The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
on April 28, 2015
Genres: Academic, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New Adult, Romance, Sports, Women's Fiction
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He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
The Mistake is the perfect summer read, it’s witty, sexy, and fun.
That’s not to say there’s no drama because there’s definitely drama. Told in alternating pov’s, The Mistake takes us right back to Briar College and into the lives of the school’s star hockey players. This time we get John Logan’s story and it’s surprisingly deep. I say surprisingly because it’s not often that we find a man-whore with a load of real life issues on his shoulders. Issues that truly affect his future. Issues that affect his heart. Of course it’s not an excuse to be a man-whore. However, once you dive into his story you quickly realize that this sexy beast is much more than a hot body. He’s intelligent, charming, funny, compassionate, responsible, and noble. He loves hard and he plays hard.
Grace is your typical albeit cliche, freshmen virgin, with very minor mommy and daddy issues. At first I thought the author was going to develop the potential parental issues more but as the story progressed, I’m sort of glad she didn’t. Logan’s story had enough weight to carry the story without adding unneeded drama. While I do wish that Grace’s character had a tiny bit more oomph I was also content with how she was portrayed over all. She was not a pushover. She was not desperate to lose said virginity. She wasn’t needy or clingy, she wasn’t even a fan of hockey. So while she appears to be a cliche, she’s actually quite refreshing. She’s unassuming in the boldest way possible, if that even makes sense.
I fell for this story. I started it and didn’t stop till it was over. Elle Kennedy’s writing will do that to you. Even you roll your eyes or shrug your shoulder in indifference, she grabs your attention regardless. She makes you want more of her characters. Grace and Logan’s first meeting isn’t sunshine and rainbows. Their unexpected second encounter however, felt realistic. I will even go as far as to say “been there, done that.” It’s college dorm life after all. I think what ensues takes them both by surprise. Even with all the awkwardness it was cute and both come away with totally different reactions. Logan may have found a distraction from his secret love for Hannah (whom we met in The Deal) and Grace’s world is thrown off kilter by the gorgeous man found quick escape in both her bed and her door. What neither expects is their reactions to the situation. The remorse, the indignation, the resolve, all of it felt right.
The Mistake is a compelling and complicated story. Logan is much more than a college hockey star, looking for a quick lay. He’s got some major issues at home. Issues that are close to my heart and make up a great deal of who Logan is. Although his home life is broken it’s also unique in many ways. I fought my own internal battles while reading his plight. My heart breaking for a little boy in a man’s body. A guy whose dreams have to be put on hold out of family obligation. All the while desperately in love with the wrong girl. It was really interesting watching Logan grow in this book. It took that one mistake…that one girl to make him realize what he needed and truly wanted.
After the epic failure of their none existent relationship, Grace escapes to her mother for the summer. I worried that Grace would be weak. But she isn’t, she actually handles the situation with maturity. And no matter how much Logan tries to convince her otherwise, she sticks to her decisions. Of course the direction it leads them is sweet, funny, and even swoon worthy. The story really is sexy sweet. It’s deep yes, dealing with some serious issues without diving too far into the emotional swimming pool. It stays more on the surface allowing the romance and maturity of the characters to lead the story.
I’m excited to see where this series goes. I fell for Hannah & Garrett but right now Grace & Logan have my heart.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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