The Score by Elle Kennedy is the third book in the Off-Campus series. The third book in this series revolves around the college lives of Dean Heyward-Di Laurentis and Allie Hayes. Dean is someone who only does sex. He doesn’t disrespect anyone or make fake promises, but he explicitly clarifies his intentions when hooking up and clears everything out before making a move. He isn’t ashamed about talking about sex or how much he loves it in front of anyone. On the other hand, Allie is the opposite of Dean and doesn’t do casual sex. She loves every aspect of relationships. She loves cuddling, spending time, and all the cute and lovely things of being in a relationship. Allie and Dean cross paths due to their best friends (Hannah and Garret dating). When Allie comes over to Garret’s place (which all the boys share and live in) to avoid her ex-boyfriend Sean, the last thing she imagines doing is drinking tequila and having sex with Dean. Once this happens, they decide to keep it a secret as their friends would go crazy since Hannah specifically told Dean not to hook up with Allie. But after this one-night stand, Dean can no longer think sexually of any girl besides Allie and only wants her. This book shows how one goes from not being in love to being in love so unexpectedly. This book also shows how hard times can change a person and how it is
If I had to choose a favourite book from this entire series (which would be so hard for me to do as I enjoyed every one of these books, including the novella), it would be this one. I loved every small thing about Dean and Allie and how they got together and worked on their relationship. Out of all the hockey boys, Dean was the one that intrigued me the most, and I was so excited to find out how someone who doesn’t do relationships would fall in love. Another thing that I loved about this book was how it shows how hard times can change a person and how important it is to have a strong support group. Like the other two novels, this book also covers serious topics such as the grief of losing someone and excessive drinking. I loved this book!
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy is the second book in the Off-Campus series, which follows the life of Logan, short for John Logan and Grace Ivers. Logan is a junior in college who plays hockey. His life is full of hockey games, practices, parties, and girls lined up to hook up and even date him. But apart from this luxurious world, Logan is dreaded to graduate as his life after graduation is something he is not ready for. He’s also done having a thing for his best friend’s girl and tries to avoid being around them at all costs. On the other hand, Grace is a freshman in college and the literal meaning of the girl next door. She gets good grades, is the typical good girl, works hard, and avoids anything rebellious. One day while leaving his house to dodge a party, John accidentally ends up knocking on the wrong dorm door and meets Grace. They end up watching a movie together and essentially hooking up. They hook up regularly from here, although Logan wants nothing serious, and Grace is catching feelings. When Grace tells Logan, she’s a virgin, he ends up blowing her off and messing up big time. From here onwards, Logan realizes his mistake and spends the rest of the book winning Grace back and making it up to her.
This book was an exciting book that I read because how the author included Garret and Hannah from The Deal. This book also had characters from the rest of the books in the series, and it made me happy how there’s a book on each of the boys from the friend group, just like in the first book, serious topics such as alcohol addiction and forgiveness were included in this book. This book also alternated between the point of view of Logan and Grace. All in all, this book had the perfect amount of romance and comedy. I also loved how this book is similar but different from the first book. The hockey aspect of this book and series also kept me hooked.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy is the first of four books (not including an additional novella) of the Off-Campus Series. This book revolves around the life of Garret Graham, also known as Briar’s hockey team captain, and Hannah Wells, a talented singer who strives to get A’s in her classes. Hannah soon finds herself swooning over a newly transferred football player, Justin, who doesn’t seem to notice how she wants to be seen. Garret also appears to be in a problem as he is not getting the grades he needs to be an athlete, and Hannah is not willing to help him even though he has tried his best to convince her. At a party, Garret notices how Hannah acts around Justin, puts two and two together, and proposes an idea that would benefit them. He promises to help Justin notice her as long as Hannah agrees to help him with his classes. Soon after, they realize they might have more in common besides this agreement, and maybe deep down, they have feelings for each other they are too scared to show.
This was a book I enjoyed reading this summer as it had everything I look for in a good young adult book. It had the perfect amount of romance, laugh-out-loud moments, friendship, and fantastic chemistry between the two main characters. I loved the hockey aspect of this book, and the companionship between Garret and his group of friends is portrayed in such a cute and loving way. This book also touches on the sensitive topic of abuse. It shows how Hannah and Garret have endured hard times but survived. Another good thing about this book was the dual point of view and how they alternate between Garret and Hannah. Overall this was a great and easy read.
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos is a dystopian fiction novel that was translated from French by Hildegarde Serle. This book is from the point of view of Ophelia, the main character. She lives on an ark called Anima, and these arks were created after the Earth had exploded and broken into these floating islands called arks. Ophelia has special powers, which are travelling through mirrors and reading objects. Due to political reasons, Ophelia got declared to marry Thorn, who is from an ark called The Pole. Ophelia and Thorn are opposites as Ophelia is tiny and shy, and Thorn is rude and keeps to himself. Ophelia has been accompanied by her aunt, Rosaline and lives at The Pole with Thorn’s grandmother and aunt, Berenilde. At The Pole, no one should find out that Ophelia is Thorn’s fiancé, and a lot of planning had been done to keep her identity hidden even when the ladies move into their enemy’s house to live. This book revolves greatly around a fantasy world and how Ophelia is surviving in it.
Until now, this summer, A Winter’s Promise was probably the book I had the most time finishing, and as I progressed, my interest in it slightly started to become less and less. This book disappointed me greatly as BookTok hyped it up so much for me. I pushed myself so much to read this book, which sucked because this was one of the few fantasy books I had read, and it has pretty much scared me away from fantasy and dystopian fiction. I expected a bit more romance in it and just hoped the plot to flow more smoothly than it was. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters except for Ophelia. I feel like too many things were happening at once, and not explained adequately, or it took a long time to figure out what was happening. The plot, in general, was plodding, and a few things were pretty annoying and repetitive. As much as I wanted to love this book, I had to force myself to finish it and had a hard time even looking at the second book I still haven’t started. On a more positive note, many readers did not like the first book but liked the series because things started progressing after the first book. Hopefully reading the second book might make me change my mind but for now I’m not too impressed.
