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Title: The Score
Series: Off-Campus, #3
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance, Erotic Romance, Sports Romance
Release Date: January 11, 2016
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 Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over.
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.
What did I love about The Score? Everything – so much that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ve loved this series since Book 1, The Deal. I didn’t think I could enjoy Book 2, The Mistake, even more – but I did. Then again, heroes Garrett and Logan were pretty easy to love; they were funny, sweet, hot, handsome hockey jocks, with just a little bit of bad-boy – and they had some major emotional obstacles to overcome. But Dean Di Laurentis, the ultimate rich, spoiled, sarcastic, oversexed college “frat boy”? The over-confident, utterly self-absorbed hockey star? Not so much. Dean was more or less comic relief in the first two books – famous for his witty one-liners, his very public sexual antics and his reputation as a serious man-whore. I didn’t expect to like him until he proved himself worthy of it, but…
…I was wrong again. There are reasons – good reasons – for Dean’s casual, devil-may-care approach to life. He knows college won’t last forever, so he lives very much in the moment, taking advantage of every opportunity (and every willing woman) that comes his way. His family is wealthy and well-connected, so he’s never had to wait, or want, for anything. He’s intelligent — although he pretends not to be, he’s coasting through his senior year, headed for law school in the fall. He has a real talent for hockey, he loves the thrill of the game – but he isn’t as passionate about it as Garrett and Logan, who are NHL-bound. He’s your basic party animal, and he likes it that way – flings without strings. Until he meets Allie.
The Score is Dean’s coming of age story. For a young man who’s never had to take his life too seriously, Dean is confronted with challenges he can’t overcome with charm, wit, intelligence, sexual prowess or good looks alone. As his relationship with Allie develops, he has to come to terms with what it means to put someone else’s needs above your own. He has to learn to accept responsibility and follow through when a coach he despises assigns him to help a fledgling youth hockey team find their way around the ice. And then comes the sentinel moment where he’s faced with a stunning loss for the first time in his life – and falls completely apart. Only a woman like Allie could have what it takes to know what to say, when to stay – and when to let go and let Dean find his own way back. It’s an agonizing journey at times – but one that is also poignant and relatable.
This entire series is extraordinarily well written – an effortless read, a delightful escape into a fictional world where you have to work for the happy-ever-after, but you know you’ll be rewarded at the end. Actually, you’ll be rewarded all the way through because there is just the right balance of humor, angst, tenderness, and mild suspense – not to mention that the sexual encounters between Dean and Allie are off-the-charts hot. The beauty of the Off-Campus Series is that each book may be read as a standalone – but once you start, you will always want more. The characters become like family – you want to know their stories, and you never want to say goodbye. Fortunately, this time around we don’t have to say goodbye – because Tucker is next, and it’s sure to be a blast.
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The Off-Campus Series
The Deal – NOW on sale for only $0.99! A USA Today and Amazon.com bestseller!
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.
The Mistake – Now only $1.99 on Amazon.com!
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.
About Elle Kennedy
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
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