate. With so many dark themed plot lines out there this was a lovely read that strikes the right balance for drama, passion and HEA. Dealt with the assault trauma with sensitivity.

Great book

This lived up to all the hype I’d been hearing. I loved this story so much! Hannah and Garrett are so fun and relatable and I like how Kennedy isn’t afraid to address so hard topics. Highly recommend

Pulled me in right from the start! A great read

I love a good book , I love reading series because when a book ends and your left with that disappointing feeling of no longer knowing what’s happening in the books characters lives, you it’s an amazing book when it pulls you to where you just wish , just need to know more, so when it’s a series, there’s a thrill that is unexplainable that I feel knowing the books truly not over it’s off to the next one, the next part of the series, with this book I was so drawn into the characters and not just the main ones, she did a phenomenal job creating amazing characters, I can honestly say she left me truly wanting more. The personalities , the humour , the story lines , all of it will draw you in, so much so, that whatever your off doing, whatever it may be that has your attention, work, friends , kids... u will be drawn back to thinking about when you have the next chance to get back to your book , to get back to find out what happens next ... she is a brilliant writer , who creates the story you never want to end .... this is a must read , stand alone or continue with the series ... either way you will NOT be disappointed 🤗❤️

Hard to put down

I really loved how this story dealt with the difficult issues of rape, abuse, bullying and dirty dealing in an uplifting way. It shows the empowerment of the wronged and how they overcome and succeed, all in the context of a sexy romance.

The best I have read in a very long time

Best book ever

Loved it from start to finish. I love the building of the the relationship and how went from hate to love. The story was just all around terrific. Elle Kennedy is a fantastic writer that I just want to read again and again.

I lived this book. Definitely going to be re-reading it for the rest of my life

At first it was hard to get into but once you get thur the first couple of chapters you can’t put it down will 100% read it again

I very much enjoyed this book I finished quite quickly, as I was very intrigued throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Love love love

Great story, great real life characters. Couldn’t put it down. Romance and drama and comedy. 👍

Don’t read this book if you’re broke because then you’ll wanna get the next one and you won’t be able to and you’ll be sad like me

so so good I couldn’t put it down! I love the 2 way narration/ point of views, really well written story covering important topics done very tactfully but also engagingly. And highly lovable characters, I just finished it and I already want to read it again (I do wish the Kohl storyline was explored more but I like the way it all turned out regardless)

You won’t regret buying The Deal, nor the rest of the series! Elle Kennedy is a genius, her writing is the perfect mix of funny and emotional. I’ve read this book about 3 times now, please read it too!!

I read it quickly as it held my attention easily. Funny too! The ‘change room’ part had me in hysterics!

Loved it.

I really loved the story! It was just a fun college romance book. I’m looking forward for the next books!

Well written book that I couldn’t put down! Now onto the next one!

Had fun reading this book:) I love the characters, the humor and the heart.

I was hooked from the very start of the book all the way until the end. The character development and the relationships in The deal were all written just so well. I will most definitely be reading more books from this series. Highly recommend. It’s a 5 stars from me :)))

such a good book loved ittt <3

This was such a great read!! Absolutely loved the writing. The way each character is betrayed with so many layers of personality made it so addictive and I just couldn’t put it down!

No one writes sexy hockey players like Elle Kennedy. Phenomenal, heart pounding emotions are a given. Absolutely adore this series.

Absolutely loved this book! So much, I finished it in a day! A beautiful romantic comedy!

A great romantic comedy. This book had me laughing out loud constantly and shedding tears. I could not put it down!

This book was everything! I was so invested, I couldn’t put it down. Brings back all the memories of my high school/college flings!

Such a good book. Loved it. If you enjoy easy reads I would recommend this book.

The story is amazing from the moment I started I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one night! Hope she writes more books continuing their love story.

Great read from start to finish

Fantastic book!! I love the way the book is told by both but doesn’t go back and forth it just flows on...

What a difference reading a book by a times best seller makes. Easy to read, this book will be appreciated by those that love young adult reads.

Absolutely loved the book but wish I had pre- warning. Needs trigger warnings for DV & date rape. Reader beware before starting.

Great story, dynamic characters a great read

Loved this entire series! Must read for all you hopeless romantics. Couldn’t put it down!

Loved it so much... had a cheesy grin plastered to my face through the entire book... ;)

Loved this! Great reading!

A great read, definitely recommend!

I almost pulled out on reading the book after I started. But I recommend to stick with it. It builds to some great banter & some hot scenes and you grow to love both of the characters and the chemistry. I’ll be honest the obvious topic brought up (you’ll know what I mean) was sometimes difficult to stomach but I like what the writer did with the story to make it not so doom in gloom. A non-stop read.

