The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

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The Mistake

Off Campus #2

Elle Kennedy

2.5stars

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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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The Deal didn’t blow me away like I was hoping it would, but I still went into this book expecting to enjoy it.  And again, I was disappointed.  I read the majority of this on the plane and train on my way back from Florida to Baltimore, but I left the last few chapters for the next day.  And I’m not exaggerating when I say that when I went back to it, I had almost completely forgotten what had happened.

I had all the same problems with this book that I did with The Deal.  The Deal at least had a trope that I actually enjoy to fall back on.  The Mistake’s whole plotline was pretty lame.  And again, there was Too. Much. Plot.  Again they get together way before the ending.  I’m not here for that. I mean, getting there was adorable and again, the sex scenes were pretty hot, but it felt like there was even more of the novel left after they got together.

Grace had her weird friend drama which I felt was barely even touched on and I didn’t care about at all and Logan had all the shit with his brother and his dad, which I felt like wrapped up WAY too easily.  And it would be one thing if the drama was effortlessly woven into the plot, but it’s not.  It always seems so forced.  And that epilogue?? There are still 2 more books. I don’t get why she would go that forward when we will probably be seeing these characters again in future books.

I don’t think I mentioned it in my review for The Deal, but I really do love the hockey aspect of these books.  I’m not a big sports fan, but I do really love going to hockey games (Go Capitals!).  I kind of wish that there was more of a focus on hockey.  There seemed to be in The Deal, but in this book it was basically just added on.

I totally see why this book gets so many 5 stars, but it just didn’t do it for me.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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The Deal

Off Campus #1

Elle Kennedy

3stars

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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.

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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.

 

Historical Romance Thursday #1

I’ve been thinking of adding more monthly features for awhile now.  So I’ve decided to mix my newfound interest in expanding the genres I read and monthly features.  From now on, on the 2nd Thursday of every month, I will highlight a Historical Romance novel that I have read recently.  This is a genre that I have been wanting to explore for some time, and I’m happy to say that my first few reads have been great experiences!

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Mine Till Midnight

The Hathaways #1

Lisa Kleypas

4stars

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When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

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I really, really enjoyed this.  I actually liked it more than the first HR I read, The Rogue Not Taken.

Amelia Hathaway was a great character to start this series off with.  As the oldest female, at 26 (I think) she is resigned to life as a spinster.  In fact, she doesn’t have any desire to get married because she doesn’t want to give up her control of her own life.  She doesn’t want to have to obey a man.  All she wants to do is take care of her 3 younger sisters and her older brother.   All of the characters are great and I loved the family relationships.  In fact, I can’t wait to get to Poppy and Beatrix’s stories because they seemed like more interesting characters.

Cam Rohan was a very interesting love interest.  I don’t think I’ve read any books about a Romani  character.  I don’t really know much about them, so I can’t really tell if it was a stereotypical portrayal, but it didn’t seem bad. I liked how the book brought up the stereotypes that most people believed about the Romani, and explored them within the two characters of Cam and Merripen. What I liked most about him was that he wasn’t a brooding male! I am so sick of the woe is me love interest.  He was confident and sexy and seemed more than willing to let Amelia live her own life, while also taking care of her at the same time.

The only real issues I had with this was the random POV shifts to Merripen and Winnifred.  It’s actually a major pet peeve when new POVs are introduced towards the end of novels.  It wasn’t a deal breaker for me here because I felt like it was just setting up for the second book of the series which will focus on these two characters.  I will definitely be reading the rest of this series as soon as I can get my hands on them!

2016 I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

I have my Masters in Library Science.  I am currently interning at my local library and actively seeking a library job.

Yet I am guilty of buying books more than using my library. I didn’t grow up going to the library.  Books were always a huge part of my childhood, but I never went to storytime or participated in any programming.  I probably only checked out books like once or twice before entering college. I do use the library way more than I used to, but I still buy way too many books.  I can’t help it though! Buying from amazon is just too easy!!

Maybe I’m part of the reason there is that nasty rumor going around that libraries are useless.  Please. Spend a day in any library, let alone a library in a city like Baltimore, and you’ll quickly change your tune about how useful libraries are.

So I’m joining the I Love Libraries Reading Challenge, hosted by Bea’s Book Nook.

The details:

  1. Put a sign up post on your blog and link it below.
  2. If you don’t have a blog, make a dedicated goodreads shelf (or LibraryThing), make sure it’s public, and link it below.
  3. Any reading material that can be checked out of your library counts – print books, audio books, digital books, magazines, etc.
  4. As part of your sign up post, briefly write why you like using your library – free books, internet access, a quiet place to work, whatever draws you to the library. If you don’t have a blog platform, post it in the comments below.
  5. Write a review – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The characters were a delight but the story was slow and confusing. It was disappointing.”
  6. There will be a post each month where you can link your reviews. Each linky will run for the calendar year.
  7. Pick a level from the list below. You can move up as needed but you can’t move down.
  8. Books may overlap with other reading challenges.

Levels:

  • board book – 3
  • picture book – 6
  • early reader – 9
  • chapter book – 12
  • middle grades – 18
  • Young adult – 24
  • adult – 36
  • just insert IV – 50

I’m going for the Young Adult level, which is 24 books.  I figure that with the insane amount of challenges I have signed up for, at least 24 of those books will be able to come from the library.  It will also help save me money!

So if you love your library come join! There’s no better way to support your local library!