The Score by Elle Kennedy

The Score

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...

Title:The Score
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Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:361 pages

The Score Reviews

  • Mysza

    Well, I’ll be damned! I loved The Deal and didn’t think it would be possible to top it, but The Score, OMG! The Score was even better!!! The best part in the series! So yeah, I guess it’s time for Snoopy and the happy dance.

    Nothing about the plot from me because I encourage you to read it yourself, but I promise, you will laugh and get teary-eyed and get all mushy inside. All because of Dean Sebastian Kendrick Heyward-Di Laurentis. Holy shit, this guy is swoonworthy. Really, I’m in love, so bac

    Well, I’ll be damned! I loved The Deal and didn’t think it would be possible to top it, but The Score, OMG! The Score was even better!!! The best part in the series! So yeah, I guess it’s time for Snoopy and the happy dance.

    Nothing about the plot from me because I encourage you to read it yourself, but I promise, you will laugh and get teary-eyed and get all mushy inside. All because of Dean Sebastian Kendrick Heyward-Di Laurentis. Holy shit, this guy is swoonworthy. Really, I’m in love, so back off ladies, Dean is mine. Let me count the reasons:

    1. Doesn’t like to wear a shirt, like ever.

    2. Is dirty in bed, with a power to seduce with just words that spill out of his mouth.

    3. Reformed manwhore. Yeah yeah, you know the type, we all love them. But once he gets Allie, he is loyal, so no worries about hanky panky on the side ladies.

    4. Boy is smart, like really smart with good grades and all. Who would have thought, huh?

    5. Is also super funny and cheery most of the time. The banter and sweet talk between him and Allie is awesome.

    6. And finally, he will squeeze out of you all those warm feelings. You. Will. Fall. Head. Over. Hills. In. Love with HIM.

    But Dean isn’t the only great thing that makes this book wonderful, Allie as a heroine is kickass too, plot is fabulous and I loved catching up with the whole bunch. Truly, it was fantastic, mark your calendars for January 11th 2016. You don’t want to miss this book, I swear.

    Now, only Tucker left, and judging from that last sentence…. his book might be… interesting. So yeah, keep that shit up Elle Kennedy because you are doing a fine job.

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥

    The funniest, most irreverent and emotional book in the series by far. My friends know how much I loved The Deal, and I love it still. I really do but this book...gah! This book made me laugh and it also made me cry. Yes, cried because apparently, Elle Kennedy had a few surprises up her sleeves which totally broke my heart.

    The Score is the third book from Kennedy's wildly popular NA sports romance series, Off Campus. This time, the story centers on Dean, the unapologetic and self-proclaimed manw

    The funniest, most irreverent and emotional book in the series by far. My friends know how much I loved The Deal, and I love it still. I really do but this book...gah! This book made me laugh and it also made me cry. Yes, cried because apparently, Elle Kennedy had a few surprises up her sleeves which totally broke my heart.

    The Score is the third book from Kennedy's wildly popular NA sports romance series, Off Campus. This time, the story centers on Dean, the unapologetic and self-proclaimed manwhore of the team. Dean has had it easy. He's good-looking, rich and doesn't lack for any female or male adulation. But Dean's life became a lot more interesting when Allie Hayes, Hannah's best friend, came to stay over at their house one night to avoid her ex-boyfriend who want to get back with her. Dean being Dean, he put on the moves on Allie despite warnings from Hannah and Garrett.

    Unfortunately, Allie was unimpressed. She knows Dean's reputation and she doesn't want to be just another notch on her bedpost. She knows who she is: a girl who is prefers relationship over casual sex. And Dean is the epitome of casual. Besides, Allie just broke up with her on-and-off boyfriend of three years. But Dean was persistent and he managed to convince Allie to ditch her no casual sex rule in favor of some hot rebound sexy times.

    I personally cannot blame Allie for capitulating because when Dean wants something, he is tenacious and he can turn on that Di-Laurentis charm like nobody's business. Allie didn't stand a chance. Heck, I didn't stand a chance. I was swept right along with Allie.

    I love reading this aspect of the book. We all know by now that Elle Kennedy is a master at banter, and that's never been more apparent than in this book. I could not contain my chuckles and my grins while reading. My husband had to shush me because I could not hold my laughter in. It's simply impossible not to laugh at some of the things that happened or at some of the dialogue in this book. I thought The Deal and the Mistake were funny, but the Score took it to the next level because Dean was a natural comedian. Same with Allie, too. She can go toe to toe with Dean with no problem at all.

