The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy REVIEW

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The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy REVIEW

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.


The Goal was sure to be a book that was a hit or miss with a lot of people, the heroine was not the person who a lot of people wanted for Tucker, because in previous books she has come across as being a 100% bitch, but I am happy to say that I actually fell in love with the heroine a lot more than I though I would, she won me over and I thought she was a decent human being with a lot of love to give.

Not all women are as forthcoming with their affections as others, and since Sabrina James grew up in a house with a mother who cared more about men than her daughter, and a step-dad who was a bit on the sleezy side, I can completely understand why she was reluctant to jump in with two feet with Tucker. She was guarded, and rightly so, but watching her slowly thaw to his charms, and realise that she deserved love as much as anyone, made for a great read.

“I’m trashy. I live with trashy people. I belong in a trashy place.”

John Tucker is a good man, he loves playing ice hockey, he adores his mother, and has a nurturing and protective streak. He likes to look after people, and for some inexplicable reason, he is drawn to a woman who absolutely does not want to be looked after. Sabrina is a driven and hard-working woman with a goal, which he loves, but just for once he wants to be the one to take the lead, and let her relax and be looked after.

“I’m paying for your lunch because that’s the way my mama raised me,” he says quietly.
“Call me old-fashioned if you want, but that’s how I roll.”

With Tucker about to graduate and leave the Hockey team to go into business, and Sabrina on her way to Harvard, a baby is the last thing they need in their lives, but that’s exactly what they get after a casual relationship.

Tucker was an absolute trooper, Sabrina didn’t make it easy for him, but for me, this storyline worked really well, and I enjoyed the push and pull.

Again, another great addition to this series. I am praying that there will be more.

The Goal is the forth in the Off-Campus series following a team of Ice Hockey Players, but could be read as a standalone. Told from dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

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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More in this Series

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) The Score (Off-Campus #3) the-goal-off-campus-4


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