Also in this series: The Deal, The Mistake
Published by Self-Published on 11 January 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Social Issues, Sports & Athletics
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Also by this author: The Deal, The Mistake, Him, Us
Place(s) Traveled To: Hastings, Massachusetts // Brooklyn, New York // Manhattan, New York
First Line(s): Can we talk?
Nothing makes me all bouncy with excitement like a new Elle Kennedy book and so I jumped at a chance to read THE SCORE which is the newest book in her Off-Campus series. THE SCORE stars Dean, the roommate of the male leads in THE DEAL (my review) and THE MISTAKE (my review), and Allie who is Hannah’s BFF, also seen in THE DEAL. Allie is just getting over a breakup with her long term boyfriend after a night that involved Tequila she ends up sleeping with resident man-whore Dean, king of the one night stand. And like all good man whores he falls hard when he finally meets his match. I loved the chemistry between Dean and Allie and loved how their story progressed. I was engrossed from the first page and I found that I couldn’t put this down once I’d started. It made my heart ache in all the ways that I love and I may have let out a happy little sight when I finished.
There’s just something about Allie and Dean that really works in THE SCORE and I loved reading about them, learning their backstories and see their journey to their happily every after. As with most New Adult stories THE SCORE comes complete with a break up moment and while not a pointless one as in most it seemed to lack a certain something. THE SCORE was filled with some great moments, Kennedy really built a great relationship with Allie and Dean and then you have this moment. Its sad and tragic and just seemed to come out of nowhere. It lacked….something….and just left me a bit underwhelmed. Then there was that moment at the end that just seemed so forced and while it acts as a lead in for THE GOAL (goodreads) I am not sure if that is a story I want to read based on the characters involved. Well, one character in particular.
One thing that I really liked about THE SCORE was all the cameos in this book as Dean’s teammates really make me laugh a their antics and its always fun seeing how old friends are doing. I love seeing the friendships that exist in this book continue throughout the various stories as they really help to flesh out the world. Even those characters that you don’t really care for. Elle Kennedy’s THE SCORE is a Mary Poppins sort of book which means its nearly perfect in every way. THE SCORE has its flaws but they don’t keep you from loving the score and characters and world that Kennedy has created.
THE SCORE is a book that can be read independently, just as any of the Off-Campus books can, but the whole story becomes richer when you read them all. This is one of those series that I can’t help but recommend to all who enjoy a good new adult romance. Kennedy writes smart, funny characters and really knows how to write the sexy times. I know that I will be entertained by an Elle Kennedy and even though I’m currently on the fence about THE GOAL. I was once on the fence about ALL BROKE DOWN as well and we all know how that turned out (my review.)