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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Elle Kennedy (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Love this book

I loved this book so much!! My favourite one from Elle Kennedy so far! But the woman’s voice was so distracting. She sounds like she’s a 60 year old woman. Not the right voice for this book! The mans voice was perfect!

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Good story

it's a great book and story. the female narrator is not great, her monotone voice didn't match how Hannah sounds in my head so it was a bit grating. the male narrator is fantastic though. but the plot is fun, romantic and a good read.

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More Than a Deal

The Deal is the first book in Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. The hero Garrett is the Captain of the Briar College hockey team who needs help with Ethics to keep up his GPA in order to stay on the team. Hannah is acing the Ethics class and needs Garrett’s help to attract the attention of the guy she has a crush on. So, the deal is truck for each to help the other. Unexpectedly along the way, they fall for each other.

Hannah and Garrett are very well written characters who both have things that happen in their past that govern their actions and attitudes in the present. Their love story is sweet and heartwarming. Which are the things that I loved about this book. It was nice to see the jock be the one to do the chasing and the first to fall given that he had all sorts of women throwing themselves at him.

The narrators were ok, they didn’t always do the best job when speaking for another character, but they weren’t horrible by any means. It was the story that made this enjoyable for me and the reason I will continue on with the series.

Trigger warning:
- the book talks about rape and abuse (child and spouse)

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Amazing story, decent voices

I binged this audiobook. Started it at 11pm and didn't fall asleep till 2am... finished in less then 24 hours. The female voice is decent, but a bit too "old" and the males is a better age sound, but I cannot stand when he does the female sides. haha All in all very happy and will continue the series.

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Great Listen

Loved the story. Keep me so engaged I stay up all night listening.
Male narrator was super especially expressing humor. Female was okay. Difficult imagining that her voice coukd sing.

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  • bry
  • 2021-07-01

Why this woman?

The female narrator’s voice did take me out of this. Really wish it was someone else. Just didn’t fit at all. The book is just ok - kind of boring and cliche but if you want just a basic escapism type romance set in college then you might like it. If I’d read when I was a teen, I probably would have like it more.

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Spicy but disappointing narration

I really liked this book. It’s funny, endearing, talks about trauma and the importance of moving forward from it and spice! The only issue I had with the audio book and I think the main issue everyone has is with the female narrator. I really enjoyed the male narrator. I could tell he was putting real emotion into Garrett and it made him feel real. But Hannah sounded monotone majority of the time. The narrator didn’t add any character or emotion in her narrations. I ended up dreading every Hannah chapter which sucked because I really enjoyed her witty and charismatic character, but the narrator ruined it for me.

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Love the storyline

Love the storyline. Not a fan of Lorelei Avalon as a narrator though. I have to speed the book up to listen. Her voice doesn’t do anything for the character.

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Not a bad book

I had mixed feelings about this story.
Story was a 5 star. Really great story.
Narration was 50/50. Christian Fox in my opinion has a sexy voice. Lorelei Avalon not so much. Her voice is slow and boring. I had to speed it up to 1.2 to make her voice bearable.
Hannah’s character bugged me at first she was a snobby bitch. She gets better halfway through.
Bought this on sale so it was worth it.

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OMG WTH

The narration on the book is equivalent to a book burning. The absolute massacring of this story by these narrators is, without a doubt, one of the worse I have ever had the unfortunate chance to listen to. I sincerely hope that these two are not depending on narration for a career. Horrible narration and pacing. Even Dr. Frankenstein could bring life to this. Please take this back, find a couple of better (and hopefully livelier) narrators and redo it. 0 stars for a 5 star story.

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  • Becky
  • 2015-11-19

Awful narrator

Great book. Great story. Terrible narrator. A college girl that sounds like she has either smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day or is not even a girl but a man that is doing a horrible job of trying to be a woman, just kept throwing me. Add in the fact that the guys sounded like pre-pubescent boys, all with the exact same voice and I just couldn't get into the book. Way too distracted to really enjoy this book. Want to listen to book 2, but won't even buy it because I can't listen to the narrator.

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  • Nancy Nurse
  • 2015-11-05

Love the book, not thrilled with the narration...

If you could sum up The Deal in three words, what would they be?

Awesome fun story -read it, don't listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

I LOVE Garrett and Hannah apart and even more together -they both have quick minds and are genuine in everything they do.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei Avalon?

Alternated between a male and female narrator for Hannah and Garrett's chapters. Maybe Madeline Maby and Zachary Webber...

Any additional comments?

LOVE the book! This is one of the few books I have re-read only a few months after initially reading -the dialog between the characters and the texts back and forth made me laugh out loud while reading. I was really excited to see it was coming out as an audiobook so I could listen to the story during my crazy daily commute.

The narrated version is not at all what I expected -Ms. Avalon has a very deep and nasal-toned voice and does not fit for a 20 year-old woman OR a 20 year-old man (she is playing both characters -even though the books chapters are split between the male and female POV); her intonation is off and does not do the story justice. I found myself annoyed when really common phrases were narrated in a way that stressed words in an oddly -I have no idea how old Ms. Avalon is, but based on the narration, I am guessing she is significantly older than the characters and has never uttered similar dialogue in her everyday life.

