The Deal by Elle Kennedy
February 24, 2015
Confession. Before reading this, I had written Elle Kennedy off as “not for me”. While I love Him, Us, and Good Boy, I wasn’t blown away by either author on their own. While there was one Sarina Bowen book I enjoyed, I didn’t like anything I’d read by Elle Kennedy alone.
The Deal didn’t really change my opinion.
I’m pretty sure I will always believe Sarina and Elle together are romance magic. However, I now recognize exactly where Elle meets Sarina in writing together. Finishing The Deal, I realized Elle Kennedy was all Ryan Wesley. I know they say they created and wrote together, but I recognize Elle’s style specifically in that cocky tattooed hockey player. Her hockey books are full of wonderful, kindhearted, and gentle alpha men.
I finally enjoyed one of Ms Kennedy’s books.
Hockey is her forte.
I don’t know why I tried Dystopian and Romantic Suspense.
The Deal had the best aspects of all my favorite romances. Garrett was hot. Hot as hell. (Funny how Elle and Sarina turned me into a hockey fiction fan.) Fictional hockey players are my favorite these days, and Garrett was one of the good ones. There were tropes in The Deal I usually don’t like but, through Garrett, Elle Kennedy brought a vulnerability and grace that was really wonderfully executed.
I also liked Hannah. I loved how she gave Garrett grief, and how he loved every second of it. The more she sassed him, the deeper he fell. She never treated him badly, but she didn’t let him get away with his shit. It was adorable. The two of them made such a great team.
Still, it was obvious The Deal was missing a key element.
There were a few spots in the book I felt a second author would have helped to soften the rougher edges. There was an ultimatum that felt a little trite. Perhaps there was just a little too much baggage for each character. Basically, there were a few little things that could have been worked out over an outline and a beer.
Smashing Understatement of the Year with The Deal, I know understand how Elle and Sarina make music. They really are a symphony together.