The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

May 4, 2015 Book Review, The More The Merrier Review (TMTM) 0 ★★★★★

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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Also in this series: The Deal, The Score
Published by Self-published on April 28, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 297
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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 book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By SpiceI cannot tell you how much I loved this book. I’m not usually a fan of NA books, but as with the first in this series, The Deal, I was absolutely blown away by Logan and Grace, their friends, the fact I laughed through the entire book, just everything about it.

He’s got this whole manly thing going on that makes me want to rip his clothes off and lick him like an ice cream cone.

Logan’s (AKA John) not the alpha-hole I usually require from my H’s, but he is so freaking adorable and funny, I just couldn’t help but love his goofy ass anyways. Oh, and he can grovel like no other. He made a mistake, a huge one (hence the title – The Mistake), and did he try to blame Grace? Hell No! He owned up to it and devoted his life to making up for it. When she rejected his apologies he didn’t give up, he kept at it. It was beautiful to behold.

I’ve given a few handjobs before, plus a few blowjobs that I know were a huge success because…well, semen and all that. But I don’t have enough experience to consider myself an expert penis-wrangler or anything.

I was prepared to not like Grace. I am getting kind of tired of the sweet little virgin storyline that’s been done to death, but I ended up really liking her. She wasn’t holding on to her V-card out of a sense of propriety or waiting for the love of her life or anything, she just hadn’t found anyone worthy. She was definitely shy and suffered from hot-guy syndrome, where you meet a hot guy and then babble like an idiot because he’s hot and you’re nervous (yet another reason why she still had that v-card). She was also gut-busting funny. I’m not kidding when I say that I laughed through this entire book. Some complained that she was too hard on Logan, but I wasn’t one of them. His mistake was worthy of completely being cut out of her life and she acted accordingly. At the same time, she had some dead weight in friend’s that she needed to cut loose, and no matter how hard it was she stayed strong for that too. I completely respected her choices and decisions.

How long does an erection have to last before it’s considered bad news? Three hours? Four? No way this movie is that long, right?

There was definitely some chemistry going on and it was hot. And usually it was hot and funny. Awkward combination but it really worked for this book. IMHO it took way to long for these two to get together and finally divest Grace of her v-card, but the hot and heavy playing along the way made up for it.

Goddamn whoever invented blowjobs. They feel too damn good, and they do terrible things to your mind- AKA drain it of all lucid thought.

Just like in The Deal, the other characters were awesome. Funny, supportive, no problem making fun of each other. I loved almost all of them.  Dean’s story is next and I can’t wait to see that horn-dog fall.

My one and only complaint is the storyline about Logan’s family. I wanted to drop kick both his Dad and his brother – actually, I wanted to knee his dad in the balls then drop kick him, such was the strength of my derision for that man. Anyway, I didn’t buy the reason for Logan to not go pro after school. It didn’t make sense to me whichever way I looked at it therefore that entire story line fell flat for me. I took off half a star for it. I still loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone, that part just didn’t work for me.

My advice, one click this book as fast as you can and read it. If you haven’t read the first in the series, The Deal, go ahead and get that one too. Love, love, loved them both.

Spice’s Rating: 4.5 steamy and funny stars


By LilyFound myself smiling and cracking up as I read The Mistake. For a story based on two people who have to juggle personal challenges on top of college life, it came out as entertaining and a fun read. It’s a story about two college students who are on very different playing fields in more ways than one!  John Logan is a promising popular hockey player. Grace Ivers is a not so confident freshman.

Life isn’t all perfect for either of them and it doesn’t appear it’s going to be anytime soon. Logan manages to stuff up on a regular basis but somehow comes across as sweet and caring with his man card nearly revoked a few times. Grace, though, goes from lacking in confidence to strong and self-assured. She becomes a force for others to reckon with.

Logan, isn’t short on female attention and is only interested in the one girl he can’t have leading to a long line of meaningless hook-ups. Grace is definitely short on attention thanks to her tendency to babble when in mixed company and shadows her so called friend that seeks attention any which way she can.

