Book Review: The Graham Effect by Elle Kennedy

This was AWESOME! I picked up The Graham Effect and never wanted to put it down. It was entertaining and a bit angsty with the best banter. I had a fantastic time reading it!

Book Review: The Graham Effect by Elle Kennedy
The Graham Effect (Campus Diaries #1) by Elle Kennedy

The first book in the delicious, icy-hot Campus Diaries series, a spinoff of BookTok sensations Off-Campus and Briar U, by New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy.

Gigi Graham has exactly three goals: qualify for the women’s national hockey team, win Olympic gold, and step out of her famous father’s shadow. So far, so good, except for two little things. Fine–a little thing and a big, grumpy thing. She needs to improve her game behind the net, and she needs help from Luke Ryder.

Ryder is six-foot five, built, opinionated, rude…and sexy as hell. But he’s still the enemy.

Briar’s new hockey co-captain has his reasons, though. The men’s team just merged with a rival program, leaving Ryder with an angry roster where everyone hates one another’s guts. To make matters worse, the summer coaching spot he’s angling for with the legendary Garrett Graham is out of reach after he makes the worst possible first impression on his hero. So, really, this compromise with Gigi is win-win. He helps her make the national team, she puts in a good word with her dad.

The only potential snag? This bone-deep, body-numbing, mind-spinning chemistry they’re trying to ignore. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing, but the risks just might be worth it.

5 out of 5 stars

I had such a fantastic time reading The Graham Effect! I flew through it and did not want to put it down. I loved the enemies-to-lover's vibe, the angst, the building sexual tension, and the verbal sparring that turned into playful banter. It was an exciting read and I couldn't get enough.

I loved GiGi and Ryder. I liked getting to know GiGi and seeing how determined and headstrong she was. Ryder had a gruff, sexy demeanor that I adored but even more, I loved getting to know him and how caring he was. I loved learning about his past and the build to those details being revealed. These two were so wonderful together. I loved their animosity in the beginning and how their underlying feelings grew. I liked the heated looks between them and when their barbs turned witty. They both had personal things they were dealing with thanks to hockey and family and I like how that played into the story. I liked how supportive and sweet they were and how they really opened up. There were lots of emotions and feelings happening and I enjoyed it all.

The development and pace were great. There's angst and drama along the way, even though some of that drama seemed a little unnecessary, but overall I liked the conflicts presented and how they all worked out. There were a few things I didn’t see coming which is always awesome. There were so many fun scenes that had me smiling, those moments when I was reading and I literally would let out a bark of laughter because it was so spot on. I liked the characters introduced. Ryder’s roommates and teammates were wild and I'm super excited that his roommate Shane gets a story with GiGi’s best friend Diana in The Dixon Rule. I loved seeing Garrett again and other cameos from the Off-Campus series. Granted it has been a while since I’ve read those books but I recognized so many names and now I want to go back and reread that series, then continue on to Briar U.

I read this the entire time really liking it, I was invested and couldn't wait for GiGi and Ryder to get their HEA. The entertainment value was high, there's good emotion happening, a nice amount of heat, and likable characters. It was somewhere in the last half that everything in the story totally clicked for me and I loved it. Bottom line, I found it to be an addicting read and I was hooked!

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Have you ever blown off making dinner to keep reading? Let me know! And FYI, that totally happened when I was reading this. Leftovers for everyone! lol!