The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake

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 w...

Title:The Mistake
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ISBN:151166066X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:296 pages

The Mistake Reviews

  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

    Earlier this year, I read and ADORED book 1 in this series

    . It was everything I could ever ask for in a NA romance – fun, entertaining, and truly a breath of fresh air with likable main characters, witty banter that had me grinning from ear to ear, and a believable romance that wasn’t just hinged on a heroine having big boobs or a reformed playboy hero like so many NA books today. Not only did I fall in love with the story and characters, I also found in Elle Kennedy a new autho

    Earlier this year, I read and ADORED book 1 in this series

    . It was everything I could ever ask for in a NA romance – fun, entertaining, and truly a breath of fresh air with likable main characters, witty banter that had me grinning from ear to ear, and a believable romance that wasn’t just hinged on a heroine having big boobs or a reformed playboy hero like so many NA books today. Not only did I fall in love with the story and characters, I also found in Elle Kennedy a new author to book stalk and whose writing was so fresh and engaging I couldn’t wait to read more from her, especially this second book in this series. Thus, I’m really sad, disappointed, and quite frankly, a tad bit annoyed that I didn’t love or even like The Mistake much because believe me, I wanted to love it badly.

    One of the biggest issues I had with this book was the way the author portrayed college life and the character stupidity that resulted because of such a shallow, inaccurate, and offensive portrayal.

    I don’t know why I feel so offended by this motto but I do. I think it’s the standard for NA books to have characters with this kind of mentality who treat college like it’s a huge joke. As a college student myself, I don’t find this to be true one bit. Maybe this kind of setting is present for some schools but it’s not a majority and I wish authors would stop portraying colleges like it’s a hotspot for orgies and guys are nothing more than manwhores and girls sluts. Aside from Hannah and Garrett (from book 1) the guys in this book – including Logan – have getting laid at the top of their to do lists and all the girls can’t help but want to get nailed and desperately want to lose their virginity, like the heroine Grace for an example (this is literally the first thought of hers I read).

    The first couple chapters of this book consisted of Logan moaning over Hannah, him nailing girls, Grace stuttering and wondering if she’ll ever lose her virginity and somehow this is supposed to be considered normal and just pure entertainment value because I mean, it’s college right? *insert sarcasm* And if you’re wondering if colleges in the US are all like the way they’re portrayed in NA books (especially in this book), the answer is NO! I won’t hide that book 1 also touched on this kind of setting, but at least in that book the author didn’t allow her main characters to fall victim to that kind of mentality unlike Logan and Grace here.

    To build up on this aspect, the characters also made some really dumb and unbelievable choices that made me scratch my head and go huh. Logan and Grace officially meet in one of the cheesiest ways – him accidentally stumbling upon the wrong dorm room and happens to find her room instead (hmmm okay…). They’re strangers at this point (except Grace has only been fangirling about him for so long and can’t wait to tell her best friend about him ugh) and you’d think that since they don’t know anything about each other they’d chit-chat and that’d be the start of a potential relationship right? Instead, Grace – who knows absolutely nothing about Logan except that he’s HOT – invites him into her dorm and further invites him to watch a movie. And then they proceed to mess around. I’m sorry, but that’s something I find hard to accept considering they are complete STRANGERS at this point and have next to zero interaction.

    These problems I mentioned above are all issues for me because of my inability to separate fiction from reality and how easily I’m able to compare & contrast the story setting along with the character age so these things may very well not be issues for anyone else. But for me, these were kinks and hindered me from liking the book from the start.

    As the story progressed, I found myself relaxing a bit more as the humor, wit, and golden dialogues I know this author is capable of writing appeared and for a while I enjoyed the story. I liked that even though Logan was pining after his best friend’s girl, he was upfront about it, knew it was wrong, and definitely didn’t act on the attraction. His dedication and love for hockey along with his commitment to his family were admirable qualities and even made me feel for him. And when he made the biggest mistake of his life romance-wise, I liked that he didn’t crumble away and throw his hands up and say whatever. He fought for his girl and got his act together.

    Grace...what to say about this chick. Overall, she didn’t leave much an impression on me as a standout heroine who could match the hero. Like I mentioned earlier, the college setting snafu and Grace’s naiveté annoyed me so much and even though she made Logan grovel, there was nothing else about her that stood out. While the author painted a vivid background for Logan (hockey, family), there was nothing on Grace. I mean, when I think about her character my mind’s a blank slate whereas for Logan I feel sympathy, love, annoyance and compassion.

