Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

Review: The Score by Elle KennedyThe Score by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off Campus #3
January 11, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 350
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)
Also by this author: The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)
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He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

The Score was a tiny bit like reading real life for me.  I was so much like Allie.  A Drama girl who stayed in a less than ideal relationship for all the wrong reasons but with all the right intentions.  After I grew up a little I fell in love with a hockey player.  Though, my husband is not as arrogant as Dean, he is definitely the goofball Dean is. 

This was an opposites attract type love story, not really outside of what the whole Off Campus series has been before this installment. But with a new sense of humor and a new element of tragedy. 

If you’ve read the other books, you know Allie and you know she’s been in a relationship with Sean.  That’s over now but it’s not quite mutual and Allie needs a hideout while the dust settles.  When she’s offered a bed at her best friend’s boyfriend’s house, the last person she expects to have ANY kind of connection with is Dean.  But she does, even if it’s only a drunken sexual one.   A one night stand to help get past her ex was not what she had planned, but she rolls with it – shrugs it off – moves on.

Problem is Dean doesn’t.  The manwhore himself wants more of Allie and only Allie.  This is new for him, he’s a usually a ‘hit it and quit it guy’. Now, he’s concerned with himself, which leads to a hysterical conversation with his BFF and Twilight and if it’s possible to imprint on a pussy.  I loved it, I’m still giggling about it weeks later.

For all the funny Kennedy throws out through Dean, there is that element of tragedy that I mentioned earlier as well.  It tears apart not only Dean and Allie’s relationship but his entire world.  It was very, very hard for me to stay in love with Dean throughout this.  I wanted to dig his eyes out with a dull, rusty butter knife and at the same time, wrap Allie up in warm cuddly fur and ferry her off to a far away place. 

Ms. Kennedy righted the wrongs though and I found myself liking the contrast between all the happy-fun-filled moments and the vicious thoughts.

Kennedy is one of my favorite authors, I’ll be upfront about that. I haven’t loved everything she’s written but most.  She’s become my ‘go to’ when I need a reading pallet cleanser, a book that I know won’t disappoint.  The Score, along with all the Off Campus books, will see many a re-read in my future.

 

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal 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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