The Deal by Elle Kennedy // It Is Beautiful Crap

Posted July 23, 2015 by Inge in Reviews / 7 Comments

The Deal by Elle Kennedy // It Is Beautiful CrapThe Deal by Elle Kennedy
on February 24th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 358

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy...
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.

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I think it’s safe to say that New Adult and I haven’t really gotten along so far. The genre is riddled with so much crap that every time I venture anywhere near it, it has me running away with my tail between my legs shouting “NOPE NOPE NOPE”. It’s got cliché after cliché, with perfect-looking people with their tortured pasts who need someone to fix them through the magic of sex, with man whores and angsty girls and penises galore.

The Deal has all of that. Garrett Graham is so perfect, he could’ve been chiselled out of marble. This promiscuous guy spontaneously turns monogamous at the sight of Hannah’s perky tits and small waist. Both are perfect and talented, yet they each have a few monsters in their closet which stops them from having a real relationship. Until they meet each other. Hell, they even literally say “I’m broken and I need you to fix me” and “I was broken until I met you” at certain points in the story. Such cliché, very cheese.

Yet I still loved it. Which is why The Deal is going straight onto my list of guilty pleasures.

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.

“Do you high five yourself?”

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

Despite it being full of every cliché ever, I still loved every second of it. Garrett and Hannah start out with this love/hate relationship, which is divine, as it brings about tons of magnificent banter. They’re both snarky and sarcastic and had me laughing throughout the book. On top of that, it handles the clichés in such a way that they work. Hannah was raped at the age of fifteen, but she’s no longer that angst-ridden girl; she was able to move on, which was really nice to read. Garrett hadn’t yet made peace with his demons, but those scenes definitely added some depth to the book.

I probably could’ve done without the sex scenes, but hey, that’s the nature of the genre, I guess. I did really appreciate the thought behind them – Graham taking things slow with Hannah, because she really needed to trust him in order to have a healthy sex life. But for the love of God, can people please stop using the verb “milking” in sex scenes? It’s so off-putting and it makes me picture cows. Just… all of the no. Stop. Just stop.

This should definitely be on any to-read list if you need a good laugh or just a fun-filled romance. It’s hilarious, it’s sexy, and yes, it’s filled with penises, but as far as New Adult goes, this is the type of book that should be standing out on top of the humongous pile of crap. It rises above the crap. It is beautiful crap.

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7 responses to “The Deal by Elle Kennedy // It Is Beautiful Crap

  1. “Milking”??? I don’t even wanna know XD

    The only New Adult book I’ve read is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and I have to say that it was entertaining. However, I found the characters to be pretty one dimensional, and the clichés and copious sex scenes were a bit much for me. I prefer books that are mostly plot-driven with some romance on the side, but maybe I’ll try another New Adult book one day (or I’ll just stick to some fluffy YA contemporary)!

    • I was all “ehhhh” hahaha. Oh yes, I’ve got CoHo on my tbr list as well, she’s so popular and I haven’t read a single book by her! I’d love to find out what the hype is all about. But I do agree with you that I prefer a decent plot over copious fornications.

  2. MILKING!?!? Who ummm does that? Says that? What even IS that?! No, I don’t want to know, nevermind. Anyway. I am so, so bad with NA. Because of things like “milking”, probably 😉 No, really the sex stuff doesn’t bother me as much as the cliches. And the “you fixed me” stuff- it doesn’t work that way! Grr. But, I am glad you enjoyed it!

    • I’m going to tell you anyway. The male protagonist talks about the girl “milking his cock”. I think you can figure out the rest. You’re welcome for the mental image, by the way. I think this is one of those “gems” people talk about in NA! Took me a while to find one but there you have it. 😉

  3. I am someone who generally avoids New Adult as well because as you said – cliche. But lately, I have been reading out of my genre and that means YA romances. And I am quickly finding that sometimes cliches are okay and they work alright. So enjoy this guilty pleasure. Oh, and I have two NA’s that I actually like and find to be unique-ish. That would have to be Variables of Love by MK Schiller and also Books, Blogging and Reality by Ryan Ringbloom.

    • There are a few hidden gems in the NA genre, you just have to find them! Sometimes you can make clichés work, and The Deal was one of those cases. I really liked it and it made me laugh so hard.

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