I decided to give this book a try since it’s got a 4.5 rating from 700+ reviews and I have to say it has become one of my all time favourite books! The story is not a straight rom com since it deals with some difficult issues like sexual assault and domestic violence, but the author creates an inspiring story that focuses on overcoming these difficulties and learning to trust again. The characters have great chemistry and the banter is hilarious. Highly recommended. This book can be read as a stand-alone. The story deals with difficult issues like sexual assault and domestic violence.

I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down...literally read it start to finish in one sitting it was THAT good!

I’m am in love with this book and can’t wait to read the next one

I got so invested in this. I would’ve liked a bit more explanation on the original songs they sing and their general theme. But damn, I drank this book in like it was a cold glass of water and I’d been trapped in the desert for days. Find yourself a Garrett. Everyone deserves a Garrett.

I love this book! I felt I was involved and invested into the characters and the time of their lives, only very in depth and well known writers with a lot of books can intrigue me like this writer has! I love love love it! Time for the next one

Great writing! Great story! Awesome characters I would have wanted to be friends with at University!

I really enjoyed the witty banter between Garrett and Hannah. I loved the way their relationship progressed. Even though I could tell where the book was heading, I wanted to read on and find out how they would get there. I found Elle Kennedy’s writing style realistic and engaging. I am looking forward to reading some of her other work and of course finishing the series.

Great read - loved cheeky Garrett and sarcastic and strong Hannah!

It was a good book but I had felt like I heard a similar storyline before. All in all in was a good read.

So engaging and funny. Loved the characters and the laugh out loud dialogue. Loved up & sexy, too. Must start Logan's story RIGHT NOW!

i really liked this book but sad when it ended .its deffentley a book you need to read loved their relationship great read

I love the way the characters are written and how the relationship is shown to develop. So well rounded and believable. I hope this author writes more novels with this kind of character depth!

I really enjoyed this book! I laughed and cried and had goosebumps through some parts.

I don’t usually like young adult romance but this book was relevant , emotive and just plain fun!

There are no words for how much I loved this sassy, hilarious and loveable story.

I really enjoyed this book, and stayed up until all hours of the morning to finish it. It was enjoyable until they actually got together, and then all of a sudden the characters turned into 2 totally different people. Very mushy

A very enjoyable well written book. Certainly hard to put down

The deal is.... this is my favourite plot type. Sweet slightly cocky male with a spunky funny female protagonist issuing a deal. Well written, real issues but didnt delve deep enough to become depressing. In all a very enjoyable read!!!

Really enjoyed this book.

Loved this book and love their relationship deffo worth a read 😍

I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down!

Loved this story

This is how my day went. I finished another book this morning. I hate that panic of picking a new book, and for some reason The Deal was in my library. I don’t even remember buying it. I thought ‘meh, a few pages and I’ll get on with my day’ ……oh no! My poor son had to fend for himself, my animals looked at me longingly, my phone was on DND. I didn’t even get dressed and I have no regrets! I have so much to do tomorrow, I shouldn’t risk getting the second in the series……but I’m going to…..adulting be damned

I couldn’t put this book down, after 3 days of nonstop reading I can officially say this was such an amazingggg book and honestly didn’t expect to like it so much! Honestly this is a 10/10 would definitely recommend, definitely one of my favourites now <3

Your good

Great book. Really grabbed my attention as was unable to put the book down

Fantastically and cleverly written, and a great start to an epic series.

really captivating, couldn't stop reading

Perfect oh my goodness. I have never loved a male main character as much as I have loved Garrett. I am so proud of Hannah, she is a well written female main character. She made me so happy when she was able to overcome. Then two as a couple? Literal perfection. I loved every second of this book

God this book was so good, first time ive been so involved in a book when i managed to finish it in under 3 hours (im tryna improve me speed ok), The development of the characters, their stories, and overall them, it’s written so well, Garrett and Hannah’s funny moment’s compiled with their sad truly make the book beautiful. Loved it.

I had heard a lot of mixed reviews before tackling this book but wow. It had me hooked from the very beginning. Garret and Hannah’s couple dynamic is cute, sexy and loving in all ways; my favourite part about them is that they are able to share the trauma they each induced and hear each other out. This book was such a good romance book. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Love love love!!!! Omg everything about this book was amazing just when I thought it couldn’t get any better more just kept happening and omg it all made me love it even more. Words cannot describe how in love I am with Garrett graham, the expectations you have made now Elle Kennedy shall never be lived up to😭 Honestly tho amazing book, well done!