    I know there were a few readers who were disappointed that Sabrina wasn't the heroine for Dean but let me tell right now, I'm not sorry it wasn't Sabrina because Allie totally owned my heart from the get go. She's feisty, funny and like I said, she's unimpressed with Dean and she made him work for it. Dean and Allie simply worked together. Sure, Allie had her moments of guilt and indecision but the author explained those very well I sympathized with her. I knew where she was coming from and I could understand why she would feel that way.

    But the best thing about this book is how you get to see Dean and Allie fall for each other. It's so rare to read a book that actually shows the hero and heroine fall for one another in a series of moments instead of just being told that they are in love. There's no insta-love here. NONE. And I LOVED that because even though Dean and Allie were physically intimate with each other and are crazy attracted to each other, they didn't fall in love immediately. It took time for them to fully trust one another. But the moment they did, oh man, it was well worth the wait. Seriously, Elle Kennedy should conduct a workshop on this non-insta love thing because I much prefer my romance like that.

    Apart from the romance, there were other layers to this story. We see Dean change and grow as a character. We read about Allie deal with her limited career choices. We see the gang worry about life beyond college, about whether or not they're going to still be friends with each other or lose touch. Dean and Allie also had to deal with disappointments and tragedy. There were so many things in this book that rang true for me based on my own experiences in college.

    I also loved that there were no slut-shaming in the book. My usual complain about NA and sometimes with contemporary romance is that when you have a manwhore hero, we usually get the whole "all the other girls are sluts except the heroine and her friends" shtick. The characters had to own up or gets called out on heir prejudice about sex and hook ups, and it's perfect. I could not hate Dean or feel bad for the girls who chose to have sex with him simply because they were written as characters with agency. And there were some things from Dean's past that should've raised my hackles, usually, but it didn't because again, Elle Kennedy treated it with sensitivity and it worked perfectly with Dean's character arc.

    I really can't find anything to complain about this book. I finished it with a huge smile on face because it met all my expectations, and I hope it will meet yours, too!

    I refrained from posting some quotes because you guys should experience all the funnies yourself. And trust me, if you loved the previous books in the series, you will undoubtedly love this one as well.

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  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads

    Pissed off is what I am.

    Pissed off that it's over already, even though I tried to read as slowly as possible to savor the

    And yet I was STILL done with the book we've all waited endless months for in less than four hours.

    Boo.

    But what can you do...

    I even forced myself to take

    breaks, thanks to my new gaming addiction via Mr. Hubby.

    ...Sir Man Meat said I would never be able to score as high as he does.

    Pffffffffffft.

    Pissed off is what I am.

    Pissed off that it's over already, even though I tried to read as slowly as possible to savor the

    And yet I was STILL done with the book we've all waited endless months for in less than four hours.

    Boo.

    But what can you do...

    I even forced myself to take

    breaks, thanks to my new gaming addiction via Mr. Hubby.

    ...Sir Man Meat said I would never be able to score as high as he does.

    Pffffffffffft.

    So that above gif just became homie's favorite.

    Elle Kennedy.

    I bow down to you.

    And to the Elle Kennedy Off-Campus Formula?

    *

    *

    *

    Done.

    Whelp, this one:

    realizes

    lurve

    conflict

    The best NA/YA/You-fucking-name-it-A formula known to man.

    And God BLESS Elle Kennedy for bringing it better than anyone else,

    book in and book out.

    There is a LOT of depth to these books that you don't always find in other NA books - or just plain ANY book for that matter.

    The characters in this series deal with some major issues along the way. And not OTT "let's fucking out-tragedy each other issues," but REAL LIFE issues that occur or are occurring in real people's lives (OUR lives) everyday. REAL life problems and obstacles that cause legit grief and heartache.

    So there's that.

    Also, another awesome round of applause to Ms. Kennedy for the anti-slut shaming agenda that arose (pun absolutely erected) in this story.

    All us sluts heartily thank you.

    And that ending? Holy hot hockey-ness, people.

    I'm sooooo fucking excited for Tuck's book that I can't even stand it.

    So long story short, this is an AWESOME installment to what has become one of my favorite all time series.

    If you love sports romance, mature NA, the above mentioned "formula" and haven't read this series yet? You are mos def missing out.

    And with that?

    Find me at:

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    You know when you read the first book in a series and you love it so much that you don't think anything can top it, but then you read the second and you love it just as much? So then you know that the chances of that continue to hold for the 3rd book are slim, righ

    You know when you read the first book in a series and you love it so much that you don't think anything can top it, but then you read the second and you love it just as much? So then you know that the chances of that continue to hold for the 3rd book are slim, right? In my experience, it's tough to keep that sort of momentum going...unless, of course, you're Elle Kennedy. Because not only was The Score absolutely fantastic, but it turned out to be my favorite in the series. And considering how much I loved the previous two books, that's saying something.

