Series Review: Off Campus by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series took over my life as I powered through all four books in just one week. Each one is absolutely unique in it’s own ways and I absolutely loved them. Today I’m doing mini reviews for each of the four books, so beware spoilers especially after The Deal.

dealoffcampusThe Deal 

Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on February 24, 2015

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 342 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

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.

This book was the beginning of the end for me. I was so sucked in to Briar University and with a college setting I’m glad that there was a focus on the impact of grades. Especially when it comes to athletes since I have know idea how they keep up when in season. Hannah was talented and passionate but also closed off, and Garrett was intense and focused. There was a built up bond between them and they created a open, trusting environment together. I also liked how both Hannah and Garrett are shaped by their pasts but also don’t let it define them.

mistakeoffcampusThe Mistake

Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on April 28, 2015

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 296 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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 hookups, 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.

I really appreciated the way Kennedy switched things up in this one. Right off the bat Logan and Grace come together and I loved the different pacing. These two started off so randomly but I totally loved how it all played out. Both of them discover so much about themselves along the way and I’m glad they took time to figure things out. I also appreciated the family dynamics at play and how the weight of the future rests so heavily on some.

scoreoffcampusThe Score

Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on January 11, 2016

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 361 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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.

I’m glad we got to come back to Allie. It was great to see how she dealt with ending a long term relationship and how it can be so hard to move on from. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like Dean but his brash, live life to the fullest attitude is kind of infectious. And it was just what Allie needed to experience, to let loose for a little. I also really liked the focus on how plans change and how people don’t always end up going the predicted direction.

goaloffcampusThe Goal

Published by Elle Kennedy Inc. on September 26, 2016

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 350 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

It’s always the quiet ones, right?  Tucker impresses with his southern charm and sex god status. He’s so freaking caring and it’s ridiculously endearing. I appreciated Sabrina’s focus and work ethic. She fought for every single thing she had and it was empowering to read about. The two of them together wasn’t at all what I expected but they actually work extremely well together. Plus, perfect ending was perfect!

 Overall the Off Campus series was so freaking enjoyable and to be honest hot as hell. I really like NA that has more than just sex and these four books cover a wide range of topics. Plus each and every single character had so much going for them and it’s really hard to pick favorites. I would love to see Kennedy write a story for Fitzy but in my mind he’s all mine. I definitely recommend this to all NA fans out there and they are also a great jumping off point.

So have you read the Off Campus series? Did it make you want hockey boys for the first time? If you’ve been, what was your college experience like? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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