The Score by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #3
Published on January 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports
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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.
I loved this book! Sexy, romantic and so freaking funny, with the just the right amount of drama and no stupid. Win!
Dean Di-Laurentis is one of four ice-hockey playing college boys that make up the core of this series. All we have seen of him in previous books is his epic manwhoring, but there’s so much more to the campus playboy than we know. He’s intelligent and kind, he has a fantastic family that he’s very close to, and he has a really big heart. He just likes to live life on his own terms – “The life of Dean” – and he is upfront and honest about himself and his expectations, and there’s something really refreshing about that. I absolutely love him!
“I like to fuck. I fuck a lot. So sue me.”
“I do what I want, when I want. And I don’t give a shit what people think about me.”
Allie is the best friend of Hannah from The Deal. She has just ended a three year long relationship and is in the awkward stage of needing support to stay away from her pining ex-boyfriend so she doesn’t get dragged back into a relationship that doesn’t work. Hannah is out of town but offers up Garrett’s room to get Allie out of her dorm for the weekend, and so she ends up alone in a big house with nobody but Dean for company… though Dean has been given strict instructions to keep his hands (and other body parts) away.
Garrett: Allie’s gonna crash in my room.
Garrett: Your dick can stay in your room.
Allie finds that Dean is surprisingly a lot of fun, but she wakes up the following morning in Dean’s bed, naked and hungover and with only hazy memories of the mind-blowing sex they had. The problem is that Allie isn’t a one-night-stand kind of girl.
Sex and relationships go hand in hand for me. I’m all about the snuggling and inside jokes and talking late into the night. I’m a card-carrying member of Team Boyfriend, and after last night, I can honestly say that Team One-Night-Stand sucks balls. The sex was incredible, but the shame it left me with isn’t worth the orgasms.
Dean does nothing but one-night-stands, and tries to convince Allie that there’s nothing wrong with two people sharing a great experience without strings attached, but she wants no part of it. But she can’t forget how amazing they were together, and when Dean finds himself unable to stop thinking about Allie and disinterested in other girls, he soon decides that one night isn’t enough and he sets out to get her back into his bed… in his uniquely honest and ‘charming’ way.
“Okay, so here’s our plan for tonight. First we’ll bone down to take the edge off. Then we’ll order a pizza and replenish our energy, and after that, round two. Sound good?”
… “Have you considered seeing a psychiatrist about your delusions?” I ask politely. “Because, sweetie, there’s no chance in hell of us boning tonight.”
“Fine. How about we go down on each other instead?”
“How about you leave?”
“Counter offer – I stay and we dry hump.”
The story is written in dual POV so we get to see exactly what both Dean and Allie are thinking and feeling, and it’s obvious from the beginning (and his ‘enlightening’ chats with his buddies) that what Dean is experiencing is unusual for him.
“You know, I don’t think we’re dealing with a Bella’s-magical-blood situation here.”
“No. I think you’ve imprinted on this girl’s pussy.”
… “What do you mean?”
“I mean you’re facing a Jacob quandary. You imprinted on her pussy, and now it’s the only pussy you can think about. You exist solely for this pussy. Like Jacob and that weird mutant baby.”
Drawn to Allie like he never has been with a girl before, Dean’s a persistent guy and it eventually pays off when Allie realizes that she’s not able to get over their attraction either.
“Get over yourself,” I mutter. “I’d be wet if any guy was rubbing up against me.”
“Bull. Fucking. Shit.” His thumb brushes my clit. I almost fall over.
“It’s me. You want me.”
It’s not a unique set up, but OMG, Elle Kennedy does it brilliantly! I loved the way their story played out, and I loved watching Dean and Allie slowly fall for each other. And oh, holy God, Allie’s just as much of a freak in the bedroom as Dean is, and their chemistry is off the freaking charts! The banter and teasing is sensational and the sexy time is steaming! But more than that, they have fun together and genuinely like each other. They open up to each other about personal stuff they have going on, and as they get to know each other more they share and support each other, and the constantly simmering sexual tension is fantastic. It’s realistic and sweet, yet still kinda dirty, and I loved every minute of it. Dean and Allie are sensational together, and their playfulness blends beautifully with all the hotness and the growing emotion between them as their relationship develops. But when tragedy strikes, and life starts to fall apart, will the bond they have formed be enough to survive the fallout?
I loved this book! Absolutely loved it! It has everything I love about NA without all of the stupidness that often comes along with NA books. No excessive drama, no game playing, no other people involved in their relationship, and no stupid behaviour. It’s beautifully romantic, heart-warming and surprisingly emotional (I even shed a tear), and it’s so freaking funny!
“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.”
The previous characters are all a part of the story, and the dynamic between them all continues to be a highlight. The boys had me laughing out loud so many times at their antics and teasing, and I loved the chance to check in with them and their girls. And then there’s a fantastic lead in to Tuck’s book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on that one!
Well done, Elle Kennedy! Another highly entertaining read that had me glued to my kindle and left me desperate for more.