The Score: Review

Posted January 9, 2016 in review Tags: ,

The Score: ReviewThe Score by Elle Kennedy

Series: Off Campus #3
Genres: Sports Romance
Also in this series: The Goal
Also by this author: Us, Addicted, The Goal, Midnight Target, Midnight Rescue, The Chase, The Risk, The Dare
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He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

The Score
Elle Kennedy

what i think

The Score did not start well for me. First, Dean gives new meaning to the word ‘manwhore’ and for me, thats not a good thing.

Every time I see him he’s trying to get in my pants. And I can’t even feel special about it, because he tries to get in everyone’s pants.

But, I kept reading The Score. And I liked Allie. I wanted her to find someone who would be what she wanted. She is not a one night stand kind of girl, so I worried that her with Dean would just crush her!

I’m a card-carrying member of Team Boyfriend and after last night, I can honestly say that Team One-Night-Stand sucks balls.

Listening to Dead and Beau talk about Allie was hilarious but surprisingly a good analogy and quite possibly my favorite moment in The Score! Comparing her to either Bella (that attracts Dean like her blood did for Edward) and then to Renesme (saying that Dean has basically imprinted on her!)

This is what Allie has reduced me to. A sad pathetic loser who goes to a bar and forces his friend to participate in a Twilight book club.

It was surprisingly deep for these two jocks but a great analogy. If it wasn’t so filthy I would use it to teach my students analogies and metaphors! Dean’s sister is like a female Dean. I have a feeling she will pop up in a future book…

That was the hottest piece of man meat I have ever seen. And I want him.

Anyway, back to the story. Once I got over some of my Dean hate, things started to get better for me. And when Dean screws up, he goes ALL OUT! It was sad and tragic and super frustrating but so very new adult. Then I remembered why I read new adult: because the characters face these life altering moments and they grow from them. Did I like Dean in the beginning? No. Did I like him by the end? Yep! So, The Score reminded me of everything I loathe and love about NA Romance!

And here is a GREAT tip from Allie:

Life hack: if you don’t want someone asking you questions, say the tampon, and the conversation ends.

  • POV: Dual
  • Tears: No
  • Trope: Manwhore, Secret Relationship
  • Triggers: none
  • Cliffhanger: Not for Dean/Allie but a big one for the next book!
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

if you liked

The Hook Up and The Friend Zone by Kristin Callihan, Pucked and Pucked Up by Helena Hunting, Hooked by Love by Toni Aleo…then you will probably like The Score!

where to get it

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Other Books in the Series

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This is a playlist I created from songs mentioned in The Score


A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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