In Review: The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy

Posted September 25, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle KennedyThe Goal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #4
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 26, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 350 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


In Review My Thoughts

I’m not being overly dramatic when I say I’ve been waiting for Tucker’s book since I finished The Score. How could I not after the bombshell that was dropped about Sabrina’s pregnancy at the end? Of course I wanted to see how this all played out. I was, admittedly, a little nervous because pregnancy/kids don’t always work for me in books, but it turns out I had absolutely no reason to worry. Elle continues to amaze me.

Both Tucker and Sabrina were amazing in their own ways – and even better when together, to be perfectly honest. Tucker’s roommates call him “nurturing” and I think that’s a perfect word to use. He. Was. Incredible. I mean, first off… he’s red-headed, bearded and a surprisingly dirty talker. Yowza. Sign me up. I’ll take two. But, beyond that, he’s just a great guy. He really cares about the people closest to him. I couldn’t pick someone more perfectly suited for him than Sabrina. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about her going in – only because we saw her through Dean’s eyes so much in the previous book and there were clear issues there – but she’s one of my new favorite heroines. She was strong and sassy. She was determined to leave her messy home life behind and succeed in life. I loved her drive.

The chemistry between Tucker and Sabrina was fantastic. It sizzled. Neither of them knew going in that their one night stand would turn into something that changed their lives in so many ways, but the reader did of course. At least you did if you read The Score. (Side note: I enjoyed seeing some of the events of The Score through Tucker’s perspective, too, since the storyline runs concurrently for a good portion of the book. Which also means we get the super sad thing that happens a second time and it broke my heart again… and harder, even though I knew it was coming.) But I digress. One of the things I loved most about this book was watching how Tucker and Sabrina came together to deal with the unplanned pregnancy. I know it put a huge wrench in both of their plans, but they gave me all the feels as they moved forward.

The Goal continued the streak of amazing books in this series. I don’t do a lot of rereads, but this is a series I will reread over and over again. It gave me all the friendship, romance, sexy times, feels and laughs I expect from this series. It was a one-night read that I quite literally couldn’t put down until I finished it.

I truly hope this isn’t the end of the Off-Campus series. I just love the characters in this series so much. If Elle were to continue bringing background characters out into the light and giving them their own stories, well, I’d be all over them. If this is the end of the series (*sob*), it went out in style.
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“If you want a stats question answered, go to the math geeks. If you want a physical need met, go to an athlete. Bodies are the tools of an elite athlete. They take care of it, know how to push its limits, yada yada.”

I want Sabrina under me. Over me. Anywhere she wants to put herself will do. And I want it so bad I have to rub my hand over my beard so I don’t give in to the urge to slide it lower and rub something else.

“If you don’t kiss me, I’ll be pissed. I need kissing. Otherwise I’d just stay at home with my vibe.”

“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.”

“I don’t want to be a distraction, but I do want you. I think there’s something here, but I’m a patient guy and I’ll take what you have right now. I’m not here to add pressure on you or make things harder. I want to ease your load.”

Kissing Tucker is like sinking into a hot bath. It makes my skin tingle and turns my limbs to jelly, surrounding me in a cocoon of heat that I never want to emerge from.

My goal, once upon a time, was to succeed. I didn’t realize that success wasn’t grades or scholarships or achievements, but the people I was lucky enough to have in my life.


About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated 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 currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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