One thing that did satisfy me about this book was the writing style was really unique which is one thing that really kept me on track to finish it. I also think towards the ending of the book it made a bit more sense and in a way started to tie things up. Hopefully in the second book there’s a bit more romance and affection shown between Ophelia and Thorn and maybe that is why readers enjoyed the second book more and really got hooked. Oh also the covers of this book is so pretty and even the rest of the book covers in the series look so gorgeous.
Rating: 5/10 (Ophelia’s scarf and Ophelia herself really deserve at least five stars).
November 9 byColleen Hoover is a standalone contemporary romance novel which revolves around Fallon and Ben. Fallon and Ben meet each other a day before Fallon moves across the country to pursue her dreams. Their attraction is powerful, and they are as compatible as anyone. They end up spending Fallon’s entire last day together, which is November 9 and agreed to meet each other every November 9 for the following five years. They have no contact in between and live their lives as if the other doesn’t exist for the entire year, but every November 9, no matter how complicated and complex life gets, they meet each other. November 9 is a tough day for both of them as Ben’s mother committed suicide, and Fallon was in a fire that ruined her acting career due to getting burns in the fire burn survivor. They both try to make this day easier to cope with while accompanying each other. Ben, aspiring to be a novelist, also starts to write a story which revolves around how November 9 impacts both him and Fallon, which causes the account to shift in a direction you could have possibly not imagined.
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover is a contemporary romance or domestic fiction novel that revolves around the lives of mother-daughter Morgan and Clara. They have never gotten along too well, but things start to fall off once Clara and Morgan leave two people in their lives, Morgan’s sister Jenny and Morgan’s husband, Chris. Morgan’s grief and betrayal are extreme, but she decides to keep the truth from her daughter, which is that Chris and Jenny are having an affair. It’s even harder to handle when Jonah, Jenny’s fiancé, realizes that his infant son Elijah is not his son but is Chris’s. Jonah and Morgan cope with their grief together and finally grow onto each other, although they had a weird connection growing up as teens. They slowly realize their attraction toward each other, making Clara think that Morgan and Jonah have been having an affair and starts to develop a hatred for them. The ending ties everything up and gives everyone the ending they deserve.
Regretting You is written in a way that makes you connect deeply to Clara and Morgan as it is written from the perspective of both of them. It makes you feel what both of them feel and how they react to the situation at hand.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and loved how the characters were developed. I sometimes wish I could have got the point of view from Jenny or Chris so they could explain the affair or whatever was going on between them.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is a book which I got tempted to buy after reading It Ends With Us. This book did not disappoint me, and I enjoyed every bit of it. This book is for mature readers as it discusses sensitive subjects such as the loss of a child and other topics that might trigger certain readers. This book is not only realistic but also sad and happy and makes you feel various emotions.
This book revolves around Miles and Tate. They’re two people on and off without any label and pretty much limited themselves to using each other in bed and bed only. Tate catches feelings, and she knows Miles has to, but he’s not ready to commit and like her. This book revolves around ups and downs and plot twists on why Miles is so reluctant to be in a relationship with Tate. This book has other characters on the side, which flow nicely into the book’s storyline. In the end, everything ties back together and gives this book the plot twist and ending it needed. Not only does this book show the pretty side of love, but it also shows its ugly sides.
Overall I would rate this book an 11/10. After all, it’s a realistic book because it engages you and is a quick summer read. I would recommend anyone who loves romance to read this book because it does not disappoint. My favourite part of this book would be how Tate and Miles met and how they slowly ended up getting closer and closer. 10/10 for character development and keeps you hooked!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a book I’ve seen on BookTok for quite a while. When I picked up this book from the shelves of Walmart, I expected it to be another typical romantic book, but after I finished reading it, I was pretty shocked and left thinking about how impactful it was. This book is for mature readers as it shows abusive relationships and other topics that might be triggering for certain readers.
This book starts with Lily Bloom, a 23-year-old redhead woman who has a dream of opening a flower shop and moving to Boston after the funeral of her abusive father. Her entire life, she’d seen her father hit her mother and even witnessed him trying to rape her. On a rooftop in Boston, on the day of her father’s funeral, Lily meets Ryle, also known as Dr. Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon. His looks have Lily swooning, but unfortunately, he only does one-night stands and does not want to get into a serious or committed relationship. Little does Lily know that that rooftop is not the only place she will see Ryle. Fast forward a couple of months, Lily finally bought a place to open her flower shop when a happy and charismatic woman named Allyssa offered to help her run it and work for her. Lily soon runs into Allyssa’s husband Marshall and her brother which is coincidentally Ryle. Lily and Ryle interact more than intended and eventually end up dating. After Lily and Ryle finally end up dating after being so crazy about each other and flirting for months, Lily is ecstatic. Their relationship is strong until she runs into Atlas, her teenage love, and this is where the novel takes another twist. The reader is kept hooked and wondering about the choices Lily will make. Throughout the novel, Lily’s letters to Ellen DeGeneres are shown. They talk about Atlas, a homeless boy who lived in the abandoned house behind her home. Lily reads these letters whenever free, taking the reader to the past along with her.
Overall, I rate this book a 9/10 and would recommend anyone who loves romantic books to read it. This was the first Colleen Hoover book I read, and it definitely got me to read her other books. My favourite part about this book would be when Lily opened up her flower shop or when she was put into her mother’s shoes and had to deal with an abusive relationship.