Review — The Goal (Off-Campus #4)

Posted September 26, 2016 by FMA in 3 Star - It left me craving for more!

Review — The Goal (Off-Campus #4)The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #4
Also in this series: The Mistake, The Deal, The Score
Published by Elle Kennedy
on September 26th 2016
Pages: 350 pages
Genres: College, Hockey, Romance
Review Copy Provided By: Author


New York Times bestseller Elle Kennedy brings you a sexy new Off-Campus novel that can be read as a standalone…

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.

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.


❝Because love is the ultimate goal.❞

TUCKER! Were you like me and dying for his story after reading about him in the previous books, and getting THAT ending in THE SCORE? Well, it was a given I would want to read THE GOAL! I mean TUCKER! The elusive, soft spoken boy.

Listen up ladies, Tucker boy has a dirty mouth and he knows how to use it! And Sabrina likes it, a lot.  So much, that she has problems keeping away from him. She wants him in her life (because, that mouth) and because he is the sweetest, most caring person she’s ever met. He showers her with attention. And that’s the problem. She wants fun little trists which don’t involve romance or unnecessary things like relationships. Ah, but good old Tuck is not to be deterred! NOPE, he plans to wear her down.

I’m going to ruin you for all future guys. I apologize in advance.❞

Then Sabrina gets pregnant.

Now she’s all, does he want me, or does he feel obligated to stay with me? He’s all, I love you, please let me help take care of you (and the baby of course). But what’s a girl to do? Let him help? Force him away?

❝Because if I tell him, then he’ll feel bound to me. He’s so honorable and so decent, he won’t even look at another woman.❞

Now, let me tell you what I liked and didn’t about this story. You see, in the beginning, I struggled to get through. I was near DNFing Tucker! BUT that would have been a travesty because after I got to about 50% I began really enjoying this book. The beginning was slow and it seemed mostly about sex. I need substance with my sex. (hmm) and I didn’t get any in the beginning. I get it, I know the reason, the beginning was laying the foundation for their personalities, but I just needed more to keep me entertained. Also, throughout, Sabrina’s attitude with Tucker seemed out of character to me. She is a strong-willed, go-getter, who is confident and determined. I could see if she pushed Tucker away because a relationship would interfere with her goals. But it seemed she was pushing him away because she second-guessed his sincerity and devotion to her. As well, she didn’t think she was good enough for him. To me, these thoughts didn’t coincide with her “attack life running” attitude.

BUT don’t forget I said I really enjoyed the last half! I laughed out loud. At one point scaring my child! Also, I loved Tucker’s devotion and dedication to Sabrina and the baby. I love that he didn’t freak out when he found out he was gonna be a daddy. He was all in. He just needed Sabrina to let him in. She did loosen up a bit and the ice around her began to thaw. I just wish it would have happened a little sooner.

All in all, I enjoyed it.

(P.S. puhlease tell me Fitz is getting his own book!)



About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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