Title: The Goal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Rating: 5 Stars
Heat Rating: 5 Stars
All The Feels Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult Romance, Sports Romance
Release Date: September 26th, 2016
ARC received in exchange for an honest 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.
Ever since I first found out that Tucker was getting his own books, I’ve been highly anticipating getting my greedy little hands on it. The wait was worth it- Elle Kennedy blew me away with this one. Sexy, sweet, hilarious, and heartwarming, The Goal was one emotional roller-coaster, and I didn’t want the ride to end.
You get to know Tucker throughout the first three books in the Off-Campus series, (The Deal, The Mistake, The Score) but this is the first time we get a really good feel for who Tucker is. Let me tell you, if you haven’t already fallen in love with his character, that will change pretty quickly. [John] Tucker is charming, genuine, a loyal friend and true gentleman that happens to have a dirty mind and mouth. He’s the type of person that always tries to do the right thing, even if it’s not always what he wants to do. Then one night he sees Sabrina James and it pretty much changes his life.
Sabrina James isn’t the typical heroine, looking for and open to love. She didn’t have the best upbringing, and it’s her goal to change her life. Determined to go to Law school, Sabrina is focused on her school. Needless to say, she has her heart pretty guarded. So when Tucker appears in her life, she is only willing to give him a night. Well, at least that is the plan at first, because soon one night leads to another and another and another. Soon, she can’t get Tucker off her mind and out of her heart, as much as she’d like to. Then, everything changes when Sabrina takes the biggest test of her life- the results confirming she is pregnant.
I love both these characters. Tucker is just completely swoon worthy. I don’t know how Elle creates such amazing male characters, but I hope she never stops. We get to know Sabrina a bit in The Score, and we don’t get the best first impression of her, being the enemy of Dean and all. However, we see a different picture of her in The Goal. I love that she is independent and doesn’t need a man in her life. I love that she is equally beautiful and intelligent, something we don’t always see in female characters.
The relationship between the two is a slow burn, but in an opposite way than we normally see. Things get steamy between them pretty quickly, but their friendship/relationship is more of a slow incline, and it feels SO authentic. It’s perfection. Though I’ll be real, there were a few times I was yelling at Sabrina to just go for it with Tuck. 😛 The news of the pregnancy brings out a lot of emotions and does add some complications. I don’t want to go too much into details, because y0u need to experience it yourself, but I will just say I wish I could have Tuckers babies. Lol!
The Goal is truly incredible. It is everything, and more, that you want in a book. Great characters, amazing writing, and a plot that pulls you in from page one. I might have even teared up at times. I also love seeing the rest of the gang- Garrett, Hannah, Logan, Grace, Dean and Allie. It also has some other secondary characters that were lovely as well.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will have no regrets. Also, while this book is the 4th in the Off-Campus series, it can be read as a standalone. However, you will want to read the others, I assure you. Sigh, Garrett Graham. 🙂
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