REVIEW: ELLE KENNEDY ✭ THE SCORE

REVIEW: ELLE KENNEDY ✭ THE SCOREThe Score by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #3
on January 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, sports romance
Format: Audiobook
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five-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.

THE SCORE

by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series is one of my most favorite NA series ever. Her way of combining the funny and the sexy and immensely lovable characters just ticks all of my boxes and the boxes I didn’t know I had.

Dean? He is THE BEST. THE. F*CKING. BEST. He is this cheerful, sensual guy who everyone underestimates. His happy-go-lucky-demeanor isn’t for show, he really is just a happy guy who has always had it fairly easy in life. His parents did a great job raising him because he’s down-to-earth and reasonably modest. Dean knows his appeal and has been playing the field for years now but he never saw Allie coming – and I loved watching him fall in love with his BFF’s GF’s BFF. He was irresistible with his tenacity, sense of humor, loyalty and good, kind heart. He is deeper, more solid than anyone gives him credit for and that’s what Allie totally didn’t expect.

“Dean Di Laurentis oozes sexuality. He slap his face on a laxative label and every woman in the world would be praying for constipation just to have an excuse to buy it.” 

Allie has always been a homemaker – she went from serious relationship to the next since high school. After four years she breaks up with her boyfriend – lately they’ve been having serious issues. And lookie there, Dean makes the worst, best rebound with his reputation as a manwhore. I loved that Allie wasn’t an easy lay – while she was attracted to Dean something fierce she didn’t trip over herself to inflate his ego. She was in it for the fun and definitely kept Dean on his toes, especially when he realizes that there is more to Allie than he first thought.

As you can guess, Allie’s and Dean’s chemistry was off the charts. They were sexually extremely compatible and pretty much on the same page from the start. They grew with each other into this love.

“I love her shamelessness, how she’s up for anything and completely unapologetic about it. Just like me.”

Every single installment in the series raises a couple of serious issues – in this case the characters deal with death and slut-shaming, my personal favorite. We live in the 21st century – today we shouldn’t have to justify women’s sexuality any longer. Anyhoo, I disgress. I love that Elle Kennedy put that in one of her stories. I adore the friendship between the guys, the banger and friendly ribbing and the Winston incident will stay in my memory forever. The hilarious interaction and exchanges are typical for the books in this series and we get buckets and buckets of that.

“Wait—do angels even get laid? And if so, are heaven orgasms a million times better than earth orgasms? I bet yes.” 
“Uh-doy. Where do you think rainbows come from? Whenever you see a rainbow, that means an angel just came.”

A word about the audiobook. This story is told in dual POV and thankfully we get two narrators (as opposed to one doing both voices). I prefer dual POV, it makes a story “meatier” and this one definitely profited from both main character’s thought process. Andrew Eiden does a fantastic Dean. His voice is sexy and his acting on point, the same goes for Savannah Peachwood’s Allie.

The Score is my favorite book in the Off-Campus series and I’m sad that I’m done with them now but I know there will be a Spin-off and I hope that Elle will be done with Fitzy and Summer soon because I’m craving more already!

five-stars

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