The Goal by Elle Kennedy


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.


My Rating: 4 Stars

Grandma, if you’re reading this, stop! This review is about to get a liiiitle steamy. The last few weeks have been full of some pretty dark fantasy books, so when I saw that the newest book in the Off-Campus series was released, I decided it was time for a little bit of a lighter read!

I’ve been looking forward to Tucker’s book for a while – at the end of Dean’s book, Tuck tells his friends that Sabrina is pregnant, but readers know nothing about her or their relationship. I couldn’t wait to find out how everything happened and meet this mystery girl! Sabrina didn’t disappoint, I really felt for her from the start of the book. She works two jobs while taking full time pre-law classes so that she can save up to attend Harvard. As if the stress of this isn’t enough, her home life is terrible. Her step-father is the world’s biggest creep and while her grandmother does seem to love her, she never stands up for Sabrina.

The book did start out a little slow for me – I assumed it would pick up where the last book left off, but it actually starts before Dean and Allie get together and Beau passes away. While I didn’t love the timeline when I first started the book, after finishing it, I’m glad that Elle Kennedy wrote the book this way. (Reading about Dean’s pink dildo from Tucker’s point of view was pretty fantastic) Before Beau passed away, I had been hoping he would get his own book – he was a really lovable secondary character. It was nice to see him again in this book as one of Sabrina’s ex hook-ups. And as it did for Dean and Allie, Beau’s death definitely impacted Sabrina and Tucker’s relationship. (I cried during the chapter about Beau’s memorial service, not gonna lie)

The start of Tucker and Sabrina’s relationship was fantastic – Tucker’s pursuit of Sabrina was so sweet. OH! And steamy. Tucker’s dirty mouth had me fanning myself from the very first sex scene in chapter 3. Reading about him in the other books, the sweet southern boy who mother hens and cooks for all of his roommates, had me expecting slower and softer sex scenes. Nope! Tucker and Sabrina rivaled even Dean and Allie in hotness, for me.

My Takeaway: Elle Kennedy once again delivers a sweet and steamy romance that I couldn’t put down. I look forward to the next book in the series (please be Fitzy)!

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