Book Review ✭ The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Title: The Mistake
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
Source: Bocci PR

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.

He’s John fucking Logan, one of the most popular guys at Briar. And I’m 
Grace fucking Ivers, one of thousands of girls who are crushing on him.

John Logan is sex on ice. Literally. The hottest hockey player on campus and well-known for his womanizing ways, Logan is idolized by all at Briar University. Getting girls has been as simple as breathing, but getting the girl he truly wants is a different game entirely. His best friend’s girlfriend shouldn’t be the star of his fantasies, but Logan can’t find anything to distract him from her. That is until he accidentally meets a shy, but vibrant freshman named Grace.

Grace Ivers is a quiet freshman who likes to live under the radar. She gets dragged to parties by her long time best friend/roommate, but she prefers staying in the comfort of her bed watching action films. One night, the party comes to her in the form of John Logan. A mixup in address leads to their chance encounter and sparks something in both of them. 

Using Grace as a distraction was never Logan’s intention, but that’s the way it turns out. When Grace decides she’s not willing to put her heart on the line for his enjoyment, Logan thinks twice about what role she really plays in his life. Getting her back becomes Logan’s mission, but will Grace find it in herself to forgive his mistake and take him back?

This book had me overjoyed with just how adorable Grace and Logan were. Right off the bat, Grace was a girl I easily associated myself with. Being a teenager is often the most awkward stage for most, but that transition from high school to college is crucial. Freshman year is the time of rebranding and starting over in so many ways. Grace’s virginity is something that shadows her, but she’s not necessarily tripping over her feet to lose it. Her view and attitude on her virginity is much more believable than the typical story that latches onto virgin-centered books. Grace is clearly not an expert on things, but she is willing to explore and that made me have huge respect for the author in the way she portrayed such a real girl in that kind of mindset. 
Grace is very much a guy’s girl and that’s what makes her and Logan hit it off so well. She doesn’t fuss over clothes and makeup so that she’ll impress her dream guy. She had me praising her within the first few chapters because of things like that. Plus, the way she handled Logan and herself around him deserved a round of applause. Again, she wasn’t putty in his hands like every other girl on campus. She was swooning on the inside, but she knew better than to give into him so easily.

Logan, Logan, Logan. Boy was he sexy. Self-centered and idiotic at times sure, but he carried himself in a way that exuded confidence and cool. Which incidentally wasn’t really the feeling that lied within him 24/7. He had a selflessness to him that did more damage than good in the case oh his home life, but seeing that dependable side to him was touching.

Fresh writing, steamy moments and humorous banter. All adding up into an emotionally heartwarming story about opposites attracting.
I could read about these two longer, but sadly the two most saddening words landed on the screen. I highly recommend reading this book and perhaps transport yourself back to your college days.
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.
A USA Today 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!