Off Campus #1
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.
It seems as if everyone and their mother has read and LOVED this book. All I see are 5 star reviews everywhere so of course, I expected to love it too (stupid, I know). Sadly, this fell right in the dreaded territory of a 3 for me. At least I didn’t hate it.
This book is filled with tropes and cliches. We have the cocky big man on campus who is basically God’s gift to women, and we have the extremely judgmental, “I’m not like other girls” heroine. I was actually able to look past all the ridiculous stereotypes and enjoy the actual plot of the novel, for the most part. And I did actually end up liking Garrett (jury is still out on Hannah).
This book actually lost stars because there is too much plot. The sex scenes were great and basically all I wanted was a cute, cliched romance where the hot guy helps the shy girl get the guy she wants and they end up falling in love. And that did happen. BUT, not how I wanted it to. It happened way too fast. They ended up together and there was still like 100 pages left of the book. What? Why do I want to read about their lives AFTER they get together? I’m not here for that.
I’m a firm believer that in most cases, the mind blowing, we’re together sex should happen within the last few pages of the novel. Otherwise then I get bored when I have to read about their day to day lives. It’s all about the the chase, the journey. I don’t give a shit what happens when we get there.
And then of course there was the added drama. I do want a plot in my romance novels, but I don’t want the plot to overtake the romance. I mean, we have Hannah dealing with the rape that happened 5 years earlier (not a spoiler since she mentions it on the second page and I think it was just used as a plot device) and Garrett with his abusive father and wah woe is me. Stop complaining and have sex. That’s how I felt reading this. Insensitive? Probably. Do I care? Nope. It just got a little too angsty for me.
I do feel as if I let my annoyance with how the plot unfolded affect how I rated this (which duh, it should but I still feel bad) so I can totally see myself giving this another try.