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

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

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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.

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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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Book Club: The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

Posted February 10, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

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Our first actual book club meeting of the year kicked off this week and I couldn’t have been more excited. We were discussing three books since all three of us read them all and I was in charge of the discussion.

This month, we were discussing the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
The Score by Elle Kennedy

I came prepared to discuss the delicious-ness of the heroes of all three books but we were able to have an in depth discussion of what worked for us and what didn’t work for us. It was great! This was probably my favorite book club meeting that we’ve had in a long time. We laughed, we ate and we talked books.

We went to a sports bar and grill (Buffalo Wild Wings at the Carson Mall) to keep in theme with our books and while the setting was great, the food freaking sucked. My boneless wings were dry af, our french fries were cold and so was our dessert that we all shared. Nothing about my eating experience that night made me want to return to that place so I probably won’t ever go back.

Here are some awards we gave out last night:

Most Bangable Hero: Dean DiLaurentis from The Score
Favorite Hero: Garrett Graham from The Deal
Favorite Heroine: Allie Hayes from The Score
Favorite Book: The Deal (2), The Score (1)

Most Memorable Scene from The Deal: Graham waits Hannah out at the diner (1), Graham helps Hannah overcome personal issue (1) and when Hannah finds out what Graham did to all the guys on the campus while they were on a break (1).
Most Memorable Scene from The Mistake: Grace’s I Love You scene (1), Logan’s I Love You Scene (1) and the cafeteria scene when Logan kisses Grace in front of everyone (1).
Most Memorable Scene from The Score: The bathtub scene, the scene in New York where Dean and Allie thought Beau was sleeping and when Hannah and Garrett find out about Dean and Allie (after Sean left).

All in all, we had a great night and if Brenna had come with me to my book club meeting this time around, she wouldn’t have said, “Mom, you guys didn’t have talk about the book!” Haha.

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Excuse the fuzziness of the picture but well, here’s our book bunch!

Next month’s book discussion will be on Once and Always by Judith McNaught.

Once and Always

Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. Eager to claim her long-lost heritage, she was amazed at the formal elegance of Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of her distant cousin…the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Sought after at plays, operas, and balls by London’s most fashionable ladies, Jason remained a mystery to Victoria. Bewildered by his arrogant demeanor, yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she came to sense the searingly painful memories that smoldered in the depths of his jade-green eyes.

Unable to resist her spitfire charm, Jason gathered her at last into his powerful arms, ravishing her lips with his kisses, arousing in her a sweet, insistent hunger. Wed in desire, they were enfolded in a fierce, consuming joy, free at last from the past’s cruel grasp. Then, in a moment of blinding anguish, Victoria discovered the shocking treachery that lay at the heart of their love…a love she had dreamed would triumph…Once And Always.

Should be interesting…and I can’t wait!


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