REVIEW – THE GOAL (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy

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SYNOPSIS:

She’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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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John Tucker is a 22 yr. old laid back, sweet, gorgeous guy from Texas. He attends college at Briar University in the small town of Hastings. He’s in his senior year & is a forward on Briar’s championship-winning hockey team. John is a great guy who everyone loves. His roommates Garrett, Logan & Dean refer to him as the mom & the nurturing one because he’s the one always cooking and cleaning.

One evening while out with his buddies at Malone’s, he sees the beautiful Sabrina James up at the bar. She is stunning, & he can’t take his eyes off her. Sabrina and one of Tucker’s roommates Dean don’t get along, but Tucker could care less. He wants her too bad & decides to go after her. Sabrina only has time for studying & working. When she does make time for the occasional hook-up, she only likes athletes. Her only exception to this rule is no hockey players. After the delicious Tucker charms her, she decides she wants him. She doesn’t do relationships, but figures she would love one night with this bearded hottie & his gorgeous body.

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After one night with Sabrina, Tucker wants more. He pursues her & wants a date. Sabrina lives in Boston, & hates where she comes from. She has a bad home life & wants to escape her past. She has her life planned out. Her dream is to attend Harvard & have a better life. She holds down two jobs & is an overachiever who doesn’t have time to get involved with a guy. Sex with Tucker was amazing, but she doesn’t need any distractions in her life.

Sabrina doesn’t count on how patient a guy Tucker is. He just keeps being persistent till he gets what he wants. He felt something with Sabrina. He can’t explain it, but she’s different & he wants to explore something more with her. The more time Sabrina spends with Tucker, the more she cares for him. He’s funny, kind, & steady, and she finds herself slowly falling for him.

-“I hate to tell you this, Sabrina. But you’ve made a big mistake.”

-“What? Why?”

-“Because I’m going to ruin you for all future guys. I apologize in advance.”

-He’s as delicious to look at as he feels.

-All I know, is him. How good he feels, how much my body craves him, how hard my heart beats for him.

They are dating in secret when they learn their lives are about to change forever. Sabrina is pregnant & they have a lot of important decisions to make. They don’t know what to do. Sabrina is stubborn & is used to relying on herself. She thinks Tucker is too perfect for her, & doesn’t want to ruin his life. They have to decide if they are ready to be parents & if they have a future together?

I adored sweet John Tucker! This guy was so swoon worthy!!! He has a heart of gold and such a tenderness & is so solid & grounded, & every time he called her Darlin I melted a little more. I highly recommend this one. Such a fabulous book! Please please please give me a Fitzy book next!!! ;))

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 Darlin’ Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by Author in exchange for an honest review)

It’s always the quiet ones…
Tucker… *sights
The Goal was sooooo good, I want to scream, and shout!!
Can this series get any better??? I guess it can because Elle Kennedy keeps knocking it out of the park with these incredibly amazing stories.
I loved! Loved! Loved it!!!!

 

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Tucker is the quiet, bearded hockey player we have previously met in the other books. Always cooking for the team, always a gentleman and with a sexy as hell Texas accent. What we didn’t know, was that this hottie had magical and talented fingers, and a very dirty mouth, traits that a girl named Sabrina brings out in him.

Sabrina James wants to be a lawyer; her life goal has always been to attend Harvard Law School, graduate with honors, and find an amazing job that will take her out of the horrible house she grew up in. Sabrina works two jobs and studies her heart out in order to achieve her dream. She only has two close friends, never had time for more, or for romantic relationships. She only does one night stands with college athletes, no repeats, no phone numbers. All that until she meets the sexy bearded hockey player with the dirty mouth.

“If I thought his fingers and tongue were magic, his dick is supernatural. I can feel him everywhere.”

 

Tucker is a gentleman and after spending the most amazing night of his life with Sabrina, he is willing to play by her rules, and give her all the space and time she needs, even though he is ready to mark her as his after only one look.

Sabrina likes Tucker a lot, more than any other guy she’s ever met, but she barely has time to eat, let alone to be obsessing over a guy, even if said guy is the most perfect one ever. Tucker and Sabrina find a rhythm that works for both, but just when they thought they had the whole game planned, the rules change and their lives take on a completely different direction, making both their worlds spin.

Can they adapt to a new game, will they be able to score and win, or will everything they always dreamed of simply go down in flames?

This book grabbed my attention completely from the very beginning. I read the whole thing in one day. I barely did anything else other than read it, I was that into it. I loved how sexy and sensitive Tucker was. He was the perfect compliment to Sabrina’s independent and hard headed character. They made a really awesome couple.

It’s so amazing to experience all these characters again, but each book turns out to be truly unique. I simply can’t get enough. The Off-Campus series is always a winner for me. I will completely, 100 percent recommend this entire series to everyone.

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