4 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

The Deal by Elle Kennedy



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.


 So the premises of this story intrigued me because of an experiences I had in college similar to it.It is actually interesting that for “men/boys” they want what they can’t have or that may be unattainable and is perceived that other “men/boys” have. I don’t get it. It is like reverse psychology or something


Garret is you’re a typical jock. He plays for a division I college Hockey team in Massachusetts. His father was a pro hockey player and expects his son to follow in the same footsteps. He is one of the hottest guys on campus and Mr. Popular with the ladies. Sleeps around, but not a big drinker during the season. He has one problem his Ethics class. It was originally supposed to be an easy A, but a new teacher has taken over and is now making it difficult for Garret and many other students to pass. Garret flunked his midterm, and has the chances to take it over. If he doesn’t pass the test he will not be allowed to play Hockey.  He needs help and that is where Hannah comes in.


Hannah is music major. Singing is her solaces. It keeps her balance and dispels any of the bad memories she has from high school and her small town in Indiana. She is on scholarship and keeps to herself. Even though she struggles with being assertive with men, she has a major crush on Justin Khol, so he a receiver for the college football team. He doesn’t even notice her, and she isn’t helping her cause, by not speaking to him. She has no idea what to do; but Garret does. Hannah and Garret are in the Ethics class together, and he discovers she got an A on the midterm. He pursues her into tutoring him. Practically stalking her everywhere.

The only way Garret gets Hannah to agree to help him, is by improving her social status and going on a date with her, to get Justin to notice her. He says to Hannah…

 “You know what intrigues guys even more than the chase? …A woman who’s out of reach. People want what they can’t have.” 

This is such a FACT! Side note, I tried this in college. My freshmen year, didn’t get asked out on one date. Sophomore year I asked out 3 different guys for consecutive weekends. After that I was asked out for every weekend for the rest of the semester till I end up date a guy for a few months. It is so weird how the male mind works.

Okay so back to the book.This book is great. It was fun to read, and the banter between Garret and Hannah is hilarious. They know exactly what buttons to push to get each other railed up. The history of Garret and his father is genuine. You can tell there is resentment and hidden turmoil between them, but you don’t know exactly why until over half away through the book. I enjoyed that it kept you on your toes. Hannah demons we are informed of at the begin of the book, she was raped in high school. We don’t find out all the particulars till she confides in Garret.

These two find trust with one another that is so important in any relationship. I think it is great how they become fast friends that give each other hell, and they evolve into more. I would love to see a book about their relationship after Garret enters the draft, and what happens to them.

This a great New Adult Book.

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It is hits all the criteria for the genre.
Emotional baggage.
Personal self-discovery,
first love, over coming personal demons

I highly recommend the book!!!!! 


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