    Now let's be real here; considering how much I love me my manwhores, it was already a good chance I'd love Dean Di Laurentis. Even the man's name is hot, for goodness sake. Between his self assured ways, cocky attitude, humor, and manwhoring tendencies, I couldn't get enough of him.

    What I love about Elle's writing, is the depth that she gives her characters. And Dean certainly was no exception. He may be the hard partying manwhore with a crass sense of humor, but beneath that perfect exterior there's so much more to him and you really get to see it blossom here.

    Allie Hayes is Hanna's best friend that just recently broke up with her long term boyfriend of 3 years. In fear of giving in when he comes calling again, Allie seeks an escape at Garrett's place. She knows all about Dean and his one and done ways and he may be hot but he's not for her. She's a nester. She has relationships not one night stands. But then a broken heart and some tequila lead to one of the hottest hookups of her life with none other than the sexy manwhore. She's determined to keep it in just friends zone after but Dean is determined to change her mind.

    The Score is this amazing combination of witty humor and endearing characters. While I loved the slow building romance between Dean and Allie, what kept me turning the pages was the banter between them and the rest of the guys. The Twilight references alone had me laughing like a loon. It was witty and crass, and wildly entertaining. Dean and Allie together was the perfect examples of opposites attracting and I absolutely loved them together. Their banter and chemistry was utterly delicious.

    I loved how Miss Kennedy pulled off an incredibly sexy romance while keeping it realistically slow paced. These two may burn up the sheets together, but the feelings came with time and I for one loved watching those develop for both of them.

    This isn't just a story of the manwhore meeting his match and inevitably succumbing to his feelings for her; it's so much more. The story had wit and humor and so much depth to it, too. There's something that happens towards the end that caught me completely off guard. I never in a million years expected something like that to happen and yet as much as it broke my heart, I can't help but to admit it did the job of driving the plot where it needed to go.

    Without a doubt, Elle Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with. The woman can write the hell out of a book. Dean and Allie's story was funny, sexy, swoony, emotional and wildly entertaining. It was everything I love about romance and exactly why I read New Adult. THIS is how it needs to be done. I can't wait to see what the next book brings, because after that little peak we got? Oh yeah! It's about to get real.

  • Christy

    It’s very rare that I read a series with 3 books and all 3 are equally fantastic and solid 5+ star reads for me. When starting

    I was a little nervous it wouldn't live up to all the hype. I loved the first two books in this series so hard, I could only hope this was as good. I think

    is still my favorite because, well… Logan. But honestly, this was just as good as

    for me and solid 5 star read!

    Dean and Allie are two characters we’ve known and loved since bo

    It’s very rare that I read a series with 3 books and all 3 are equally fantastic and solid 5+ star reads for me. When starting

    I was a little nervous it wouldn't live up to all the hype. I loved the first two books in this series so hard, I could only hope this was as good. I think

    is still my favorite because, well… Logan. But honestly, this was just as good as

    for me and solid 5 star read!

    Dean and Allie are two characters we’ve known and loved since book one. I was so anxious to see how Dean would be in this book… how does the ultimate college man-whore settle down? Is it even possible one woman could make him fall? Maybe… just maybe if it’s the right girl. And they have the right chemistry. And she can keep him on his toes. And just maybe this girl won’t want anything to do with Dean Di Laurentis after one night. But we all know she’d only be fooling herself. Because it’s DEAN! Dean has a life motto for christ’s sake! I just adore him.

    Let me just say there is a lot more to Dean than what meets the eye. I love the Elle gives her characters this depth you wouldn’t expect. I didn’t think there would be so much to Dean, but there absolutely was. And Allie was pretty fantastic as well. I loved how she didn’t easily give into Dean and his ways like all the other girls on campus seem to. I love me a feisty heroine! Dean met his match when he found himself wanting her.

    There is so much I love about these stories, but really I think my absolute favorite thing is the bromance between these guys. The four friends that live in this hockey house together are loyal, they have each others backs, and they are seriously a complete hoot when they’re together. I can’t even tell you how many hilarious lines between Dean and Garrett, Logan or Tuck that I highlighted!

    This is one of the best new adult series I’ve ever read. When it comes to college romances, this one takes the cake. Seriously. If you haven’t read them, stop what you’re doing, and pick up

    right this minute. Elle Kennedy will give you love, laugh out loud humor and amazing off the charts chemistry. Her characters are lovable and these books are just fun to read with the perfect amount of feels and emotions.

    goes on my must read list! This is one I highly recommend!


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