Guest Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

the scoreReviewed by Joanna

Got to love the latest in the Off Campus series. It’s NA but adult enough and sexy enough to recommend past the angsty label NA implies.

We start with gorgeous and wealthy student hockey player and self-confessed manwhore, Dean Heyward-Di Laurentis, hooking up with Allie, the BF of his BF’s girlfriend. Thing is, he doesn’t do relationships and is upfront with his sexual partners that it’s a one night only kind of deal.

Allie Hayes, nest-builder and student actress has just broken up with her long term boyfriend, again, and decides this time it’s for keeps. She stays over at the hockey boys’ house to avoid the ex, but it turns out she’s alone there with Dean. After he kicks out the two girls he was about to get down and dirty with, Allie turns down his advances, but by the end of the drunken movie night, she’s had hot sex twice with the blond-haired, green-eyed beauty.

The morning after, Allie’s embarrassed but assumes it’s history, so it’s a surprise to them both when Dean wants to hook up again for round 2. He just can’t get her out of his head, but Allie really isn’t the kind for a two-night stand. Dean has his work cut out for him. He’s persistent and wears her down and they start a secret fling.

The problem is, the sex is just so good, and it turns out they actually like each other. So much so that Allie reaches out to Dean when her ex gives her problems. Dean might actually be the sort of guy you can rely on, that is, until his world is turned upside down by an unexpected twist. I won’t ruin it, but this made me sad and prevented a future story line I was hoping to read.

In all three of the books in this series released so far, the thing that has drawn me in and kept me reading has been the love development between the main characters; first Hannah and Garrett in The Deal, then Logan and Grace in The Mistake, now Dean and Allie in The Score. It’s written from both the guy and gal’s perspective, so you get inside both their heads and see how things kick off. The lingering looks, the secrecy, the surprise at the feelings that are starting up, the overcoming of obstacles.

I also really liked the banter between the guys in their shared house. Example – the other players giving Dean a hard time for being caught with Winston, Allie’s pink dildo when she didn’t want anyone else to know she’s hiding behind the bathroom door. Dean receives a lot of ribbing including him getting sent a pic of a My Little Pony vibrator by one of the guys.

Also the relationship between the girls in the dorm is nice to read. Allie’s best friend Hannah, coming home unexpectedly when Allie’s secretly hooking up with Dean, hears noises through the door – “Am I interrupting you while you’re, um, riding the solo train to Orgasmville?” had me laughing out loud during dinner.

I did think the author missed a trick in the hot sex/ emotional moment arena. The list for me to be described in detail is:

  • First kiss
  • First time of having sex
  • First I Love You
  • First time of no-condom when they trust each other

Elle Kennedy scores well on this chart but we only hear about the fourth point in retrospect. That must have been a huge deal for Dean having never done it before. I’d have liked to have read it from his point of view.

This book can be read as standalone, though probably should be read in order as the other characters crop up throughout the books. I’d rate this higher than The Mistake (still a good book but I didn’t like Grace as much as Hannah or Allie) and equal to The Deal.

Overall would recommend – I raced through it in under 24 hours and will definitely read on when the next book comes out later this year.

Rating: A solid A

Click to purchase: Amazon

The Score
by Elle Kennedy
Release Date: January 11, 2016

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