My first book by ELLE KENNEDY, and it was a total success! Have you read it, book buddies? It reminds me of Jennifer L. Armentrout's style. It's beautiful and sexy and so real! :o)
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.
Fun, romantic, original and sexy! I really enjoyed reading this story because it felt so real all the time. It felt so real all the time. The characters are wonderful and their relationship felt natural, devoid of unnecessary drama. Logan is an amazing boyfriend and flawed in just the right way. His family issues are heart-breaking, and it really added depth to his otherwise charming and creative personality. Chapeau, Elle Kennedy!
Logan is your typical college boy, all booze and hook-ups, who's also pining for his best friend's girlfriend. Grace is a little awkward and smart and funny, and happens to have a huge crush on John-freaking-awesome-Logan. Disaster alert!
Fast-paced, this NA novel has nicely set scenes, catchy dialogues, easy-going flow, and playfully detailed steamy times.
I enjoyed so many things in this story. The accidental way Logan and Crace have their first connection (and sexy encounter), then the natural awkwardness of relationships-in-the-slow-but-hot-making. It was extremely exciting to read Logan's thoughts about his responsibility to ensure a girl's pleasure, and how he acted on it ;o)
The author does a brilliant job at depicting a casual encounter that's uncomplicated, sweet, free, which ten turns into a surprising take-over of the couple's feelings and changes their lives in unforeseen ways. They aren't looking for anything, but sweet and smart Grace opens up a space of belonging and much-needed care in Logan's chest. Ironically, trying to be a good man is what drags him into the mud of defeat and shame. Poor Grace, I could imagine her anger and disappointment.
While keeping the reading experience really fluid, the author allows a firm grasp of family issues and friends dynamics, and how they affect the characters' frame of mind. And I have to say that Grace is just my kind of female girlfriend. I loved her attitude, she hurts but she doesn't go nuts, she's smart. It was so great how Logan woos her, yet it was incredible how Grace makes him win her over.
If you're like me and love second-chance romances, a redeeming hero, cool dialogue, smart writing and a totally sexy couple, just grab this book already!
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