Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

Series: Off-Campus #3
Publication Date: January 11, 2016
Publisher: Indie
Reading Level: New Adult, 18+
Pages: 361 (eBook)
Source: Borrowed From Friend
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.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I was really excited for the third installment in the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy because it features Dean! Dean-the most sexually promiscuous guy on campus! You know this book is bound to get interesting with that in mind, and it totally did.

What started off as a one night stand turned into a fling turned into an epic romance, and I am a big fan of it. But the best lesson that this boo teaches is anti-slut-shaming. Dean has a lot of sex, he's aware what other people think of him, and he doesn't care. He lives The Life of Dean and does what he wants when he wants without a care in the world. Allie, on the other hand, may have way too many cares in the world, but she learns to accept who she is, not who others think she is, and begins a slow journey on discovering The Life of Dean for herself.

We first met Allie in book one as Wellsy's best friend and roommate. I loved her then, and I love her even more now that we get to know her better. She's broken up with Sean because they're at another low in their relationship, but this time she's determined to stay broken up. Running away from him, she ends up at Garrett's house and ingests way too much tequila, waking up the next morning in a classic "I can't believe that happened last night!" moment. This journey is as much of a journey of self-discovery and acceptance for Allie as it is a steamy romance.

We learn so much about Dean too. Everything else we knew about him was basically surface. He's super good-looking, his parents are very rich lawyers, he is a beast on the ice but doesn't want to play hockey for the rest of his life, he can throw back liquor like no other, and he is a no strings attached kind of guy. Well, we learn why he is that way, just how intelligent and deep he is, and how tenacious he truly is when there's something he wants. Is he still the over-sexed guy we met in book one? Yes, but there's so much more to him. And I freaking love his character growth. It's perfect.

What is not perfect and ruined this book from being 5 stars, if you ask me, is the ending. Naturally, the ending involves Tuck, the last roommate in the off-campus house. I'm really excited for his book because I loved him in book one, but he pretty much fell to the wayside in this book, only to reappear at the end with a truth bomb. I am totally fine with truth bombs, but the twist that Kennedy set up for him just doesn't seem to match his personality? It's something that I'm a bit worried about, and I hope she proves me wrong. Then again, I loved this series so much, so it is very possible that book four may wow me in unexpected ways.

Read this series, you won't regret it!

4.5 stars

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