The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)

by Elle Kennedy

4.21 of 5 stars 28 ratings • 15 reviews • 37 shelved
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The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)

by Elle Kennedy

4.21 of 5 stars 28 ratings • 15 reviews • 37 shelved

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

  • ISBN10 1775293947
  • ISBN13 9781775293941
  • Publish Date 28 April 2015
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Elle Kennedy Inc.
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 298
  • Language English


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I read the first book to the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy last year during the Romanceopoly 2019 Challenge hosted by @UTCBookBlog and @PeaceLoveBooksXO. I decided to read The Mistake, which is the second book in the Off-Campus series for the Campus Corner square of the Romanceopoly 2020 Challenge. I wanted to come back to this series since I fell in love with the first book in the series. I loved Garrett and Hannah’s story and wanted to find out who John Logan was going to end up within the series.

John Logan is one sexy hockey player who could have any girl he wants on the Briar University campus. He knows that life after college, though, won’t be all sunshine since he has made a promise to his brother to take care of their father. He also has to help take care of the business that his father owns. This way, his older brother can finally go travel with his long-time girlfriend. Logan, though, wants distractions in the meantime before that happens, so he hooks up with any girl that comes on to him at parties. He doesn’t realize that he’s about to find his match in a freshman named Grace Ivers. He doesn’t expect to fall for a freshman, especially after he finds out she’s a virgin and is not like any other of the other girls he’s been with at the University. 

Grace is the perfect girl for Logan to reform him to someone better. She’s determined to have a great time in college, but she still has her focus on her studies. Unfortunately, her best friend of 13 years chooses not to believe Grace when she mentions that she was with Logan one night. Instead, she helps spread rumors about Grace. Logan is very protective of Grace the minute he’s with her and wants to prove to her he’s not a player with her. These two will have issues at first, especially with trusting each other. It takes time away from each other to realize they are meant to be together. It also takes some romantic gestures too.  

I loved The Mistake, but I will say it doesn’t have the spark that The Deal had for me. Garrett and Hannah still won me over more with their story. I think it’s due to Logan being a player in the book and how he handled certain situations. I did like Grace in this story. She doesn’t let rumors and drama take over her life. She ends up standing up for herself several times, which is one of many reasons why I liked her character. Logan has so many people wanting to stick up with him and his dreams of actually becoming a hockey player, but he ends up blowing them off. Grace puts Logan in his place several times in this book, and I loved her for it.

There were steamy scenes between the characters in the book, and I loved how Logan took care of Grace in the book. He was adamant of not taking her virginity. He wanted it to be special for her. 

I loved the ending, and now I’m looking forward to Dean’s book. Although he is the biggest player of them all, I want to know who he ends up in his book.

I’m so glad I finally am reading Elle Kennedy’s books. I love her writing style and the character she writes in her stories. She also makes me want to watch more Ice Hockey again. I’ve missed watching it. 

Story Rating: 4 stars
Steaminess Rating: 4 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of series, but each can read as a standalone.
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes.
Tropes/Elements: One Night Stand; Sports/Hockey; Jock – Hockey Player; College Students; Virgin – Heroine; Reformed Manwhore

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Chelsea 3 of 5 stars
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous. I didn't like the initial meeting/hook-up of the two main characters. It was a little too convenient I guess? I mean who walks into someones dorm room accidentally and is like 'you know what let's have sex'? Just a little too crazy for me but the rest of the book was fairly enjoyable.

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“A real friend doesn’t proposition the guy who hurt her best friend.”

There were a few bumps in the beginning of their hook-up but they both made sure that their feelings are real when they took the chance of being officially together. It was difficult to get to know the characters at first because they started off as strangers hooking up, there was no build up… it’s like the author gave us an instant bam!!! of the sexy scenes. The author made us exactly feel what a plain hook up is, no strings attached. No expectations from the characters because at first you don’t really know them.. but as you read along, you start to love them.


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Lucy's Thoughts

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy brings you back into the world of college hockey with the story of John Logan and Grace Ivers. Logan is the fun loving, hockey playing junior who happens to fall for the socially awkward, sweet freshman. Just when you think it’s going to be a great relationship Logan goes and messes it up and Grace decides to move on, putting the experience behind her until Logan comes crawling back.

