The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle KennedyThe Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Published April 2015
Series: Off Campus #2
Genres: New Adult
two-stars
Format: eBook
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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 towork for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

I “read” The Mistake as an Audiobook, which is a great way to spend time when walking home from work, but less convenient when it comes to writing reviews (no annotations or highlights!) so apologies if this review is a bit jumpy and succinct.

The Mistake is book #2 in the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. The series basically revolves around a bunch of college jocks who share a house off-campus and who all get their own story. In this book, we get to learn a little more about “Logan” a.k.a John Logan.

Logan, like the rest of his buddies, is a player and has no trouble finding willing girls to spend some time with. But lately, he has been in a pretty foul mood, and it is no coincidence that this all started when his best friend started going out with the girl he’s secretly in love with. So he does his best to drown his sorrow in parties and… girls.

On the way to one of these parties, he accidentally stumbles over Grace Ivers, a freshman who seems to have entered the picture at just the right time. But Grace won’t allow herself to be seen as a distraction.

Well, The Mistake got a bunch of really, really good reviews on Goodreads, so I thought this book was definitely safe as an Audiobook. I was wrong on both accounts. The audio version was so bad it hurt (this is very personal, but I just couldn’t get used to the narrator’s voice and style), and the story itself was… well, annoying to say the least.

I couldn’t get over the fact that this book was pretty much a re-visited version of The Deal, which is the first book in the series. Here goes: player with screwed-up home life finds virgin girl and suddenly gets cured of his player ways. Together, the couple deal with the ex-player’s home life. Add some fighting, ignoring and making-up into the mix here and there – preferably a repeated number of times – and you’ve got the base recipe for the Off-Campus series. The fact that this book was such a predictable copy-cat really annoyed me.

I was also annoyed by the interaction between the two main characters. I just don’t think they were mature enough and the incessant screwing-up (hence the title: The Mistake), grovelling and making up was really getting on my nerves.

I was glad that the writing (despite the repetitive the storyline and the bad narration) was okay. The main characters were given thought-through personalities and a full universe that surrounded them and brought some extra depth to the book.

Still, as someone who had already read the first book in the series, and more importantly: as someone who reads 140 romance novels a year, The Mistake definitely didn’t rank amongst the mindblowing reads. I’ll probably go terribly against the grain but this is my own opinion, and I stand for it! Not sure I will check out the next book in line though… At least not as an Audiobook!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
1.5 Stars
Characters
2 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
3 Stars
Overall: two-stars