The Goal (Elle Kennedy)

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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 love the Off-Campus series, you all know that by now, right? And I’m glad I “made” Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much read the series too, because we ended up reading The Goal as a buddy read.

I obviously loved it… did I even have to say that?! Maybe I did: I freaking loved Tucker and Sabrina’s story.

Because I don’t know how to actually review this, I’m making a list!

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  • First, I feel like each of these books expanded the guys’ universe a little bit more, you know? I loved that we get more and more awesome people in the mix.
  • With that said, I love Fitzy and I can’t wait for his own book. I want it. No… I need it! NOW!
  • Tucker is crazy amazing! I mean, he’s not my favorite guy of the bunch, but he’s amazing nonetheless. I really loved how caring and sweet he was.
  • Sabrina surprised me so much, by how much I came to care about her. She showed so much strength throughout this book… MIND BLOWN.
  • The incredibly complex situation.
  • Tucker and Sabrina’s chemistry and overall amazing relationship.
  • I really liked that Tucker gave Sabrina her time, for everything. That was the world’s most patient guy, for sure!
  • Garrett and Logan fighting it off… GIGI! I will never look at this name the same way again!!!
  • JAMIE!
  • Jamie again because… do I really need a reason?
  • Jamie with everyone.
  • Uncle Dean!!!!
  • I loved loved loved that the book took its time. The other books spanned just a few months, but The Goal covers over one year. This allowed for a deeper story, and I digged that.
  • THIS BOOK WAS HOT!!!
  • IT’S ALWAYS THE QUIET ONES….

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  • At one point I wanted to slap Tucker, because I thought he was being TOO PATIENT! I mean, he was awesome and adorable, but maybe drastic measures would have opened Sabrina’s eyes a little earlier?
  • The only problem with the time span of the book, for me, was that while the story was deeper, the characters weren’t as much. They’re both still very complex and well rounded characters, but the time going quickly meant that a lot of their relationship and inner struggles were told in the past, and so not so profusely.
  • While I understood why Sabrina stayed at home, mostly, I also didn’t quite get it. Her stay there wasn’t free, and I somehow wished that her whole situation at home was different. With that said, I loved how Tucker made himself her ROCK.
  • While I liked Sabrina’s friends, they made a couple of comments that left me a bit mad.

Bahhh, I don’t know what else to say without giving the book away completely.

I really liked this one, it reached a level that The Score also did, but this one did it for longer, which meant that I was a mess for a large portion of this book.

I hope Elle Kennedy keeps adding these awesome hockey players to my list of book boyfriends. They just keep piling up.

Have you guys read this one? What did you think? Who’s your favorite boy? What’s your favorite book of the 4? Isn’t daddy Tuck just too hard to resist?

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10 thoughts on “The Goal (Elle Kennedy)

  1. RibbonReviews says:

    I just love it when my favourite characters get their own book ❤ Though sometimes I found that the plot moves forward better if the characters are a little flat. Why did you think they weren't deep?

  2. cw @ readthinkponder says:

    So many people love this series!! I won’t lie, my first reaction when seeing these covers was ‘not my thing’. But you, Cait, and Reg love it and I completely trust your opinions so… maybe it’s time I picked it up? I want to see what the hype is about!

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