Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Posted September 16, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments


This week’s Eye Candy Friday guy is Garret Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Oh man, this guy. I loved him. Adored him. Wanted to marry him, I loved him so much. He was my kind of love interest because he was everything in this book.

His book information:

The Deal

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.

Garrett was a cocky athlete who knew what he wanted and went after it. In the beginning, he was a hockey player who needed to pass a class in order to keep being eligible to play his sport for his school but the one girl who aced the test nobody else did; wanted nothing to do with him. He was blown away that there was a girl on the planet that was immune to his hotness and celebrity status on campus.

He said things like this:

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “After you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.

“Do you high five yourself?”

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

He could not get Hannah Wells to change her mind about tutoring him. Nothing worked on her but he didn’t give up. He found out what she wanted most and offered an exchange. For her help in class, he would help her land the guy she wanted. The more time they spent together, the more time he wanted to spend with her. When his help turns physical, he completely won me over.

“I clench my teeth. “I’m not a virgin, Garrett.”

“You’re not a puck bunny either.”

“So that means I’m not allowed to sleep with a guy I’m attracted to?”

He rakes both hands over his scalp now, looking equally aggravated. Then he takes a breath, exhales slowly, and meets my eyes. “Okay, here’s the deal. I believe you’re attracted to me. I mean—one, who isn’t? And two, you moan like crazy whenever my tongue’s in your mouth.”

I bristle. “I do not.”

“Agree to disagree.”

On the surface, Garrett was this college playboy who loved hockey. He didn’t take much seriously (except hockey) and he lived his life in the fast lane. He partied, he practiced and he had fun with the ladies. That all started changing when Hannah came into his life. She changed him and she made him better. The stuff that he did to help Hannah went above and beyond what he signed up for but he never once looked back because once he decided he was all in. He was. I loved him to pieces…and that is why he’s this week’s book boyfriend.

“How did I go so long without noticing you, damn it? Why did it take seeing a stupid A on your midterm to make me notice?”

He sounds so genuinely upset that I scoot closer and kiss him. “It doesn’t matter. You know me now.”

“I do,” he says fiercely.”

*sigh* If you haven’t read his book, you should fix that because OMG, it’s so good. Here’s who I pictured as Garrett.


In case you’re interested, here’s some buy links.

Buy the Book

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Off Campus Series #1
February 24, 2015
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Series Order

Off Campus Series
The Deal | The Mistake | The Score | The Goal (Releases 9/26)

Until next week…enjoy!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Posted September 14, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

September 14: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

–With fall TV season starting up, this seems relevant.

TV Shows and Books? This is going to be easy since both of these are my jams. I mean, I watch a lot of TV Shows as it is but if these books/series became a show, I’d add them to my long list of shows to watch obsessively. It’s how I roll.

Here are my top choices for this week’s topics and I totally cheated because I chose series, instead of individual books.

1. The Psy-Changelings Series by Nalini Singh.

I love this series and would love to see all of the drama, the politics and steamy romance come to life on the small screen. I can see it already, waiting on pins and needles to see what the hell those damn Psy folks are cooking up, watching the Changeling passion week in and week out. Seeing the couples come together, Hawke and Lucas slowly form an alliance, everything. I would probably be just as obsessed with the show as I am the books.

2. The Ivy Years Series by Sarina Bowen.

I love sports romances and I would love a TV show that took place in a college setting with characters facing the same issues that each of the books in this series faces. They’re real life issues that make you sit up and take notice. I would also love to see the hot players on the hockey team come to life. Ha!

3. The Royals Series by Jen Frederick & Elle Kennedy.

This one would be the guilty pleasure show that I can’t figure out why I watch each week because the characters would drive me up the wall but I’d watch it religiously anyway. I wouldn’t be able to help myself because I would totally watch this show. Every single week.

4. The Sex, Love & Stilletos and Oxford Series by Lauren Layne.

I love office romances and strong, smart characters. This series has all of that and so much more. I would love to witness the office shenanigans these guys get into every week at the Stilettos and Oxford headquarters. It would be such a fun show to watch with heartwarming episodes. I want it.

5. The Killer Instincts Series by Elle Kennedy.

After watching and loving The Last Ship, I would love another smartly written romantic suspenseful show about a team of assassins who blew shit up and got into shooting matches every week with a new bad guy to run down and catch. I’m sure there have been plenty of shows like that but there haven’t been characters like Jim Morgan, Trevor, Isabel, Juliet and the rest of the gang. There hasn’t been a romance like Sully and Liam’s. I want this show too.

What about you? What books would you want to see as TV Shows?

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Week in Books (34)

Posted September 12, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

Week in Books v2

My daughter Brenna started her senior year on Thursday and oh man, the feels, I have a whole lot of them. Every year since Freshman year, Brenna has taken her first day of school picture with her friends Gabe and Brittany. This year it was their last first day of school picture together. What’s funny is that not much has changed since Freshman year. These three look exactly the same. Ha! I’ll have to dig out the other pictures and post them. They’re adorable kids.


Gabe, Brenna & Brit
Last first day of school picture with OG Squad

Not much else has happened over the week, including reading. I read one book last week. ONE. Gah. I’m starting to sound like a broken record.

Currently Reading

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Book club is next week and I still haven’t read the book. I’ll start it tonight and finish it up this week. Fingers crossed because next up? The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot. I’ll read this fast so that I can jump into that one for sure.


Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell | 3.75 out of 5

Like I said, I read one book last week.

Book Boyfriend

Luke Hilton from Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell.

“I hoped she was right.” He briefly rubbed his jaw, then fixed his gaze on her and said, “I really hoped it was true.”


My favorite couple to follow in this book was Luke and Hallie. I enjoyed their story because it hit me in the feels every single time that they got page time and in the end, oh man I was so ready for them. So, so ready. Luke was everything that I love in a hero and I just adored him.


Back to You by Jessica Scott


A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

For Review

The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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