I wasn’t quite sure at the start but I was hooked after the first few pages and read it so quickly. I loved how it was built up slowly. It really made you get to know the characters and feel like your there with them

The book is fun and super easy to read. I really had fun and loved the smutty scenes, really! I love a guy that’s does the dirty talk and I think all the smutty scenes are actually on point and 🥵. However the book is kinda predictable right from the beginning and the sometimes too cheesy, like a too perfect of a world and I like when everything does not align as it is supposed to. But overall I really liked it!

Suchhh a good book one of my faves

Amazing, I was literally addicted to it and it got me out of my reading slump, all of the characters were so cute too.

Got me out of my reading slump

This book was such an easy read! Couldn’t put it down - can’t wait to read the rest of the off campus series :)

this is so cute and the humour was hilarious, also butterflies

i love this book sm garrett is so fit and i love hannah too and their friends and yes

Hannah and Garrett are just perfect. My goal in life now is to find my own Garrett haha. I love them and their story so much

Was easy reading and enjoyable

Amazing never enjoyed a book this much before

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don't know how you ever lived without them." (410) Warning: Possible spoilers! Ever since that party when she was 15-years old, Hannah Wells has tried desperately not to paint herself as a victim, but a survivor. Escaping her small-town life where she and her family have been ruined by the crimes of others, Hannah is desperately trying to make it to her Winter recital where she can try and make up for the financial burden her past has become. On top of that, Garrett - captain of the college ice hockey team - will not leave her the hell alone. This was my first Elle Kennedy book, having heard a lot about the Off Campus series. I was expecting college romance, frat parties, drinking too much and exams, and it checks every single one of those things off. So, predictable it certainly is, but it was also quite sweet. I enjoyed the first half of the book. I thought that Hannah had some really poignant things to say about her experiences (TW for anyone affected by r*pe), and she was definitely likeable enough. Garrett was written in the way almost every sportsman is in college romance books - unattainably attractive and popular, but sweet and sensitive on the inside. He was predictable and boring at times, but I definitely swooned in places over him, particularly when it came to their first ... encounter. My biggest issue happened towards the end of the novel. I’m not going to sit here and say that I don’t enjoy the occasional miscommunication trope. I believe that communication is at the heart of any relationship, good or bad, so if the writing is good, the miscommunication trope can really work especially considering characters that come from different emotional backgrounds (i.e. “sunshine / grumpy”). For me, the miscommunication in this book just lacked lustre. It frustrates me when the miscommunication is brought on by the threats of useless secondary characters whose main purpose is to hang around long enough to make a pointless threat which we all know would’ve been squashed into the ground if our main characters just talked. I get that’s the point of the miscommunication but it just felt like such a cheap shot and, being the climax of the novel, it just felt very disappointing. In all, I enjoyed the first half of this book and would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an easy-going romance book, but don’t expect the plot to blow you away.

I honestly couldn’t put this down! It was so heart warming, funny and touched on sensitive subjects for both characters


Loved it


It was amazing🥰

Great book!

I taught I was going to hate this book, but I'm in love 🤩 I totally recommended it!

read this in the space of two days and im in love

Literally one of my favourite books ever now that i have read it. i’m in loveeeeee 😍😍

This book was such a nice read I did it in a day and it kept me wanting more. The characters are well portrayed and you genuine feel like you know them. Loved it.

My friend recommended this series as I wanted to get back into reading, honestly BEST DECISION EVER! This book had me so emotionally invested I loved it. Just about to start the next one…

Great read.

this book is so good and pure it completely warms ur heart and is just a great comfort read

The characters were so well written, the sarcasm/jokes always made me laugh, everything about this book is amazing. I 100% recommend reading this book.

This book was really amazing, like I said finished it in one day and if u can keep ur attention on the book for that long trust me it’s worth it, not only does it have cute heart warming moments it also has those steamy scenes we all low key want. The description of those scenes 10/10 😂, it’s also funny which keeps u entertained. U should definitely read this 👍🏼

Honestly this book had me screaming , crying and laughing till my stomach hurt. I loved every page and couldn’t put it down. It only took two days for me to read it and I sat for 4 hours straight one day reading this amazing book. I will definitely read more by this author and will be re reading this book too.

Loved every page!

I fell in love with the characters, I felt like I didn’t want the book to end But I couldn’t stop reading it I had to stay up and finish it 😂 Definitely read the book you won’t be disappointed 😊😊😊

I enjoyed this from start to finish. Definitely worth the time.