I'm glad I only paid $1.99 to add the audio version, because I am really disappointed with the result and don't think I'll be making past the first couple of hours :-(

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 2018-01-14

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I really enjoyed this book! It was so refreshing to listen to a New Adult book without the immature drama. This book had hockey players, great friendships, a great love story which wasn't an insta-love woohoo and was pretty sexy too. I really like both main characters, they were both strong because of their past and ready to move past that all. They really were a great match for each other and brought out the nest in each other. I'm excited to listen to the rest of the series now!

The narration did seem a little to old for these 20 year old's but she still did a good job.

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  • Caro
  • 2015-11-12

Great story but...

UPDATED FOR THE ADDITION OF MALE NARRATOR

I was VERY excited to see that The Deal was being updated to include a male narrator and Christian Fox is awesome as Garrett... but I can't really change my rating of this audiobook because having the male narrator just amplifies how unsuitable the female narrator is. I would have gladly paid to purchase this audiobook again if Audible Studios had re-recorded the female POV as well. Come on Audible Studios!!! Just do it!!

I really really loved The Deal. It's one of my favourite books of the year and I was hoping it would come out as an audiobook

Unfortunately the choice of narrator has kinda rained on my audiobook parade. I understand that it's not the author's choice for the narrator as once the rights are sold, it's out of their hands, but Audible Studios got it wrong big time as Lorelei Avalon did not have the right voice for these characters. Hers was a bit whiny and there was little distinction between the male and female characters.

I'm giving The Deal an overall score of 4 stars because I love the story and the author, but I'm glad I only paid $1.99 for this audiobook. I sincerely hope Audible Studios do not use this narrator for the third book in this series

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  • ADV
  • 2015-11-03

Thank you for Re-Recording this Book!

UPDATED REVIEW: I accidentally clicked on this audiobook on my phone recently, and I was shocked to hear a male narrator. What a difference the addition of a male narrator makes. The combination of Christian Fox and Lorelei Avalon is fantastic. The captain of the hockey team is much more believable (and swoony) when read by a male narrator. I have listened to it twice since the re-recording, and now I am exceedingly happy that I never returned this book when I listened the first time.

Original Review: I loved this book, and I loved her other book The Mistake. Unfortunately, it loses something in the audiobook. The narrator is talented as a female narrator. However, I will never understand why authors (or is it the publisher's decision) who write books with alternating POVs elect to use only 1 narrator for the audiobook. The suspension of disbelief is difficult when the tough hockey player hero sounds like a girl with a cold instead of a guy.

Other than that, it really is a fun story that made me smile all the way through. Unless you need the audiobook because you have a long commute, read the book.

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  • AvidReader
  • 2016-02-20

Good book, poor execution

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The voice actor.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is hilarious. I love how Elle Kennedy makes stories relatable and fun to read.

What didn’t you like about Lorelei Avalon’s performance?

I get that this is a book about college kids, and college kids can be whiny, but good grief. She has the uncanny ability to make every single character sounds like a whiny toddler, which is a shame because this is one of my favorite books/series. I regret buying the next book on Audible now.

Any additional comments?

If you can get past the poor performance, this really is a good book. Your money would be better spent on the ebook or dtb.

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  • Mary
  • 2015-11-10

Great book but skip the audio

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I'm actively anti-recommending it. Lorelei's voice is not suited for Hannah and Garrett's playful, witty banter. She turned Hannah into a whiny girl and her attempts to perform Garrett's voice would be laughable if it didn't upset me so much. She sounded like a girl attempting to imitate her father. I have been telling all my friends who loved The Deal to avoid the audio.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is amazing. The Deal is easily one of my favorite books this year. Hannah and Garrett are individually strong, complex characters, and their chemistry, both romantic and not, is phenomenal.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei Avalon’s performances?

Nope.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not even close. I almost abandoned it within three minutes. It was painful to continue.

Any additional comments?

I can only hope Lorelei won't be chosen for The Score.

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  • Danni
  • 2016-11-16

Could have been better

I loved the story, but the narration ruined it. Lorelei is not a bad narrator but her voice didn't fit Hannah's character. Also they really should have had a male narrator for Garret's part. Because of this, it took me a long while to get into the story.

Once I was able to get past the narration, I really enjoyed the story. It's very funny and sexy. I Would recommend skipping the audio and just reading the book.

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  • Christy
  • 2015-11-10

Loved the book, didn't care for audio

I read this book a while back and was so excited to hear it would be an audiobook (it's how I prefer to reread old favorites). I was not impressed with this narrator. Every supporting female character sounded the same as one another, and the males were the same way. I've listened to some narrators where there was no doubt who was speaking among many characters - not the case here. And why didn't Garrett have a male narrator for his chapters and parts? It was really weird that she narrated his thoughts and stuff. I won't be buying the second book, which has different main characters but still the same narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-11-20

good read

like it a lot kinda hate the voice computer sounding to me but I like the story

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