Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a book review of The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Quick note: This book does contain trigger warnings for rape and physical abuse
“Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
…and it’s going to be oh so good
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.
This book was not at all what I was expecting in the best way. Fake relationship turns real, characters won’t acknowledge it. Yup been there done that. I was not expecting to truly love this book. The characters for this one were 100% percent perfect and did I mention this was a hockey romance? Sign me up! So before I tell you how much I loved this book, I do have one issue with it, or rather the synopsis. This book does contain situations of rape and physical abuse. Though it is never experienced within the story i is discussed. So I do think there should have been a trigger warning and I was a bit sad there wasn’t. Okay now fair warning, this review is about to get extremely personal.
The main character Hannah, I absolutely loved her. I felt like I was reading about myself when I read her parts of the book, minus the awesome singing voice. (I’m totally tone deaf haha). Hannah, who is currently 20 in the book, was raped at the age of 15. We are informed of this literally a page or two into the book. And right then I knew I loved this book. I know that probably sounds strange as hell. But let me explain. (Here comes the deeply personal stuff). I am a rape survivor like Hannah, and my situation is almost eerily similar to hers. Which is why I love that Hannah tells us about her rape right away in an almost casual way. Because yes, this awful thing happened to her. But for the most part she has worked her way through it and that is a beautiful thing. It reminded me so much of myself. Hannah does not let what happened to her control her. She’s leaning to live again. She wants no sympathy or pity. She only wants to live her life. I love that the fact that she is a rape victim is just one part of her story, of who she is. And the book does an excellent job of portraying that.
Apart from this I really just loved the book in general. It’s just a good story, that is completely relate-able in so many ways. I loved that this story focuses on hockey, those are some of my favorite sports romances. I’m absolutely in love with Garrett and how he handles things with Hannah throughout the book. He was abused by his father for most of his life and yet he is such an amazing guy. He tries hard in school, he does his best to support Hannah in her dreams, and he never makes her feel inadequate. I also loved that he is a history major (I was in college!). But I think my absolute favorite part of this book was how real it was. Both characters had bad things happen to them, but it didn’t control them or the story. The book was about them as a whole not just the “broken” parts of them. Classes, homework, parties, hectic schedules, late night TV show bingeing. Complete normal occurrences in life.
And to top all that off, it is Hannah who messes things up for these two at one point. In almost every romance book the guy inevitably screws up and has to fix things. This time it’s the girl and OMG that was the best thing ever. Because yes girls mess up just as much as guys. And finally, the most honest thing about this book. Not every rapist is brought to justice. In fact many people get away with it and that’s the reality. It’s awful, but true. And I appreciated the truth of that fact. This book was just so unexpected and I am absolutely in love with it. It’s definitely a new favorite and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Definitely give this one a try 🙂
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*cover and synopsis from Goodreads