May 22, 2015

Review: THE MISTAKE (Off-Campus, #2) by Elle Kennedy


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.

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My review:

Well, this is


So very awkward. 2,5 stars from me. It's as high as I can go.

I have recently jumped on The Deal train to see for myself what is it about that book that has almost everyone raving about it, and after I finished it I became one of those readers. I raved, and I raved, happy that book two was already out so I could continue with this series almost immediately, which is exactly what I did right after I was done with another book I needed to read. I wish I could tell you I loved it, I wish I could tell you I had as much fun with Logan and Grace as I did with Garrett and Hannah, but I can't. Just as I knew I'd love The Deal very soon after starting it, I knew that wouldn't happen with The Mistake. Since I didn't start it right when it was released, I got to see quite a few ratings and reviews before I got to read it; most of them were positive, but there were others written by disappointed readers. Sadly, mine is the latter.

Garrett had made a deal with Hannah, and like the title and the blurb say, Logan made a mistake with Grace.
John Logan had a crush on his best friend's girlfriend, and his solution to that was avoiding them, and when he wasn't playing hockey, he was partying, drinking, and hooking up as much as possible. Grace was a freshman worried about her status as a virgin, who had the hots for one John Logan. When fate brought Logan to Grace's door, she welcomed him in, and that was the beginning of Logan & Grace. After that they hung out, made out, and then the mistake happened when they almost had sex, and Logan ran off because he was crushing on another girl. The school year ended. Grace went to Paris to visit her mother, where she got a makeover, pined over Logan, and avoided his and her best friend's, who tried to hook up with Logan behind her back, calls. Logan went to work in his father's shop, and after realizing the truth about his feelings for Hannah, he was determined to make everything right with Grace, and win her back. Come new school year, that was what he did.

Grace & Logan's story I'm sure will be to the liking of the majority of Off-Campus fans -- that's already evident. I'm a part of the smaller disappointed group who loved book one and thought this one was just meh. I am not a fan of NA novels, but The Deal had so many positive reviews that I thought it was safe for me to read it. The Mistake, on the other hand, just reminded me why I avoid books with college students as main characters, as they and their actions tend to annoy me. This book had a few parts that irritated me, but for the most part reading about Grace and Logan was putting me to sleep, and since I was feeling very sleepy those days I spent reading The Mistake, it wasn't helpful. It's shorter than The Deal, but it felt infinitely longer. When you have to give yourself pep talks to get yourself to finish a book, you know it's bad. With Garrett and Hannah's book I couldn't wait to read what happens next. They were so much fun time would just fly by. Not with Grace and Logan.

Grace... *sigh* Grace barely left an impression on me. When I think of her, this is all I come up with:
*She was a virgin. (This is the first thing that comes to mind because it was on hers more times than I cared to read about it.)
*After Paris she was blonde and made Logan do some silly things to agree to give him a second chance.
*She had a shitty BFF.
Aaand... That's it, really.

Logan grew on me gradually. At the beginning his party-drink-and-hook-up-as-much-as-possible ways went on my nerves, but when he changed those ways I liked him better. His situation at home, and his sacrifice for his family won me over to his side. I was glad for him when it was resolved, but I wasn't particularly pleased with how fast and easy it all played out. Also, his willingness to jump through hoops to win Grace back was sweet.

It wasn't all bleak; there were a few fun parts, but in general, this didn't work for me, and it confirmed I'm doing the right thing by avoiding the NA genre. In short, me reading The Mistake was a mistake. Which leaves one question: What to do when Dean's book comes out?
Until next time, happy reading!



  1. Well that stinks. I really enjoyed The Deal too. I've been putting this off because I haven't been in the mood, but I know I'll eventually read it. Dean's book, though ... that's the one I REALLY want. Ever since I first met him in the first book.. So that one is a for sure thing for me.

    1. I LOVED The Deal, which makes not liking The Mistake so much worse. I think you shouldn't read it until you're really in the mood for it. Maybe it would've went better for me too had I waited. Who knows... I'm still not sure about Dean's book, but I think I'd probably like it more than this one at least. We'll see. :)

  2. I've been hearing good things about this series, but I'm sad this one didn't do it for you. Oh well, can't like 'em all, I guess. :)

    1. No, we definitely can't, but that's okay. I did love the first book, and the majority liked this one too, so I'd still recommend this series to anyone. :)

  3. Oops, I started reading book #1 this morning, soooo... I'll see if book #3 is better than the second !

    1. Oh, I'm a huge fan of book one! If you like it too, I'd suggest maybe trying this one as well. Most people did enjoy it after all. I just wasn't one of them.


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