Title: The Score (2016)
Series: The Off-Campus Series – Book 3
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: New Adult
Extent: 361 pages
Release Date: January 11, 2016
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.
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.
I’ve been kind of in a New Adult kick lately, and unsurprisingly, Elle Kennedy’s very popular Off-Campus series is my drug of choice. The Score is the third book in the series, following The Deal and The Mistake, and while I didn’t love it as much as those two, I still stand behind my statement that this series as a whole is really entertaining and addictive. Let’s get to it. 🙂
The Score matchmakes Dean, the ‘manwhore’ of our beloved hockey team, with Allie, Hannah’s best friend from The Deal. A drunken one-night-stand leaves Dean wanting for a repeat performance with Allie, who just broke up with her long-term, on-off boyfriend and isn’t into casual sex. Throw in some sneaking around to avoid rumours, some confusion about the future, and family problems, and you have The Score.
“I’m not ready to be with anyone else yet.”
“Sure you are. Seriously, just find yourself a rebound.” Dean whips up his arm. “I volunteer as tribute.”
First off the bat, Dean and Allie are quite entertaining protagonists. Born the middle son to two very high-profile lawyers, Dean has always lived a charmed life and is on-track to go to Harvard law school once college finishes up. Allie, on the other hand, comes from a less privileged family and has survived a couple of hardships in her life. Dean teaches Allie to live more in the moment whereas she teaches him to take more control in his life.
There is so much sex in this book that, I admit, I actually got a little bit tired of it and started skimming them. Personally, I’d like to see more conversations between our two leads rather than even more wild, raunchy sex. Right now the ratio feels like 50/50, but I prefer something along the lines of 70/30 in favour of conversations. I think because of this, I didn’t connect with Dean and Allie as a couple as much as I connected with the couples from previous Off-Campus books.
“I am perfect. I need to remind myself of that more often.”
I snort. “Right. Because you’re not conceited enough.”
“I’m confident,” he corrects.
The other reason why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the others is because of the way Sean, Allie’s ex-boyfriend, is portrayed. When we first met him in Book 1, Sean was a really nice guy who truly cared for and respected Allie. In The Score, he and Allie broke up because they saw that their futures were incompatible — a very good reason to stay broken up. Instead, though, Kennedy chose to develop him as a crazy, clingy ex-boyfriend, one who sent Allie running straight into Dean’s arms (almost literally). I didn’t feel like this particular development was necessary and could’ve easily been achieved another way.
Despite my reservations about this book, though, I still found it utterly hilarious. Elle Kennedy has a great way with dialogue and always manages to find the funniest, wittiest possible ways of describing things. Coupled with the fact that her characters can be found in wacky situations, this book is personally a goldmine for giggles. I will leave you with one of my favourite moments below:
“You know, I don’t think we’re dealing with a Bella’s-magical-blood situation here.”
“No. I think you’ve imprinted on this girl’s pussy.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean you’re facing a Jacob quandary. You imprinted on her pussy, and now it’s the only pussy you can think about. You exist solely for this pussy. Like Jacob and that weird mutant baby.”
Any author who pokes well-natured fun at Twilight is right up my alley. 😂