Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

The Goal (Off-Campus #4)
By Elle Kennedy
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Source: Author
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.

OMG IS THIS REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW? I actually got to read another book in the Off-Campus series and I am already so mad at myself for reading this book in only two days. Why didn't I savor every moment and draw it out for as long as I could? Because now I'm back to waiting for another book with my absolute favorite men and my favorite college world. But it was sooooooo good while it lasted! 

Sabrina James has spent all of her life working hard to follow her perfect plan- get through college, get into law school, work as a kick-butt lawyer. With so much focus and dedication, Sabrina doesn't have time for a real boyfriend, so she looks to quick fixes to scratch her itch. The perfect candidates? Athletes. Sabrina's only rule, though, is no hockey players. Until she meets Tucker, that is. John Tucker is taken by Sabrina the moment he sets eyes on her and knows their attraction is undeniable. Sabrina makes it clear that she isn't in the market for a relationship, but Tuck is a patient man who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants, even if it means changing his life forever. 

If you've read and loved books one through three, then you already know what Tucker is going to experience in this book. It's been so long since I read the last book, though, that I didn't remember what was revealed at the end until I was about 25% through this book. This book begins during the same timeline as the last book, so we know things that happen to the characters up until halfway through this book. I actually liked having this book take place during that time because we knew what to expect when certain events were going to happen and I was intrigued to see how Tucker and Sabrina were going to get through it. I was even more engaged in their story and dying to watch them grow together and figure out what they really wanted out of life, especially if they wanted to grow together or give up on each other completely. 

While I have loved all of my hockey men in these books, Tucker is by far the best. Not only is he insanely good looking and smooth with the ladies, he is a genuinely good guy. He is so patient with Sabrina and is such a gentleman when it comes to respecting Sabrina's wishes and letting her make the decisions in the relationship. I was so annoyed with Sabrina when she doubted Tucker and didn't want to "drag him down." HELLOOOOO! You have the most gorgeous guy begging to be with you and doing everything you want him to do, yet you still doubt if he genuinely likes her? Puh-lease. Sabrina had such hard life, though, that I totally understood her doubts and was so happy she had someone like Tucker in her life. 

While this was more of a serious addition to the Off-Campus series, just like The Score was, I fell head over heels for Tucker and his southern charm. Sabrina was a strong, driven main character who didn't need a man in her life, but found herself under the spell of a hockey player with some big muscles, but with an even bigger heart.

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