The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal

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...

Title:The Deal
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:342 pages

The Deal Reviews

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    Feb 02, 2015

    was not my first book by Elle Kennedy, but for sure was the one that I loved the most. It was such an enjoyable read and from the start I couldn’t put it down. It was sweet, sexy and funny and even a little emotional at times and it just made me smile.

    Despite the simple, not so original plot it was a refreshing read. Even if at first sight it's very similar with other college romances,

    was a captivating story from the start. Written in dual POV, which I really, re

    was not my first book by Elle Kennedy, but for sure was the one that I loved the most. It was such an enjoyable read and from the start I couldn’t put it down. It was sweet, sexy and funny and even a little emotional at times and it just made me smile.

    Despite the simple, not so original plot it was a refreshing read. Even if at first sight it's very similar with other college romances,

    was a captivating story from the start. Written in dual POV, which I really, really enjoyed, this NA is about two people, Hannah and Garrett who apparently are very different from each other, but as the story progresses they will find they are more compatible they have thought. In more ways than one.

    Hannah Wells is a 20 years old girl who's not very popular. She has some good friends and a supporting, loving family. Not many of her friends know about what happened to her five years ago. Despite her past, Hannah is not a broken girl. She wants to be ‘normal’, she has people in her life who care deeply for her, she has dreams. In most of the areas she’s a confident girl, but when it comes to relationships, sex and seduction she’s not the most experienced girl. Too bad since she has a crush on one of the football players.

    Garrett Graham is the captain of the hockey team. He’s very good looking, he’s popular and every female in the campus wants to be with him. He’s not popular only because of all that, but also because his father is a legend in hockey world. What no one knows is that Phil Graham is not as perfect everyone wants to believe.

    When Garrett gets an F at one of his courses he’s desperate to find a tutor. If he doesn’t pass the course he’ll be dropped by the team. When he finds out that Hanna got an A he proposes her a deal – she will tutor him in exchange for some helping regarding her crush. Hannah doesn’t want to have anything to do with this annoying cocky player, at least at first.

    Garrett knows that Hannah is the only one who can help him so he’s very, very persistent. They become some kind of friends, but one kiss changes everything between them.

    What a breath of fresh air this one was! I really, really enjoyed it! I read many college romances and for me this was one of the best. Evn if the storyline is predictable, I enjoyed it. Both Hannah and Garrett were such endearing and relatable characters. They were not perfect. They have fears and insecurities and they felt real. Hannah is a great heroine. She’s smart, beautiful and sassy. Despite her past she’s a strong girl. She wants to have a normal, heathy relationship and she’s not as damaged as I expected her to be. I liked the fact that she wasn’t shy. She speaks her mind, she’s honest and she's caring. I found her a little annoying at times (in the beginning), but overall she was a great heroine.

    While I only liked Hannah, I loved Garrett. He made me smile and swoon. He was simply adorable! He’s cocky and arrogant, but he’s charming and loyal as well and I couldn’t stop falling for him. He’s sweet, caring and protective and he’s the perfect boyfriend. I loved the way he talks with Hannah and the way he is with her. And I also loved how ambitious he is.

    I absolutely loved their chemistry. To say that it was off the charts hot will be an understatement. You can really feel it from the beginning. Their slow-build relationship was very well done in my opinion. I just loved how everything progressed between them.

    I adored the banter between them and I loved all the sexual innuendos between them. They were so good together and perfect for each other. The witty dialogue was absolutely fabulous. I simply loved all their interactions.

    The side characters are pretty great too. And I’m talking about Hannah and Garrett’s friends. There’s some angst and drama, but don’t worry, they are low.

    The writing was flawless and engaging and the story was told in such a way that will make you be invested in this story from the start.

    All in all,

    was a fantastic read with two lovable well developed characters, captivating storyline and great writing. If you're a fan of college romances I totally recommend it!

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
    Feb 14, 2015

    See this face?

    That's my face while reading this book. Yup. This book made me happy. Throughout the whole thing I was either giggling, laughing, sniffling, blushing, and then smiling and laughing some more.

    And I'm not even sorry because heck, with so much shit happening in the world right now, it's nice to find a book that you can unabashedly get yourself lost in.

    The Deal was another one of those unexpected reads. Unexpected because despite its simple plot, this book succeeded in takin

    See this face?

    That's my face while reading this book. Yup. This book made me happy. Throughout the whole thing I was either giggling, laughing, sniffling, blushing, and then smiling and laughing some more.

    And I'm not even sorry because heck, with so much shit happening in the world right now, it's nice to find a book that you can unabashedly get yourself lost in.