I loved this book so much, I couldn’t put it down. I love the whole sarcastic/jokey aspect to. The book is greatly structured, love the story line. Absolutely fantastic, loved all the characters and their relationship with one another!! Wish there was another book on wellsy and Garrett

absolutely loved this book, fell in love with the characters and couldn’t put the book down

Red this in one night, it’s literally that good!

Really, really good! Couldn’t put it down.

Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end best read ever.

I am surprised that I enjoyed it so much as I wasn’t into the collage situation but the writing was great and the characters really grow on me. Laughed and grinned through out.

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i’m in high school and i’m a hopeless romantic so, yes i loved it.

…conquers all. Hard to read about the abuse at times but it needs to be told. Abuse is out there and we need to know how to combat the evilness.

I read this in one sitting and stayed up way to late but the story telling was amazing. If I could give this 10 stars I would. I am downloading the rest tomorrow. So so good

This book is soo good the plot, the characters, the story line was all in all amazing a total page turner I definitely have a feeling the rest of the series will be just as good!

I Book is incredible. I love it so much.

it was definitely a cute romantic love story

I read this book years ago and unknowingly read 25% again I love the book. Beautifully written and very intriguing to my soul.

A bodice-ripper set in a New England college town. Perpetuates the misinformation that all it takes for a woman to get over being raped is good sex with the right guy. Disappointing.

I love this book and it’s whole off-Campus series and Briar U series. Definitely taught me a lot and made me fall in love with hockey romance books! I 100% recommend! 😍🥰

Couldn’t put it down!

I like the storyline, but I definitely recommend reading this book when you’re in a book slump, definitely love the characters, idk about you but I love witty characters, and the fact that almost everyone and Garrett was like that just made me love them all. The only thing that kind of bothered me was the whole college aspect, I feel like somethings were kind off, Play the way it seemed to be a high school type vibe

i read it in one sitting and its SO GOOD!! would recommend.

Such a good book had the perfect amount of spice and romance!

This book hooks you to the core. I enjoyed every bit of it, however, I wished that some parts were explained better than just rushing through them. I felt as though the father-son relationship between Garrett and Phil should have been explored a bit more, but overall it was a great read. I would literally give it a 4.5/5!

Overall I enjoyed Hannah and Garret’s story. While the heroine has survived trauma, not much detail is given so the storyline focuses on Hannah’s sexual exploration in a post-traumatic stage, and being a survivor instead of a victim. And her resolve centers around the campus’s star hockey player, but together to overcome much more than either expected.

Not bad actually. The writing from Hannah’s pov was a little cringe at times but overall a wholesome and heartwarming story of two people who unexpectedly heal each other of their trauma. I enjoyed how unforced it was. And honestly Garrett was a male character (at first stereotypical jock) that you grow to love and root for which I was not expecting. Not sure why this book was free for me but makes it better that I didn’t have to pay for it (though I still might’ve because I honestly enjoyed this read). Happy with the ending and the length of the story as well. Recommend for anyone wanting a cheesy romance and who has a soft spot for athletes.

Such a wonderful realistic love story, I was gripped throughout and rooting for all the characters!

Absolutely wonderful read. I read this in one sitting. I couldn't stop! I'd give it more stars if I could!

This book deserves more than 5 starts. I absolutely loved the banter between Garret and Hannah.

literally loved this book. it gave me wattpad vibes at times ( which is not bad at all). i totally loved the main love interest, Garrett. he is literally so energetic and funny and is perfect for Hannah.

I’ve had this book on my TBR forever. I’ve read several of Elle Kennedy’s collaborations so I don’t know why it took me so long to finally jump into this series? I loved every minute of it! Garrett and Hannah were made for each other. Witty banter, a perfect chase and sexy times that are hot hot hot. I’m running to get to book 2!

By far one of my favorite books! I’ve read it at least 3 times.

Loved the story line in this book! Great chemistry

Hannah is a spitfire, which isn’t something you see in female leads very often so this book is refreshing. The story also does a great job tackling some big issues, and Garret’s response to those issues is heartwarming. Love the dynamic between Garret and Hannah from the start of the story to the end.

Main characters back story made the storyline of power and manipulation unsettling. Interesting twist and turns throughout

Finished the book in 2 days! Loved it


I loved the storyline and the characters. You will root for the guy to get the girl in this one. HEA all the way.

My first book by this author. Very happy to see its a stand-alone. Loved the characters and it was just naughty enough. I’ll be looking for more from this author.

