Review: The Mistake

Posted January 13, 2016 / Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The MistakeThe Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Published by CreateSpace on May 6th 2015
Also by this author: The Deal, The Score, The Goal, The Chase
Format: eBook (296 pages) • Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Content warning: because of its genre and/or because it has older characters than you normally see on my blog, it may contain sex, drinking/drugs, and/or violence.

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.

my thoughts pinkClearly my book funk is making me bitter. I don’t know what it is, but I haven’t really ENJOYED a book in a while. As of the moment I’m writing this – early December, hello again from the past – I’ve had such a failure this month in terms of reading enjoyment levels. My rating average is a 3.25, which is incredibly low for me. I don’t know if I’m just pissed off about books and everything is weighing in on what I’m reading… but regardless, this book probably would have been enjoyed more if I read it at a different time.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll try to get into why this one wasn’t a favorite for me. I LOVED its predecessor and am still eagerly waiting for the next book, but there was just too much drama and angst throughout this one. I liked the family dynamics (well, the different kinds of family situations that were represented. I didn’t LIKE what Logan’s father was doing). Let me break it down, as I’ve been doing a lot lately.

LIKED

Grace + Logan overall – I totally shipped them. I loved their chemistry and banter. They were super cute.

After ~the mistake~ happened, Logan was adorable. Even though this aspect of the book DID bug me a bit, there was a lot about it that was cute. He was relentless, but only because he could really see she was interested. Otherwise he would be stalker status, for real.

The epilogue was wonderful. I won’t say more!

DISLIKED

Drama and angst were at a higher level than I usually enjoy. Overall, it could have been much worse… but there was just more than I prefer these days. My tolerance is extremely low.

They were dealing with ~the mistake~ for so much of the book, that I wanted more time of them happy and together instead.

I won’t yell instalove about this one, but it felt like Logan was so invested in her after such a short amount of time. I guess same with her to him. He went through a lot just to get a chance to start over with her. I appreciated that, but I just wish they had more time together BEFORE.

Secondary characters like Ramona and Logan’s father made me want to punch someone. Especially Ramona. I did mostly want to punch Logan for how he was dealing with his dad, but you really never know how you would feel until you’re in that situation.

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rating breakdown pink

Plot & Premise
three-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing Style
four-stars
Pacing & Flow
four-stars
Feels or Swoons
three-half-stars
Addiction Level
two-half-stars
Overall: 3.4

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