Before the Graham Effect, revisit the Off-Campus series

The Legacy by Elle Kennedy. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books.
The Legacy by Elle Kennedy. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books. /

While hockey romances are everywhere now, Elle Kennedy was one of the first to pioneer the genre. The Deal was the start of her Off-Campus series and it’s still a favorite.

Despite being released in 2015, the book still remains one of the top hockey romances out there. Whether you’re a fan of the author or not, there is no denying what she started with this series.

Even though it’s almost a decade old now, the Off-Campus crew still holds a special place in a lot of readers’ hearts. That’s why I was so excited to dive back into the series and give a short refresher for those who haven’t read it in years.

Of course, this comes just in time for The Graham Effect which is being released by Elle Kennedy for Bloom Books on October 31st.

Get caught up on the Off-Campus series before The Graham Effect.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books. /

No better place to start than the beginning and that’s with The Deal. This is the first book in the Off-Campus series and it follows Garrett Graham as he gets a tutor named Hannah. While the two seem like an unlikely match, they quickly form a friendship and end up fake-dating to help each other.

Of course, real feelings develop and we see their relationship blossom throughout the series. Even though this is the first book in the series, this one is clearly a favorite. It’s also a fun one to revisit as Gigi Graham is Garrett and Hannah’s daughter.

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books. /

Moving onto the second book in the series, The Mistake is Logan and Grace’s story. If Hannah and Garett are unlikely, these two are downright opposites. Logan is a player while Grace is a freshman and she’s not interested in a player like him. However, these two can’t seem to leave each other alone.

Eventually, they do come together but Grace doesn’t play any games with him. She makes him work, grovel, and prove himself. While this isn’t my favorite book of the series, I can see why so many people enjoy it.

The Score
The Score by Elle Kennedy. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books. /

Book 3 in the series is The Score and is easily my favorite. This is Dean and Ali’s story. Can we just take a moment to appreciate Dean Di Laurentis? Okay, I’m done but Dean ends up hooking up with Ali who is reeling after a breakup. While he’s usually one and done, he can’t seem to stay away from her and he doesn’t want to.

Honestly, seeing Dean fall for Ali is just so amazing. This one also has an emotional element to it as it features the loss of a loved one. It is hard to read at times but it does make for a more well-rounded story. Ultimately if you’ve gotten this far in the series, I’m sure you’re already invested.

The Goal by Elle Kennedy. Image Courtesy of Bloom Books. /

Last but not least, we have The Goal which is Sabrina and Tucker’s book. This one is hit-or-miss as it does feature accidental pregnancy. While it doesn’t happen right away, I know this trope doesn’t work for everyone yet it is a fun one. Seeing how Tucker and Sabrina work together and make those tough choices is refreshing.

I don’t want to give away too much about The Goal since it’s technically the last book in the series but Elle Kennedy did release a series of novellas in a bind-up. The Legacy is the “final” book in the series with stories focused on each of the couples and it’s a fun way to get caught up on your favorite Off-Campus couples.

Whether you’ve read the Off-Campus series or not, you won’t be confused going into The Graham Effect. This is truly Gigi’s book and even though we see some Off-Campus characters, it’s more about her, her relationship, and her journey.

With that being said, you can still preorder the new Bloom editions of the Off-Campus series which are illustrated and gorgeous. They’re being released in November 2023 and will slowly replace the “girl covers.” You can read all of the info and preorder them via Bloom.

What do you think of the new covers for the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy? 

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