Now let me tell you about this book series, specially this first book. I was in a reading slump and in a depressive spiral. I couldn’t find anything to read that interested me and all the romance books that interested me were ya and I needed something a little older. I found this and was doubtful since sports romance? Didn’t sound like something I could get into as a non sports fan. But let me tell you- these briar u guys and gals have my whole freaking heart. Yes these books are cheesy and predictable but in the best warm fuzzies kind of way. I could reread these books every month and still be giggling and smiling like an idiot the whole time. These are the best comfort reads. I found reading them while listening to scouting for girls is the absolute best. But seriously… read these books if you want some peace and comfort and happiness. Kennedy never disappoints.

I freaking love this book!!! Would totally read this again.(Its not like this is my fifth time reading it). I recommend🥰

First book in awhile to make me not want it to end. Lately every book I’ve read started off really good but in the end it gets SO boring I just want it to end💀. But this book was interesting through and through.

love 🥺

I absolutely fell in love with this book!!!

I was hesitant at first—sometimes I struggle reading the “manly man” type male leads, but it quickly smoothed out once I got to know more about Garrett. I loved the chemistry between the leads and it doesn’t take long before the banter starts and pulls you in. This book had so many aspects that I love to see: fake dating, challenging partnership, friends turned to lovers, sports, and real life challenges. If you’re thinking about reading this, wait no longer! I’m sure you’ll quickly fall in love with the characters like i did and be running to buy the rest of the series asap. TW: sexual assault and domestic abuse

I loved it so much!! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!! Thank you for such a good rom com.

This was a cute rom com I loved it. I would recommend it but of course mention the trigger warnings. There is discussion of rape and it talks about the struggle of loving yourself in all ways and how hard it can be with the lack of trust. It shows how trusting someone can build character and allow you to see the world from a whole new outlook. It shows you that it’s okay to be vulnerable because there’s some one there who’s going to allow you to feel comfortable with being vulnerable. It also shows you that it’s okay to have never experienced love because there is always someone there that can and will teach you. What a great book.

Great story and well written. I couldn’t put it down.

I couldn’t put it down! It was fun and I even had a few laughing out loud moments. I really enjoyed this book. It’s rare I get to finish a book in less than a day but honestly, it was paced so well. I’d recommend it for sure!

I caught myself laughing out loud multiple times! I couldn't put it down!

The story keeps you intrigued the entire time. You can’t help but to root for Garrett and “Wellsy”

Couldn’t put it down. You need to kill a few hours this book is for you.

Oh my god!! This book was so heartwarming and it is skillfully written, leaving you wanting for more!! I fell in love with all of the characters, and if you are thinking about reading this, DO IT!

This book was so enjoyable for me! I love that the characters both had dark past but didn’t let it hold them back from living. It just seemed very refreshing to read something different then the typical good girl/bad boy needs saving. It was funny, relatable banter with the sexy, eroticism we all crave. It seemed much more realistic then some other more popular novels in this genre. Definitely couldn’t put it down & read cover to cover in less than 24hrs.

Definitely going to have to buy the physical copy and the rest of the series! Trigger warning: it does have mention of rape and slight detail. For me, it did not hang over the story like a black cloud. I love Hannah and Garret’s banter. So glad I saw this recommendation on bookstagram!

I loved this book! It was funny and overall enjoyable to read. Would recommend if you like drama and a funny female lead. :)

This book was a perfect read. I enjoyed reading it and have come back quite a few times to reread it. I love this book along with the rest of the series. Elle Kennedy doesn't miss😊

Interesting characters, author showed very well through dialogue.

Laugh cry and swoon 😍

this book just heightened my love for hockey and the men that play it. thank you to my tiktok bestie for recommending this. i owe you. honestly, i couldn’t put this book down. i read over half of it last night and finished the rest today. garrett was so… yes. and hannah was just as great. i adored her character and her narrations. the dual POV was also a huge plus. all in all, i loved this book and would totally read it again and recommend it

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Elle Kennedy is a Canadian bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She has published books with Harlequin Enterprises, New American Library, Berkley, and Entangled Publishing. She received her B.A. in English from York University in 2005. She has had multiple titles on the USA Today, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Her highly popular Off-Campus series has appeared on multiple bestsellers lists and will release in over twenty countries worldwide. Bibliography Off Campus Series The Deal (2015) The Mistake (2015) The Score (2016) The Goal (2016) The Legacy (2021)Briar U Series (spinoff from Off Campus) The Chase (2018) The Risk (2019) The Play (2019) The Dare (2020)Killer Instincts Midnight Rescue (2012) Midnight Alias (2013) Midnight Games (2013) Midnight Pursuits (2014) Midnight Action (2014) Midnight Captive (2015) Midnight Revenge (2016) Midnight Target (2017)Harlequin Romantic Suspense Missing Mother-To-Be (2011) Million....

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