“Oh God. This was such a mistake” 

Through a couple of unplanned ‘meetings’ Grace and Logan get to know each other, or not as it seemed.  Logan doesn’t get off to a good start, forgetting his manners and leaving poor Grace less than satisfied by their first encounter. He fails to live up to his reputation in Grace’s opinion. It dawns on him a little too late that he has bombed out with Grace. With some well-intentioned but misguided assistance from his mates, he tries to make amends, only managing to slip further into Grace’s bad books.

What I enjoyed about this story was Grace’s ability to rise above nearly every situation with her dignity intact. Her determination to hold on to her self-respect despite Logan’s determination was impressive as he tried to win her over. He was armed with charm and a reputation to uphold. Logan can’t manage to get Grace out of his head, no matter how hard he tries, so he sets upon a mission to right the wrong and get his girl.

From beginning to end, The Mistake was just the kind of book I was looking for having a 5 star feel all the way through. It interlaced humour into an uplifting story with two great characters.

What I loved:

  • Logan’s strong commitment to his family and the way he tried to right his wrongs
  • The humour – Dean’s photographic tips; what constitutes bad news; oversharing with the boys and I’ll never look at booking into a B&B again!
  • The knock at the door – that delivered an overdue hot sexy morning surprise
  • Morris & Daisy – friends that stepped up and showed Ramona how it should be done
  • Grace being a good, easy to connect with character that could be strong or vulnerable and managing both in a non-annoying way
  • The celebrity endorsement, even though he had only known him for 5 whole minutes
  • The epilogue

What I struggled with:

  • Ramona- a friend cow that needed to be tipped!
  • Parents opting out of parenting

Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars


By SparklesWell, it turns out I love NA! Of course, it’s mainly when done by Elle Kennedy and about these freaking gorgeous college hockey players.

I like that so far the stories on the Off Campus series are not filled with totally immature shenanigans. This one did have a couple more… let’s say “age-appropriate” things happening but nothing so terrible that made me want to fork my eye out.

So, we have John Logan, whose future is as bleak as a prison sentence and has spent his college time as a man on death row, packing as much “fun” as he possibly can. Again I find myself wondering what’s with today’s kids, their obsession with partying like there’s no tomorrow and how they will regret it if they don’t get it all out of their systems before they hit 22… but maybe that’s a topic for another time.

Grace doesn’t really get off on being the center of attention, tends to babble when faced by cute guys and has the worst best friend on the face of the Earth. Really, I don’t believe Ramona could be redeemed as a friend by any means. That bitch was a self-centered, immature, envious, stupid skank and I hope and pray to all that is holy that I never, ever, ever read about her again. But I digress…

Logan was seriously lost in his butt… I mean confused in the head, thinking he had feelings for Hannah, Garret’s girlfriend and the cute couple from book one, The Deal (which if you haven’t read go right now and one-click. Trust me). And that’s when Logan and Grace meet. Even though the pseudo-relationship between Logan and Grace began basically because they hooked up and Logan didn’t get her off.

I really liked that when Logan fucked up, (and he did so, BIG time) then realized his mistake, Grace didn’t immediately take him back. The groveling involved in this story was absolutely epic, from writing a love poem to a boudoir shoot on a red velvet chaise lounge and celebrity endorsement.

Logan definitely steps up his game once he realized his feelings for Grace are deeper than he had ever experienced before.

 I just want to fall asleep with you. And wake up with you. And go down on you, if you’re in the mood for a John Logan orgasm.

I just loved Grace. I think she is going to be one of my favorite heroines this year. She made me laugh out a lot.

 I’ve given handjobs before, plus a few blowjobs that I know were a huge success because… well, semen and all that.

She was sweet and a genuinely good person, but when needed, she had the gumption to put whatever and whomever to a stop.

Logan was a sweetheart, seriously freaking hot and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay accomplished… if you know what I mean. When I read about these 20 year-olds super sex-gods I always wonder… Where the fuck are they in real life????!!

Some of the parents’ antics ticked me a bit, but overall it was an excellent read and I’m anxiously waiting for the next book in the series.

While I was satisfied with that tiny scrape that was called an epilogue I would love to see a little farther in all these couples lives and families *nudge, nudge, Ms. Kennedy, I want to know about the babies*

Sparkles’ Rating: 4.75 Stars

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