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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy: FAQs + Books Like It

Do you have an author who you can always trust to write a good book that you will enjoy? For me, Elle Kennedy is one of those authors. Currently, I'm working my way through her Off-Campus series, which is about college hockey players. This time around, I read The Mistake. (Kindle | Paperback)


Now that I have, I'm here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about it. I've also put a list of books like The Mistake for those of you who enjoyed it and are hoping to find others like it to dive into next. If that's what you're looking for, then keep scrolling. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

What Is the Book The Mistake About?

Elle Kennedy's hockey romance, The Mistake, is about the story of a college hockey player, Logan, and a quiet freshman, Grace, who start as a hookup and end up becoming something much more than either expected. Here is the official description of the book:


"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.


How Long Does It Take to Read The Mistake?

It will take the average reader approximately 4 hours and 42 minutes to read The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, according to How Long to Read.


Is The Mistake Part of a Series?

Yes - The Mistake is part of a series! It's the second book in Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus series which focuses on the love stories of four of the guys on the Briar University hockey team. However, the way it is written means that you can read it as a standalone because it does not require any knowledge of what happened in The Deal to understand what's going on with Logan and Grace.

  1. The Deal - Garrett and Hannah

  2. The Mistake - Logan and Grace

  3. The Score - Dean and Allie

  4. The Goal - Tucker and Sabrina

  5. The Legacy - Collection of novellas about each couple (extend epilogue of sorts)


How Old Are Logan and Grace?

In The Mistake, John Logan is 21 years old and Grace Ivers is 18 years old. This means there is a three-year age gap between the two.


Is The Mistake Spicy? What Are the Spicy Chapters?

Yes - The Mistake is spicy! The spicy chapters are chapters 4, 7, 10, 12, 27, 29, 30, and 31.


Why Do Logan and Grace Break Up In The Mistake?

After eight days of hooking up, Logan breaks up with Grace after he finds out she's a virgin. Here is the explanation he gives her for why they have to break up: "This is your first time and you deserve something - someone - so much better than me for your first time. I'm in such a fucked up place right now. I have a lot of fun with you but I can't give you anything serious. you don't want to do this with me. I'm screwed in the head and I guess I've been trying to distract myself from all the bullshit in my life, and trying to get over someone else."

Does The Mistake Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Mistake has a happy ending! After Logan gets a call from his brother asking him to go check on his dad, Logan is upset by the state he finds his father in. He lashes out at Grace, who tells him she's not going anywhere and that she loves him. He quickly realizes he made a mistake lashing out and calls in to the school's radio show to admit his true feelings for her. She hears it all and he shows up to tell her he loves her too. Logan is then asked to come for a sit-down talk with his brother and father. When he arrives, his father explains Logan's coach showed up to tell his father about Logan's opportunity to play professionally for the Boston Bruins. That prompts Logan's father to face the reality of his drinking and enroll himself in a six-month rehab program. Two years later, Logan is playing his rookie season for the Boston Bruins alongside his college best friend, Garrett. He is still with Grace and the two are planning to move in together in Boston when Grace graduates college.


5 Books Like The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Obviously, the books that are the most similar to The Mistake are the other books in the Off-Campus series. However, that's not to say there aren't plenty of other fantastic hockey romances to choose from. In fact, here are five books like The Mistake to consider reading next.


First Score by Lyssa Lemire

1. First Score by Lyssa Lemire

Hockey romance? Check. College romance? Check. The added complexity of the female main character being a virgin? Check. Of all the books on this list, First Score by Lyssa Lemire is likely the most like The Mistake. However, if you read the description, you'll notice it's not an exact dupe so you won't feel like it's just a repeat of something you already read: "How do I finally lose my v-card without catching feelings? Choose the one guy I could never fall for - Blaze Walker. He's a notorious bad boy and a star hockey player who's about to get kicked off the team unless he passes his finals. Fortunately, I'm a genius who started college so young that I’ve just turned eighteen my senior year. Blaze and I both have something the other wants. If I tutor him, I can guarantee he’ll pass all his exams. And he has a personality so repugnant to me that with him I can have a totally un-emotional, no-strings-attached first time. Because there’s no way I could fall for someone like Blaze Walker. Right?"


Two for Interference by Lasairiona McMaster

2. Two for Interference by Lasairiona McMaster

In this college hockey romance, the male main character seems to feel similar to how John Logan does in The Mistake; He wants someone who sees him for who is and not just another hot hockey player. Here's the full description: "Bookish. Bold. Beautiful. And entirely out of his league. On paper, all-American boy next door, Lincoln Scott, has it all. But behind his slap shots, straight-A report card, and easy going charm, Linc hides a secret only his best friend knows. When he attempts to return a misplaced bra, a wrong number gets him way more than the hook-up he bargained for. No one has ever looked beyond the star hockey player, until the mysterious woman he can’t stop texting sees him for who he really is. Does Linc have the skills off the ice to keep up with her? Will he follow in his father’s footsteps? Or will he step out from the shadows and chase his dreams?"


Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

3. Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

When it comes to hockey romances, Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus series and Icebreaker by Hannah Grace are among the most popular. Not only are they both college hockey romances but they have spice that will make all the smutty romance book fans happy. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this book yet, here's what it's about: "Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA. Nathan Hawkins, on the other hand, is captain of his college's hockey team. This means he feels responsible for keeping the hockey team on the ice. So, when a misunderstanding results forces them to share the same rink and Anastasia’s partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick for tights, and one scary coach for an even scarier one. The pair find themselves stuck together in more ways than one, but it’s fine, because Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players…right?"


Player by E. Cleveland

4. Player by E. Cleveland

Not only do Player by E. Cleveland and The Mistake have quite a bit in common, but they're also both part of multi-book hockey romance series. So, if you like this one, you'll have a few others to add to your to-be-read list as well. Check out the description: "Player. I will never call him that. It doesn't matter if he's one of the youngest team captains in college hockey or that he's a legend on skates. I'm well aware of his reputation for hooking up with half the girls at Westbury. I've had a front row seat to the bunny parade. Still, I won't call him Player. That's not who he is to me. That's never who he's been to me. He's Noah Foster. My best friend. The boy I grew up with. The thing is I've kept the fact that I'm still a card carrying member of the V-card-club a secret from him. So, when Noah needs me to tutor him for his exam, I get an idea. What if I teach him a little science, and the Player teaches me how to play?"


Consider Me by Becka Mack

5. Consider Me by Becka Mack

Unlike the other books on this list, Consider Me by Becka Mack isn't a college hockey romance. It is a hockey romance though and a freakin' spicy one at that. This is the book I hold all other hockey romances to. Plus, again, it's the first in a multi-book series, so you'll be able to really dive into it if you end up enjoying it. Here's what it's about: "Carter Beckett is the NHL's resident badboy. He's a player on the ice and in the bedroom. He’s had everything served to him on a silver platter, including endless strings of women, and apparently, I’m up next. His only problem? I have no intention of falling for it. But when I start letting my guard down, and he starts showing me pieces of himself I had no intention of seeing, the bricks surrounding me may be tumbling down one by one. I’m not sold yet though, which means for the first time in his life, Carter’s the one begging for me to just consider him."

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