    The Deal was another one of those unexpected reads. Unexpected because despite its simple plot, this book succeeded in taking over my heart and my mind. Always a good sign for a reader.

    Like what I said, the plot for this book is simple. Hannah is college girl with a lot of baggage especially when it comes to sex, so when she finally found someone who makes her feel tingly, she was out of her depth especially when he seems to be unaware of her existence. But then solution comes in the form of cocky player Garrett Graham. Garrett's life revolve around hockey, so when he failed in one of his subjects, he needed a tutor or else he'll be dropped by the team.

    When Garrett noticed that Hannah got an A on the same subject, he needled her into agreeing to his tutor. Hannah initially refused but Garrett was persistent. When Garrett found out about her dilemma, he offered a solution: he'll help her land the guy in exchange for a tutoring session. And thus begin their unlikely friendship.

    Despite the straightforward plot, this won me over just by the strength of Elle Kennedy's writing, flawed yet ,b>relatable and

    characters and by its sheer readability. I could not put this book down. I devoured it from beginning to end. And the dialogue just sparkled.

    Hannah and Garrett despite being opposites on paper (he's a jock while she's a music major) have a lot more in common. They were at odds at first, with Hannah being unimpressed by Garrett, but Garrett proved to be not only charming but truly a real nice guy. And he slowly but surely demolished the walls Hannah had put up to protect herself.

    I know what you're thinking, "Oh another heroine with issues." And she does. A mile wide, in fact. Hannah's back story was heartbreaking as was Garrett's. But despite that, their characters weren't overburdened by it. Both Hannah and Garrett have already overcome their issues. They have goals and dreams apart from each other, which was refreshing to read.

    Most of the time, in this genre, the story often get drowned out by its characters personal tragedies. With this book, while it was an integral part of the plot, it didn't suffocate the story. It helped to enrich it, giving readers an insight into the characters but their issue wasn't treated as another plot device.

    I just loved Garrett and Hannah. Their chemistry jumps off the page. Even when they were snipping and goading each other, you feel it. I loved that after their initial introduction to each other, they took their time to be friends first. Then their awareness for each grew and holy freakin' hell, the slow burn was wonderful to behold.

    Seriously, I cannot wait for you guys to meet Garrett. He is one of the best heroes I've read so far. He's definitely arrogant and can be quite a handful but he's also the sweetest and the most loyal hero ever. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful this character is. Truly a standout hero in my opinion.

    Overall, while The Deal didn’t break any new ground in the NA genre, it perfectly pulled some of its familiar tropes and made it work. And it's a testament to Elle Kennedy’s skill as an author. It also proves that you don’t have to break the rules to write an engaging and well-thought of story. All it really takes a familiar plot but well-developed plot, add some flawed but relatable characters, unforgettable dialogue and the end result will be on unputdownable book.

  • Mysza
    Feb 15, 2015

    Well... I was the lucky one who made it past 4th paragrapgh... And oh boy, am I glad I did, because this book... this book... was Freaking. Awesome!!! This is how NA should be done!!! For realz, I'm gonna do my happy dance here...

    - college setting - check

    - sport theme - check

    - mega! hottie - check, check, check

    - very likeable heroine - check

    - great plot - check

    - enemies to friends to lovers - check

    - almost non drama relationship - check

    - sexy sexy sexy bedroom times- check

    - witty bickering and d

    Well... I was the lucky one who made it past 4th paragrapgh... And oh boy, am I glad I did, because this book... this book... was Freaking. Awesome!!! This is how NA should be done!!! For realz, I'm gonna do my happy dance here...

    - college setting - check

    - sport theme - check

    - mega! hottie - check, check, check

    - very likeable heroine - check

    - great plot - check

    - enemies to friends to lovers - check

    - almost non drama relationship - check

    - sexy sexy sexy bedroom times- check

    - witty bickering and dialogue - check

    - 2 delicate subplot matters very well executed

    - sweet love story - check

    What else could you possible want? Nothing, I'm telling you nothing else is needed here.

    Now I want Logan, Tucker and Dean. I don't care which one will be first, I'll take them all! So please hurry

    and give us those boys already ;)

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  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    Feb 16, 2015

    This book completely charmed me, and is probably one of the best college romances I’ve read in a while now. While the premise isn’t anything I haven’t read before, I felt like the author took the idea and shaped it into her own unique tale, so trust me when I say it’s not your typical NA romance riddled with common clichés. This book was definitely one of those unexpected gems: the more I read, the more I fell in love with the delight

    This book completely charmed me, and is probably one of the best college romances I’ve read in a while now. While the premise isn’t anything I haven’t read before, I felt like the author took the idea and shaped it into her own unique tale, so trust me when I say it’s not your typical NA romance riddled with common clichés. This book was definitely one of those unexpected gems: the more I read, the more I fell in love with the delightful main characters, the witty banter, and the steamy and impassioned romance. Elle Kennedy, you’ve got yourself a new fan!