    The last quarter of the book took a nosedive for me as obstacles were swiftly cleared away with little development and oh my god...the part where Logan and his dad resolve their issues made me eyes roll. The engaging writing I came to love in book 1 was mostly absent in this book sadly. Once again, it may just be me but I felt the story was more telling than showing. The author tells me Logan and Grace screwed like rabbits. The author tells me time passed. The author tells me this happened while that occurred and it’s so frustrating to read such lackluster writing! The story did make me crack a smile here and there but the thing is, those parts all involved Hannah and/or Garrett. While I love those two dearly, I wanted something about Logan and Grace to make me sigh, swoon, or laugh over. It just didn’t happen for me.

    I am definitely in the small minority who feels like this book was a bust so don’t let my one opinion stop you from checking it out. No matter what, The Deal will always remain one of my top favorites but as I have zero interest in the other side characters (not the manwhore Dean, not Logan’s other teammates, not Grace’s backstabbing, drama-creating friend Ramona, etc...) I highly doubt I will continue with this series.

  • Mysza

    There are always high expectations when you read a sequel to book that was so good that you worry if the next one will manage to keep up. Well, no worries here, because The Mistake was as fabulous. I don't know how the author does it but she, again, managed to deliver great story with great characters. And I'm gonna repeat myself here, this is how NA should be done! Now, excuse me, while Snoopy will do the dance again.

    - I loved the setting. College, sport, hockey, it all worked for me.

    - I loved

    There are always high expectations when you read a sequel to book that was so good that you worry if the next one will manage to keep up. Well, no worries here, because The Mistake was as fabulous. I don't know how the author does it but she, again, managed to deliver great story with great characters. And I'm gonna repeat myself here, this is how NA should be done! Now, excuse me, while Snoopy will do the dance again.

    - I loved the setting. College, sport, hockey, it all worked for me.

    - I loved Grace. The girl was smart and cute. She was a bit shy and timid at the beginning but once she caught her wind, she didn't take shit from a bitchy friend or Logan. And when Logan made his

    , she stomped her feet and made him work for it, though she knew she would be giving him a chance.

    - I loved Logan. He was sexy, cocky and stubborn as a mule. I loved his persistence and the grovelling part. Once he realized that relationship with Grace is what he really wanted, and what he did was huge

    , he never gave up. That boy sure knew what to do to redeem himself.

    - I loved their relationship. They were a very good match. Not only were they hot for each other but also talked to each other. They knew about their hobbies, their plans, their future, their dreams, there was simply connection there, and not only on the basic, carnal level.

    - I loved the bromance. Seriously, these four hockey hotties know how to make you laugh and melt your heart at the same time.

    - I loved the story. There was no unnecessary drama, it was funny and steamy. There was not too much sex in the book but still, it will twist your panties.

    - I loved the writing. The humour, the dialogue, the banter, POVs, it was all amazing. That Skype joke? Excellent!

    To sum up, if you're looking for something cute, light, heart-warming, swoon worthy and sexy, this one will do it for you.

    Two down, two more to go. I heard Dean The Dick Shot is next;) Bring. Him. On.

    !

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥

    Another wonderful addition to Elle Kennedy's Off Campus series. Delivered with Elle's trademark humor and vivid characterization, The Mistake is another fantastic read for me.

    John Logan is the hot, handsome and popular college jock who is pining for his best friend's girl. Since she's off limits, he turns his amorous attentions elsewhere. Yes, John Logan is a bit of dog. Then he meet Grace Ivers. Grace is a freshman and a virgin. Yeah, I know what you're thinking.

    Another wonderful addition to Elle Kennedy's Off Campus series. Delivered with Elle's trademark humor and vivid characterization, The Mistake is another fantastic read for me.

    John Logan is the hot, handsome and popular college jock who is pining for his best friend's girl. Since she's off limits, he turns his amorous attentions elsewhere. Yes, John Logan is a bit of dog. Then he meet Grace Ivers. Grace is a freshman and a virgin. Yeah, I know what you're thinking.

