What it’s about
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.
I liked The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it’s because The Deal was so incredible and was a book that I literally could not move past for DAYS. I have also re-read The Deal three times, which is NOT typical for me. Sadly, The Mistake, just did not live up to its predecessor in any way.
First of all, Logan begins this book obsessed with Hannah (the heroine from The Deal). Hannah is his best friend Drew’s girlfriend and the whole thing was a bit icky for me from the get go. I found it really unsettling that Logan’s crush on Hannah had intensified in such an unhealthy way. It made Logan seem desperate and unhealthy.
Logan and Grace have their first encounter after Logan has just had a “hook-up” with some random girl at a frat party. He is coming out of the bathroom zipping up his pants and I was definitely put off by this, and quite frankly was put off by Logan’s character in general.
Logan and Grace’s relationship gets off to a rocky start when it immediately turns physical and Logan walks away without regard to Grace’s feelings or pleasure. I like that Grace finally has boundaries and tells Logan to “take a hike”.
This book is told in two parts. The first part is Logan coming to terms with his infatuation with Hannah, and learning that he is indeed interested in Grace. The second part is Logan’s attempts to convince Grace of this realization and his pursuit of her.
The second part of the book which focuses on Logan’s determination to get Grace back was the best part of this book, and made it somewhat enjoyable. Unfortunately, I never liked both of these characters at the same time. In the beginning, I couldn’t stand Logan’s character, but I loved Grace. She was sweet, honest, and true. When Logan finally gets his act together, he shows himself to be a swoon-worthy hero. Unfortunately, Grace turns from a sweet and somewhat naïve girl into a bitter and rude girl. The change in her character was a huge disappointment for me.
Finally, by the end of the book, all is made right and this couple does enjoy a nice happily ever after ending. The epilogue was amazing and gave me good chills as this author fast forwards two years into the future to give us a glimpse at how things have turned out for everyone.
It was definitely a frustrating read, and one that ultimately was a disappointment. I do like this series and hope that the next book gets back to the quality of the first book.