Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Posted August 1st, 2016 in book review / 18 comments

Review: The Mistake by Elle KennedyThe Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub on May 6, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports, New Adult
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars
Heat: three-flames

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.

At A Glance

Funny and drama-filled.

The Good

I have not read the first book of the series yet but The Mistake was on sale so I couldn’t resist grabbing it first. Though I’ve heard the first book is better, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.

Grace was pure awesome. She is so quirky, silly, awkward in all the right ways. She’s definitely gains confidence as the story goes on. She didn’t let Logan step all over her. Logan is a tough egg to crack but the gooey middle was well worth the wait. I felt a lot of sympathy for Logan as he makes up for his mistakes with Grace. His family life is rough and it affects his present and future. A very bleak future. But Grace makes him want something better for himself, even though it seems out of reach.

This is a very character driven plot, with a few good side stories thrown in. The side characters were great, both in good and bad ways. They were flawed but they add a lot to the story. I liked Grace and Logan’s up and downs, and they go through a lot of them. It takes them time to get into the flow of a healthy relationship, which made them feel more real.

The Bad

It took me a long time to like Logan. He’s a jerk and his first encounter with Grace is awkward and embarrassing. I also didn’t love the self-pity. I wanted to yell at him, “Don’t drown in your sorrows, you have control of your life, fix your shit!”

I loved how much background we got on Logan but we almost get nothing on Grace. Even though I liked her, I didn’t feel like I knew her like I did Logan.

The Snuggly

The sex was good. It took time to be hot and steamy but that’s okay.

Final Thoughts

A very good contemporary romance, but there is nothing special about it. I liked the characters overall and I really want to try the other books in the series. Recommended.


“I’m comfortable enough with my hetero status to say that if I did play for the other team? I wouldn’t just fuck Garrett Graham, I’d marry him.”

“Just as the door opens, I look intently at the screen and act like I’m still chatting with her mother. ‘–And she stuck her finger in my ass when she was blowing me, which was fucking incredible. I never thought I’d enjoy having anything up there, but–‘
Grace screams in horror.”  

“Babe, you’ve gotta stop revealing all your crazy up front. Seriously. Save all that stuff for later, when you’re in a relationship with the guy and it’s harder for him to run away.”  

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18 Responses to “Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy”

  1. sherry fundin

    Unfortunately not all books can be off the charts, but this sounds like one worth giving a read anyway. Character driven stories…to me…are sometimes a bit dull. I like a LOT of action. 🙂
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. Olivia Roach

    Most reviews I am seeing of this book mention that it is good and enjoyable, and yet not as great as the previous ones in the series have been which is a bit of a shame, but it’s still a good enough read after all. Still funny and all.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      it does suck when the second book doesn’t meet the expectations of the first book.

  3. Joy // Joyousreads

    Oh, I’ve had this book for a while and have started reading it, but ultimately, Logan was not a character I’m motivated to get to know. I totally agree that he’s a jerk and I don’t have the patience for him just yet. I might skip this one altogether and read the next book. I’m glad you enjoyed the rest!

  4. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I liked this one, especially Grace. I liked the first book better, which kind of leads into this one and what’s going on with Logan. I need to read the 3rd book, because I’ve been excited for Dean since the 1st book.

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