The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: May 6th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Sports
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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.
I really liked Logan in The Deal, book 1, and I was looking forward to reading his book. I wasn’t sure about the whole “screwed things up with a freshman” bit from the blurb, but Kennedy won me over with The Deal and I was willing to give it a try. I’m really glad I did. Both Logan and Grace were wonderfully written. There was a ton of humor. I laughed out loud several times. I also loved the friendships they had outside each other, especially Logan’s with his teammates. Honestly, this book is worth reading just for that.
Logan has been crushing on his best friend’s girl for months. When a chance encounter with freshman Grace Ivers provides a much needed distraction, he can’t help but go back for more with her. Until he realizes she’s getting ready to hand him her virginity while he’s essentially using her to get over his crush and breaks it off. Then he realizes he sabotaged the relationship for nothing and tries to win her back. Grace isn’t interested in being humiliated again, and Logan’s really got his work cut out for him.
The hoops Grace made Logan jump through to win her back were adorably hilarious. I still snicker when I think about the poem he wrote, and how he roped his friends into helping him do so many over-the-top things.
Despite the humor, there was quite a bit of depth to both characters. I like that they both came to rely on one another, to share their burdens and hopes and dreams. Even the villainous best friend had depth. She wasn’t a one-dimensional character. Not that her actions didn’t piss me off, but I found sympathy for her in the end.
This was a great addition to the series. It had everything I crave in a romance; humor, depth, love and an over abundance of grand gestures. Highly recommend.
4.25 out of 5