Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: The Goal | Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

THE GOALShe’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated…

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

4 Stars

Romance |  New Adult | Contemporary | Sports/Academic

Holy nuggets… I told you I couldn’t stop and when I read the last part of Dean’s story from The Score where Tuck says he got his girlfriend, Sabrina is currently pregnant I couldn’t just stop reading. I mean, who can just stop there? So I was really excited to see his relationship because throughout the series readers have so much of him from a supporting character aspect that now I am curious. He sure as hell didn’t have a girlfriend and now he does and shit, she is fucking pregnant – that shit escalated. 

So right off the bat you get a timeline of this mystery girl and honestly, Sabrina is everything and more I had hoped for when I got into this book. From the point of introduction of Dean warning Tuck not to mess with her to the point of really getting into her backstory, you really feel for Sabrina. She is a force to be reckoned with. She works two jobs while working towards pre-law trying to save up money to attend Harvard. To aid in the drama, Sabrina has an extremely traumatizing home atmosphere that is both bone chilling and disgustingly believable. Her bitch attitude comes with a reasonable back bone to her personality, and as a reader you come to understand her shell exterior. 

Tucker I loved just as much as the others because he was an interesting character I was hoping for more of, which yay here we are. He was a playboy but not in terms of some of the other man whores on the team from the previous books, he admits he liked his random sex adventures but he was a definite closet sweetie. Tuck really shines as the book hero through and through on this novel. Not only was he a sweetie in need of his own love story he was just a dirty mouthed hilarious character who also had his own goals for his future. 

The best part about this entire book was that it back tracked to when Dean and Allie first hooked up which is actually the same time frame of Tuck seducing Sabrina. It is great. I was really pleased with how Kennedy constructed this because it aiding in the connection of the two lovers. Sabrina and Tucker’s relationship was definitely an interesting and fantastic start. The moment Tuck decides to pursue Sabrina was probably the main point of realizing what a sweet heart Tucker really was behind that hockey stereotype. Plus he had a southern draw, oh man is it hot in here? Maybe that is just me getting all hot and bothered. The chemistry between the two was definitely there, when they were together and the sexual tension was hot in the air the scenes literally come alive. Just deliciously hot.

Ultimately I really enjoyed this book. I loved the chemistry, the drama between the characters that escalated to the ending where I got my happy ending. The issue I have is simply that it started off on such a perfect pace than started to have somewhat of a lack luster build after the first encounter, this really just made me want to skim read to get to the juice faster. It was just a more slower paced relationship build compared to the others. Nonetheless it was still spectacular. It is nothing short of the perfect combination of steam romance and sweet lovable movements between two amazing characters.

I highly recommend this series, it is just amazing. Obviously I have my favorites, but each deliver its own favor which is amazing and I have come to expect nothing less than amazing things from Elle Kennedy’s writing style. I need everyone to read this, and promise to read it in order. It is definitely a standalone within the series, but I promise reading them in order is the best way to enjoys these! I hope there is another honestly and I personally am gunning for Fitzy. 

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