Posted on March 16, 2016
Review: The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy
Last week I was sick, tired and miserable. The Score was a wonderful pick-me-up book.
This is Dean’s book. If you read the previous books I’m sure you remember this womanizer. Guys constantly interrupted his make-out sessions with random girls in their living room. I wasn’t a big fan of Dean, and I was curious if Elle Kennedy would manage to change my opinion about this character. She actually did.
Our heroine Allie is a friend and roommate of Hanna (the heroine from The Deal). She just broke up with her longtime boyfriend Sean, who’s trying to win her back. One night she stays at guys’ house to avoid her ex. And ends up having amazing sex with Dean. In the morning she leaves, because it was just a rebound sex, but Dean is not ready to say it’s over. After his pursuit they start their secret passionate meetings. Is it just sex or is it more?
To my surprise I enjoyed this book a lot. For some reason the “player meets a girl, falls in love and forgets his escapades” plot didn’t annoy me at all. And Dean and Allie’s sexy times were great. I loved Allie’s boldness in bed and Dean’s eagerness and openness to experience it all with her.
As with previous books I loved guys’ camaraderie. Though there was less of it in this installment. Also it was great to see all other couples.
Of course there was a lot of humor in this book. There were definitely several laugh out loud moments.
Another aspect of the book that I loved was portrait of parents. Dean has great relationship with his parents and siblings. His parents and big brother are very supportive. And it’s obvious that his little sister despite all her teasing loves him very much. Allie’s mother passed away and she has only Dad who is seriously ill. Their relationship are very touching.
Both Dean and Allie are at that point in their lives when they are trying to decide what to do next career-wise. There is message here that is close to my heart. You should pursue your professional dreams. And it’s ok if you change your mind and chose another path. You should do what you want and love, not what others expect from you.
However I had several issues.
At about 85 % in the book something serious happens. It was too big, too serious and thrown so late into the story, there wasn’t enough pages left to deal with it properly.
I felt like Dean’s issues with alcohol and drags weren’t addressed fully. The resolution was too quick, sudden and neat.
Also all this sex. I don’t mind a lot of sex in my books, but Dean thought about it all the time. It was bordering on sex-obsession.
I didn’t enjoy the plotline with Allie’s ex Sean. I admit I don’t remember much about him from previous books, but from what I gather he was a normal boyfriend. I don’t like this version of him.
In truth these issues didn’t bothered me much. I guess it was a “right book at the right moment” kind of thing. I probably would rate this book lower if I read it at another time in my life, but as it was I enjoyed this light funny and sexy story a lot. I have absolutely no regrets.
PS. I’m intrigued by Tucker and looking forward to read his book.
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