    But there's a perfectly good reason why she is, so I personally didn't mind. Besides, this is New Adult, virgin heroines and manwhore heroes are staples, but that's where the similarities with other NA books end.

    Logan is a fantastic hero, and although, Garrett would forever be my number one, I gotta admit that Logan managed to make me laugh so hard with his crazy abbreviations and all around hotness. Grace is another likable and relatable heroine. I like the fact that the heroines in this series are more than just placeholders. They are actually as well developed as the heroes, which in NA, isn't usually the case.

    Much like The Deal, The Mistake's biggest strengths are its likable and relatable characters. John Logan and Grace Ivers may be your typical college-age kids but they both have goals, ambitions and life outside "finding the one". I liked that they act like college kids and their struggles and issues fit within that age range. These characters worry about school, they worry about their prospects after college, they worry about their future, etc.

    Logan, despite his carefree persona, faces a very uncertain future after college putting his dreams of playing professional hockey in jeopardy. Grace is trying to find her place in college away from her best friend's negative influence and under the watchful eye of her father. Logan and Grace had quite a rough start with regards to their relationship with Logan still stuck in his own misconceptions about his own feelings, hence, the title. But once Logan wised up and realized the huge blunder he made, he immediately set up to win Grace which was the best part of the book!

    There's nothing quite better than reading about Logan putting in a Herculean effort of wooing his girl. Nothing. It was cute, romantic and hilarious at the same time. So many laugh-out-loud moments in this book especially with the boys getting a bit more page time this around. I simply love the banter not only between Grace and Logan but also between Logan, Garrett, Tucker and Dean. In romance, it's mostly the heroine with her girlfriends who would gab and talk about the finer points of the hero's physique. This time, we get a lot of the guys bantering and egging each other on but mostly just being there for one another.

    Another winner from Elle Kennedy for me! She definitely knows how to deliver a well written, sexy and sweet new adult romance that's low on the angst and high on the humor with a dash of touching moments. Yes, definitely recommended if you're looking for a light easy read.

    I wonder whose book is next?

  • Aestas Book Blog

    Really good college romance! I have to admit, I still loved The Deal better (it had more of a "spark" to it), but this was a fun read too.

    Review to come :)

  • Patrycja

    The Mistake

    Off-Campus #2

    Elle Kennedy

    28 April, 2015

    4.5 stars

    . No

    Elle Kennedy simply rocked my world! In February, I had the immense pleasure to read The Deal – absolutely cute and sexy new adult read that made me smile for days – and now, barely few months later, I am on cloud nine once again. Why? Because, well, Elle’s won over my heart for the second time! She’s just that good.

    I admit, I was a l

    The Mistake

    Off-Campus #2

    Elle Kennedy

    28 April, 2015

    4.5 stars

    . No

    Elle Kennedy simply rocked my world! In February, I had the immense pleasure to read The Deal – absolutely cute and sexy new adult read that made me smile for days – and now, barely few months later, I am on cloud nine once again. Why? Because, well, Elle’s won over my heart for the second time! She’s just that good.

    I admit, I was a little bit afraid that given to my foul mood these past few weeks, I wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy The Mistake. I was actually sure that there is no way I would be perfectly satisfied with this novel. I mean, how can someone write a book that is just as good as The Deal was, in a matter of few short months? Masterpieces take time, right? Wrong. Elle Kennedy made me realize that if you’re talented enough, you can write and publish a book very quickly and still make it a hit. So praises for that!

    You probably all already were in love with John Logan while reading The Deal. How could you not be? This hockey player is a cause of plenty hearts attack and lost panties. But behind his cocky attitude, smart ass comments and man whoring ways is hidden a young man who’s hurting. Firstly, he has a painful crush on his best friend’s girl. Logan is fighting his pull toward Hannah of course, but it is tearing him apart. He’s ashamed, uneasy and lonely. He tries to forget about Wellsy – using the booze and sex, but it doesn’t help much.

    What’s more, he also has an alcoholic father who is dragging him and his brother down.

    Grace, on the other hand, is adorable girl with a heart of gold. Maybe a bit predictable and socially awkward, but in my opinion it worked pretty well. She’s a freshman and a virgin, who doesn’t have a filter when talking to hot guys, which frankly means she blabs everything; some stories were comical!

