Book Review | The Deal by Elle Kennedy

51w5wBb-5CL“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.”

Title: The Deal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: NA Romance
Rating: ★★

Okay. I’ve found I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews. After a two-star read, all I want to do is give away the book and forget about it but I’ve also challenged myself to write reviews for almost every book I read this year so that’s what I’m going to prioritize.

The Deal started off promising. I went into this with a super open mind as I’ve only heard positive reviews and I was ready to experience a fun more light-hearted romance. Usually, I prefer something more dark and I think I’m going to stick with that from now on because this absolutely didn’t work for me.

My biggest gripe with this book was the dialogue. Literally, as soon as Garrett and Hannah started to fake date, their dialogue was so unbelievable and cheesy. I was in college only four (ouch) years ago and I never experienced anything like that. I don’t think people actually talk that way? Granted, I never hung out with guys who were on the hockey team so maybe this is completely realistic.

Most things that came out of Garrett’s mouth or inner dialogue were extremely sexist. One I highlighted was “Hockey players aren’t known for having girly heart-to-hearts.” Why couldn’t we just write that sentence without the word ‘girly’. It would’ve had the same impact and wouldn’t have made me want to throw my book across the room. He’s also constantly making fun of Hannah for liking One Direction, to the point where he removed the songs off her iPod and he made fun of her for liking “girly drinks” like a pina colada. It just really ground my gears and I couldn’t look past it. I’m tired of women being made fun of for liking things. Apparently, even in books.

Also, the first time Hannah saw Garret’s penis, she verbally called it a “huge man monster”. WHO DOES THAT??? I don’t know. I honestly couldn’t get past the dialogue in this and that’s the sole reason I gave it two-stars. However, as I said before the majority of people like this one and even say the dialogue is what made them enjoy it the most so I’d definitely give it a shot if you’re intrigued! The Kindle edition is free right now so if you do decide to check it out, I truly hope you enjoy it more than I did!

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