Series: Off-Campus #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Genres: New Adult
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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.
“I never expected her.”
I feel like every time I review a New Adult book I preface it with “I’m not a fan of New Adult” and 95% of the time that is true but I still get sucked in regardless.For me, it takes special characters, a good plot, or a combination of the two to make me eat my words when it comes to NA books. Let’s just say The Deal made me eat my words. Told in duel POV, The Deal was a perfect blend of humor, heart, sex, and friendship.
“If you told me a few weeks ago that I would be confiding in Garrett Graham about the most traumatic experience of my life, I would’ve peed my pants laughing. And now here I am, doing just that.”
I’m so glad I ignored my immediate reaction to DNF this book about less than 1% in View Spoiler »Hannah reveals very early on that she was raped. I don’t have a trigger or anything that makes me avoid themes like these but I have read about them before in this genre so I was worried how it would be handled and in the end I was pleasantly surprised. « Hide Spoiler but I’m glad I decided to keep going because it was a story worth reading. Garrett and Hannah are great together. Garrett is cocky, charming, and so far from that stereotypical jock. He’s pretty raw and vulnerable and that combination is refreshing to see. Hannah is pretty incredible. Despite having gone through a pretty horrific event previously, she is surprisingly strong. She is an example of being “bent not broken” and I adored that about her. What could have been a really sad and heavy book (based of both their pasts) wasn’t. The issues both these characters dealt with were handled with a good balance of sweet, sexy, and heartwarming moments to balance it out. I enjoyed watching their hesitant friendship blossom into something more.
“And because I know that when she says she loves me, she actually means me–Garrett-and not Briar’s hockey star, or Mr. Popularity, or Phil Graham’s son. She loves me.”
The only reason this is a 4 star instead of a 5 is because there was I had an issue with the conflict that happens towards the end of the book. It wasn’t so much that it wasn’t handled well, because it was very believable, but it was more of a case of un-originality, as I have read of a similar conflict in Sawyer Bennet’s Off Sides. Because that particular issue took me out of the story, I had to rate accordingly. Besides that I really enjoyed The Deal and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Off-Campus series.