    A big reason to why this book was such a winner for me was the hero Garrett. It may be just me, but I’m a little tired of heroes who are bad boys and jerks...I mean, give me a guy who’ll actually live up to the title of ‘hero’ you know? And Garrett really did. He’s a sports jock who’s not only dedicated to playing hockey, but also in getting his grades up as well and has such a fun-loving, caring personality. It’s really hard not to fall for him! When his grades drop though, and his hockey-playing goal is in jeopardy, he finds the class smartie to tutor him, leading him right to the heroine Hannah.

    Studious and practical, Hannah is pursuing her goals as a songwriter/singer and is pretty confident in all areas of her life, except her sex life that is. She’s finally found one guy who catches her interest but with absolutely zero seduction skills she’s at a loss. When Garrett barges into her life asking for her to tutor him, they agree on a deal: she’ll tutor him so he can bring up his grades and be able to keep playing hockey, and in exchange he’ll pretend-date her to catch her crush’s attention.

    I LOVE that there’s no insta-love, and heck, the attraction didn’t settle in until later too. Hannah and Garrett’s relationship is very much a gradual build, going from barely acquaintances to tentative friends to an explosive couple. But I’ll also admit that in the very beginning of this book, I wasn’t fully into the story and the characters until later. I didn’t like how judgmental Hannah was towards Garrett in the start, partially because her crush was in the same position (both sports players) as him and she chose to stereotype Garrett while glorifying the other guy, even when Garrett’s actions were always honorable and meant well. But as I read on, my dislike for Hannah thawed out and I ended up really loving her character. I liked that despite her very strong personality, she had this layer of vulnerability and her backstory (actually, both hers and Garrett’s) hurt to read. And of course, I loved Garrett’s patience and understanding with her, and how he propelled their relationship forward one step at a time.

    I also appreciated that there wasn’t any contrived drama, which almost always exists in the NA books I read. Any and all conflict in this story was handled well, very thought-out and dare I say, practical too. I love that the author doesn’t follow the norm and to balance out the angst, she’s got a wonderful sense of humor that’s evident in the story. Almost everything I highlighted in the book were passages of snarky/witty/laugh out loud hilarious banter that made me laugh the entire time I read. And the locker scene near the end of the book? Freaking EPIC I tell you!

    Much like the way Hannah and Garrett surprised each other and everyone else when they fell in love, this book also surprised me in the best of ways.

    You’ll hit gold with this book.

    Take a chance and let this book work its charm on you too.

    is a NA romance standalone and the first book in the Off-Campus series. Consecutive books will be about side characters.

  • Kristen
    Feb 18, 2015

    I'm not sure what more I can say that hasn't already been said about this delightful and entertaining book; therefore, I'll simply end with a quote from the story that captured my feelings perfectly.

  • Christy
    Feb 24, 2015

    What can I say about

    that hasn’t been said in hundreds of other reviews… Well, I can say I regret being so late to the party on this one. I had a friend recommend this to me when she read it back in February and every few weeks I would get a message from her asking if I’d read it yet (thanks for pushing, Jen!) I can’t say why I waited to read this, I just got busy with other books. One things for sure though, I’ll be reading book 2 in this series very soon! No more waiting for

    What can I say about

    that hasn’t been said in hundreds of other reviews… Well, I can say I regret being so late to the party on this one. I had a friend recommend this to me when she read it back in February and every few weeks I would get a message from her asking if I’d read it yet (thanks for pushing, Jen!) I can’t say why I waited to read this, I just got busy with other books. One things for sure though, I’ll be reading book 2 in this series very soon! No more waiting for me.

    Hannah Wells is a smart woman. She is so smart in fact, she’s one of the only people doing well in a certain class she’s in. Garrett is having trouble with this class and it’s bringing down his entire GPA, which he can’t have being a star hockey player and all. So there is one solution. Get Hannah to tutor him. There is also one problem, Hannah is resistant to Garrett’s charms. When she finally agrees, they strike a DEAL. They become friends, then they kiss. And everything changes.

    Hannah and Garrett were perfect together. I loved their banter and friendship. I loved even more when it developed. They had such fantastic chemistry. And it wasn’t just about the sex between them. Those weeks of friendship made them really care about one another and get to know each other.

