on January 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
Inge: Hello! We’re doing something a bit different today. Aly and I buddy read The Score, so we thought it would be fun to discuss the book together.
It all started when I began reading The Score and sent Aly quotes such as this:
I frown at him. “Why is your arm around me?”
His expression is all innocence. “This is how I watch movies.”
“Really? So you put your arm around Garrett when you watch movies with him?”
“Absolutely. And if he’s nice to me, sometimes I slide my hand down his pants.”
After which she immediately bought it and started reading it herself. Because it became clear from the very start that you cannot resist the charms of Dean Di Laurentis.
What did we think of Dean?
Aly: What did we not think of Dean? Here’s the thing: The Deal gave us a joking, sweet, slutty Garrett that was more bark than bite; The Mistake gave us Logan, who was awkwardly sweet and hot and made more mistakes than I could count on a single hand. The Score, however, played it up and exaggerated on every count: Dean is the McDonalds of the Off Campus series. He’s so bad, he clogs up your arteries, he consistently gives people heart attacks, and yet you can’t stay away. Dean is life.
Also, hello, this:
Logan skids to a stop, cartoon-character style. I’m surprised his head doesn’t spin and his eyeballs don’t bug out.
“Um.” His gaze bounces around the bathroom like a rubber ball.
He looks at the towel rack, where his cargo pants are hanging.
He looks at the bathtub, where I’m lounging like Cleo-fucking-patra.
He looks at the bubbles surrounding my body like a fluffy white cloud.
And then he looks at Winston [a pink dildo].
“Dude,” I blurt out. “It’s not what it looks like.”
“Nope, nope, nope, I don’t want to know!”
Inge: That bathroom scene made my entire life. It was SO funny.
I also really liked the fact that Dean was basically the king of sass.
Him: Why the fuck would *I* know [about voodoo dolls]?
Me: Ur into all those fantasy role-play games. U know magic.
Him: I’m not Harry Potter, ffs.
Me: HP is a nerd, ur a nerd. Ergo, ur a boy wizard.
Did you have any favourite moments?
Aly: The Score, like with every Off Campus book, comes with an abundance of happy banter, bromances to die for and a consistency in character personalities.
My favourite moment isn’t even about the romance between Allie and Dean, but it’s about the bromance between Dean and his BFF, Beau. They might seem like badass, slutty hockey/football players, but at heart, they’re nothing more than secret diehard Twilight fans just dying to talk about sparkly vampires.
“I swallowed a mouthful of beer. “Hey. You know Twilight?”
He blinks at me. “Excuse me?”
“Twilight. The vampire book.”
His wary eyes study my face. “What about it?”
“Okay, so you know how Bella’s blood is extra special? Like how it gives Edward a raging boner every time he’s around her?”
“Are you fucking with me right now?”
I ignore that. “Do you think it happens in real life? Pheromones and all that crap. Is it a bullshit theory some horndog dreamed up so he could justify why he’s attracted to his mother or some shit? Or is there actually a biological reason why we’re drawn to certain people? Like goddamn Twilight. Edward wants her on a biological level, right?”
“Are you seriously dissecting Twilight right now?”
And it doesn’t end there. Oh no.
Beau eyes me thoughtfully. “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.”
Inge: The romance comes with a good deal of banter on its own, but the bromances are always incredible. I remember in The Mistake when Logan talked about the fact that he would marry the shit out of Garrett if they had both been gay and it was just the best thing. I love that this series also focusses on friendship and not just romance. It’s hard to find in novels these days.
It’s funny, because I’m not even a fan of New Adult literature. I’m sure there are great books out there, but every time I try something of the genre, it makes me want to run away. And I’ve heard a lot of people say that the Off-Campus blurbs sound clichéd, but that everyone’s quotes and reviews convince them to pick it up anyway. It was the same with me. You kept gushing over The Deal until I finally decided to try it out and I LOVED it. Sure, the series is not without clichés, but it’s also incredibly funny and real and sexy. And every book is just as good as its prequel. The Score is no different. Dean Di Laurentis did not disappoint.