Elle Kennedy is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers! She tends to write witty characters, which I appreciate, and Grace and Logan are no exception. Logan has a backstory that would defeat a lesser person, but he seems to take it all in stride and even makes sure he is there for his brother. Grace reminds me of that regular girl who sticks to her guns and is able to get exactly what she wants. This book was a quick, fun read I would highly recommend and I sincerely hope we get to revisit these characters again!

This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books.

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I am totally obsessing over this series and just can't get enough of the characters. So far, the relationships in each book have been so relatable and real, it's nearly impossible to not love them! I always get a bit nervous for new adult/college romances because I usually get so irritated with how idiotic and childish the characters can be. But it has not been the case with the Off-Campus characters ... so far.

I have been binging this series so hard, trying to listen to the books at every given moment that I have. I just can't seem to put their story down for a second.

In The Mistake we have the story of Grace and Logan. The ultimate good girl that oozes beauty, but isn't seen in the "popular" crowd. And on the random chance that John Logan, all time player, shows up at her door, that's where their story begins.



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Angie 4 of 5 stars
The Mistake starts off with just that, a mistake. Logan is heading to a party to distract himself from the fact that he's crushing on his best friend's girlfriend. Only he ends up at Grace's dorm room instead. Of course she knows who he is and is shocked to find him in her room. She's even more shocked that he stays to watch a movie rather than calling a cab to head back home. Even more shocking is that they hook up...only for Logan to get up and leave as soon as he was done. Awkward.

I really enjoyed The Mistake! It totally did not go how I was expecting it to at all! Obviously, Grace and Logan end up together, but their journey to get there was a rough one. I'll admit that I wasn't a fan of the time jumps in the middle, but I get why they were there. Grace needed to work on herself before jumping into something with Logan after he basically admits that she was a distraction for him. She's not moping for months after a guy she barely knows, but it was the final straw in her realizing that she can't just let people continue to use her or take her for granted, including her best friend of thirteen years.

However, Logan does spend those months moping! And I loved it! I love the realization he has about his feelings for Hannah. It was a total light bulb moment for him, and I think it happens a lot in real life without people even realizing it. He knows he screwed up and he's going to fix it. He's not one to just forget about his mistakes or shirk his responsibilities. But I also loved how Grace wasn't just going to forgive him so easy. She stands up for herself (also to her supposed BFF) and sticks with it. Of course, I was also elated when they reunited because they are great together!

The Mistake was another great read in this series. I absolute loved Grace and the way she rambles when she's nervous. It created many hilarious moments. I also adored Logan and how he wasn't afraid to show his real feelings, and how he took care of his father even if I don't think he deserved it. It was just sweet.

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limabean74 4 of 5 stars

My Review:

I really enjoyed the first book and I couldn’t wait to get into Logan’s story. As much as I loved the first one this one wasn’t what I was expecting. I think I was missing the banter that Hannah and Garrett had. Logan and Grace were super cute and I do still love Logan but this story was fun to read but was missing a lot of the humor that I enjoyed in the first book.

Grace is the big V and hasn’t been intimate with a guy but has done other things. When Logan accidentally shows up at her dorm room looking for a party and to get away from his monster crush on his BF girlfriend, Hannah. He finds Grace alone and watching a pretty cool movie. One thing leads to another but he leaves living Grace a little unsatisfied. Now he is trying very hard to make things up to her but I big Mistake leads to Grace leaving for the summer extremely hurt and pissed. Avoiding Logan all summer, she returns to school a much stronger girl but will she forgive Logan and give him what she was glad she didn’t give him originally?

I really liked Grace and I enjoyed her confidence that she seemed to get as the story progressed. I also really loved how lovable and determined Logan was. Logan’s backstory was hurt breaking  and gave you a bunch of feels that was hoping things would get better for him.

The Mistake was a fun story with lots of feels and you get a few glimpses at how Garrett and Hannah are doing and I am still looking forward to reading Dean’s story. This is a fantastic series and I can’t wait to read the next one. I can’t recommend this series enough. I am so glad I get the chance to read them. I honestly think you should try them out, you will not be disappointed!

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Ashley 4 of 5 stars
It didn't quite have the same magic/delicious awkwardness as the first book, but I still loved it almost as much!