Book Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

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Title: The Score (Off Campus #3)
Author: @ElleKennedy
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 249 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

Grace Review

Oh Dean, you naughty boy!  Who would have guessed some Tequila and rope would bring him down.  But it was so fun watching him fall . . .

When Dean’s book was mentioned, I, like many others readers, expected it to be with Sabrina.  And while she has a small role in this book, she is not the object of Dean’s interest.  (Side note: the author posted that she initially planned the heroine to be Sabrina, but is wasn’t working for her.) Instead, it is Allie, Hannah’s BFF and roommate.

Allie is not a one-night stand kind of girl.  Yet she ends up having an epic one-night stand with the ultimate player.

Someone this douchey shouldn’t be allowed to look this good.

For a girl that only does relationships, this night of passion left her confused and feeling very guilty/slutty.  Oddly enough, the relationship girl gets freaked when the one-night stand guy comes back for more.  I could only imagine her confusion.  We learn one important thing about Dean, he gets what he wants.  It’s all part of the Life of Dean.

Argh.  Stupid Dean and his stupid awesome dick.

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“The Life of Dean gets me all hot and bothered.”

The Life of Dean seems like a good time.  And when Allie finally gives in and fully immerses herself in his world, all in the name of pleasure, she finds it’s a pretty great place to be too.  Even though the two internally questioned their actions, it seemed neither could stay away.  My favorite moments were when they threw caution to the wind, and enjoyed every moment.

It’s also in those times that we get to know Dean better.  While he comes off as a rich carefree man, he’s smarter and more caring than I expected.  The most touching moments being when he was coaching a group of middle schoolers, weakening any woman’s ovaries.  I also liked hearing how he didn’t usually use money to get ahead, like some vixen *ahem* may have accused him of doing.

Although Allie’s Dad is a bit rude to Dean in their interactions, her father is definitely wise in his years, seeing trouble before it even happens.  The cause of this trouble is actually heartbreaking and it was tough to hear how Dean handles it.  I applaud Allie for breaking him down, giving him a swift kick in the ass.

Overall, this was a great addition to an already great series.  And like an addict, I can’t wait for more.  Tucker’s story should be a dozy!

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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