    I can say with absolute certainty that there wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about this book. And as much as I love books and love to read, that doesn’t happen very often. I wouldn’t change a thing about this read. If you’re like me and haven't read this one yet, I encourage you to make it your next read. You won’t regret it!!!

  • Jennifer Kyle
    Feb 24, 2015

    What an enjoyable read that seriously didn’t bring anything crazy original to this genre but somewhere between the fantastic characters, the banter and the delivery, this story was a huge winner for me. My swooning and laughing while being totally engrossed along the pages of this story has to go to the fantastic writing of a truly talented writer. I need to check out her other books because it seems I’ve been totally missing out!

    I loved the plot of our hockey jock, Garrett Graha

    What an enjoyable read that seriously didn’t bring anything crazy original to this genre but somewhere between the fantastic characters, the banter and the delivery, this story was a huge winner for me. My swooning and laughing while being totally engrossed along the pages of this story has to go to the fantastic writing of a truly talented writer. I need to check out her other books because it seems I’ve been totally missing out!

    I loved the plot of our hockey jock, Garrett Graham harassing the musician, Hannah Wells for tutoring help in their shared class so he doesn’t lose ice time. When these two eventually settle on a deal for an exchange of her tutoring services for Garrett’s popularity in gaining her the attention of the newly transferred football star, Hannah can’t resist.

    Every single interaction between Hannah and Garrett was perfection. They slowly form a friendship and fall into so much more.

    Garrett was a perfectly imperfect hero. He was hilarious, sarcastic and so very sexy. Every girl reading this book will wish they were Hannah. He struggles with being in his famous father’s shadow while continuingly surviving his wrath. I must mention that I also loved all his roommates and am excited that they will follow with their own stories.

    Hannah has survived a rape in her past and is a witty, resilient and strong heroine. Remnants of the rape have left her insecure in certain areas. I truly loved how she slowly begins to trust her friendship with Garrett and embracing what they find in one another. Hannah was bold and I think their combined personalities is one of the things that made me fall for them as a couple so very hard.

    Also it must be mentioned that the intensity of their sex scenes was completely palpable and electric.

    I can’t think of one negative thing about this story except perhaps if it was possible for a story to never end I would have been perfectly happy day after day reading on and on about Garrett and Hannah.

  • Aestas Book Blog
    Feb 24, 2015

    So it's about this girl, Hannah, who is crushing hard on a football player. She's not one to usually get this mushy over a guy, but he's caught her eye and she wishes she was on his radar.

    The hero is a a guy named Garrett. He's a bad boy hockey player with a bit of a manwhoring reputation a

    So it's about this girl, Hannah, who is crushing hard on a football player. She's not one to usually get this mushy over a guy, but he's caught her eye and she wishes she was on his radar.

    The hero is a a guy named Garrett. He's a bad boy hockey player with a bit of a manwhoring reputation around campus who is in one of her classes and borderline failing. He's a smart guy, but this class just isn't his forte. Lucky for him, she's acing it... and he makes it his mission to get her to tutor him. Unfortunately for him though, she's not remotely interested in anything he has to offer in exchange.

    After a few days of trying his best to wear her down, he finally comes up with an idea: he'll help elevate her social status by pretending to date her -- thus making her more likely to catch the eye of her crush IF she'll tutor him. She finally relents and the deal is formed.

    But the more time they spend together, the closer they get... and even though Garrett swore he didn't want a girlfriend, he falls for her... and makes it his mission to show her that he's actually the guy she wants.

    I loved the way their relationship developed almost by accident. Neither of them meant for it to happen. They just began hanging out, spending time together, and one thing naturally led to another. (Side note: after reading about them watching Breaking Bad together, I kinda want to watch the show too!)

    Just to clear up a question I've been asked by several readers: there is NO cheating and no triangle in this story. He does hook up with two girls (literally just meaningless one-night stands) before he and Hannah become a couple. But once they're together, all that ends. So don't worry!

    This book had the ability to make me swoon one minute, put my heart in my throat the next, then literally make me burst right out laughing out of the blue. Here, I just have to share this one scene...

    Teeheeeeee!!!! C'mon, doesn't that make you want to read the book?? :D

    You'll swoon hard over Garrett, wish Hannah was your BFF, and totally get caught up in their story. It's fun, sexy, but with just enough 'seriousness' mixed in to ground the story as well. I really loved it!

    This was one of the best college romance I've read. It had epic banter, sexy romance, and fantastic writing!! I laughed, I swooned, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!!

    PS: This is the first standalone in a series of standalones. The next book will be a different couple.

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