This series was new territory for me as I do not often reach for steamy new adult romance. I am not a huge fan of explicit sex scenes in books, but I wanted to give this a try. I was not disappointed. This series a so much fun and very funny, but it also deals with a lot of darker themes. I laughed and I cried while reading this series. Sometimes the language was a little cheesey, but I could look past all of that because I loved the characters. Each book follows a different guy on a college hockey team. The books could be read as standalones, but I would recommend reading them in order, especially books 3 and 4.
The Deal is the first book in the series and also my least favorite. I would like to re-read this one eventually just to see if any of my thoughts change after reading the entire series. I had a hard time getting past some of the language used because I just found it so cringey at times. I was also slightly annoyed that sex seemed to be the only thing on anyone’s mind, which hello is the point of the book, but I digress. This book did also explore some darker themes while also remaining light and humorous. I also appreciated the discussion of women’s sexuality in this book. My rating is 3/5 stars.
The Mistake is my favorite of the series because I love Logan and Grace the most. Logan is a sweet guy and I related to Grace the most out of all the characters. I did find the first part of this book to be somewhat cringey at times, but it got a lot better as the story continued. I found myself laughing a lot and even *gasp* crying at one point, which I was not expecting. I also appreciated Logan’s determination to win Grace’s forgiveness and loved the scene with the chaise. My rating is 4/5 stars.
The Score – I was not too sure about Dean when I first went into this; he did not leave a good impression in the other two books. However, he quickly won me over. I don’t think I would want to date Dean, but he is a really great person and I love him and Allie together. I love Allie so much and she was the perfect fit for Dean. Out of the books, this one is probably the funniest. That bathtub scene was one of the funniest things I have read! And the things that Dean and Allie say to each other are hilarious. I laughed a lot during this book, but I also shed some tears. Elle Kennedy knows how to write raw emotions into her books. There is a scene toward the end involving a very upset Allie that really hurt my heart because I could feel her pain. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. My rating is 4/5 stars.
The Goal is probably my third favorite of the series. The storyline overlaps with The Score, so the readers get to see what exactly Tucker was up to while Dean and Allie’s story was happening. I loved that the bathtub scene from The Score was mentioned again in this book – still so funny! I was excited to get to know Tucker better, and he is as great as I thought. He respects women and loves his mom and never pushes Sabrina to do things she doesn’t want to. Before getting to know her, Sabrina comes across as unlikable, but I instantly liked her when this book began. I wanted her to succeed and get out of her house. They make a great couple. My rating is 4/5 stars.
I would recommend this series to anyone who loves alpha males, fun banter, and romances that are sweet but also have a lot of depth.