    When they meet, they discover they are pretty good together – they have fun, the normal and the sexy type too and Grace cannot believe her luck. She really did hit a jackpot with Logan. But he’s still mending his heart, trying to get over Hannah and doesn’t know if Grace is just a sexy distraction or something more…

    In her usual fashion, Elle Kennedy delivered very steamy, get ready to change your panties New Adult romantic comedy, that will make your heart swell, your lady parts beg for attention and laugh out loud like crazy lunatic.

    The Mistake simply doesn’t disappoint. Logan’s story is as engaging, thrilling and sexy as Garrett’s. I am sure that every person who has read and enjoyed The Deal, will love and cherish next part of Off – Campus Series.

    It’s a perfect mixture of anything that I appreciate in New Adult novels. And I am really mesmerized with it and cannot imagine how I will survive the weeks before additional part in the series releases. Those hockey boys have a big piece of my heart and it literally kills me to wait for Dean’s and Tucker’s story. I really hope the author will hurry up and grace us all with sequel just as quickly!! I need more. I am addicted to Elle Kennedy’s writing. She’s the boss. So please God, let the third book come out immediately.

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  • Amy (Foxy)

    So EFFIN good!!!

    In all honesty, college life hasn’t changed since I was in it. The parties, drama, school work are all still part of it.

    I love the college drama because it brings back memories. :)

    Okay, here is quick 2 sentence sum up of this book: One evening Logan ends up at the wrong apartment where he meets Grace. A

    is made that leads to Logan trying to woo his way back into her good g

    So EFFIN good!!!

    In all honesty, college life hasn’t changed since I was in it. The parties, drama, school work are all still part of it.

    I love the college drama because it brings back memories. :)

    Okay, here is quick 2 sentence sum up of this book: One evening Logan ends up at the wrong apartment where he meets Grace. A

    is made that leads to Logan trying to woo his way back into her good graces. Below are some “get to know you questions” I made up for this couple.

    WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF GRACE?

    “Man, she really is pretty. Not drop-dead gorgeous or anything, but she has a fresh-face, girl-next-door look that’s seriously appealing. Freckles on her nose, delicate features, and smooth, creamy skin right out of a makeup commercial.”

    DURING YOUR FIRST CONVERSATION WITH LOGAN YOU COMPARED HIM TO THE INFAMOUS SERIAL KILL, TED BUNDY. WERE YOU NERVOUS AND THAT'S WHY YOU STARTED RAMBLING ON ABOUT RANDOM STUFF?

    “No. Well, maybe a little. I don’t know … yeah. Stranger danger and all that… But … you know…”

    WHAT KIND OF GIRL ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

    “I want someone to cuddle with and watch movies with, someone who wears my jersey and cheers for me at games, and cooks dinner with me.”

    HOW HAS DATING LOGAN "CORRUPTED" YOU? ;)

    “He’s corrupted me with the dirty words he whispers when we fool around, and I like it. I like the thrill of being bold and wanton, and I

    the way his warm flesh quivers when I taste him with my tongue.”

    WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO TELL GRACE YOU LOVE HER?

    “I’m not sure what the etiquette for I-love-you’s is. I told my first girlfriend I loved her after two weeks of dating. My second, after five months. So maybe I should split the difference and tell Grace… at the three-month point. Yeah. That seems like an appropriate amount of time.”

    ~

    Now that you’ve gotten to know Logan and Grace a little better have fun reading about them in THE MISTAKE. One of my favorite parts happens at 63%. I had so much fun finding a gif for that passage. That's the great part about goodreads is even for those who haven’t read the story they are still able to join in the fun laughing at a gif.

    The Mistake is my second book by Ms. Kennedy and I’m anticipating more books in the Off-Campus series.

    ✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦

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    **Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Christy

    This series is 100% NA greatness! It’s got everything you would want in an NA read. It’s funny, sexy, sweet and the characters are not at all annoying which seems like a rarity in most NA books anymore. Elle Kennedy really excels at writing these college/hockey books.

    was fantastic for me, but I have to say… I loved

    EVEN MORE than the first book. As much as I liked Garrett, Logan really just made this book for me. When I read about John Logan in

    , I knew I

    This series is 100% NA greatness! It’s got everything you would want in an NA read. It’s funny, sexy, sweet and the characters are not at all annoying which seems like a rarity in most NA books anymore. Elle Kennedy really excels at writing these college/hockey books.

    was fantastic for me, but I have to say… I loved

    EVEN MORE than the first book. As much as I liked Garrett, Logan really just made this book for me. When I read about John Logan in

    , I knew I wanted his book. I didn’t know it would be this amazing, but I’m glad it was!

