Book Rewind · Review: The Mistake (Off-Campus #2)
by Elle Kennedy
For today’s Book Rewind we are featuring The Mistake, the second book in the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy! You can check out my Book Rewind feature from last week for a review of The Deal, which was first released back in February of 2015. The Mistake was released in May of 2015! This new adult, college sports romance series is a favorite for many people and I hope you check it out.
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Category: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: May 6th, 2015
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.
*This review was originally published, on my now defunct blog, back in July 2015, and has since been edited.
When I finished the first book, The Deal, there were only a few weeks before The Mistake’s release. I knew I had to get this too, because The Deal was just THAT GOOD. So a few days after it released, I was a happy owner of Logan’s story. Again, after reading the synopsis, I expected something good and what I got was something GREAT!
Grace is a freshman at Briar and wants to try some new things…like hooking up, having fun, and just experiencing life at college. This is how she meets hockey player John Logan, who she thinks is the hottest guy at Briar.
John Logan, or Logan, as everyone calls him, is a teammate of Garrett’s (the captain of the Hockey team & from book 1). But the thing is, Logan is hung up on Hannah, who happens to be Garrett’s girlfriend, and he doesn’t know how to let it all go. He feels weird around them and at the same time he wants Hannah to himself.
Just as in The Deal, The Mistake has awesome characters. Grace is a bit naive and shy, although as you read more about her, you’ll see that she’s fun to be around and a real cool chick. She is a nice, cute girl, who is also happens to be a great friend. Grace is hilarious if she’s embarrassed and not shy about it. She also happens to be a virgin, which is a trope that has been done a million times, but I loved it here. Her parents are divorced but she has a great relationship with both of them.
Logan is a different story. He lives with Garrett and their other friends off-campus, which he can only afford because he works in the summers. Logan is the same kind of man-whore that Garrett was before Hannah. The chicks flock to him and he is completely aware that he is using his fame. All the while, he has feelings for Hannah, but at the same time for Grace too. Logan feels very mixed up about the whole situation. He comes from a very troubled family which he never talks about to anybody. He has a brother, who helps him where he can, and together, they try to keep their alcoholic father in life and out of debt. Logan’s story is such a sad one, and you’ll have massive feelings when you read about it. I admit, he made me cry a couple of times.
Except Ramona and that posse, I loved the secondary characters. I loved that we get to meet our beloved from the first book, while meeting new people, like Morris and Daisy. They were a wonderful addition to our main characters and I loved how Logan found friends outside of hockey too.
Just as The Deal, this one is in told in dual POVs. We get to know both sides of the story. This book covers a bit longer time frame than the first, almost a year. I loved how their relationship evolved from the first meeting to the epilogue of the book. Logan has some big romantic gestures and he showed his swoon-worthy side all throughout the book. It was also good to read how they both are experiencing their first real, adult relationship together and how they just clicked. They seemed like such opposites but as the book goes on we see that they have more in common than we thought. I was rooting for them hard and they did not disappoint me.
Elle Kennedy managed to do what only a few others before her could achieve; she made me cry while reading about her characters. I don’t know how she did it or how everything she writes just turns out being a masterpiece, but I really hope she never stops because I want to read her books forever. Now I just need Dean’s book to swoon over next!