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The Deal by Ella Kennedy


The Deal

by Ella Kennedy

Self-Published

Book 1 in the Off-Campus Series


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.

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RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Steamy New Adult Sweet & HOT

TRIGGER WARNING: Storyline involves memories and trauma from rape.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy is the first book in her Off-Campus series, and centers around Hannah Wells, a twenty year old music major, and Garrett Graham, history major and Captain of the Briar's hockey team. When Hannah finds herself finally lusting after someone after a traumatic past, she finds it hard to come out of her shell around him. Enter Graham, who is having trouble in a class essential to keeping his GPA up, and to continue playing hockey. Although Hannah doesn't make it easy, when Graham offers to take her on a date in an effort to get her noticed by her crush, she finds she is unable to refuse. But as Graham and Hannah spend time together, more than tutoring starts occurring. When their building attraction to one another leads to them having the best night of their lives, Graham knows he wants Hannah. He just has to convince her that he is it for her. The Deal has been on my TBR for a while now, and I have seen it pitched on #booktok a few times. And because the series will fulfill more than one challenge, I decided to give it a whirl. And I am SO happy I did. Now, to be frank, the concept is not unique in this story. This is the third New Adult romance I have read in the past year that features a MC that has been raped. That being said - it doesn't lose points on originality. Why? Because while Hannah was raped, and it still affects her life in some ways - she is also healing. She got help. It's not the main obstacle between this couple, like it is in other books I have read, and I appreciate that. Instead, it's interwoven into his secret traumatic past, creating an obstacle that doesn't just become what it is because of one character, but multiple. For a book that I deemed predictable going in, it was delightfully unpredictable. On top of that, the story is fast paced and fun, and the characters are great! Seriously, the chemistry and banter between Hannah and Graham is top notch, and is one of the best elements of the book. And if you are looking for steam - this book has it. Elle Kennedy uses proper terms more often than not, which is SO REFRESHING in romance, don't you think? If you are looking for a sexy-yet-sweet romance, with an interesting plot, and great chemistry and banter, The Deal is for you. Now excuse me while I got start the next book in the series.

  1. Garrett sending a pic of his chest to Hannah hoping to entice her

  2. Hannah singing, and Garrett falling in love with her voice

  3. Movie night

  4. The morning chub freak out

  5. Hannah being dramatic entering a room after walking in on Garrett and a puck bunny

  6. Hannah proving she is a good kisser

  7. Garrett helping Hannah let loose by watching her drinks for her

  8. Hannah telling Garrett the truth about the rape, and asking him for help

  9. Them watching one another ... hot!

  10. Hannah crying from happiness when Garrett gives her her first orgasm with a man

  11. Their first time

  12. Hannah going to Garrett's father's house with him because he couldn't bring himself to go alone

  13. Car sex and One Direction

  14. Hannah's relationship with her parents

  15. THE LOCKER ROOM SMACK DOWN


Tucker: "Jeez. You've got some major trust issues, G."

Garrett: "Says the asshole who left a live raccoon in my bedroom on the first day of the semester."

Tucker grins

Tucker: "Aw, come on, Bandit was fucking adorable. He was your welcome back to school gift."

I flip up my middle finger

Garrett: "Yeah, well, your gift was a bitch to get rid of."


My gaze darts to the window. Yup, I'm on the second floor and actually contemplating jumping out the frickin' window. That's how badly I want to avoid this convo.


Text:

Hannah: Well, nice chatting with u. Good luck on the makeup exam.

When several seconds tick by and Garrett doesn't respond, I give myself a mental pat on the back for successfully getting rid of him.

I'm about to walk out the door when a picture message meows out of my phone. Against my better judgement, I click to download it, and a moment later, a bare chest fills my screen. Yep. I'm talking smooth tanned skin, sculpted pecs, and the tightest six-pack I've ever seen.

I can't help but snort out loud.

Hannah: FFS. Did u just send me a pic of your chest?

Garrett: Yup. Did it work?

Hannah: In icking me out? Yes. Success!

Garrett: In changing your mind. I'm trying to butter u up here.

Hannah: Ew. Go butter up someone else. PS - I'm posting that pic on my-bri.

Garrett: Go for it. Lots of chicks will be happy to have it in their spank banks.

Hannah: Lose this number, dude. I mean it.


Garrett: "Hey there, Hannah. Fancy meeting you here."

Hannah: "Yeah, fancy. What can I get you?"

Garrett: "A tutor."

Hannah: "Sorry, that's not on the menu. We serve really good pecan pie, though."


Hannah: "Just out of curiosity, after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?"

Garrett: "Two."

Hannah: "Do you high five yourself?"

Garrett: "Of course not. I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen."


Hannah: "To quote your annoying self, are you ready to do this shit?"


Sighing, I bring up the touch keyboard and start typing. Garrett protests and tries to seize the phone from my hand, but he's too late. I've already pressed send.

Hannah: "There. All taken care of."

Garrett: "I swear to God, Wellsy, if you ..."

He trails off as he reads the message

This is Garrett's tutor. You're annoying me. We're done in thirty minutes. I'm confident you can keep your pants zipped until then.


Hannah: "Just have to pee first."

He snickers

Garrett: "TMI."

Hannah: "People pee, Garrett. Deal with it."


Garrett: "What do you like on your pizza?"

Hannah: "Um ... mushrooms. And onions. And green peppers."

Garrett: "So pretty much all the boring toppings? We're getting bacon and sausage and extra cheese."

Hannah: "Why bother asking me what I like if you're not going to order any of it?"

Garrett: "Because I was hoping you'd have better taste than that."


She snorts

Hannah: "Is this the part where I compliment you on your super hot bod?"

Garrett: "You think I'm super hot? Thanks, baby."


Hannah: "From what I hear, you only date airheads."

I smirk right back,

Garrett: "You're wrong."

Hannah: "Am I?"

Garrett: Yup. I only sleep with airheads. I don't date."

Hannah: "Slut."


Hannah: "I'm single because I haven't found anyone I connect with, not because I'm anti-relationship. It's nice having someone to spend time with. You know, talking, cuddling, all that mushy stuff. Don't you want that?"

Garrett: "Eventually. But not right now. If I ever feel the need to talk to someone, I've got you."

Hannah: "So your airheads get the sex, and I'm the one who has to listen to you babble? I feel like I'm getting the short end of that deal."

I wiggle my eyebrows

Garrett: "Aw, you want the sex too Wellsy? I'm happy to give it to you."


Garrett: "As you wish."

Hannah: "Did you really just Princess Bride me?"

Garrett: "Did you really just use Princess Bride as a verb?"


Garrett: "Guess I'm not the dumb jock you thought I was, huh?"

Hannah: "I never thought you were dumb. I thought you were a jackass."

Garrett: "Thought? Does that mean you've seen the error of your ways?"

Hannah: "Naah, you're still a jackass. But at least you're a smart one."


Hannah: "Sometimes I think I'd rather be a songwriter. I enjoy composing music, so I wouldn't mind working behind the scenes and letting someone else do the whole star thing. If that doesn't work out, I could go into teaching. And if that fails, I could always try my hand at stripping."

I sweep my gaze up and down her body, making a big show out of licking my lips.

Garrett: "Well, you've definitely got the tits for it."

She rolls her eyes.

Hannah: "Pervert."