    It’s Logan’s junior year. He’s a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants. He has a great set of friends and he’s loving life. At least that’s how it appears on the outside. The truth is, Logan’s life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. His college life is good, but his home life… not so much. Grace is a college freshman. She’s an awkward girl who tends to babble a lot, especially around good looking guys. She and Logan make the sweetest pair.

    Logan and Grace’s relationship wasn’t easy in the beginning, but I loved that all the pesky relationship drama was over with sooner rather than later. It’s a relief not to have all that happening right at the end of the book! Logan is one of those characters that I connected to immediately. He had so much depth and was willing to sacrifice so much for family and for those that he loved. He was completely devoted and a stand up guy. There were times in the first half that Grace irked me, but overall she was a great character too. I kind of love that she didn’t give in to Logan so easily. I also loved that she was supportive of him and what he felt he needed to do with his life after college.

    One of the best parts about this book is that even with some of the more serious things going on in Logan’s life, it still made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. It was straight up funny!

    As soon as I finished reading this, I bought the audio version as well, because I know I will re-read in the future. I loved it that much. This is a series I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a college romance with steam and humor. 5+ stars!!! I’m so looking forward to the next one in this series!

  • Katerina

    Plain and simple! I read

    a few months ago and while I enjoyed it, it didn't rock my world (I guess it's because I wasn't into NA romances back then). But after stumbling upon

    and

    awesome reviews (click their names to read them!) I decided to continue with Logan's story and oh boy I am so glad I did! Because despite his mistakes and many insecurities,

    ! I've even named our

    Plain and simple! I read

    a few months ago and while I enjoyed it, it didn't rock my world (I guess it's because I wasn't into NA romances back then). But after stumbling upon

    and

    awesome reviews (click their names to read them!) I decided to continue with Logan's story and oh boy I am so glad I did! Because despite his mistakes and many insecurities,

    ! I've even named our children.

    Yep, that's John Logan, aka

    . Having a thing for his best friend's girlfriend was driving him nuts, and when he met sweet and funny Grace he thought that he was using her as a distaction, so he messed up. Big time. But when he realized his mistake he was determined to win her back, even if he had to compose love poems and pose in his underwear. Grace was reluctant to trust him but eventually she gave in to his charm and seduction skills and holy alien babies! the result was

    that led into melted panties, a streak of drool hanging from my mouth and believe me when I say this, being turned on while in public is really uncomfortable. I mean, I was in the bus and tried my best to hide what I was reading but I'm afraid that my tomato-red cheeks gave me away!

    Amen sister, join the club! We can gather every Friday and worship Logan's abs and his toned arms and his sexy smile and his blue eyes and...ok, time to stop.

    I still can't fathom how she can create so many different swoon-worthy male characters! Hotties here, hotties there, hotties everywhere!

    was

    but still it wasn't just about sex! It was also about

    and

    and

    and problems we've all pretty much faced during our college years (but unfortunately there weren't delicious hockey players to distract us. Life is so unfair). The whole thing with Ramona was too close to the bone and honestly, I thought Grace was a far better person that I'll ever be. And so was Logan. My heart ached for him and his hopelessness about his future, but he was so admirable even when he was weak, such a complex and fascinating character that when you didn't want to do dirty things with him you wanted to hug him and make his handsome face smile again!

    I am pretty sure I laughed so hard my stomach hurt in this scene, and in many more! It was such a

    book that I couldn't hold back the tears while I chuckled! It should be illegal for Dean to open his mouth, and both Logan and Grace's narratives were pure entertainment!

    , she was a really

    female MC and stars above! she never annoyed me, not even once! I totally understood why it was so hard for her to trust Logan, and her stupid jackass scene made me love her even more! Her whole relationship with Logan made me want to dance barefoot in a green meadow and roll in the grass and gather flowers and sing until I run out of air!

    combined

    in the most appealing way and I have to admit that suddenly hockey became my favorite sport!

    P.S. The talk between Logan and Hannah didn't remind you of

    and Joey's temporary infatuation with Monica?


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